The Shire of Gnowangerup withholds many unique icons, accommodation options and places to eat. To find the most up to date information and contact details, please select the relevant listing in our community directory. Community Directory Category.
Some of our amazing icons can be found in the list below. Other icons can be found on the Hidden Treasures of the Great Southern Website.
Stirling Range National Park
The Stirling Range National Park is the destination for nature lovers to come and see the opulence of flora and fauna. Others may come here to test themselves through abseiling, hiking and rock climbing.
Here you will find some of the best mountain walks in Western Australia. If you are interested in doing any of the mountain walks you must be prepared by ensuring someone knows where and when you are traversing the ranges, always carry water and be cautious of the rapid weather changes that can persist. These mountains can have mists, wind chill and rain can also occur at any time.
The park is also home to an abundance of wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies, emus, rare spiders, numbats, eagles, black and white cockatoos and numerous other native birds. It is also one of the most outstanding botanical reserves in Australia and is noted for its spectacular wildflowers, some of which are unique to the area and cannot be found growing in their natural state anywhere else in the world. The best time to view the wildflowers is during spring from August to November.
The walks that are available are:
Bluff Knoll - 1096m
Toolbrunup - 1052m
Ellen Peak - 1012m
Mount Trio - 856m
Mount Magog - 847m
Mount Hassell - 847m
Talyuberlup Peak 783m
Bluff Knoll is the most popular trail in the Stirling Range with outstanding 360 degree views from the summit. The walk starts at the southern end of the Bluff Knoll car park and picnic area. The trail first drops down to a creek and then goes across a mountainside to a saddle. Here you can look over the ridge to the south coast. The trail then turns left and follows the ridge to the summit. Eucalypt woodland, banksia and grass trees blanket the lower slopes while exposed outcrops reveal layers in the rock – evidence of fine sediments that settled on the bottom of an ancient shallow sea long ago and then slowly became compressed into layers of rock.
Yongergnow Malleefowl & Ongerup Community Resource Centre
The Yongergnow Malleefowl Centre has been created to support and contribute to the conservation and research of the endangered Malleefowl and its habitat. Located in Ongerup in Western Australia's magnificent Great Southern region, the Centre provides visitors with the rare opportunity to view the Malleefowl in its natural environment.
The centre is open Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 4pm.
CLOSED Sunday, Monday, Christmas (24th, 25th, 26th, 27th December and New Year’s Day 1st January).
Fowl Play interpretive display
Bush walking trails and bird watching
Cafe & Gift shop
Stirling Range Retreat
Nestled against the majestic Stirling Ranges National Park with close access to Bluff Knoll, ridge walks, trails, native animals and abundant spring wildflowers and orchids, a retreat with all the facilities and accommodation/camping options to cater for every budget!
Previous finalists: Western Australian Tourism Awards; Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism.
Post: 8639 Chester Pass Rd, Amelup, WA 6338
Location: Opposite Bluff Knoll Rd cnr Chester Pass Rd. Stirling Range National Park
Phone: 08 9827 9229
Email: email@example.com Web: www.stirlingrange.com.au
Retreat Front Gate Location: 34°18.959'S 118°11.594'E View on Google Maps
Bird Watching & Wildflowers
National Heritage Listed Stirling Range National Park is renowned internationally for highly diverse and prolific bird life as well as over 1500 species of wildflowers.
9am daily Hidden Treasures Orchid and Wildflower Bus Tours depart from Stirling Range Retreat’s office from 15th August to 31st October.
8am & 3pm daily Dawn and Dusk Bird Walks, led by Birdlife Australia volunteers depart the Retreat’s office in September and October. 100% of all bird activity tariffs are donated to Birdlife for the conservation of threatened species habitat.
Stirling Ridge Walk
An extreme extended Mountain Walk usually requiring a two night bivouac for experienced well prepared hikers.
Mountain top elevations:
Bluff Knoll - 1094.97metres
Toolbrunup Peak - 1052 metres
Mount Trio - 856 metres
Mount Magog - 856 metres
Mount Hassel - 847 metres
Talyuberlup - 783 metres
Ellen Peak - 1012 metres
The Lily Stirling Range - Dutch Windmill WA
Address: 9793 Chester Pass Road - Stirling Range National Park WA 6338
Phone: +61 8 9827 9205 Mobile: 0427 279 206
THE LILY STIRLING RANGE - With spectacular views overlooking the Stirling Range National Park
Dutch Windmill - Accommodation - Private Airfield - Stone Ground Spelt Flour - Wines
Welcome to The Lily, so close to the Stirling Range, The Lily is your perfect base to explore the region.
The Lily Dutch Windmill is an authentic sixteenth Century design brick 'ground-sail' mill. The five-story full-size windmill, with its 22 Ton cap and a sail length of 24.6 metres, is one of the largest traditional windmills ever built in Australia. The mill is a fully-operational windmill producing wholemeal stone-ground Spelt flour for IGA stores, health shops, commercial bakers and home users around Australia.
DC3 Dakota C47 Gooney Bird - a stay to remember. The Lily now offers you the opportunity to stay in a true icon of aviation - an original 1944 Dakota used in the Second World War in Indonesia and Australia.
At The Lily you will find unique self-contained accommodation in sixteenth Century replica Dutch houses. The reception is situated in the original and reconstructed 1924 Federation style railway station from Gnowangerup.
The Lily airstrip is adjacent to the windmill and you are able to park your own plane secure and close to the accommodation. Please check the airstrip details on the website.
Breakfast Basket is available for accommodation guests, seven days.
Aylmore Mineral Springs
On the 7th March 1934, at a cost of 400 Pounds, the towns' first swimming pool was opened to the public. Fed by the Mineral Springs, thought to be the 2nd inland swimming pool in the state. In 1968 the Mineral Baths were closed due to Health by-laws. The Mineral Springs on the hill to the North East are still flowing today @ approx 1 litre per second. Although having a Mineral content the wetlands below still attract many species of native birds and creatures. The Heritage track is still visible today, from the wetlands and creek behind the pool across fallen tree trunk and along the fence line until it meets up with the sealed cycle track/walkway heading back to the town.
The swimming pool has now moved to a new location at the Gnowangerup Sporting Complex.
Aylmore Mineral Springs are located along Park Road and are set amongst a beautiful picnic & BBQ Area. The high iron content in the water accounts for the unusual colour. The springs flow at over 2 litres per second.
According to Aboriginal folklore two warriors fought to the death and where they died two springs, stained red with their blood appeared. The water is actually stained by the high iron content in the area.