Whether you’re on the trail of pioneers or wildflowers, Nungarin packs some surprises. It’s home to Western Australia’s only remaining World War Two Five Base Ordnance Depot, the first stone and mud brick homestead, and vibrant blooms that form part of the largest collection of wildflowers on Earth.

A three and a half hour drive east of Perth and just half an hour north of Merredin, the historic town of Nungarin makes a fascinating detour from the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail between Perth and Kalgoorlie.

From 1944 to 1960, Nungarin served as a depot for Australian army personnel. Today, it invites you to discover the region’s military history by stepping inside the State’s only remaining World War Two Five Base Ordnance Depot at the Nungarin Heritage Machinery and Army Museum. Here, beside Tenth Light Horse military armoured vehicles, you’ll find an eclectic display of military and agricultural, dolls and matchbox toys.

Venture out to Mangowine Homestead and be transported back to the 1870s. Discover the story of pioneers Charles and Jane Adams, explore its 10 hectare natural bushland setting and see the first stone and mud brick homestead in its original condition, when it served as an inn for travellers heading to the Goldfields.

Hit the Nungarin Heritage Trail to tour other historic buildings in the region, including McCorry’s Old Hotel, the Post Office, Nungarin Hotel and the Anglican Church.

If you’re travelling in August or September, be sure to take the detour to Talgomine Reserve or Eaglestone Hill, when the fields are a blanket of pink and yellow everlastings and the woodlands are filled with the delicate blooms of orchids. Bird watchers, canoeists or those in search of a cooling dip will also find delight in a trip to nearby Lake Campion.

Stay and soak up a little local heritage at the hotel and adjoining blacksmiths (circa 1911), enjoy some local hospitality at a guesthouse, or pull in to the local caravan park.

Time your visit to coincide with the first Sunday of each month between March and December and you can also indulge at the Nungarin Wheatbelt Markets.