Cowaramup and Gracetown
Welcome to Cowaramup & Gracetown!
The Cowaramup and Gracetown area is home to some of the most prestigious wine and food experiences in the region. It is also famous for a bustling (you guessed it!) dairy industry.
Cowaramup village evolved through several Group Settlements in the area and derives its name from Cowaramup Siding on the now disused Busselton to Augusta railway. The railway went through to Margaret River the same year, and subsequently on to Karridale and Flinders Bay. The last train travelled this track in 1957 and its route has become the “Rails to Trails” walking and cycling track. Today Cowaramup is a busy yet charming little town, with cafés, gift stores, gourmet food producers and a quirky bovine theme to delight its visitors – so stop off in Cowaramup and be enchanted.
Gracetown is a hillside, coastal town with panoramic ocean views. The town is located on Cowaramup Bay which faces north, bringing shelter from the strong winds of summer, and making it popular with holidaymakers and surfers.
What to do
- Eat: Cowaramup is the starting point for your food adventure – taste sweet treats such as locally made nougat, chocolate, ice cream, candy and fudge. If savoury is your thing there is an abundance of olive, nut, pastry and cheesy delights to devour.
- Walk: the Rails to Trails track runs all the way from Cowaramup to Margaret River – it’s a wide, well graded track that used to be the old railway line, and is covered by a canopy of trees most of the way. The Gracetown to Prevelly section of the Cape to Cape Track is also popular.
- Taste wine: some of the oldest vineyards in the region are within a short drive of Cowaramup, as well as some great boutique wineries.
- Hit the beach: Cowaramup Bay in Gracetown has it all - a calm swimming beach, epic surf breaks offshore and place to launch the boat or jetski.
- Browse the shops: there’s some delightful little gift stores in Cowtown - pick up a gift for a loved one (or yourself!)
- The “golden cow on a stick” statue in the Cowaramup local park.
- The epic sunsets over the bay at Gracetown.
- How Cowaramup is completely cow-themed - check out the names of the local shops!
Useful to know
- It’s pronounced “Kuh-wara-mup” - locals refer to it as “Cowtown”, and the name means “place of the Cowara bird” in Aboriginal language.
- Sam Worthington’s new Aussie blockbuster ‘Drift’ had scenes filmed in Gracetown.
- The Margaret River Regional Wine Centre in Cowaramup runs tastings for wineries which don’t have a cellar door.
How to get there
Cowaramup is located on Bussell Highway, 13km north of Margaret River – about 30 minutes from Busselton. It’s 10 minutes from Margaret River. Gracetown is located 10km west of the town of Cowaramup and approximately a 20 minute drive north-west of Margaret River. Just south of Cowaramup is Cowaramup Bay Road – this road leads all the way out to Gracetown.