Cowaramup – the Gateway to the Margaret River Wine Region!

Cowaramup is a thriving village of some 600 persons, an important hub for its surrounding rural district that is fast becoming a recognised gateway to the Margaret River wine district and other produce in the region. It has established viticultural, agricultural, technical, service, retail and tourism businesses that serve the surrounding area, residents and visitors to the region. Cowaramup is one of the northern towns of the Margaret River region in the south west of Western Australia, located 10km north of Margaret River.

Cowaramup is a thriving village of some 600 persons, an important hub for its surrounding rural district that is fast becoming a recognised gateway to the Margaret River wine district and other produce in the region. It has established viticultural, agricultural, technical, service, retail and tourism businesses that serve the surrounding area, residents and visitors to the region. Cowaramup is one of the northern towns of the Margaret River region in the south west of Western Australia, located 10km north of Margaret River.

Home of the Margaret River Wine Festival held annually, Cowaramup is in the centre of the wine region, located close to the region’s most prestigious wineries. During the festival local wineries come together to showcase their finest in a day packed full of live music, food, wine, wine and more wine. What more could one desire! Located on the main highway and with a rich history, Cowaramup is full of gourmet shops specializing in a wide of delicacies, and set amongst picturesque, rolling farmland. All major services from agricultural to computing, mechanical to earthmoving are provided by experts in their fields.

Take your time to discover the town’s hidden treasures, top-notch restaurants/cafes and indulge in the wine tastings on offer that are guaranteed to tantalise the palette. One will surely leave a full bottle on wine after a day spent in this delightful little town. Gracetown is the beach close by, a beautiful secluded little bay, home to a small community of locals. Fantastic fishing, diving, surfing, snorkeling and swimming are also on hand within the protected bay with its reefs, limestone cliff faces and surf.

The township of Cowaramup was established during the group settlement era of the 1920’s. It became a service centre for the emerging agricultural industry (predominantly dairy) with a railway station providing the lifeblood for the dispatch and receival of goods. There is a distinct community spirit in Cowaramup which is evident in projects such as those undertaken by the Cowaramup Lions including the improvements to Pioneer Park and the revegetation of areas of the Primary School.

Since 1998, with the release of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge Statement of Planning Policy, the town has been identified as an important part of the settlement hierarchy of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Region, with potential to become a village of 2,000 persons with surrounding enclaves of 50 persons. The town is becoming an attractive residential alternative to Margaret River and provides for more balanced growth of the Shire. The current community within Cowaramup is a mixture of the agricultural community and those working in this industry and further business that services the community and outlying agricultural areas.

There is also a significant focus toward tourism in Cowaramup. Cowaramup is a vibrant community that includes a number of people involved in artistic enterprises. There is a distinct community spirit in Cowaramup which is evident in projects such as those undertaken by the Cowaramup Lions including the improvements to Pioneer Park and the revegetation of areas of the Primary School. Since 1998, with the release of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge Statement of Planning Policy, the town has been identified as an important part of the settlement hierarchy of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Region, with potential to become a village of 2,000 persons with surrounding enclaves of 50 persons.

The town is becoming an attractive residential alternative to Margaret River and provides for more balanced growth of the Shire. The current community within Cowaramup is a mixture of the agricultural community and those working in this industry and further business that services the community and outlying agricultural areas.

There is also a significant focus toward tourism in Cowaramup. Cowaramup is a vibrant community that includes a number of people involved in artistic enterprises. In May 2004 the Shire commenced preparation of the Cowaramup Village Strategy. In the face of change, an important objective of the Strategy was to establish, together with the community, a vision for Cowaramup, and identify actions to bring about the vision.