In the southern wheatbelt, about 300km north of Albany, Newdegate is a small town in a delightfully-picturesque region first explored by J.S. Rowe in 1848 but not established until 1924. Two big, shallow lakes close to town - Lake Burkett and Lake Buchan - are popular for the leisure pursuits of locals and visitors, and the sustenance of wildlife, especially birds. The district basks in full-on technicolor in spring when the wildflowers are in bloom. Despite its isolated location, Newdegate throws one of the best field days in the country in September each year when the latest farm machinery goes on display and people descend on the town from all compass points. It's held over two days at the Newdegate Sports Ground, off the main road west of the township. Down the road from Newdegate, about 52km west, is the bigger service centre of Lake Grace where the 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, established by the redoubtable John Flynn of Royal Flying Doctor Service fame.