Coordinates: 34°17′49″S 117°33′14E
Cranbrook is a small rural town of approximately 300, situated 320km south of Perth and about an hour’s drive north of Albany. The town is frequently billed as ‘The Gateway to the Stirlings’, as much of the Stirling Range National Park lies within the boundary of the Shire of Cranbrook and close to the townsite, making it an ideal place to service tourists. Visitor numbers peak during the spring wildflower season, while the Cranbrook Wildflower Show is renowned for the quantity and quality of its exhibits. The Centenary of Federation Wildflower Walk on the eastern town boundary provides a leisurely 2km stroll.
Farming leases were established in the area in the late 1850s after an overland route was established between the Swan River Colony (Perth) and King George Sound (Albany). The settlement grew in 1889, after it became one of the original stations on the Great Southern Railway. The Cranbrook townsite was gazetted in 1899. Englishman JA Wright, manager of the Western Australian Land Company which built the railway, named the town after his former place of education, Queen Elizabeth School in Cranbrook, Kent.
Cranbrook's services, include two general stores, a fuel station, a public house/hotel and caravan parks.
For further information, phone the Shire of Cranbrook on (08) 9826 1008 - http://www.cranbrook.wa.gov.au