Aquaculture / Crayfishing
The coastal towns of Green Head and Leeman have evolved from small fishing villages based on the Crayfishing industry. Keep an eye out for the boats when they return with their catch.
One of the many characters to settle in the region was Gustave Liebe who came to Coorow to farm at the age of 60, growing the most grain in the area. A Hungarian Architect who designed the Budapest Opera House, as well as His Majesty's Theatre and a number of hotels in Perth. Gustave Leibe designed elaborate houses adjoining the farm sheds for himself and his workmen in Waddi Forest. His house and shed are still in good order and are now privately owned by the Kerr Family.
With the largest grain receival point in the southern hemisphere situated at Mingenew and a large variety of agriculture being carried out within the region, an opportunity is on offer for those travelling through to learn a great deal more about the importance of this industry.
Take the opportunity to stay at any of the wonderful Bed and Breakfast Farm Stays, learn the history of the area, enjoy the country hospitality, gain an understanding of the region's agriculture, and of course, view the wildflowers.
While grain and sheep make up the majority of agricultural activities, cattle are more prominent in the northern and some coastal areas. There are also some large feedlots in operation.
Farming has developed from the traditional wheat and barley crops to include a range of other grains including, canola, field peas, faba beans, lupins and chick peas with alternative crops such as paprika and coriander being tried.
Sheep and Wool
Ever heard it said that sheep are the backbone of the country? This is perhaps true as the combination of sheep and crops enables the survival through good and bad years. You will find both meat and wool breeds offering greater diversification and sale options.
Horticulture is an emerging industry in and around Moora and includes potato, olives, citrus, almond farming and stone fruit production. Local soil types and reliable rainfall found west of Moora make ideal conditions for horticultural activities.
From the gold mining ghost town of Rothsay to the coal mining shafts at Coalseam there is evidence of the role mining had in the area's development. Home to Australia's first iron ore shipment, the largest talc mine in the southern hemisphere and range of minerals from gold to mineral sand, copper to coal and the silicone mine north of Moora.