The once sleepy West Australian town of Cowaramup is on the mooove, and grey nomads are waking up to all that it has to offer.
Originally gazetted in 1925 to support the timber and dairy industries, Cowaramup is situated in the heart of the fabled Margaret River wine region and is surrounded by excellent boutique wineries and craft breweries.
Grey nomads with a taste for the finer things in life will no doubt also enjoy sampling local cheeses, fudges, and organically grown olive oils.
The attractive town is located just 10 kilometres north of Margaret River on the Bussell Highway and boasts some hugely browsable specialty stores including a soap shop, as well as great cafes and bakeries.
However, it is the presence of a herd of fibre-glass cattle that is indisputably the main attraction in the community known locally as Cowtown. The 42 life-sized Friesian cows arrived in the community’s streets, parks and shops in 2012 as part of a community initiative … and their fame has since sparked a tourism upsurge.
Every July, the herd’s birthday is celebrated with an eagerly anticipated Deja Moo country fair. It was at the fair, back in 2014, that the town claimed the Guinness World Record for the most people in one place dressed as cows … an eye-popping 1352!
Not all cows are created equal however, and one bovine sculpture stands head and shoulders above all others in this quirky little community. Known locally known as ‘Rump On A Stump’, a gold-coloured cow stands spreadeagled atop a pole in Pioneer Park.
The statue was created by local artist Ron Roozen for the Cow Parade held here in 2010. It references the iconic ‘Free As A Bird’ statue of a naked lady which stands on a pole at a local winery.
Not all of Cowaramup’s attractions are man-made though … or related to cows.
To the west, is Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park – Cowaramup, which offers stunning scenery including superb beaches, rocky headlands, and extensive forests.
The park offers some great bushwalking, but energetic visitors may also be tempted to take a hike along the Wadandi Track, which starts at Cowaramup and wends its way through some of the most beautiful natural bush, farmland and vineyards in the region all the way to Margaret River and beyond.
As an alternative to staying in Margaret River and exploring the area, Cowaramup has a lot going for it and the well-located Gracetown Caravan Park just to the north promises grey nomads a warm welcome.
When all is said and done, this is a place that truly is like no udder.