Kojonup

Wandoo forest, Jean-Paul Ferrero / Auscape International

Population 1124

A freshwater spring first attracted white settlement of the town now known as Kojonup. In 1837 Alfred Hillman arrived in the area after being sent by Governor Stirling to survey a road between Albany and the Swan River Colony. He was guided to the freshwater spring by local Aboriginal people and his promising report back to Governor Stirling resulted in a military outpost being established. The Shire of Kojonup was the first shire in Western Australia to have a million sheep within its boundaries.

Visitor Information

143 Albany Hwy; (08) 9831 0500

www.kojonupvisitors.com

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

  • Shannon National Park

    Shannon National Park, between Manjimup and Walpole in Western Australia’s southern forest region, encompasses the Shannon River as it...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

  • 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

  • Wagin

    Wagin, 177 kilometres east of Bunbury, is the sheep capital of Western Australia. The importance of the wool industry to the district is...more

  • Cranbrook

    The small town of Cranbrook greets travellers with a large sign announcing that it is the 'Gateway to the Stirlings'. A mere 10 kilometres...more

In Town

Kodja Place Visitor and Interpretative Centre: fascinating and fun displays about the land and its people, with stories of Aboriginal heritage and white settlement. It also includes the Australian Rose Maze, the only rose garden in the world growing exclusively Australian roses; 143 Albany Hwy.

Kojonup Museum: in historic schoolhouse building with displays of local memorabilia; open by appt; Spring St.

A. W. Potts Kokoda Track Memorial: a life-size statue of the brigadier facing towards his beloved farm 'Barrule'; Albany Hwy.

Centenary of Federation Wool Wagon: commemorates the significance of the sheep industry to the Kojonup community; Albany Hwy.

Kojonup Spring: grassy picnic area; Spring St.

Military Barracks: built in 1845, this is one of the oldest surviving military buildings in WA and features historical information about the building; open by appt; Spring St.

Elverd's Cottage: display of pioneer tools and farm machinery; open by appt; Soldier Rd.

Kodja Place Bush Tucker Walk: follows the old railway line east where 3000 trees and shrubs indigenous to the area have been planted; map from visitor centre.

Town walk trail: self-guided signposted walk of historic sights; map from visitor centre.

Nearby

Myrtle Benn Memorial Flora and Fauna Sanctuary: walk one of the numerous trails among local flora and fauna including many protected species; Tunney Rd; 1 km W.

Farrar Reserve: scenic bushland and spectacular wildflower display in season; Blackwood Rd; 8 km W.

Australian Bush Heritage Block: natural woodland featuring wandoo and species unique to the South–West; 16 km N.

Lake Towerinning: boating, waterskiing, horseriding, camping; 40 km NW.

Aboriginal guided tours: tours of Aboriginal heritage sites; details and bookings at visitor centre.

Cafes & restaurants around town

Commercial Hotel

Established in 1867, the Commercial Hotel is the oldest currently licensed hotel in the state. Hearty food is served in the cosy dining room or in the contemporary alfresco area, and there is a country-style pub. While... Find out more


Campsites around town

Lakeside Camping 44 km

Lake Towerinning is a tranquil, ancient meteor crater filled with fresh, clear water off Darkin Rd South, 8 km south of Duranillin. The lake is a haven for waterbirds and lovers of boating, sailing, waterskiing and... Find out more


Broomehill Village Caravan Park 45 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


Lake Poorrarecup camping area 66 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


Bridgetown Caravan Park 96 km

Spend the night at this caravan park beside the Blackwood River. It’s at the southern end of a town that’s well-known for its old-world charm, warm hospitality and chilled, misty mornings. The rolling hills... Find out more


Nyabing Recreation Reserve camping area 97 km

Nyabing’s Recreation Reserve is on Martin St, and offers welcome facilities for travellers. The area is noted for its string of shallow lakes: Magenta, Pingarup, Grace South, Grace North and Joy. This is also... Find out more


Narrogin Caravan Park 100 km

Narrogin is at the heart of some of the best agricultural country in WA, about 190 km south-east of Perth. It is the major service centre for the Great Southern region. The caravan park has a good range of facilities for... Find out more


Stockton Lake camping area 100 km

Stockton Lake is 7 km east of Collie off the Collie–Darkan Rd. Beside the old Stockton open-cut mine, now filled with water as an artificial lake, you will find a large, open area among trees, which provide welcome... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Jacaranda Heights B&B

A short drive from Kojonup, Jacaranda Heights offers well-appointed accommodation. The entire first floor of the homestead is available and includes two bedrooms, a lounge and a bathroom with spa. Your privacy is... Find out more


Kemminup Farm Homestay

Surrounded by reserves bursting with wildflowers, birdlife and the gateway to the wonders of the south, Kemminup Farm Homestay is ideally situated. The homestead offers charming country-style accommodation furnished with... Find out more


Kojonup B&B

A barn has been transformed into accommodation at Kojonup B&B, around 160 kilometres from Albany and within walking distance of the centre of Kojonup. All four of the rooms are well appointed, and the master bedroom... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Boscabel Road rest area 20 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Martup Pool rest area 32 km

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

Secluded in scrub near the Beaufort River.


Tunney Road rest area 37 km

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

Just off the highway among trees.


Arthur River rest area 56 km

At Arthur River

Just off the highway and near the roadhouse.


Frankland River rest area 76 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Rocky Gully park area 77 km

At Rocky Gully

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.


Lake Muir park area 83 km

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

Just off the highway at the observatory.


Sturdee Road rest area 88 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Bridgetown park area 96 km

At Bridgetown

At the south end of town on a riverbank.


What's on around town

Wildflower Week: Sept.

Kojonup Show: Oct.

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