First surveyed in 1836, the land round Koorda, 245 kilometres north-east of Perth, has been given over to wheat, with other coarse grains and a few sheep thrown in for good measure.
There's a big bulk handling complex in town which stores a huge amount of grain. Outside of town, it’s wonderful wildflower country where, in spring, the land comes alive with the vibrant colours of many of the thousands of WA varieties, 2000 of which have not yet been named.
Some of the older women in Koorda carry on the tradition of making ‘corn dollies’ - children’s dolls made from the stalks and husks of sweet corn, but it seems they’re not so easy to buy in town. The locals say the corn dolly habit was caught from a bloke named Frank Lodge, who immigrated from England to settle there in 1911 - a singular individual, obviously.
The Koorda Museum, an old hospital, displays antique medical and surgical equipment, along with farm machinery and household items recovered from early homesteads in the area.