The charismatic town of Cowaramup is affectionately known as ‘Cowtown’ by locals. While you might think the town has been named after the herd of life sized fiberglass cows grazing throughout the town, or for its central place in the dairy industry, it’s actually named by local Aboriginals after the Cowara bird – a purple crowned lorikeet. Not just any ‘udder’ town, Cowaramup is definitely worth the stop.
More informationYour tastebuds are sure to get a work out with many of the region’s wineries as well as gourmet food outlets located in and around the town. The kids will love stopping for a photo with the cows and trying to find trying to find Molly Moo Cow, hidden in their spots, and adults will have a chuckle at the ‘Roast on a Post’ – a local artist’s tongue-in-cheek imitation of Laurance Winery’s ‘Chick on a Stick’.
For the more energetic embark on the 13km Rails to Trails track, which follows the old railway line between Cowaramup and >Margaret River, and is great scenic walk, cycle or horse ride.
Ten minutes from Cowaramup is the hamlet Gracetown (named after Grace Bussell, one of the founding families of the region) which has excellent swimming beaches and surf breaks. Big wave surfers flock to Cow Bombie, a deep water reef break about 2km off the coast, which can produce waves upwards of 40ft!