Situated in rolling wheat, sheep and cattle country about 335km south-east of Perth, and up and over the Stirling Range, about 116km north-east of Albany, Gnowangerup is a name that has never sat well with a lot of locals.
The town gets its name from the ‘gnow’… and that’s a place where the mallee fowl makes its nest. But a lot of the locals didn’t like it, arguing that the names of too many WA towns end in ‘up’. They petitioned the Lands Department on a number of occasions to have it changed, obviously without success.
The countryside around Gnowangerup is noted for the profusion of wildflowers that bloom in spring. More than 1,000 varieties have been identified locally. Native birds and animals are in abundance, too, so if you’re into the wonders of nature, this is a great place to visit.
The 116,000 ha Stirling Range National Park, about 50km south of town, is an extraordinary place of unusual native plants, wildflowers and towering peaks which, believe it or not in this state, are occasionally tipped by snow.