Steadily getting closer to Perth from the north, we break thru from the desert to rolling plains of wheat and other grains. Suddenly classic Aussie landscapes, cooler temperatures and farms. Miles and miles of wheat and oats farms. After Kalbarri and still traveling the tourist route Northampton is the next town.
And what a great little historic centre this is. Northampton has been around for a long time and now boasts a large number of heritage buildings. The Catholic Church, convent, information centre and the museum are really great old buildings.
The town lies on the North West Coastal Highway. Formerly named Gwalla after the location's copper mine, it was established by the ex-convict Joseph Horrocks. It is also the closest service town to the micro nation, the Principality of Hutt River. Much wealth obviously found its way into the building of Northampton.
The town is known for its many wildflowers, and cave paintings at the Bowes River turnoff show that the region has been inhabited by Indigenous Australians.
Copper and lead ore were found in the 1840s, and by 1877, 4,000 tons of copper and lead were being produced each year.
Northampton is one of those towns that is a stand out and a must visit and allow an overnighter to get the best out of this great place.