The quaint little town of Cowaramup is located on the Bussell Highway, 12km north of Margaret River, in Western Australia’s south-west region.
The townsite was named after the Cowaramup Sidings, which was located near the townsite on the Busselton to Augusta railway.
Cowaramup was derived from the Aboriginal word for the Purple Crowned Lorikeet, “Cowara”. However, locals are often heard referring to the town as ‘cowtown’. I guess this is because the town is located in the centre of the regions dairy industry.
Heart of the Northern Wine District
During the 1930’s Cowaramup was mainly a timber and dairy town but today it is also in the heart of the northern wine district.
In the 1970’s the first vines were planted in Cowaramup, by Dr Cullity, on the Vasse Felix Estate. This would prove to be the beginning of a wine industry boom which continues to sweep through the region.
The bird depicted on the Vasse Felix label is that of the Peregrine Falcon. Cullity trained the falcons to scare off the native parrots which were eating his crops, which I assume were the Purple Crowned Lorikeets, the town’s namesake.
It’s Their Business
This small town offers a variety of unique wineries and businesses. Some of the main wineries are Vasse Felix , Cullen Wines , Howard Park Wines , Madfish , Settlers Ridge , Stellar Ridge Estate , Brookwood Vineyard Estate , and Palandri .
For a more information about the wines of this region and for a little taste testing it would be a good idea to visit Margaret River Regional Wine Centre .
For those with a sweet tooth there is fudge and chocolate galore at the two Confectionery Stores in town, The Candy Cow & The Margaret River Chocolate Factory. This town is also home to the popular Margaret River Dairy Company , which specialises in Brie Cheese and yoghurts. The factory can be found along the Bussell Highway.
Other speciality stores include the Moon Haven which sells a myriad of magical aromatherapy and herbal products , Cowaramup Creek Farm which makes ‘Olio Bello’ Olive Oil, Margaret Riviera is the local gourmet shop that only stocks local produce and the Cape Lavender Cafe/Restaurant set in beautiful lavender gardens.