Trayning, Western Australia

Coordinates: 31°07′00″S 117°48′00″E / 31.11667°S 117.80000°E / -31.11667; 117.80000
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Western Australia
View of Railway Street, Trayning, 2014
Trayning is located in Western Australia
Coordinates31°07′00″S 117°48′00″E / 31.11667°S 117.80000°E / -31.11667; 117.80000
Population112 (SAL 2021)[1]
Area1.6 km2 (0.62 sq mi)
LGA(s)Shire of Trayning
State electorate(s)Central Wheatbelt
Federal division(s)Durack

Trayning is a town in the north-eastern Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, 236 kilometres (147 mi) east of the state capital, Perth, on the Nungarin–Wyalkatchem Road. At the 2006 census, Trayning had a population of 122.[2]


When the Dowerin to Merredin railway was planned in 1910, Trayning was selected as the site for a siding. Land was set aside for a townsite to be named Trayning Siding in 1910, but when it was surveyed and gazetted in 1912 it was named Trayning. The townsite is named after Trayning Well, the Aboriginal name of a nearby water source on an old road from Goomalling to the eastern goldfields. It was first recorded by a surveyor in 1892, and allegedly derives from the Aboriginal word During meaning "snake in the grass by the campfire".[3]


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] Trayning was one of the first five locations of bulk wheat transport on the Western Australian Government Railways and consequently one of the starting points of the Co-operative Bulk Handling system of grain receival points.[5][6]

The Trayning to Merredin railway line has been designated a Tier 3 line in the wheatbelt railway network, and was closed in October 2013.[7][8]

Present day[edit]

The town is a tourist base for exploring local wildflowers, has a single-officer police station, a K-7 primary school with 50 students that was opened in 1912, a 25-metre swimming pool and two 18-hole golf courses. An attraction is the annual Trayning Tractor Pull.[9]

The surrounding areas produce wheat and other cereal crops. The town is a receival site for Cooperative Bulk Handling.[10]


Polling place statistics are shown below showing the votes from Trayning in the federal and state elections as indicated.

2004 federal election
Source: AEC
  Liberal 60.8%
  The Nationals 21.0%
  Labor 9.09%
  Greens 3.50%
  One Nation 2.10%
2001 federal election
Source: AEC
  Liberal 59.8%
  The Nationals 12.8%
  Labor 13.4%
  One Nation 7.93%
  Greens 3.05%
1998 federal election
Source: AEC
  Liberal 59.1%
  The Nationals 14.1%
  One Nation 13.4%
  Labor 9.40%
  Greens 0.67%
2005 state election
Source: WAEC
  The Nationals 61.0%
  Liberal 20.1%
  Labor 13.6%
  New Country 1.95%
  Greens 1.95%
2001 state election
Source: WAEC
  The Nationals 47.2%
  One Nation 22.6%
  Labor 17.0%
  Greens 7.55%
  Independent 3.14%
1996 state election
Source: WAEC
  The Nationals 83.2%
  Labor 16.8%



  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Trayning (suburb and locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Trayning (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  3. ^ "History of country town names – T". Western Australian Land Information Authority. Archived from the original on 14 March 2022. Retrieved 21 February 2007.
  4. ^ "Country elevators". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 6 July 1932. p. 10. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  5. ^ Western Australian Government Railways Annual report 1932
  6. ^ "BULK HANDLING". The West Australian. Vol. XLIX, no. 9, 524. Western Australia. 5 January 1933. p. 50. Retrieved 4 October 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "Wheatbelt farmers concerned rail freight line closure will hit their back pockets". Australia: ABC News. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  8. ^ Map and timeline on page 3 - Merredin-Trayning as one of the first closures of the tier three system "No Tier 3 ... but it's not the end of the line, yet", Countryman, West Australia Newspapers Ltd: 3, 7 November 2019
  9. ^ "Events in Trayning". Shire of Trayning. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  10. ^ "CBH receival sites" (PDF). 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2013.


  • Appleyard, Reginald T; Couper, Don (2009). A history of Trayning. Crawley, WA: UWA Publishing. ISBN 9781921401381.

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