Ongerup Hotel

 

 

ONGERUP

 

GPS 33 57 36 S 118 28 48 E

 

 

 

 

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STATISTICS

Distance from Perth

410 Km

Population

248

Average Rainfall

385mm

Mean Max Temp

21.8C

Mean Min Temp

9.8C

 

SERVICES

Police

08 9827 2800

Fire and Rescue

Unknown

Medical

08 9827 1116

Visitor Centre

08 9827 1635

 

CARAVAN PARKS

Ongerup

08 9828 2127

 

HOTEL / MOTEL / B and B

Hotel

08 9828 2001

 

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DESCRIPTION

 

The town of Ongerup isn't one that immediately springs to mind when I hear the words 'tourist destination'.

It is primarily a service centre for the surrounding farms where wheat and sheep are the main produce.

An item of interest for 'birders' is the Yongergnow Malleefowl Centre.

The main attraction in the area is the Stirling Range National Park.

The town's major attraction is the Ongerup and Needilup District Museum which is located in the Old Railway Barracks in the main street. It is an interesting local folk museum with good displays of domestic memorabilia, an extensive collection of farm equipment, and a focus on the natural history of the area.

A well attended local event is the annual Ongerup Shears which is held on the Queens Birthday long weekend. This event, first held in 1983, has become the premier shearing competition in the Western Australian sheep/wheat belt.

 

HISTORY

 

The name is derived from an Aboriginal word 'yongerup' meaning place of the male kangaroo. It originated from a rock formation about 10 kilometres north west of the current townsite.

John Septimus Roe led an expedition through the area in 1848 and the area was first settled in the 1870s by the Moir family who settled at Warperup Creek.

The townsite was gazetted in 1912 and the railway arrived in 1913 but unlike other centres the rail line closed down in 1957 and produce is now hauled to market by road.

The first wave of settlers faced severe hardship and many found the going too tough. World War One saw many men leave to fight and settlement in the area decreased. The Great Depression saw mallet bark strippers and kangaroo hunters roaming the area. World War Two saw another difficult time for the region and it was not until the late 1950s and early 1960s when farming practises changed that the area was to see significant improvement.

On February 7th 1955 heavy rainfall totalling almost 120mm in one day caused flooding in the town.

Until 2003 a local newspaper called the 'The Gnowangerup Star and Tambellup-Ongerup Gazette' was published in the town. It had started in 1915 but falling local population led to its final demise.

In 2009 Ronin Films created a film series about the town and the local football team that was in danger of folding due to lack of interest.

 

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ATTRACTIONS

 

Museum, Animal park, Cowalellup Reserve, Ongerup Shearer sculpture.

 

BUILDINGS OF NOTE

 

Museum railway barracks.

 

ELECTORAL ZONES

 

State : Wagin

Federal : O'Connor

 

OTHER INFO.

 

Postcode : 6335

Local Government : Shire of Gnowangerup

 

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