Youndegin, Western Australia

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Western Australia
Youndegin is located in Western Australia
Coordinates31°47′S 117°20′E / 31.783°S 117.333°E / -31.783; 117.333Coordinates: 31°47′S 117°20′E / 31.783°S 117.333°E / -31.783; 117.333
Elevation296 m (971 ft)
  • 155 km (96 mi) east of Perth
  • 18 km (11 mi) south of Northam
LGA(s)Shire of Cunderdin
State electorate(s)Central Wheatbelt
Federal Division(s)Durack

Youndegin is a small town 155 km east of Perth, Western Australia along the Goldfields Road situated in the Wheatbelt Region of Western Australia.

A police post existed in Youndegin in 1844; the same year several metallic objects later identified as meteorites were found not far from town during a routine police patrol.[1]

The townsite of Youndegin was gazetted in 1892.[2]

Charles Cooke Hunt was the first European to visit the area in 1864 when he established a track through the area to the eastern pastoral regions. By 1876 the government has set aside land for a police station. When gold was discovered further to the east in the 1880s, the traffic along the track increased immensely, and by 1891 an inn had been constructed, named the Youndegin Arms. Following the gazetting of the town and the subdivision of lots, a railway to the goldfields was constructed well south of the town, and little further development occurred.

The name of the town is Aboriginal in origin and is the name of a nearby hill; the name was first recorded by Charles Cooke Hunt during his 1864 expedition.


  1. ^ "The Meteorites Of Youndegin". The West Australian. 70, (21, 206). Western Australia. 10 July 1954. p. 26. Retrieved 16 September 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – Y". Retrieved 5 February 2011.