The attractive little village of Gingin is built around delightful Gingin Brook, just off the Brand Highway about 92km north of Perth.
The main agricultural pursuits up this way historically involved wheat, sheep and cattle. More recently, however, because of the favourable soil types, reliable rainfall and weather conditions, more intensive horticulture is being practised and includes the growing of fruit and vegetables on a large scale as well as olives, grapes and paulownia trees.
Aquaculture is also becoming increasingly important as a number of marron farms keep contributing to the local economy.
Rock lobster fishing offshore from Lancelin, Ledge Point and Seabird are other important contributors to the state’s economy.
The wildflowers bloom in spring around Gingin, although not as profusely as elsewhere, and there’s a tourist development called the Colamber Bird Park which has a fair array of animals and quite a few birds, notably Australian parrots. The landscaped gardens within the development provide a soothing environment for picnics and barbecues.
From Gingin, it’s only 30km or so west to some nice beaches, especially Guilderton, off which is the wreck of the Dutch ship, Gilt Dragon, which went down in 1656.