Kojonup

History

Just 3 hours south of Perth,nestled in the rural heartland ofthe Great Southern region, you willdiscover a thriving country town that offers visitors the opportunityto experience Australia’s rural way of life that is also steeped inhistory.

Explore this bustling rural town with its historic buildingsand friendly atmosphere. Discover the proud heritage and links tothe traditional custodians of the region, the Noongar Aboriginalpeople, with a visit to the award winning The Kodja Place.

A gateway to Australia’s South West, Kojonup lies in a rich pastoraldistrict of farmland and native bushland filled with beautifulwildflowers in spring and home to many species of marsupialsand birds. Absorb the peaceful beauty of the undulating hills withgranite outcrops and scenic valley pools fed by the many streamsthat run through the region. Situated less than an hour from theworld class Frankland River Wine Region and the magnificentStirling Range, Kojonup offers a variety of activities and experiencesto keep you entertained.

Sightseeing

Make your first stop the Kojonup Visitors Centre where you can obtain free maps, book tours and accommodation, get informationon current events or just browse the extensively stocked gift shop.

The friendly staff and volunteers are happy to assist you in planningyour unique holiday to provide you with lasting memories. TheKojonup Visitors Centre, which is co-located with The Kodja Place,also takes bookings for TransWA.

Sports

Challenge your friends to a game of golf or tennis atthe combined Kojonup Golf Course and Tennis Club, or get someexercise at the squash courts, turf ovals, bowling greens or Olympicswimming pool at the Kojonup Recreation Complex.

Town Walk

Discover Kojonup’s rich history as you explore Kojonup’sHistorical Town Walk that lists 52 historical sites of significance.Visitors can either walk or drive the 10km trail or select key historicalsites.

Myrtle Benn Flora and Fauna Sanctuary

Myrtle Benn Flora and Fauna Sanctuary is located on the edge of townoffering a rich diversity of orchids and other wildflowers particularly during spring and a chance to see local birds and small animals.

Remember to collect your copy of Kojonup’s Self-Drive Wildflower Tour Booklet from the Visitor Centre.

Military Barracks

The Military Barracks were built in 1845as a Military Outpost; this is Kojonup’soldest building. Now a museum, it canbe accessed by arrangement with theKojonup Visitors Centre.

Centenary of Federation Wool Wagon

The Centenary of Federation Wool Wagon is a joint project of KojonupRotary, Lion’s and Apex Clubs wasopened Australia Day 2000. The 1.5times replica carries bales stencilledwith the brands of local sheep farmers.

Brigadier AW Potts & Kokoda Track Memorial Bridge

A national tribute to a man who inspired those under his command,though heavily outnumbered and out gunned, to fight a series oforganised delaying actions along the Kokoda Track in New Guineaduring August and September 1942.

RSL Hall and War Memorial have aesthetic,historical and social significance. Built in 1952,the hall and the obelisk in the grounds stand as amemorial to those people who contributed to thewar effort in both WW1 & WW2. The foundationstone was laid by Brigadier AW Potts.

Kojonup Memorial Hall & Honour Roll was built in 1926 in memoryof the fallen of World War One. The memorial foyer features anunusual stained glass ceiling and a marble scroll of honour bearingthe names of the fallen and the local governing body. It also includesa Memorial Foyer Honour Boards and stained glass skylight whichcan be viewed by arrangement through the Kojonup Shire Office.

Don't Miss

Australia Day Breakfast

The Australia Day Breakfast is held each year in Apex Park6.30am – 9am All Welcome

Bush Tucker Trail

Follow the old railway line east from TheKodja Place while learning of the bush tucker plants and theirmedicinal value which are indigenous to the area. Interpretivesignage assists visitors to understand how Indigenous culture hasendured from pre European settlement through to the present.

Kojonup Tourist Railway

'Spirit of Kojonup' will take you ona 1 hour trip through picturesque farmland.

The Wildflower Festival

The Wildflower Festival is held eachspring. Visitors flock to Kojonup for theFestival and wonderful bushwalks in themany reserves with their rich diversity oforchid species. Bird lovers can keep their eyespeeled for some of the 80 species of nativebirds found in the district.

Wandecla Picnic Races

Wandecla Picnic Races are held each year in mid-Februarywhere you can join locals for a Chicken and Champagne lunch andPicnic Races.

The Kodja Place

Incorporating the Visitor Centre, Kodj Gallery,Yoondi’s Mia Mia, Story Place, Rose Maze & Noongar Art and CraftGallery. The Kodj, an authentic Noongar stone axe is the central andpivotal exhibits within the gallery. Traditional Noongar huntingimplements set alongside earlyfarming equipment illustrates thechanges and the enormity of theachievements of our predecessors,how they lived, the tools theyused to work, hunt and preparefood.

The Story Place invitesvisitors to immerse themselves in the past and present throughthematic spaces, photos and quotes; powerfully showing theharsh realities of life for both Noongar and Wadjela people.

In theAustralia Rose Maze threads of our local history are drawn togetherin the story of Yoondi, a symbolic Noongar woman. Yoondi’smoving life-story is one of Three Women’s Stories woven along thepathways of this inspiring garden.

AccommodationTelephone
Commercial Hotel, WA’s oldest continually licensed hotel9831 1044
Harris’s B & B9831 1475
Hillview Motel9831 1160
Jacaranda Heights B & B9831 1200
Kemminup Farm Homestay9831 1286
Kojonup B & B9831 1119
FoodTelephone
Black Cockatoo @ The Kodja Place9831 1606
Commercial Hotel9831 1044
Country Kitchen9831 1338
Hillview Roadhouse9831 1160
Kojonup Bakery9831 1097
Stonemasons Distillery, Glenlossie9831 0999
Tourist InformationTelephone
Kojonup Visitors Centre9831 0500
Shire DetailsTelephone
Shire of Kojonup, Albany Hwy Kojonup9831 2400