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The Horsepower Highway

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2WD
inSouth West
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Blackwood River Valley, Bunbury Geographe & Collie, Great Southern, Margaret River Region, Southern Forests

  • 1-3 hours
  • 75 km

THE INTERACTIVE MAP link is in the MAIN description.
Follow a 75 km trail of vintage and quirky tractors from the Broomehill turnoff, through the Gnowangerup township,  into the Stirling Range NP.  Get off the beaten track and experience one of Australia’s most beautiful scenic drives.  The approach to the Stirling Range NP from this side is like no other.  Open the interactive map from “About the Trail tab’ below or from the ‘links’ icon above.  If you prefer to use a phone or iPad you can capture a QR code in the ‘camera’ icon to take you directly there.

Snowy skis down the ranges as he points visitors to the Bluff Knoll Ski club.  Snowy is the last tractor on The Horsepower Highway interactive map.
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Trail Start

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At the Railway crossing 5 km out of the township of Broomehill on the Broomehill-Gnowangerup Road

Trail End

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Close to the entrance of the Stirling Range National Park

Laser-cut panel artworks, depicting scenes of local life. Artist Sue Codee, Albany

An intricate wood-carving by local artist John Davis of our town icon: The Malleefowl

The interpretive signs will explain the connection of Ned Kelly to Gnowangerup. A good photo opportunity.

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Starting 5 km south of the tiny rural town of Broomehill, 3.5 hours SE of Perth, the trail follows the sealed Broomehill-Gnowangerup Rd all the way through the lovely Gnowangerup township, passing through open farmland along the way, with the majestic Stirling Ranges looming in the distance until you near the entrance to the Stirling Range NP. CLICK HERE for the Google map:  https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1bISEbCJ34eljk9AMK78-4Q-NGAxktXwX&usp=sharing.  This approach to the Stirlings is one of Australia's most beautiful drives. Through the interactive map, you can experience and learn about our unique farming and cultural history.

The tractors on The Horsepower Highway are examples of real-life machines that established the agricultural regions around the township of Gnowangerup. Some are displayed in their original, working state, and others have been restored to reflect the fabric and personalities that make up our local community. Each has a name, and story to tell.  

Gnowangerup is a Noongar word meaning "place of the Malleefowl".  We are known for this icon, the wildlflowers, and streetscape artwork. Stop for a picnic in our lovely Noborach Park (BBQs avaliable), check out the "Ned Kelly" sculpture or the superb mural featuring a rare bird from the Stirling Range NP.--the Yellow-Crested Shrike Tit.

Kojonup Visitor Centre - The Kodja Place Visitor Centre

(08) 9831 0500

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Time / Duration

Will depend on time taken to stop. Drive time only 45 mins.

Length

75 km

What To Pack

Group D (Drive trails) required.

Trail Start

At the Railway crossing 5 km out of the township of Broomehill on the Broomehill-Gnowangerup Road

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Trail End

Close to the entrance of the Stirling Range National Park

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Hazards & Warnings

Take care October-January. This is harvest season and there are more Heavy Vehicles on the road during this time.

Facilities

Public toilets at the Gnowangerup Township Shire Offices, behind "Lizzy", also at the Community Resource Centre in the Main Street, and at the local playground opposite the Post Office.
The Community Resource Centre has brochures and information on the region, and can arrange bookings for the Caravan park, which is a community-run park...a lovely place to stop over.
The IGA supermarket has all basic grocery supplies.
Fuel is available from the Gnowangerup Roadhouse
  • Access with assistance for the Disabled
  • Dog Friendly
  • Interactive Centre
  • Lookouts
  • Public Toilet
  • Shop
  • Toilet Facilities for Disabled
  • Visitor Information Centre

Best time of year

Anytime. September and October are Wildflower season, November & December are Harvest season

Fees

None

Trail Access

Self-drive

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1 trail goers have rated The Horsepower Highway as 4 out of 5!

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Chelle Fisher

Reviewed 5 Jun 2022, 9:52pm

Such an amazing drive trail, well put together and adds to the fun of roadtripping

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