The Shire of Cranbrook stretches from the heart of the Great Southern around the north-west hills of the Stirling Range to western reaches beyond the Frankland River. It boasts productive farmlands and picturesque scenery, and describes itself as the gateway to the Stirling Range.
The town of Cranbrook is the major population centre and the Shire also includes the communities of Tenterden and Frankland River. Cranbrook’s economy takes in broad-scale agriculture and tourism.
Cranbrook is a major receival point for harvested grain and the Frankland River area is a leading viticultural area producing the highest quality wine.
With a population of 1,100 and a land area of 3,276 sq km, Cranbrook contributes $112 million of the Great Southern’s gross regional product. Agriculture is the main employer, along with manufacturing, and public administration.
CranbrookThe Shire of Cranbrook stretches from the heart of the Great Southern around the north-west hills of the Stirling Range to western reaches beyond the Frankland River. It boasts productive farmlands and picturesque scenery, and describes itself as the gateway to the Stirling Range. Explore Regions
Primary ProductionBroadacre farming and livestock are the backbone of the Great Southern economy. The regional economy also features plantation timber and associated products. Primary production feeds into the rest of the regional economy such as manufacturing and freight services.
Construction and ManufacturingSteady construction activity takes place on domestic and commercial premises and in civil construction. Machinery manufacturers provide many agriculture-related products and a range of other items for industry and consumers.
Wine and other beveragesThe Great Southern wine region is the largest in mainland Australia, and encompasses the subregions of Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker and Porongurup. It produces 25 percent of Western Australia’s wine output.
TourismInternationally-recognised ecotourism assets and natural attractions in the Great Southern are unmatched in regional Western Australia for their scale, diversity and accessibility. Noongar cultural experiences, the built heritage of Western Australia’s oldest European settlement and award-winning contemporary facilities complement the attractions of the natural environment.
Resident of Frankland River, Shire of Cranbrook