Lake King and Varley are small friendly communities on the edge of the Western Australian Wheatbelt’s sheep and wheat farming country.
Boasting some of the Southern Wheatbelt’s best displays of Western Australian wildflowers, Lake King is a popular stopping place for visitors travelling through the nearby Frank Hann National Park to Norseman. Pick up a map at the local shops and follow the walk trails to discover native plants, wildflowers, birdlife and local history.
Walk the Roe Heritage Trail and retrace part of the historic journey taken by surveyor General Roe in 1848. Check out the Lake King saltwater lake and picnic at Mount Madden Cairn. Or travel east to the Rabbit Proof Fence for more magnificent displays of wildflowers (in season).
This small country town offers bed and breakfast and hotel/motel accommodation and also has a caravan park.
40 kilometres south of Hyden, on the Brookton Highway, lies the tiny community of Varley that proudly carries the motto ‘Great place, small crowd’.
Gold was discovered at nearby Hatters Hill in the early 20th century, and the site is still a popular spot for gold prospecting and fossicking. You can discover more about the area’s fascinating gold rush history at the town museum.