Gnowangerup’s southern boundary is in the Stirling Range National Park, a growing eco-tourism destination which draws an estimated 175,000 people each year, attracted by abundant wildflowers and the highest peaks in the southern half of Western Australia.
The Horsepower Highway, a 75km stretch of road running from Broomehill through Gnowangerup, is lined with colourful historic tractors, nodding to the agricultural history of the region.
The Shire of Gnowangerup is 354km from Perth and 140km from Albany in the centre of the Great Southern, and features three towns: Gnowangerup, Ongerup and Borden. The Shire’s 100,000 hectares of farmland support a strong livestock industry and cropping enterprises in wheat, lupins, barley, canola, clover seed, peas, oats and faba beans.
With a population of 1,210 and a land area of 4,265 sq km, Gnowangerup contributes $128 million of the Great Southern’s gross regional product. Agriculture is the main employer.
GnowangerupGnowangerup’s southern boundary is in the Stirling Range National Park, a growing eco-tourism destination which draws an estimated 175,000 people each year, attracted by abundant wildflowers and the highest peaks in the southern half of Western Australia. Explore Regions
Primary Industries in Gnowangerup
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.
Noongar enterprisesNoongar people continue to engage in commercial and community enterprises in the Great Southern. We encourage a range of initiatives that support growth of Noongar enterprises, thereby strengthening Great Southern communities.
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.
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.
Healthcare and Social AssistanceHealth care facilities are provided in Albany and regional towns. Home care, seniors’ services and assisted living provide employment for a significant number of people. We aim to ensure that services provided in the region are comparable to services in the metropolitan area.
The town of Gnowangerup is completely one-of-a-kind. Living here gives you an amazing feeling of space and a humbling connection to nature. It feels like we live alongside the Stirlings (Stirling Ranges), almost like they are a part of our community. The people here are passionate, and forever dedicated to the town.
Resident of Gnowangerup – Shire of Gnowangerup.