Inland from Collie, in the south of WA about 200 km from Perth, Darkan is a tiny village at the edge of the wheat belt, relying mainly on sheep, cattle and some cropping to keep the economy ticking over.
One local oddity that you must see is the quaint, tiny Six Mile Cottage 10 km out of town. Built in the early 1900s by a sleeper-cutter named Dick Strange, the miniscule timber, brick and tin-roofed cottage, whose doors are always left unlocked, was described in a contemporary report as being ‘like a doll’s house’ with handmade furniture and the planks used for the walls ‘all done with broad axe’.
Darkan didn’t get a real go on until after the railway reached town in 1907, but by 1908 it had a few shops and a thriving farming community.
Have a look in at the display of local art and craft at the Darkan Arts Council, and try walking the 2.2 km Darkan Heritage Trail, which meanders through town into the pleasant surrounding bush.
This is another town where the wildflowers put on a magnificent display between August and November each year.