Wyalkatchem is at the centre of WA’s major wheatbelt, about 200km north-east of Perth, and is smack in the middle of some of Australia’s best wildflower country.
The town lies on the old Goldfields Track - the route taken by fortune seekers making their way toward Kalgoorlie-Boulder. This is where Paddy Hannan discovered gold in 1893, opening up what was to become recognised as the richest gold reef in the world.
Wyalkatchem has most of the delights of a small country town, and its agricultural museum is a fine example of the genre.
Yorkakine Rock, just out of town, is a popular picnicking spot. Wyalkatchem is also a magnet for hang gliders who say they can often reach heights of 3500m in this area and can fly for several hundred kilometres in any direction.
The townsite of Korrelocking, 13km east of Wyalkatchem, is supposed to be the first place in Australia to use bulk grain loading facilities on the railroads, instead of bagged wheat. Korrelocking is the Aboriginal name of a nearby water source, Korrelocking Well, which was first recorded by a surveyor in 1892.