About 150km north-east of Perth, Wongan Hills is at the centre of a grain growing district producing wheat, oats, lupins, barley, with quite a few sheep thrown in for contrast in a landscape of rolling hills.
A source of local pride is the salty, man-made Lake Ninna, a great place for water skiing when the levels rise. This is also fabulous wildflower country. In the spring the hills are alive with colour. Western Australia has 2000 species of wildflowers that they haven’t got around to naming yet and Wongan Hills and surrounding areas have plenty that are unique to this district.
WA's ubiquitous Surveyor General, J. Septimus Roe, was the first white man to explore and map the area in 1836. But it wasn't until well into the first decade of the new century that serious settlement got under way, although the monks from New Norcia used to graze their sheep in the Wongan Hills district and there were always a few sandalwood cutters at work.