The town is situated within the Blackwood Basin catchment area of the Blackwood River, and is the administrative centre for the Shire of West Arthur. It is surrounded by a fertile, high rainfall wheat and sheep farming area, and serviced by a small number of businesses located within the town, plus by the Co-operative Bulk Handling grain storage bin located 3km to the east.
A roadhouse, supermarket, telecentre, golf course, shire hall, hotel, synthetic tennis courts, basketball courts, primary school and a skatepark are each located within the town. Also, a Mens Shed, which consists of a woodworking and a metal working area for use by local retirees to create various projects.
A 47km long disused rail trail runs from Darkan to Collie. The
old station at Bowelling can be used as an overnight stopover on the
trail if required as it is located approximately half way between
Darkan and Collie. Visit the Darkan
Rail Trail website