Cranbrook and Tenterden
The Shire of Cranbrook is ideally located only 1 hour from Albany and 3hours from Perth, easily accessed from Albany Hwy, Great Southern Hwy or from Bunbury through Boyup Brook. The area is rich in natural beauty and produces outstanding wines and fine food produce and agricultural produce.
The Shire Office and tourist information is located on Gathorne St Cranbrook. The Shire can be contacted on (08) 9826 1008 (Fax: 9826 1090)
Tenterden is located on the Great Southern Railway and although not one of the original sidings when the line was opened in 1889 a siding had been established there by 1891. 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 water supply prevented that from occurring. The New Tenterden Hall (pictured) was opened in 2008 and was constructed to replace the Tenterden Hall and Fire Shed lost in the devastating bush fire of December 2003.
Cranbrook is in a beautiful agricultural area, and makes an excellent base for exploring the stunning, National Heritage listed, Stirling Range National Park, with its rugged peaks and scenic trails, which include Bluff Knoll (WA's tallest peak). Historic buildings in the town include the Cranbrook Hotel, Shire Hall and St Oswald's Church. Find out more about the local history in the Cranbrook Museum.
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.
A new information bay will be constructed in Cranbrook in 2009 giving visitors all the information they need on this beautiful area.
Places to Stay
Cranbrook Caravan Park - A leafy quiet park located on Mason St Cranbrook. It has clean ablutions and a camper's kitchen. For further information and bookings contact the Caretaker on 0429 942 825.
Cranbrook Hotel - Gathorne St Cranbrook - telephone (08)9826 1002.
Cranbrook Railway Carriage Accommodation - Pynup Road Cranbrook - telephone 0427 261 090.
From Here to There Farm Stay - Located at Lot 113 Moore Street Tenterden, Here to There has fully self-contained accommodation for up to five people situated in a tranquil setting surrounded by wildflowers and nature. The Stirling Ranges bushwalk is nearby, plus farm animals and pony rides and TV by a cozy wood fire at night. Pets welcome. Hosts Colin and Minna can be contacted on (08)9851 7261.
Food, Drinks & Shopping
IGA Supermarket- Garthorne St, telephone (08)9826 1752. Supplies, Groceries, Mobile Phones
Cranbrook Supermarket - Gordon St, telephone (08)9826 1026. Groceries, Newsagency, Lotto, Gifts, Garden Supplies
Stirling Gate Cafe - Gt Southern Hwy, telephone (08)9826 1188. Dine in or Take away meals, Drinks, Tea Coffee
Nanna Vics - Gordon St. Cappucino. Hot Chocolate, Cakes, Lunches
Cranbrook Hotel - Gathorne St, telephone (08)9826 1002. Open for Lunch and Dinner.
Ukopia General Store - Albany Hwy Tenterden, telephone (08)9851 7221. Fresh Produce, Groceries, Fuel, Takeaway, Coffee
All your postal requirements plus a great range of giftware.
Tambellup / Cranbrook Community Bank - Open in Cranbrook Monday, Wednesday, Friday