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Near Nabowla, 22km west of Scottsdale, is the turn-off to the largest lavender farm in the southern hemisphere, producing lavender oil for the perfume industry. The purple fields in flowering season (mid-December to late January) are unforgettable. There’s also a cafe and gift shop that sells all things lavender: drawer scenters, fudge, ice cream and ‘Bobbie Bears' – lavender-stuffed toys that (inexplicably) sell by the thousands.

Admission is free, but if you're here between 1 December and 5 February you can take a guided tour of the blooms (included with your $10 admission between these dates), leaving hourly between 9.30am and 3.30pm.