Three Springs, a small northern wheatbelt township, about 313km north of Perth and 170km south-east of Geraldton, lies within an area rich in minerals, pockmarked with abandoned mines and littered with ghost towns. But Three Springs is best known for an open cut mine producing high quality talc - a coloured mineral found in metamorphic rock and used in the manufacture of talcum powder, for pottery and ceramics colouring and in electrical insulators. If you’re planning a visit, make sure you pack your sluicing pan, metal detector and pick axe because there’s still plenty of gold and gemstones left around here. The many-hued Yarra Yarra Lakes, just a couple of kilometres out of town, owe their colours which range from red to dark blue to the mineral content in the water. The lakes are a haven for flocks of migratory birds. Three Springs is at the heart of some of WA's best wildflower country, too, and it is a delight to the eye up here, especially during August and September, when they put on their magnificently colourful displays.