Cranbrook is situated 4km from the intersection of the Albany and Great Southern Highways. In the late 1850’s farming leases were bought in the area after an overland route was established between Perth and Albany. The Cranbrook area developed in to a productive wool and agricultural area.
In 1886 works began on a railway line to connect Perth to Albany. As the steam trains needed a regular water supply, the centre of the district was moved from Tenterden to Cranbrook for better access to a suitable dam catchment area. The town was gazetted in 1899 and the name Cranbrook was given by JA Wright who was born in Cranbrook, England and he was the engineer in charge of the construction of the railway line.
The town soon flourished with the completion of the railway line and Cranbrook became the central loading point for wool, sheep, sandalwood and grain. By the 1900’s sandalwood and mallee bark were productive industries.
On Salt River Road 300m past the Gateway to the Stirlings sign there is a picnic and parking area on the left. The circuit walk is 1.7km long and is fully signposted indicating the flora and fauna to be found in the area. It has impressive native flora including a number of spectacular orchids and is at its best in spring.
Trevelen Farm Wines
Tevelen Farm Wines has a beautiful outlook across the Stirling Range. Its picturesque gardens and outstanding wines are a must see and taste in the region. The cellar door is open by appointment. Contact 9826 1052
This was the first brick house built in the town and was the Station Master’s House. It is the oldest house still standing in Cranbrook. It was built soon after the completion of the railway line in 1889.
Located in Gathorne Street it is open by appointment only by contacting Bernie Climie on 0407 261 123
Sukey Hill Lookout
Located 5km east of the townsite, off Salt River Road. Take advantage of the view to the salt lakes to the north and east, farmlands to the west and panoramic view of the Stirling Range to the south. The area is abundant in wildflowers in spring.
Stirling Range National Park
Cranbrook is the Gateway to the Stirling Range National Park. Much of the National Park is located within the boundary of the Cranbrook Shire. Many walk tracks exist throughout the park which gives visitors a close view of the flora and fauna. The area was National Heritage Listed as one of the top 10 biodiversity hotspots in the world in 2009.
Arts and Crafts
Annual Photo Exhibition
Each year the Shire of Cranbrook sponsor a photographic competition which has displayed the wide range of talented photographers in the region. The exhibition is held each year in September for the Annual Spring Art Trail and Bloom Festivals. Contact the Shire of Cranbrook for details.
Cranbrook Art Group
Cranbrook Art Group meets weekly and produces some outstanding works. Works are on display at the Gillamii Centre on Great Southern Highway, Cranbrook.
Contact Mindy Walsh 0447 261 030
Nunijup Patch Work Group
This group are passionate about patchwork and meet regularly to enjoy their craft. They have held a number of airing of the quilt displays in conjunction with the Annual Spring Art Trail and Bloom Festivals. Contact Lyn Barrett 9851 7172