The name Ongerup is derived from ‘Yongerup’, a Noongar word meaning ‘place of the male kangaroo’. In 1910, the land was surveyed into 1,000 acre blocks, and after the opening of the Gnowangerup-Ongerup railway in 1913, settlement in the area gradually increased.



Malleefowl are the only mound building birds which inhabit arid and semi arid areas. They incubate their eggs notby sitting on them but by building an incubator mound of soil and leaf litter. In days gone by, Malleefowl were acommon sight in the Shire of Gnowangerup (Noongar for ‘place of Malleefowl’) and throughout the wheatbelt.

Due to loss of habitat and the introduction of feral predators, this mysterious bird is now recognised as an endangered species. The Malleefowl Preservation Group was founded in Ongerup to raise awareness on the plight of this iconic species. Its office is located at Yongergnow. ph 08 9828 2007,

Yongergnow Australian Malleefowl Centre

This awardwinning centre for community, culture and conservation focuses on the conservation of the mallee and one of its most intriguing inhabitants: the endangered Malleefowl. Visitors have the rare opportunity to view this magnificent bird in a 1200m2 natural habitat aviary. Enjoy a snack at the café, journey back through history in the centre’s world-class Fowl Play mallee exhibition or explore the beautiful bush and wildflowers (in season) on one of the centres walk trails. Yongernow is a Bendigo Bank Southern Art & Craft Trail Venue. Local products & souvenirs are available, as is barista style coffee & light homemade refreshments from the café.

Yongergnow is open Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 4pm.  Closed on Sundays and Mondays, the 24, 25 & 26 December and New Year’s Day. ph: 08 9828 2325 email:

Picnic Spots

Ongerup has The Ongerup Shearer & two very pleasant picnic spots. Apex Park on Eldridge Street has a shady bush area with chairs and a table and is close to the general store.

Weir Park has undercover BBQ and playground equipment. The Ongerup street sculptures are located on Eldridge Street and are unusual pieces of metalwork created by scrap metal and old pieces of machinery.

Ongerup Public Hall and Centenary Gardens

The Hall was built in 1953. The foyer, library and meeting room were added in 1968. Come and sit outside on the Centennial Wall and enjoy the beautiful rose garden.

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Ongerup Wildflower Display

A must for wildflower lovers! The annual botanical event is held during late September and early October at the Ongerup/Needilup District Museum. View 400 to 500 specimens of stunning local wildflowers and orchids. Photographers are welcome. Please contact Vicki O’Neill on 9828 2282 for more details.

Yongernow - Ongerup Community Resource Centre

Come and see the friendly staff for all your photocopying, desktop publishing, computer and internet requirements. The CRC is your contact for Medicare and Centrelink. It organises the annual Mother’s Day Bonanza , the annual pre-harvest breakfast and publishes the weekly newsletter The Grapevine. The CRC is housed at Yongergnow and has the same opening hours. ph 9828 2325, email

Ongerup/Needilup District Museum

Constructed in 1918 as railway barracks, the building became obsolete when the railway service was suspended in1957. It now houses the Ongerup/Needilup District Museum. It has been set up to reflect the early settlers’ lifestyle, with the primitive machinery they relied upon as well as household appliances and a natural display. The museum also has an Aboriginal and early settler food and medicine display as well as a replica Malleefowl mound. Open any time on request by contacting either Vicki O’Neill on 9828 2282 or 0428 282 282.

Curlew Creek B&B9828 2106
Ongerup Duplex9828 2082
Ongerup Gardens Caravan Park0406 689 212
Ongerup Hotel9828 2001
Tarbunkenup Homestead9828 2090
Ongerup Hotel9828 2001
Ongerup Roadhouse9828 2043
Yongergnow Café, group bookings essential9828 2325
Shire DetailsTelephone
Shire of Gnowangerup, Yougenup Rd Gnowangerup9827 1007