Bonnie Rock, Western Australia

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Bonnie Rock
Western Australia
Bonnie Rock is located in Western Australia
Bonnie Rock
Bonnie Rock
Coordinates30°32′S 118°22′E / 30.533°S 118.367°E / -30.533; 118.367Coordinates: 30°32′S 118°22′E / 30.533°S 118.367°E / -30.533; 118.367
Population63 (2006 census)[1]
Established1932
Postcode(s)6479
Elevation417 m (1,368 ft)
Location
LGA(s)Shire of Mukinbudin
State electorate(s)Central Wheatbelt
Federal Division(s)Durack

Bonnie Rock is a small town in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia.

The town was once the terminus of the railway to Beacon.

The name of the town originated from a rock formation that is situated close to the town that was named by a sandalwood cutter. The townsite was gazetted in 1932.[2]

A short lived newspaper in the 1930s included the name of the town in its title.[3]

The main industry in town is wheat farming with the town being a Cooperative Bulk Handling receival site.[4]

The Russian adventurer Fyodor Konyukhov broke the record for the fastest circumnavigation of the Earth in a hot air balloon in just over 11 days, landing safely near Bonnie Rock about 4.30pm (local time) on 23 July 2016.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Bonnie Rock (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 October 2008.
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – B". Retrieved 2 October 2008.
  3. ^ The Bonnie Rock - Lake Brown - Mukinbudin leader, Wheatbelt Press, 1934, retrieved 5 December 2018
  4. ^ "CBH Receival Sites - Contact Details" (PDF). 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov breaks world hot air balloon record, lands safety in WA". Retrieved 24 July 2016.