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Coorow  Western Australia

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The small wheat and sheep farming town of Coorow, about 264 kilometres north of Perth, sits just to the west of an area that is rich in minerals and gemstones. Fossickers enjoy this general area, where there are several abandoned goldmines and ghost towns.

20 kilometres away, the Yarra Yarra Lakes area is a haven for migratory birds. In spring and during rain in the warmer months, wildflowers - of which WA has more than 10,000 varieties, 2,000 of which are still unnamed - bloom in wild profusion in the district.

The first settlers arrived at Coorow in the 1860s. With the aid of black trackers, William and Sarah Long, accompanied by Mrs Long’s parents, Mr and Mrs Brand, went by horse and bullock dray through the virgin bush and established their homestead on what is now the outskirts of town.

Their first house was built of rushes and clay. When Mr and Mrs Brand died, they were buried near the homestead and the graves can still be seen today. The Longs bred horses for export to India, and sheep which had to be tended by shepherds in the vast unfenced area.

Each year, one trip would be made to Guildford and Perth for stores, and another trip was made to Dongara to sell wool and horses

A few kilometres to the east lies Watheroo National Park, a sandplain area that lights up in wildflower season.


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