Borden was gazetted as a town in 1916. The name was proposedby the Secretary for Railways as the same of a siding on the then new Tambellup-Ongerup Railway. It was named after the Right Honourable Sire Robert Laird Borden, the 8th Prime Minister of Canada (1911-1920), although there is no record of why.
In the early years at the height of the sandalwood trade, Paper Collar Creek was a meeting point for the sandalwood cutters as they travelled between the hinterland and the port. When they headed to town, they would dress up their shirts with collars made of paperbark to impress the ladies, and then discard the paper collar near the creek on the way back.
Sandalwood Road near the Amelup store is another reminder of one of Western Australia’s first export industries. Amelup is now known for its CAUTION, NUDISTS CROSSING sign where gentlemencan create their own unique photo memento from the waist up by standing behind the sign.
Borden continues to be the service centre for outlying farms. In the past few years the town has witnessed the rapid expansion of the Cooperative Bulk Handling (CBH) bin into a strategic receival point for grain from all over the region.
And as the closest town to the Stirling Range, the Borden area is ideally located to provide accommodation and other essential services for those wishing to explore this region.
Borden Gazebo BBQ Area
Offers a great place for a travel stop. Situated adjacent to the Borden General Store.
The Borden Pub
If you enjoy a great night out the Pub Borden is the place for you. Open Monday – Saturday 3pm til late & Sunday 3pm - 10pm for meals and drinks. Book a table for dinner in advance and receive free garlic bread! Ph: 9828 1103
Nightwell Mineral Springs
Located 13km along Nightwell Road, south of Borden off Chester Pass Road. Legend has it that it was called Nightwell because the water only flowed from the ground at night time, never during the day.
Stirling Range National Park
Stirling Range National Park is where nature lovers come to see theabundance of flora and fauna or testthemselves hiking, abseiling and rock climbing. It has some of the best mountain walks in Western Australia, but walkers must always carry water and be prepared for sudden weather change as mountain mists, wind chill and rain can occur at any time. Light snow sometimes falls on the higher peaks during winter but it rarely lasts more than several hours. The walks on offer include Bluff Knoll (1096m), Toolbrunup (1052m), Ellen Peak (1012m), Mount Trio (856m), Mount Magog (856m), Mount Hassell (847m) and Talyuberlup Peak (783m).
The park is also home to an abundance of wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies, emus, rare spiders, numbats,eagles, black and white cockatoos and numerous other native birds. It is also one of the most outstanding botanicalreserves in Australia and is noted for its spectacular wildflowers, some of which are unique to the area and cannot be found growing in their natural state anywhere else in the world. The best time to view the wildflowers is during spring from August to November.
Abseiling and Rock Climbing
Abseiling and rock climbing are both permitted in the Stirling Range National Park.
For lovely easy walks, the Mabinup Creek Trail and the Mabinup Track are accessible from the Mt Trio Bush Camping and Caravan Park. There are also various other walk trails from 1.5 hrs to 2 or 3 days throughout the Stirling Range.
Hidden Treasures Orchid Wildflower and Bird Tours
15 August to 31 October, Hidden Treasures Wildflower and Orchid Tours leave the Stirling Range Retreat daily at 9am (duration 3 hrs). Dusk and Dawn Bird Walks (8am and 3pm) are held at the Retreat daily by Birds Australia volunteers from mid September to 31 October (duration 1.5 hrs). Guided Nature Tours are available on request, if a guide is available, from November mid to August. For more information please call 9827 9229 or visit the website www.stirlingrange.com.au