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Main (only?) street.
Babakin is located in Western Australia
Location in Western Australia
Population 54 (2016 census)
Established 1914
Postcode(s) 6428
LGA(s) Shire of Bruce Rock
State electorate(s) Central Wheatbelt
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Babakin is a small town located in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia between the towns of Bruce Rock and Corrigin. At the 2016 census the population of Babakin was approximately 54. Facilities in the town include a school, shop, hall and sporting facilities.

Babakin was a pastoral lease from 1873 to 1914 at this location, first taken up by C. Heal (Jnr). The name stems from a Noongar term for the dingo. The population increased with land grants given to returned servicemen after the Great War.

In 1926 Babakin joined with Ardath to field an Australian rules team in the Bruce Rock Football Association.

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.

The area is an inhabitant area for a very rare plant species, the Western Underground Orchid (Rhizanthella gardneri).

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