They boast of the biggest country markets in WA at Nungarin, a small central wheat belt town 278km north-east of Perth. On the first Sunday of each month (except January and February) the main street is lined with a wide variety of market stalls from 10am until 2pm, and all the shops in town open up for the day. Soon after WA’s Surveyor General, John Septimus Roe, explored the area in 1836, sandalwood was discovered and from 1845 onward export of this expensive, fragrant wood became important to the state’s economy. The first settler was Charles Adams, who took up a grazing lease at nearby Mangowine in 1872. Soon after, a wayside inn was established at Mangowine which served as an important stopover during the Eastern Goldfields rush of the 1880s. The homestead here is still open to visitors. The Heritage Machinery and Army Museum in town is well worth a look. The collection includes just about everything save a bloody brown dog and includes army equipment and uniforms, agricultural machinery, a matchbox car collection and even a doll collection.