Burakin, Western Australia

Burakin is a small town near Kalannie in the eastern Wheatbelt region of Western Australia.

Western Australia
Dowerin-Kalannie Road, Burakin, 2014(3).JPG
Dowerin-Kalannie Road, Burakin, 2014
Burakin is located in Western Australia
Coordinates30°31′26″S 117°10′23″E / 30.524°S 117.173°E / -30.524; 117.173Coordinates: 30°31′26″S 117°10′23″E / 30.524°S 117.173°E / -30.524; 117.173
Elevation359 m (1,178 ft)
  • 242 km (150 mi) NNE of Perth
  • 45 km (28 mi) NW of Koorda
LGA(s)Shire of Wongan-Ballidu
State electorate(s)Moore
Federal Division(s)Durack

The townsite was gazetted in 1928. The name is an Aboriginal word of unknown meaning, and was suggested by the Wongan Hills Road Board in 1927. The original spelling was to have been Borrikin.[1]

Burakin is the junction for the branch railway line to Bonnie Rock. The line was completed on 27 April 1931, but services beyond Beacon were withdrawn from late 1997.[2]

In 2000 and 2001 Burakin was the epicentre of a series of earthquakes now known as the Burakin Swarm - a significant series of seismographic events that are considered important in understanding the South West Seismic Zone.[3]


  1. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – B". Retrieved 8 June 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Rails through the Wodjil Milne, Rod Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, January, 1999 pp3-9
  3. ^ "UWA Seismic Events in WA - Burakin Swarm". 2005. Archived from the original on 12 July 2008. Retrieved 20 April 2011.

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