Sheep, coarse grains and cattle are the staple money-earners around the historic town of Williams, on the river of the same name, about 161km south-east of Perth.
An important staging post and service centre in bygone days, Williams has retained many of its old buildings, including the Williams Hotel which was built in 1850 and is believed to be the oldest building still standing. The Old Well on the Albany Highway is a 4500 litre tank built about 1880 and the Tarwonga Inn, 20km south, was built between 1872 and 1876 to service coaches travelling between Perth and Albany.
The Dryandra State Forest, 25km north of town, is home to a number of WA’s rare marsupials, including the state's animal emblem, the numbat. The forest covers 27,000ha and is an important area for nature conservation. Dryandra conserves more than 20 species of native mammals and more than 100 bird varieties. Spring is the best time to view the many wildflowers, but you can't camp in the park.
While little is known about the Aboriginal use of Dryandra, five important cultural sites have been found in the area, including an ochre pit, which can be seen on the Ochre Trail which winds through the park. Ochre was highly valued for body decoration and rock art by the Aborigines. Other Aboriginal sites in the park are identifiable by scattered relics and artefacts.