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Albany is the Great Southern’s
regional city. Imposing bald
mountains and cliffs are relentlessly
pounded by the sea, creating
landforms that make you want to
get out there, explore and feel
the wind in your hair. The rugged
beauty of the coast is contrasted
with calm bays and white sandy
beaches. The landscape of King
George Sound was explored by
the Dutch in the 17th century, and
a port was founded in 1826 – WA’s
first European settlement. Albany’s
CBD offers fantastic historic pubs
and hotels (interspersed with
convict relics), plus wine bars and
restaurants with log fires in the
cooler months, and alfresco options
when it’s warm. A wine sub-region
in its own right, its wineries surround
the town, and are worth a drop in.
Once a hippie town, Denmark has
come of age as the place to go, and
the setting couldn’t be more perfect.
The friendly town is surrounded by
towering karri forests, superb wine
country that is pumping out award
winners, chic to rustic restaurants
and cafes, and accommodation
choices so good that they are
destinations in and of themselves.
All this by a luminous coastline
that is wild in some areas, exquisite
and tranquil in others.
MT BARKER &
Two mountain ranges, each more
than a billion years old, dominate
the ancient landscape. Rich with
wildflowers, forest, hiking trails
and bizarre rock formations, this
wilderness is flanked by award-
winning wineries, foodie haunts
and cosy cottages. Mt Barker is
small but still the centre of the
region, with quaint settlements in
Kendenup, Narrikup, Rocky Gully
DISCOVER THE HIDDEN TREASURES
OF THE GREAT SOUTHERN
The Great Southern is home to a collection of hinterland shires, steeped in
the heritage of settlers both early and more recent. These Hidden Treasures offer
a unique glimpse of the backbone of WA’s farming communities, grand
old colonial homesteads contrasting with today’s huge grain operations, all
mixed in with warm country charm.
Classic farming communities, these
two small townships are surrounded
by huge farms.
A SLICE OF HISTORY
The Tambellup Heritage Trail
takes in the history of the early
settlement, the rich Noongar culture
around the Gordon River, and the
former Aboriginal Reserve.
The Corner Shop Museum in
the old Tambellup Stationmaster’s
House has original rooms, furniture
Walk through the village from the
100-year-old Broomehill Post Office,
past sites like St Elizabeth’s Church,
(originally the town police station),
the Museum (a treasure trove of old-
school machinery and memorabilia),
and the heritage-listed Jones
Building, built in 1911 as a general
store selling everything from flour to
bullets. Today, you can drop in for
a taste of history and local wines.
You can also walk the Holland
Track, carved out from Albany
to Coolgardie in 1893 by John
Holland and his party. Keen 4WD
enthusiasts can drive it all the way to
the Goldfields – it’s one of the best
outback adventures to be had. Pick
up a map at the Broomehill shire
office, and see the beautiful mosaics
on the wall while you’re there.
STOP FOR LUNCH
The Tambellup Hotel offers counter
lunches, or the Post Cafe has coffee
and cake. Feel like a picnic? Pop into
town for supplies, and visit the black
swans at the Gordon River Reserve.
Saggers Pool is another great
riverside picnic site.
Diprose Park has a children’s
play area, and barbecues under
the gum trees. Cross one of the
oldest bridges in WA (carefully) to
the Hayfield Reserve, and enjoy the
trees and animals, the local pool,
and the old Pioneer grave.
In Broomehill, Holland
Park is a lovely shady spot, as is
the Centenary Park. Stretch your
legs after lunch and explore the
EXPLORE THE SHIRE
The cheeky, mischeivous Willy Wagtail
features in local Noongar culture,
and can be spotted around the shire.
A famous Tambellup Big Willy, made
from local timber, stands sentry at the
town gates, welcoming visitors.
& Frankland River
Home to the major silos, expect
to see trucks carting grain into
Cranbrook. This is an RV-friendly town
on Great Southern Highway, 4km off
Albany Highway, perfect for
DO AND SEE
From Sukey Hill Lookout,
5km east of Cranbrook off
the Salt River Road, view
pinkish salt lakes to the
north and east, farmlands to the west,
and the Stirling Range to the south,
plus a carpet of wildflowers in spring.
The Heritage Cranbrook Museum,
formerly the Station Master’s House,
is packed with memorabilia and well
worth a peek – call 0407 261 123 for
information about visiting.
The historic 27 Mile Dam site
explores the era of the drovers
who stopped there with their
The Gap, Albany (photography
(photography Tourism WA).
The 100-year-old Broomehill Post Office
(photography Tourism WA).
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