Rawlinna, Western Australia

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Western Australia
Rawlinna Post Office.jpg
The Rawlinna post office
Rawlinna is located in Western Australia
Coordinates 31°00′00″S 125°20′00″E / 31.00000°S 125.33333°E / -31.00000; 125.33333Coordinates: 31°00′00″S 125°20′00″E / 31.00000°S 125.33333°E / -31.00000; 125.33333
Postcode(s) 6434
Elevation 183 m (600 ft)
  • 910 km (565 mi) east of Perth
  • 350 km (217 mi) east of Kambalda
LGA(s) City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
State electorate(s) Eyre
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Rawlinna is a remote locality[1] and railway siding on the Trans-Australian Railway in Western Australia. It is also the site of a small lime mine, in which the lime is extracted from the limestone that is prevalent in the area. The lime is mostly used in the gold production process at Kalgoorlie.

Rawlinna is also the start of the Connie Sue Highway, an outback track that leads to Warburton.

There is no fuel for sale at Rawlinna. The closest locations are Caiguna and Cocklebiddy on the Eyre Highway, more than 100 km to the south.

The Great Southern Rail train, the Indian Pacific, which runs between Sydney and Perth, calls at the siding twice a week in each direction. Passengers can alight or disembark on request.

During the time of the Trans-Australian Railway requiring personnel at railway stations the community at Rawlinna supported a school.[2]

The 1,000,000-hectare (2.5-million-acre) sheep station, Rawlinna Station, is bordered by the railway line.[3]

Notable derailments of Nullarbor crossing trains near or at Rawlinna have occurred in 1930,[4][5] 1955,[6] 1975,[7] December 2015,[8] and April 2016.[9][10]

Some of the derailments are attributed to washaways; the 1931 and 1955 reports allude to the main cause being damage from water.[11]


  1. ^ Example of isolation: (1967) New rail delay : food gets low. (Food is running low at Rawlinna where stranded passenger trains were held up because of washaways of the train track. Another train is stranded at Parkeston) Daily News, 26 January 1967, page 2
  2. ^ Gable, Walter, (1993) Rawlinna School [Perth, W.A : W. Gable, 1993](on title page: Rural & Isolated Schools : the development of Western Australia).
  3. ^ "Rawlinna". Jumbuck Pastoral. 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "TRANS. TRAIN DERAILED AT RAWLINNA". The Daily News. XLIX (17,364). Western Australia. 31 December 1930. p. 1 (HOME (FlNAL) EDITION). Retrieved 24 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  5. ^ "GREAT WESTERN EXPRESS DERAILED NEAR RAWLINNA.". The West Australian. XLVII (8,902). Western Australia. 3 January 1931. p. 10. Retrieved 24 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  6. ^ "ORDEAL BY TRAIN". Sunday Times (Perth) (2927). Western Australia. 9 January 1955. p. 6. Retrieved 25 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  7. ^ "WA rail link closed". The Canberra Times. 49 (13,984). 7 February 1975. p. 1. Retrieved 25 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  8. ^ http://www.artc.com.au/2015/12/06/rawlinna-naretha-derailment/
  9. ^ http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2016/rair/ro-2016-005/
  10. ^ https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/regional/goldfields/a/31409045/derailment-near-rawlinna-puts-trains-out-of-action/
  11. ^ "ENGINE DERAILED". The Mercury. CXXXIV (19,782). Tasmania. 1 January 1931. p. 3. Retrieved 25 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 

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Preceding station   Great Southern Railway   Following station
towards East Perth
Indian Pacific
towards Sydney