Cranbrook is a small town in the Great Southern region of Western
Australia between Katanning, Kojonup and Mount Barker, situated
320 km south of Perth. It is billed as "The Gateway to the
Stirlings", referring to the nearby Stirling Range National Park.The
town is a Cooperative Bulk Handling receival site.
The area is rich in natural beauty and produces outstanding wines and fine food produce and agricultural produce.
During September and October a large display of wildflowers
surrounds the area. You may like to take the amazing Wildflower Walk
which follows a leisurely 1.8km loop. Alternatively, you can take the
2km Wildflower Drive. You can also enjoy Wine tasting in Cranbrook at
Trevelen Farm just 10km out of town.
The Stirling Range National Park has fifteen peaks are over 1000
metres including the highest in Western Australia, Bluff Knoll at
1073m. The Ecology of the Park is very delicately balanced to ensure
its preservation. Camping and BBQs are permitted only where facilities
are provided and picking of wildflowers is strictly prohibited. Light
snow sometimes falls on the higher peaks during winter but rarely lasts
more than several hours.
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Where is it?
320 south east of Perth, 41 km north of Mt Barker.
The settlement grew after it was one of the original railway
stations on the Great Southern Railway when the railway opened in 1889,
and was gazetted a townsite in 1899.
The name is taken from the town of Cranbrook in Kent, England, about
65 kilometres south east of London. It is believed to have been named
by Mr J A Wright, who was manager of the Western Australian Land
Company which built the railway.
Tenterden, located 328 km south-east of Perth, grew out of one
of the sidings on the Great Southern Railway line. The siding was
established in 1891 and shortly afterward the government made land
available for agricultural purposes in the area.
Also in 1891 the Government opened up agricultural land adjacent to
the siding, by declaring the Tenterden Agricultural Area and in 1893
part of this land was gazetted the townsite of Tenterden. Tenterden was
to be the settlement for the area, however the lack of a reliable water
supply prevented that from occurring.