With total justification, they call the area of which Harvey is the centre - about 140km south of Perth and 48km north of Bunbury - ‘the evergreen shire’ because of the lushness of its irrigated pastures that support herds of healthy dairy and beef cattle and supply most of WA's milk.
The area is widely regarded as providing some of the best grazing country in Australia, and has more recently come into its own as a citrus fruit producer.
It’s also spectacularly beautiful. Just out of town is the Harvey Weir, where you can catch marron (freshwater crayfish) and perch. Make sure you see the trout ladder at Harvey Falls, which has been specially constructed to help spawning trout to swim upstream. Certainly, no visit to WA would be complete without a detour through this delightful area.
Named after Major Harvey, the first man to survey the area, the town has a few buildings of historic interest, such as J. Knowles House and Store, in Harvey Street, which went up in 1890. The Harvey Historical Society Museum, in the old railway station complex, is also worth a visit.