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Albany Highway, is the St
Werburgh’s Tourist Drive that
runs through local vineyards
and historical places of interest.
One such place is St Werburgh’s
Chapel itself, located about
halfway along the circuit on St
Werburgh’s Road. The chapel has
never had power, so all services,
weddings and christenings are
held by candlelight. Open seven
days a week, and in winter the
drive is graced by beautiful wattle
trees. Just 25km from Mt Barker
is the Porongurup National Park
that can easily be circumnavigated
by road in just a few hours.
Locals suggest taking Bolganup
Road, Angwin Park Road and the
Woodlands Road through the park
because the route passes through
karri, jarrah and marri forests and
the sights of Gibraltar Rock and
the Sleeping Beauty. Coming back
onto the Mt Barker-Porongurup
Road, you pass a number of
wineries with cellar doors and
places to eat out.
Today, many of these towns have developed into major agricultural
centres but still possess remnants of their not-so -distant past. The road
less travelled leads you through several northern Great Southern towns,
past grand old homesteads and modern-day grain operations.
During the months of July to December, wildflowers start to bloom
along the trail and each town along the way offers up a different way
to see the region’s flora. A stop in Frankland is a must, to marvel at the
spectacular abundance of wildflowers found in the area during spring.
Dozens of different types of orchids are found here, including the
rare and endangered cossack orchid. To the east is the town of Borden.
Located on the edge of the Stirling Range National Park, there is an
abundance of flora and fauna to see during spring. Jerramungup is on
the edge of the Fitzgerald River National Park, home to the UNESCO
rated Fitzgerald Biosphere. During the spring’s wildflower season,
you’ll find many rare species in and around the park, including the
royal hakea and the quaalup bell.
To enter the drive trail from the west, your gateway into the
Hidden Treasures tourism region will be the town of Kojonup. While
in town, take the time to stroll through the award-winning Rose
Maze and Kodja Place Interpretive Centre, and visit one of the earliest
military barracks built in the State, now housing the Kojonup Pioneer
Museum. To the south, Cranbrook provides another gateway. This part
of the trail takes in the Frankland River wine region and sections of the
Stirling Range National Park.
Wagin to the north and Ravensthorpe to the east provide other entry
points. For more information, visit hiddentreasures.com.au.
FOOD AND WINE
If anyone knows about Great
Southern wine, it’s John Gates.
Executive Officer of the Great
Southern Wine Producers
Association, John says the region has
forest, coast and Albany’s historic
attractions, as well as a wide variety
of wineries and wine experiences.
What sets this wine region apart?
The Great Southern comprises
five separate sub-regions with
varying wine styles. In terms of
those styles, the Great Southern
are strong riesling and shiraz
growers and producers. They grow
a lot of other varieties as well,
including pinot and chardonnay.
The cabernet sauvignon has been
Instead of taking the direct route down from Perth, why not turn off
Albany Highway and discover some of the Hidden Treasures of the Great
Southern? Much of the inner reaches of agricultural Western Australia
were founded on the steam of a locomotive and the Great Southern is no
different. A newly created drive trail now allows you to follow in the footsteps
of these early pioneers through towns such as Katanning, Tambellup and
Cranbrook – all built along the tracks of the Great Southern Railway – as well
as others within easy access of it.
steadily growing in quality and has
won multiple awards, so watch out
for the ones from down south.
The big names | I don’t think
you can talk about the Great
Southern without talking about
the big names that started off the
industry and are still producing
premium wines: Alkoomi,
Plantagenet and Howard Park
Wines. I just love the Plantagenet
cabernet sauvignon and the solid
Alkoomi Jarrah shiraz.
Eat | My favourites are Pepper
& Salt and Matilda’s Estate in
Denmark. For something a little
more rustic and dedicated to
regional produce, go to Gilberts in
Kendenup, or for a light lunch go
to Poachers Ridge in Narrikup or
Windrush Estate in Mt Barker.
Canola crops in flower (Photography CBH Group).
Great Southern vineyard
The region’s hidden treasures include all manner of wildlife.
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