Frankland River was named by the surgeon Dr Thomas Braidwood Wilson in 1829. He named Frankland River after George Frankland (1800–38), who was the Surveyor General in Van Diemen’s Land in 1829. Wilson’s explorations helped to show that conditions in the interior were suitable for farming and settlers soon began to move inland. The area was settled in 1857.
The state government set aside land for the townsite by 1909 and built a hall and a school. No further developments took place for some time and the townsite was not declared until 1947. The town and region were known as Frankland River until 1935. However after the building of a local post office, the postmaster shortened the name to Frankland because “Frankland River” was considered too long to fit on signs and documents. The named was changed back to Frankland River in 2007.
One of Western Australia’s best kept secrets, the Frankland River wine region is home to rolling hills, rich and productive farming land, natural forest and bush, abounding with unique native wildflowers. With a diverse range of grape varieties grown, it is.
Lake Poorarecup is the largest lake in the area and is popular for swimming and skiing during the summer months. Change rooms, toilets & BBQ facilities are available on site. Camping is available at the Lake.
How to get there: Proceed to waypoint 13km east of Frankland River on Cranbrook Frankland Road. Turn south onto Lake Poorrarecup Road. Proceed on dirt road for 9km. Turn west onto track for 200m to picnic area on lake.
Lake Nunijup is also used for swimming and has BBQ facilities.
How to get there: Turn west off Albany Highway at Kendenup onto Martagallup Road. Proceed north-west for 19.7km to waypoint. Turn east onto dirt road for about 700m to picnic area on lake.
Alkoomi Wines has fine wines and olive oils and is open daily from 10am-5pm. Enjoy wine, picnic and the outstanding view from the lawns. Alkoomi has accommodation chalets and function room hire available Ph 9855 2229.
Bobtail Ridge Wines
Bobtail Ridge Wines is open daily from 10am - 4pm Ph 9856 6289. Bobtail ridge is set in stunning bushland and offers Bed and Breakfast Accommodation.
Ferngrove Winery is open for Cellar Door Sales Mon - Sat 10am to 4pm Ph 9855 2378. Enjoy the stunning views from the top of the tower and the balcony.
Frankland Estate is open Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm, public holidays and weekends by appointment Ph 9855 1544.
Frankland River Olive Oil Company
Frankland River Olive Oil Company grows and produces Jingilli extra virgin olive oils.