Burracoppin, Western Australia

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Western Australia
Burracoppin is located in Western Australia
Coordinates 31°23′49″S 118°28′37″E / 31.397°S 118.477°E / -31.397; 118.477Coordinates: 31°23′49″S 118°28′37″E / 31.397°S 118.477°E / -31.397; 118.477
Population 237 (2011 Census)[1]
Established 1891
Postcode(s) 6421
  • 283 km (176 mi) East of Perth
  • 25 km (16 mi) East of Merredin
LGA(s) Shire of Merredin
State electorate(s) Central Wheatbelt
Federal Division(s) Durack

Burracoppin is a townsite on the Great Eastern Highway, east of Merredin in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia.

The town was gazetted in 1891. It takes its name from Burracoppin Rock, a nearby granite rock, the name of which was first recorded in 1864 as Burancooping Rock. It was also shown as Lansdowne Hill in 1836. It is an Aboriginal name said to mean "near a big hill".[2][3]

It is situated on the Eastern Railway and is a stop on the Prospector rural railway service.

It is the setting for the novel Mr Jelly's Business by Arthur W. Upfield, one in the series of Napoleon Bonaparte whodunits.

Burracoppin is also the site where the first Rabbit Proof Fence (No. 1) was started in 1901, with construction heading south to Esperance and north towards Port Hedland. Burracoppin was the main depot for the Rabbit Proof Fence. All gates through the fence and wells for the fence runners (those who look after the fence) were numbered from this town. Parts of the original fence are still viewable in Burracoppin along with some of the original gates.

In 1932 the Wheat Pool of Western Australia announced that the town would have two grain elevators, each fitted with an engine, installed at the railway siding.[4] The first was installed the following year and was able to handle 1,800 bags of wheat per day.[5]

The main industry in town is wheat farming with the town being a Cooperative Bulk Handling receival site.[6]

Rail services[edit]

The Prospector service, which runs each way between East Perth and Kalgoorlie once or twice each day, stops at Burracoppin.[7]

Preceding station   Transwa Trains network   Following station
towards East Perth
towards Kalgoorlie


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Burracoppin (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – B". Retrieved 8 June 2007. 
  3. ^ http://www.merredin.wa.gov.au/about/our_towns.html
  4. ^ "Country elevators". The West Australian (Perth: National Library of Australia). 6 July 1932. p. 10. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bulk Handling". The West Australian (Perth: National Library of Australia). 1 February 1933. p. 5. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "CBH Receival Sites – Contact Details" (PDF). 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Prospector Timetable