About 300km north-east of Perth, Kalannie lies in some of the best wildflower country in Australia and at the heart of WA’s largest wheat producing area. The district also claims more species of wattle (acacias) than anywhere else in the world.
So, you can imagine how beautiful it is around Kalannie when the wattle is in full bloom and the wildflowers are out in their brilliant profusion. In September, the town of Dalwallinu - about 50km west of Kalannie - hosts the Wattle Festival to celebrate this beautiful tree.
Kalannie is also playing a prominent role in an important experiment being conducted by Allan Burton, Associate Professor in Chemistry at Perth's Murdoch University. Since 1980, Professor Burton has been working toward the large-scale replanting of eucalyptus oil mallees to control dryland salinity, with the resulting leaf oil replacing environmentally unacceptable industrial solvents.
For this work he was announced as the 1993 Individual Endeavour Category Winner of the John Tonkin Awards, and the 1994 winner of the Innovation Category Award from the Banksia Environmental Foundation.