Stirling Range National Park, Australian Geographic

Population 279

The small town of Cranbrook greets travellers with a large sign announcing that it is the 'Gateway to the Stirlings'. A mere 10 kilometres away is Stirling Range National Park, a mecca for bushwalkers and climbers. The nearby Frankland area has gained a national reputation for its premium-quality wines.

Visitor Information

Council offices, Gathorne St; (08) 9826 1008

Nearby national parks

  • Stirling Range National Park

    Surrounded by a flat, sandy plain, the Stirling Range rises abruptly to over 1000 metres, its jagged peaks sometimes veiled in swirling...more

  • Porongurup National Park

    The Porongurup Range, a 40-minute drive north of Albany, is renowned for its stark granite domes and unusual rock formations that rise up...more

  • Mount Frankland National Park

    Mount Frankland, known as Caldyanup to the local Aboriginal people, rises up out of the karri, tingle and jarrah forests north of Walpole....more

Nearby towns

  • Mount Barker

    Mount Barker lies in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, with the Stirling Range to the north and the Porongurups to the east....more

  • Kojonup

    A freshwater spring first attracted white settlement of the town now known as Kojonup. In 1837 Alfred Hillman arrived in the area after...more

  • Katanning

    Katanning lies in the middle of a prosperous grain-growing and pastoral area. A significant development in the town's history was the 1889...more

In Town

Station House Museum: restored and furnished 1930s-style; Gathorne St.

Wildflower walk: 300 m walk to Stirling Gateway with displays of orchids in spring; Salt River Rd.


Stirling Range National Park Surrounded by a flat, sandy plain, the Stirling Range rises abruptly to over 1000m, its jagged peaks veiled in swirling mists. The cool, humid environment created by these low clouds supports 1500 flowering plant species, many unique to the area, earning the park recognition as one of the top-10 biodiversity hot spots in the world. This National Heritage–listed park is one of WA's premier destinations for bushwalking. Bluff Knoll, at 1073m, is one of the state’s premier hiking challenges. Best time to visit is Oct–Dec.10 km SE.

Sukey Hill Lookout: expansive views of farmland, salt lakes and Stirling Range; off Salt River Rd; 5km E.

Lake Poorrarecup: swimming and waterskiing; 40km SW.

Wineries: the nearby Frankland River region boasts several wineries, including Alkoomi, Frankland Estate and Ferngrove; 50km W.

Wildflower drive and heritage trail: contact visitor centre for brochure.

Fishing spots near town

Albany 90 km

Albany, about five hours’ drive south of Perth, is most famous for being the home of the last Australian whaling station. But talk to tackle store owner Jim Allen and you soon realise there is more to Albany than... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Wildflower tour - Mount Barker 38 km

The Banksia Farm at Mount Barker has the world’s only arboretum of all 77 banksia species and nearly all the dryandras as well. Join a tour around the farm to hear fascinating yarns about how banksias were used in... Find out more

Cycling tours 76 km

Denmark Bike Adventures hires bikes and recommends a couple of cycling tours, including a hike–bike combination in which you can walk a section of the Bibbulmun Track (see Hiking below), then hop on a bike to cycle... Find out more

Campsites around town

Lake Poorrarecup camping area 33 km

Water-based activities abound at Lake Poorrarecup, 13 km east of Frankland on the Frankland–Cranbrook Rd. Boating, canoeing, waterskiing and sailing are just some of the diversions available to pass the time away... Find out more

Moingup Springs camping area 50 km

Moingup Springs camping area is on Chester Pass Rd, 76 km north-east of Albany. It has a good range of facilities in an area of breathtaking beauty that is very popular with hikers and climbers. Bring in a gas/fuel... Find out more

Broomehill Village Caravan Park 51 km

On the corner of Morgan Rd and Journal St, Broomehill Village is perfectly positioned for visitors wanting to follow the town’s Heritage Trail. The caravan park has good facilities and amenities.... Find out more

Nullaki camping area 83 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Nullaki camping area is 31.5 km from William Bay camping area and 16.5 km from West Cape Howe camping area. Bring a gas/fuel stove as no fires are permitted.... Find out more

