Most days the stockyard is alive with the dust and drama of thousands of cattle, horses and other livestock going under the auctioneer’s hammer. This epic drama plays out most days of the week, but Fridays are a must-see.

Gracemere was named by early pioneers, the Archer Brothers. Tow Archer named it after his wife Grace. For lunch served with a side of old-fashioned charm, visit the Gracemere Hotel.

A short detour 20 minutes west lies Mt Hay Gemstone Park. In the shadow of an extinct ancient volcano, uncover thundereggs full of bright colours and patterns, fossick for your own thundereggs and any gemstones.

Find the spoils of Mt Hay transformed into gifts and jewellery in the giftshop. You can even camp for the evening!

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