Wheat, other coarse grains and sheep are the staple money makers out Mukinbudin way, about 300km north-east of Perth, near Bencubbin. Situated in the central part of the Midlands region, Mukinbudin was settled in the 1870s and 1880s, mostly by shepherds. But when water in abundance was discovered in 1928, cattle were soon swarming over the paddocks. There's a big community shearing shed in the centre of town, and just outside it you'll find a number of granite outcrops called Elachbutting, Yanneymooning, Engolbin, and Berringbooding. The locals promote Mukinbudin as being the alternative route to Kalgoorlie to avoid the road trains and other traffic that beetle along the more conventional conveyance of the Great Eastern Highway. Neighbouring Bencubbin and Mukinbudin are set in the last fringes of arable land before the desert exerts its desiccating influence on most non-indigenous plants. But this is wildflower country and it’s a delight out here in spring when they’re in bloom. And the fauna can be interesting and varied, too. With a bit of luck you will see bush turkeys, wedgetail eagles, echidnas, emus, red kangaroos and mallee fowl.