At the centre of the Great Southern region, 277 kilometres south-east of Perth and about 186km north of Albany, the Katanning district is renowned for its quality merino sheep and its fine pastures, which also support grain growing and cattle grazing activities.
This attractive little town, which is a major service centre for the area and has WA’s largest rural sheep-selling yards – complete with an absolutely fabulous pavilion custom-built for the selling of merino rams - retains some fine examples of Victorian street architecture.
In August, the Katanning Sheep Show and Ram Sale is a big event, and part of the wider WA Merino Week activities.
About 90km south of town are the rugged peaks of the Stirling Range National Park, one of the world's most important areas for flora, with 1500 species packed within its boundaries.
More species occur in the Stirling Range than in the entire British Isles and 87 plant species found in the Stirling Range occur nowhere else on earth. This tally includes the famous mountain bells of the genus Darwinia. Needless to say, spring wildflower viewing is an incredible experience.