Torbay Inlet camping area 84 km

A very small camping area with basic facilities for self-sufficient campers, Torbay Inlet is surrounded by coastal scrub. The site is 28 km west of Albany via Lower Denmark, Perkins Beach and Torbay Inlet rds. A prime... Find out more

Big4 Albany Gardens Holiday Resort 84 km

Albany Gardens Holiday Resort is located in Wellington Street Albany, 1 km north of the post office. It offers visitors a good range of facilities for campers and activities for families including swimming pool, tennis... Find out more

William Bay camping area 85 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, William Bay is 19.9 km from Boat Harbour camping area, within the South-West region of the track, and is 31.5 km from Nullaki camping area. Bring a gas/fuel stove as no fires are permitted.... Find out more

Cosy Corner (east) camping area 86 km

A secluded camping area near the foreshore, the cutely named Cosy Corner has 10 sites scattered around the trees in a coastal scrub environment. Off Cosy Corner Rd via Lower Denmark Rd, 30 km west of Albany, it is a good... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Denmark Rivermouth Caravan Park 76 km

This popular park is located right on the water, a short 1-km walk from the town. This is a basic holiday park at a competitive price. The boat ramp adjoins the park. Bookings are required in peak times and a... Find out more

Kalgan River Chalets and Caravan Park 81 km

Situated 11 km east of Albany on the Kalgan River, this park suits travellers looking for plenty of space. There are large sites and big rigs can be accommodated. Its features include canoes for hire, a nine-hole golf... Find out more

BIG4 Albany Gardens Holiday Resort 84 km

The closest park to the centre of Albany, this is a good quality place with a well-stocked shop, a tennis court and a native animal enclosure. The park is in a quiet, off-the-main-road position, well protected from the... Find out more

BIG4 Emu Beach Holiday Park 86 km

This quality, popular beachside park is 7 km from the centre of Albany. It has a wide range of facilities including minigolf. Bookings are necessary and minimum-stay periods apply at Christmas, Easter and long weekends.... Find out more

Big 4 Middleton Beach Holiday Park 87 km

A great place for a holiday, this quality park has a fabulous position and fronts onto 500 metres of a popular swimming beach. Just 3 km from the Albany post office, it has good amenities and a range of facilities... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Tunney Road rest area 27 km

38km SE of Kojonup (L) or 65km NW of Mt Barker (R)

Just off the highway among trees.

Sturdee Road rest area 27 km

11km SE of Kojonup (R) or 92km N of Mt Barker (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Rocky Gully park area 55 km

At Rocky Gully

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Frankland River rest area 63 km

77km W of Mt Barker (R) or 84km E of Manjimup (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Denmark park area 76 km

At Denmark

Just off the highway on the banks of a river.

King River park area 78 km

11km NE of Albany (R) or 167km SW of Jerramungup (L)

Small area just off the highway among some large trees on the banks of the river.

Boscabel Road rest area 82 km

75km SE of Williams (L) or 19km NW of Kojonup (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Green Range rest area 85 km

73km NE of Albany (L) or 105km SW of Jerramungup (R)

Just off the highway among some trees.

Lake Muir park area 85 km

102km W of Mt Barker (L) or 59km E of Manjimup (R)

Just off the highway at the observatory.

Greens Pool park area 86 km

T/O 52km E of Walpole (R) or 14km W of Denmark (L)

On the foreshore in William Bay National Park. Located 4km south of the highway via William Bay Rd.

Parry Beach camping area 90 km

T/O 43km E of Walpole (R) or 23km W of Denmark (L)

On the foreshore among dense coastal vegetation 6km south of the highway.

Normans Beach camping area 92 km

T/O 38km NE of Albany (R) or 140km SW of Jerramungup (L)

Very small area on the foreshore, 11km (partly unsealed) east of the highway.

Martup Pool rest area 94 km

62km SE of Williams (L) or 32km NW of Kojonup (R)

Secluded in scrub near the Beaufort River.

What's on around town

Cranbrook Shire on Show: Apr.

Wildflower Display: Sept.

Art trail and Photographic Competition: Oct.

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