The Shire of Gnowangerup is situated in the Great Southern area, 354 kilometres from Perth and 140 kilometres from Albany via the Chester Pass Road. It has a population of approximately 1400 people and features three towns – Gnowangerup, Ongerup and Borden.
The Shire covers an area approximately 5000 square kilometres. 100 000 hectares of farmland support a highly efficient livestock and cropping industry of wheat, lupins, barley, canola, clover seed, peas, oats and faba beans. The area is noted Australia wide for its Merino sheep and attracts large crowds at the annual Stud Field Days.
There is also the majestic Stirling Range – a growing eco-tourism destination which attracts an estimated 175,000 persons annually, with well known climbing and scenic delights such as Bluff Knoll, Mount Toolbrunup and Mount Trio. The Shires theme "Heart of the Stirlings" typifies the attraction of the area. Wildflowers abound during the season in the Stirling Range National Park. More Tourist information here Tourism