Cowaramup

Let a LO­CAL show you around their town for an IN­SIDER’S GUIDE to all the best bits. ONE FINE DAY

Australian Traveller - - Culture Towns -

CLAIRE PARKER AND JEREMY GOOD recog­nised the po­ten­tial for a craft brew­ery to flour­ish in Cowaramup, Western Aus­tralia. The small Mar­garet River town has been their home since they opened the Cowaramup Brew­ing Com­pany over a decade ago. Its 800-litre brew­house (where they make six hand­crafted ales and lagers), bar and restau­rant com­ple­ments the re­gion’s al­ready di­verse of­fer­ings.

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WHERE EX­ACTLY: In the south-west of Western Aus­tralia, three hours’ drive south of Perth. POP­U­LA­TION: The most re­cent data re­leased from 2011 was 1131 but the small town is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sig­nif­i­cant growth, par­tic­u­larly in young fam­i­lies. WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Cowaramup is right in the heart of the Mar­garet River wine re­gion, the clos­est town to a num­ber of winer­ies in­clud­ing Vasse Felix, Howard Park and MadFish. It’s also near Cowaramup Bay, a pop­u­lar swim­ming and surf­ing beach. WHY GO: It’s a chance to ex­plore a quirky small town that re­tains a uniquely ru­ral feel, cen­tral to the in­ter­na­tion­ally fa­mous Mar­garet River re­gion.

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