If you’re into fossicking, you’ll love this little country town of Carnamah, about 290km north-east of Perth, in an area rich in minerals and splattered with abandoned mines and ghost towns. There’s certainly some gold and gemstones left in them thar hills.
The many-hued Yarra Yarra Lakes, just a couple of kilometres out of town, are stained by minerals which vary the water colour from red to dark blue, and attract flocks of migratory birds.
In this area, some of WA's famed, 10,000 varieties of wildflowers - 2,000 of which still have to be named - bloom in wild and wonderful profusion in the spring.
The region was first settled in the 1860s by one Duncan McPherson, and the locals have been restoring this pioneer’s homestead, built in 1869 about one kilometre out of town.
To celebrate its agricultural connections, in September each year Carnamah hosts the North Midlands Agricultural Show, one of the best in the state.
In 1996, some farmers experimented with growing commercial hemp, but the venture failed. According to the growers, it was the fault of the WA Department of Agriculture which, they say, showed little enthusiasm for the scheme and supplied them with hemp seeds that were two years old.