400 Km. North of Perth along the Brand Highway is the settlement of Greenough, named for the river that winds through the district on its way to the Indian Ocean. A thriving farming community grew up along the fertile river flats and Greenough and was first settled in 1857. Many disastrous floods caused much hardship for the early settlers and as the Port of Geraldton grew and transport improved the settlers moved away. What remains today is the charming Greenough historical hamlet and many fine examples of restored old homes and farms preserved by the national trust and dedicated private owners, the Hamlet and museum are open every day to visitors. Along the road to Geraldton visitors will see the leaning trees for which the district is famous. Blown flat by the strong southerly winds in their formulative years these trees grow along the ground instead of upwards.