Here’s another delightful country town where the wildflowers for which this state is so famous bloom in colourful profusion in spring.
About 138 kilometres south-east of Perth, Brookton’s basically Mediterranean climate - with cool to cold winters and hot dry summers, with an annual rainfall of about 466mm - support the local sheep, cattle and grain-growing industries.
In recent years, the farming of yabbies (freshwater crayfish) has added significantly to the regional economy.
Of architectural and historical interest in the town are the Railway Station, the old Police Station and St Mark’s Anglican Church.
The Yenyening Lakes to the north-east of town are fed by the Avon River and provide locals with a pleasant swimming, boating and fishing haven.
The area was settled by John Seabrook in 1846 which, as every brochure about the town proudly announces, was only 17 years after the settlement of what was to become Perth.
Throughout the 1860s and 1870s more settlers moved into the area. They all survived on a combination of sandalwood cutting (it sold for £9 per ton) and wheat and sheep farming. At this time the land around Brookton was heavily timbered with white gums, York gums, jam and she-oak thickets and scrub.
This was removed by axe, pick and burning. Not only did the early settlers destroy this vegetation but, even more sadly, they killed off wild turkeys, emus, the pouched mouse and the warrin, a small wallaby-like creature, in the process.