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Bindoon
Western Australia
Population 740 (2006 census)
Established 1953
Postcode(s) 6502
Elevation 135 m (443 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Chittering
State electorate(s) Moore
Federal Division(s) Pearce

Bindoon is a town 84 kilometres (52 mi) from Perth city on the Great Northern Highway within the Shire of Chittering. The name Bindoon is thought to be Aboriginal in origin and to mean "place where the yams grow". The name has been in use in the area since 1843 when an early settler, William Brockman, named the property he had surveyed as Bindoon. The townsite was gazetted in 1953.

SAS facility

The majority of training and selection for the Australian Special Air Service Regiment takes place at Bindoon. Some of the facilities include live-firing ranges and the Brigade Special Training Facilities (military operations in urban terrain, or MOUT).

Annual events

Bindoon annually hosts the Bindoon and Districts Agricultural Show. The districts covered are Bindoon, Chittering, Gingin, Bullsbrook among others. The show features cattle, poultry, fruit and vegetable exhibition and competition, horses in action, floriculture, cookery, art, general crafts, needlecrafts, photography, amateur wine making and home brewing, home produce, children's exhibition and pet parades.

An annual Bindoon Rock Festival was held in the 1980s and 1990s.

2013 fire

A bushfire, started by lightning, started near the town in 2013 and burnt out over 2,000 hectares (4,942 acres) of farmland and bushland. The fire threatened homes and over 100 residents were evacuated to a centre in Muchea.

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