Pingrup

History

The town of Pingrup was officially gazetted on 9 May 1924 and was named Pingrup after Lake Pingrup which is close to the town site.

Sightseeing

Pingrup Races

Pingrup Races are a must see! They started as the good old fashioned Picnic Races in 1919, but by 1950 the day was called The Sports & Foot Races. As the feet were getting sore, attention was then turned to horse racing. If you enjoy a flutter or a bit of Two-Up then March is the time to head to the famous Pingrup Races.

Community Federation Shed

This special shed is open at all times.

Pink Lakes

These colourful lakes are a part of the Chinocup Lake System, which runs in a north-south direction between Lake Grace and Pingrup. The traveller may not be aware that the reason they are pink is due to a microscopic salt-loving bacteria called Halo bacteria that produces red pigment. The lakes are part of an old river system.

Don't Miss

Shearers Hand Piece

This giant-sized replica stands out in allits glory on top of what locals call the ‘Shearers Shed’, encouraging visitors to investigate what it represents.

At the height of the 1990s shearers from around the State and the nation would come to Pingrup to pit their shearing skills against each other in regular competitions.

The shed is a perfect example of rural ingenuity and resourcefulness. A demonstration of the old adage, ‘He who wastes not, wants not’. Originally used as the CBH (Cooperative Bulk Handling) grain shed and once decommissioned, the Kent Shire, local Lions Club and Pingrup community saw an opportunity to convert the shed into a Shearing Complex. Competitions were held here every year up until 2001.

Gnamma Holes

Early Aboriginals are believed to have used this area for watering and resting on their wanderings. Some of the holes stored water and others were used as fire holes.

The area was first explored by John Septimus Roe in September 1848 and John Holland used the water on his trek to the goldfields in 1893.

The Hollands Rock Tank was built in 1928/29 using Hollands Rock as a catchment which was to provide water for settlers at Lake Bryde. The Gnamma Holes are located 35km northeast of town.

Lake Bryde

Lake Bryde is situated approximately 35km north-east of Pingrup. It’s a seasonal wetland that is part of a chain of lakes running from Pingrup to Lake Grace. This is a great spot for bird lovers, with 23 recorded species of waterfowl in these wetlands.

Historically Lake Bryde was used as a water source during times of drought and is now a venue for picnic and water-based recreation.

AccommodationTelephone
Pingrup Caravan Park9820 1101
FoodTelephone
Sailors Arms Hotel9820 1041
Tourist InformationTelephone
Pingrup CRC
Shire DetailsTelephone
Shire of Kent, Richmond St Nyabing9829 1051