Cranbrook

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.


Wildflowers

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.


Stirling Range

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.


Brief history

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

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.

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