Down in the south of WA, between Gnowangerup and Jerramungup, about 370km south-east of Perth, Ongerup is a town surrounded by mixed farming ventures - primarily grain and sheep, interspersed with fat cattle.
In June each year, Ongerup hosts WA's biggest shearing competition, the Ongerup Shears, which has been going since 1983.
Eco tourism is becoming big business in the region, and Ongerup is renowned for the increasingly rare mallee fowl which roam the scrub and are now a protected species.
Ongerup has been strongly influenced in its development by the major sheep breeding community of Gnowangerup, just 31km to the west. The area was a major sandalwood supplier in the late 1800s, but that was before the first merinos were introduced in 1908.
Between August and November, the wildflowers introduce a kaleidoscope of colour into the delightful landscape. The Ongerup and Needilup District Museum in the Old Railway Barracks in Ongerup is a typical, but very interesting, folk museum. In September each year the museum hosts a wildflower display in its grounds, where you can see up to 400 species, all labelled with their botanical names.