The name Gnowangerup is derived from the Aboriginal word ‘Ngow’, meaning Malleefowl. For thousands of years, the plains around Gnowangerup were home to the Goreng Noongars, evidenced by stone implements still found along the creeks. In the mid nineteenth century, sandalwood cutters established camps in the area, but European settlement was slow until the completion of the railway line from Tambellup in 1912.
The numerous natural scenic attractions and wildlife of the Stirling Range National Park to the local rustic heritage sites and genuine rural charm makes the Gnowangerup Shire a 'must see' for any visitor.
The Shire theme 'Heart of the Stirlings' typifies the attraction of the area, which contains well known climbing and panoramic delights as Bluff Knoll, Mount Toolbrunup and Mount Trio, especially during wildflower season when delicate orchids cover the ground.
Early settler heritage abounds in our townsites, ready to take you back to that special era, boutique produce will tantalise your taste buds and there is always a surprise or two around the corner.
For more details on attractions in our area, click on our Icons page or visit the Hidden Treasures of the Great Southern Website.