Trangie is a small country service centre of some 1100 people, situated 493 km north-west of Sydney and 220 metres above sea-level in the Macquarie Valley Irrigation Area. It is located on the main western railway line and on the Mitchell Highway, between Narromine (35 km south east ) and Nyngan (90 km north-west).
As you enter the town from the south you cross the Goan Waterhole which, at certain times, can be a spectacular display of mosses and water plants and home to many birds. The townscape is dominated by the Trangie silo a testimony to the centrality of wheat to Narromine Shire. There are vast cotton fields outside the town sheep, wool, sorghum and fat lambs are also important to the area. The area is thought to have been occupied by the Wongaibon Aborigines prior to white settlement. 'Trangie' is an indigenous word said to mean 'quick'.
The town later developed on 'Weemaabah' station, established, in the 1830s. The Cobb & Co. Coach service from Dubbo to Bourke passed through the property and stopped at the Swinging Gate Hotel, up river, however a township did not develop until the railway arrived in 1882, en route from Dubbo to Nevertire local wool producers benefited greatly from the improved transportation.
In 1915 a 4000 ha experimental farm was established in Trangie the farm was at the forefront of technological changes which came to the district, driving the expansion of livestock and cropping industries. Today research at TARC continues to transform the way we live and farm.
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