Cowaramup

 

 

COWARAMUP

 

HEMA Map reference 74/G2

 

GPS 33 51 08 S 115 06 01 E

 

 

 

 

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STATISTICS

Distance from Perth

271 Km

Population

1131

Average Rainfall

1129mm

Mean Max Temp

20.4C

Mean Min Temp

10.3C

 

SERVICES

Police

08 9757 2222

Fire and Rescue

08 9757 2738

Medical

08 9757 0400

Visitor Centre

08 9780 5911

 

CARAVAN PARKS

Taunton Farm

 

1800 248 777

 

HOTEL / MOTEL / B AND B

Cowaramup Studios

 

08 9755 5994

Noble Grape Guesthouse

 

08 9755 5538

Bettenay Loft

 

08 9755 5539

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

 

 

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DESCRIPTION

 

Between Busselton and Margaret River, Cowaramup lies in the heart of wine country. The name originates from the Aboriginal word Cowara, which is the native name for the purple crowned lorikeet. As an unusual and perhaps difficult to pronounce name, Cowaramup quickly became known as 'Cowtown'.

 

The name finally gave birth to the idea that 'cow town' should have a few cows around the place and so a series of cow sculptures sprang up around the town.

 

The area around Cowaramup is filled with places to visit and things to see. natural attractions like caves, forest and beaches are complimented by man-made attractions such as cheese factories, chocolate factories, breweries, food outlets of all kinds and of couse wineries.

 

HISTORY

 

The town was developed as a result of the 'group settlement scheme'. Groups 12,13,18,20,51,62 and 122 were all established in the area and each group consisted of between 16 and 22 families. Each family received a grant of about 160 acres.

 

The Group 12 campsite was situated close to 23 Mile Well on the Busselton to Margaret River road. The first town site (west of the railway siding) was surveyed in 1925 and the present site was gazetted in 1930.

 

The railway arrived in 1923 and was officially opened the following year with a free ride for local residents to the annual Busselton show. 1923 also saw the opening of the Group 12 school and the building of a butcher shop that was later expanded to include general goods. An official post office opened in 1925 and Deakin's store opened at around the same time.

 

The inaugural Cowaramup show was held in 1927 and it ran each year for the next ten years.

 

The first development in the area dates from 1922 but times were very tough and with the coming of the Great Depression many settlers were either forced off, or abandoned their blocks. By the time World War Two started some 60% of the settlement blocks had been abandoned.

 

The end of WW2 saw a new influx of settlers arrive in the area as the soldier settlers took up land.

 

The railway was closed in 1957 as it was seen as too costly to keep open.

 

Originally M C Davies operated timber milling operations in the area but this was soon followed by dairy farming, beef production, pig breeding, sheep farming, deer farming and of course wine production. There are now more than forty vineyards in the area. Timber was milled in the area until the 1970s but the last mill closed when suitable stands of timber ran out.

 

The first grapes were grown by a Mr. Meleri prior to 1920 but it was not until 1967 that Vasse Felix, the first commercial winery, was opened.

 

Most locals relied on tank water until 1973 when a more comprehensive water scheme was connected to the town.

 

Nearby Cowaramup Bay (Gracetown) is a popular tourist destination especially with surfers.

 

Rails to trails

 

This project has resulted in an 18 kilometre walkway from Cowaramup to Margaret River along what was once the old railway line.

 

TALL TALES AND TRUE

 

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ATTRACTIONS

 

Wineries, Cowaramup Bay, Cheese Factory, Brewery, Chocolate Factory, Forest, Beaches.

 

BUILDINGS OF NOTE

 

Church, Town Hall.

 

ELECTORAL ZONES

 

State : Vasse

Federal : Forrest

 

OTHER INFO.

 

Postcode : 6284

Local Government : Shire of Augusta Margaret River

 

PHOTOS

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