Close to the border, Parilla and its neighbouring towns of Pinnaroo and Lameroo lie at the heart of a grain belt that stretches from western Victoria to the Murray River.
Wheat, oats and barley remain the staple crops, but in the 40km stretch between Pinaroo and Parilla the landscape has been changing over recent years as more farmers have diversified into vegetables, grapes and flowers.
If you want to delve into the region's past, make a point of visiting the Mallee Tourist and Heritage Centre in Pinaroo. This fascinating centre includes a printing museum, a world-renowned grain collection, a set of restored stationary engines, farm machinery and a heritage museum of artefacts, photographs, documents and other historic items.
Forty kilometres to the west of Minaroo, Lameroo is a popular rest stop on the Mallee Highway. The three towns sit above a huge subterranean basin that provides the district's farmers with a plentiful supply of life-giving water.