The little wheatbelt town of Quairading, about 163km east of Perth, is near what used to be a popular meeting place for local Aborigines called Dangin Springs, just west of the present township.
The name Quairading itself is a corruption of the Aboriginal for ‘place of the bush kangaroo’. Not gazetted as a town until 1907, the railway arrived here a year later and gave the town a kick start. Each October, the locals kick up their heels at the town's agricultural show.
About 35km north-east is the big granite outcrop called Mount Stirling which affords some great views of the area. And definitely worth a look is the Home of Natural Wood Sculpture, 22km north-east of Quairading, which was established by sculptor Ian Mills, now deceased, to showcase what could be created from unusually-shaped pieces of wood.
While you're down this way, have a look at Toapin Weir, about 12km out of town, which is interesting for its ingenuity. Built in 1912, the weir is designed to catch the rainwater runoff from Toapin Rock and then reticulate it to local farms.