On the northern outskirts of the wheatbelt about 330km or so north-east of Perth, many of Beacon’s locals are involved in rearing sheep and cattle and trying to cultivate crops on marginal and sometimes harsh hectares, which all too soon give way to semi-arid and then full-blown, uninhabited desert country. With a human population of only 100 people vastly outnumbered by sheep and cockatoos, this is not a thriving centre – although it does have a farm machinery sales yard and an impressively large wheat silo.
The main attraction in the region is the Karoon Hill Area which is 50 km northeast of the town. The site is a haven for a variety of birdlife, especially the Major Mitchell and Red-tailed Black Cockatoos. In fact, this is an extremely popular spot with twitchers because it’s the most north-easterly town in the wheatbelt and the ripening grain attracts birds from the goldfields birds and other outlying areas beyond the emu-proof fence. Nearby, on the Bimbijy Road, are the large and impressive granite outcrops of Mount Churchman and the Dromedaries. The locals will tell you to make sure you visit in August and September to catch the wildflowers in bloom.