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The charming farming community of Arthur River has ridden on the sheep's back since the mid 1800s. Today, it invites you to discover its country heritage, dazzling wildflower country, pretty picnic spots and thrilling water sports. Following the Albany Highway south east of Perth, you can escape the bustle of modern life to indulge in the simple pleasures of country living in just two and a half hours. Among the town's lovingly restored heritage buildings is the Arthur Wool Shed. Dating back to the 1950s, this community shearing shed was once a hive of activity at shearing time and now offers a fascinating glimpse into its heyday. Another legacy of Arthur River's pioneering farmers is Hillman Dam. Dug by hand and concreted to bring water from Hillman Rock, today it draws nature lovers to this spot to discover the reserve's abundant flora and fauna. Nearby, Boronia Reserve is another floral hotspot. Tended by a local warden who will often conduct guided tours, the reserve is a wonderful introduction to some of the region's unique wildflower species . If you're seeking some adrenalin thrills in the great outdoors, head for Lake Towerinning. Covering a staggering 256 hectares, it's a mecca for water sports enthusiasts, particularly water skiers, and makes a great spot for a spectators' barbecue or picnic. For some refreshment, follow in the footsteps of travellers, shepherds, sandalwood cutters and settlers to the Old Kitchen Mount Pleasant Inn that was built in 1869. Or, if you plan to stay a while longer, book a room at the historical hotel or local backpackers, spend a night or two in the old mill cottages or at a local farmstay, or camp by the lake under a blanket of stars.
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