Follow the Albany Highway south from Perth and about 256 kilometres later you’ll hit the delightful farming town of Kojonup, where sheep, cattle and grain crops dominate the landscape for most of the year.
Every spring they yield to the wildflowers - especially the wild orchids – which burst into brilliant bloom, drawing visitors from throughout the world. The Kojonup Flora Sanctuary is worth visiting, and in September Kojonup hosts the annual Country Wildflower Festival.
The town got its start in the mid-1830s when a military contingent was garrisoned there to protect travellers and the mail coaches. Settlement followed in the footsteps of the soldiers, but these pioneers did it tough, and not the least of their travails concerned particularly virulent poisonous plants which played havoc with their livestock.
The military barracks, built in 1845, have been turned into a museum and are well worth a visit. The magnificent jarrah trees of the area provide the inspiration for local wood carvers and furniture makers to turn out singular pieces, many of which fall into the collectable category.