Located 83 km north of Perth, Gingin is one of the oldest towns in Western Australia. Today it retains much of its antiquity being an absolutely delightful and quaint township with a substantial number of historical buildings, a excellent old pub, and the lazy, tree-lined Gingin Brook running through the heart of the settlement. Nestled into the valleys to the north of Perth, it is the ideal distance from the capital for a pleasant day trip.
The first Europeans to explore the Gingin area were Robert Dale and Edward Barrett-Lennard who travelled to the area in 1830 (only a year after the establishment of the Swan River colony) searching for lost cattle. So impressed with the area was Barrett-Lennard that the following year he applied for a lease. Thus the first settler in the area arrived in 1832 and since then the area has been farmed without the town ever experiencing a boom period. At the moment it has a population of a little over 400 who service the ever-increasing tourist industry as well as the surrounding farmers. The main agriculture in the area includes sheep, cattle, wheat, some grape and citrus growing. The Moondah Brook Vineyard, on the road to Bindoon, has become one of the most successful vineyards in Western Australia in recent times.