This small town, about 325 km south of Perth, lies at the centre of the stunningly beautiful Frankland River Valley which is dotted with rich farmlands, verdant wineries, newly-planted olive groves and impressive stands of natural forests.
Locals have failed to keep secret the fact that the local rivers and streams are abundantly stocked with that gourmet’s delight, freshwater crayfish - or marron as they are called in Western Australia.
The wildflowers bloom in colourful profusion down this way in spring, and the imposing Stirling Ranges are 50km or so to the east.
The brooding beauty of the Stirling Ranges National Park and the challenge of scaling Bluff Knoll have long drawn bushwalkers and climbers to the area. At 1095 metres above sea level, Bluff Knoll is the highest peak in the south-west of Western Australia and it takes three to four hours to complete the six-kilometre return climb.