Bauxite mining and the opening of the Boddington Goldmine in 1986 rejuvenated this pleasant town, about 123km south-east of Perth.
While sheep and the timber industry are important, these mining interests have dominated the town’s economy in recent years.
There are some delightful excursions to be taken from here: to Tullis Bridge - a trestle bridge and old timber mill which is now popular for picnics and barbecues; and through the dense local forests, which abound with native and feral birds and wildlife and a wide variety of wildflowers.
They pay tribute down this way to Aborigine Quency Dilyan who accompanied the explorers Forrest and Ranford on many of their adventures. You’ll find Dilyan's grave, off the Boddington Road, marked by a Royal Historical Society plaque.