A small wheat-belt support centre about 250 kilometres north of Perth, Dalwallinu is smack in the middle of WA’s world famous wildflower country.
In fact, it’s the first town on The Wildflower Way, a world-famous tourist route which stretches north to Mullewa.
The prime season for wildflowers is between July and October and each year thousands of wildflower enthusiasts and nature lovers make the journey to enjoy the rare and beautiful sight of flowers literally carpeting the countryside.
Western Australia supports something like 10,000 different wildflower varieties, many of them unique to the state, and about 2,000 of which haven’t yet been named.
Dalwallinu is also renowned for its wattle trees, celebrated with Wattle Week in September.
A late-developing town which wasn’t settled until the early 1900s, Dalwallinu is largely dependent on sheep and wool to keep the bank managers on nodding terms.
The interesting local attractions include the ancient agricultural machinery pieces displayed like sculptures on the main street, the Old Well, from which the district’s pioneers drew their water, which is situated at the town entrance, and McIntosh Park at nearby Pithara, the site of the first fatal air crash in Western Australia.