Coorow is a charming inland farming town, whose first settlers raised sheep and horses in the mid 1800’s. Remnants of the area’s farming history are still evident today, contrasting against wildflowers and beautiful gardens.

Coorow attractions

  • Waddi Well is a popular picnic spot, which was originally used by passing drovers to rest their horses. Located just off Boundary Road.
  • Alexander Morrison National Park is known for its spectacular wildflower displays during season (late July to October). Make sure you also keep an eye out for sightings of bushland wildlife.
  • Take the scenic Coorow Wildflower Drive, stopping by the roadside to take some snaps of Mother Nature at her best.
  • The scenic drive through the town of Coorow will take you to the Coorow Farm where there is a look out, picnic spot and in spring time paddocks of colourful everlastings.

Alexander Morrison National Park

Located on the Central West Coast Sandplain, 50 kilometres west of Coorow, Alexander Morrison National Park boasts beautiful wildflower displays, particularly between August and October. The park consists of low scrub and heath on undulating sandplain hills, interspersed with rocky outcrops and small streams cutting across the landscape. Tall eucalypts grow along stream beds making for beautiful, shady picnic locations. Mallee thickets are also quite common throughout the park as are heathland birds and mammals. 

Coorow history

William and Sarah Long first settled in the area in around 1862 raising sheep and horses. The horses were shipped to Singapore, where they were used by the British armed forces and the sheep’s wool was sent to Dongara and Perth. The ruins of the Long homestead can be seen just outside the town of Coorow.

Gustif Leibe was 60 years of age when he established his farm in Waddi Forrest. He was originally from Budapest where he finished his carpenter certificate. He moved to Perth in 1982 where he helped build a number of iconic Perth buildings including His Majesty’s Theatre. After the war he moved to Waddi and became a wheat farmer. His original residence is still in-tacked today and belongs to the Kerr Family.

Visit the Coorow Community Resource Centre website or call +61 8 9952 1266 for further information.

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