Jerramungup was first recorded by Surveyor General John Septimus Roe in October 1848, and derives its name from the aboriginal word “Jeer-a-mungup” meaning “place of upstanding yate trees”. In 1849 the land was purchased by Captain John Hassell and the original stone homestead was built along the Gairdner River, the property of 21, 000 acres was called “Jerramongup”.
When World War Two finished, the Commonwealth and State Governments initiated bold and large-scale projects to repatriate thousands of Australian servicemen returning to civilian life, purchasing the original property in Jerramungup on 25 September 1950.
Jerramungup was established in 1953 as a war service land settlement and was arguably the biggest land development project ever accomplished in the western world in such a short period of time. Jerramungup town site was gazetted 12 February 1957.
There are a number of walk trails from 1 hour to 3 hours, as well as overnight walks. You’re required to register with the ranger if you take an overnight journey. Most attractions can be reached on 2WD unsealed roads as well as quite a few 4WD trails.
Ranger, Murray Road, Gairdner Ph: 08 9837 1022. Ranger, Quiss Rd, Jacup Ph: 08 9835 5043
Fitzgerald Biosphere Garden
Fitzgerald Biosphere Garden is located on the edge of Roe Park, the garden beds and their major landform "Ecozones"have been organised into areas and can be accessed via winding pathways through bushland, giving you the experience of the different landforms of the biosphere.
Local Native Feature Garden
Local Native Feature Garden is located at the Jerramungup Shire office on Vasey Street. This impressive garden showcases local native plants and rocks.
Night Sky Tours
Night Sky Tours are held at the Jerramungup B&B, 2km from town, providing the opportunity to view the stars with a 12 inch GPS track mounted telescope. Ph: 9835 1662.
WHALE WATCHING during the winter months (July to November) you can see Southern Right whales from the viewing platforms at Point Ann and along the coastline to Bremer Bay. Southern Right whales come into the sheltered bays for calving and can be as close as six metres from the shore. Humpback whales can also be seen as they make their way up the and down the coast. The number of whales has been increasing every year since hunting ceased in the 1970’s.
Wildflowers are found from August to October in and around the Fitzgerald National Park. Many rare species are only found in and around the Park, which include the Royal Hakea (Hakea victoria) and the Quaalup Bell (Pimelia physodes).
Fitzgerald National Park
Fitzgerald National Park is situated on the edge of Jerramungup and covers 329,039 hectares. It is one of thelargest botanically significant National Parks in Australia. It has been UNESCO Biosphere Reserve-listed since 1978. This recognises internationally the park’s balance between conserving biological diversity, promoting economic development and maintaining cultural values. The National Park has extremely diverse flora and fauna, featuring more than 1800 known species of plants, 75 of which are endemic to this area. There are 22 mammal, 41 reptile, 12 frog and over 200 bird species including the endangered ground parrot, living in the park.
The Hassell Homestead was erected in 1906 when the original homestead was burnt to the ground. It is currently privately owned by one of the originating members of the crazy seven, who settled in Jerramungup with the War Service Land Settlement Scheme in 1954. The Homestead can be seen north of the Gairdner River Bridge 5km east of town on the South Coast Highway.
Monkey Rock situated on Monkey Rock Road, which turns off South Coast Highway 5km East of Jerramungup. Local legend has it that an Aboriginal called Monkey used to camp near the rock and was murdered there.
Jerramungup Tourist Centre
Jerramungup Tourist Centreis located at the Jerramungup Community Resource Centre, 8-10 Tobruk Rd Jerramungup Ph: 9835 1630. Open Monday to Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm.
Root Pickers Hall
Root Pickers Hall opened in April 1958. So named as it was paid for, through volunteers picking mallee roots to clear the new land development.
Roe Park named after Surveyor General John Septimus Roe, is located in the centre of town with playground, picnic and electric barbeque facilities available for use by the public. A memorial plaque to War Service Land Services Supervisor, Major Colin Cameron, can found in the south east corner of the park commemorating, MajorCameron’s integral role overseeing the rapid development of Jerramungup as a war service land settlement.
Quaalup Homestead was built in 1958 and now serves as a guest lounge and café. There are wildflower walks, self-contained accommodation, caravan and camping facilities. Situated 47km from the South Coast Highway via Devils Creek Road in the Fitzgerald River National Park.