Kojonup

History

Just 3 hours south of Perth, nestled in the rural heartland of the Great Southern region, you will discover a thriving country town that offers visitors the opportunity to experience Australia’s rural way of life that is also steeped in history.

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

A gateway to Australia’s South West, Kojonup lies in a rich pastoral district of farmland and native bushland filled with beautiful wildflowers in spring and home to many species of marsupials and birds. Absorb the peaceful beauty of the undulating hills with granite outcrops and scenic valley pools fed by the many streams that run through the region. Situated less than an hour from the world class Frankland River Wine Region and the magnificent Stirling Range, Kojonup offers a variety of activities and experiences to keep you entertained.

Sightseeing

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

The friendly staff and volunteers are happy to assist you in planning your unique holiday to provide you with lasting memories. The Kojonup 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 at the combined Kojonup Golf Course and Tennis Club, or get some exercise at the squash courts, turf ovals, bowling greens or Olympic swimming pool at the Kojonup Recreation Complex.

Town Walk

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

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 1845 as a Military Outpost; this is Kojonup’s oldest building. Now a museum, it can be accessed by arrangement with the Kojonup Visitors Centre.

Centenary of Federation Wool Wagon

The Centenary of Federation Wool Wagon is a joint project of Kojonup Rotary, Lion’s and Apex Clubs was opened Australia Day 2000. The 1.5 times replica carries bales stencilled with 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 of organised delaying actions along the Kokoda Track in New Guinea during 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 a memorial to those people who contributed to the war effort in both WW1 & WW2. The foundation stone was laid by Brigadier AW Potts.

Kojonup Memorial Hall & Honour Roll was built in 1926 in memory of the fallen of World War One. The memorial foyer features an unusual stained glass ceiling and a marble scroll of honour bearing the names of the fallen and the local governing body. It also includes a Memorial Foyer Honour Boards and stained glass skylight which can 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 Park 6.30am – 9am All Welcome.

Kojonup Tourist Railway

'Spirit of Kojonup' will take you on a 1 hour trip through picturesque farmland. The train departs the old Kojonup Railway Station on Benn Parade at 11.00am on the first and third Sunday of each month.

The Wildflower Festival

The Wildflower Festival is held each spring. Visitors flock to Kojonup for the Festival and wonderful bushwalks in themany reserves with their rich diversity of orchid species. Bird lovers can keep their eyes peeled for some of the 80 species of native birds found in the district.

Wandecla Picnic Races

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

The Kodja Place

Incorporating the Visitor Centre, Kodj Gallery,Yoondi’s Mia Mia, Story Place, Rose Maze & Noongar Art and Craft Gallery. The Kodj, an authentic Noongar stone axe is the central and pivotal exhibits within the gallery. Traditional Noongar hunting implements set alongside early farming equipment illustrates the changes and the enormity of the achievements of our predecessors, how they lived, the tools they used to work, hunt and prepare food.

The Story Place invites visitors to immerse themselves in the past and present through thematic spaces, photos and quotes; powerfully showing the harsh realities of life for both Noongar and Wadjela people.

In the Australia Rose Maze threads of our local history are drawn together in the story of Yoondi, a symbolic Noongar woman. Yoondi’s moving life-story is one of Three Women’s Stories woven along the pathways of this inspiring garden.

AccommodationTelephone
Clover House B&B9831 1119
Commercial Hotel9831 1044
Harris’s B & B9831 1475
Hillview Motel9831 1160
Jacaranda Heights B & B9831 1200
Kojonup Caravan Park9831 1127
FoodTelephone
Black Cockatoo @ The Kodja Place9831 1606
Commercial Hotel9831 1044
Hillview Roadhouse9831 1160
Kojonup Bakery9831 1097
Kojonup Country Kitchen9831 1338
Stonemasons Distillery, Glenlossie9831 0999
Tourist InformationTelephone
Kojonup Visitors Centre9831 0500
Shire DetailsTelephone
Shire of Kojonup, Albany Hwy Kojonup9831 2400