The railway junction town of Lake Grace, in the southern wheatbelt of WA about 250km north of Albany, is a major service centre for the farms which dot the delightful countryside down that way.
The two big, shallow lakes to the south-west of town - Lake Grace North and Lake Grace South - are popular aquatic playgrounds for locals and visitors alike, and vitally important to the sustenance of wildlife, especially birds.
The area’s delights are enhanced in spring when the wildflowers are in bloom.
Lake Grace townsfolk have spent a lot of energy and not a few dollars restoring some old railway buildings and the hospital run by the Australian Inland Mission, which is now a museum.
Established in 1925 by John Flynn of Flying Doctor fame, the hospital is the last to be administered by the Australian Inland Mission in WA.
Ask locals for directions to Holland's Track, blazed in 1893, between Broomehill and the eastern goldfields. Wagon tracks from the 'old days' can still be seen between Lake Grace and Newdegate.
Lake Grace was named in 1909 by the surveyor F. S. Brockman after his wife, Grace Bussell (of Busselton fame). Showing little imagination, the powers-that-be named the town itself quite a few years later.