Located just 15kms north of Mt Barker, Kendenup boasts
an interesting history.
Kendenup was purchased in 1840 by Captain John Hassell for
development as a sheep station and grew in time to some
700,000 acres and ran over 30,000 sheep.
In 1920 Kendenup was sold to C.J. De Garis and the townsite
soon came into being. De Garis introduced a settlement scheme
which involved growing of fruit and vegetables on small holdings.
A Brickwork's was started and produce dehydrator was built.
Unfortunately lack of funds forced the collapse of his company in 1923.
A handful of struggling settlers stayed on and their high quality
apples and vegetables enabled them to survive the depression.
After the war apples became the major industry in the district.
During your stay in the Great Southern visit Kendenup....
a vintage bulldozer is on display, signposts indicate places of interest
in town and Kendenup itself is an ideal base from which to tour the Stirling Ranges.
From September to November wildflowers are plentiful within the townsite
and surrounds. Fruit from the area produces world class wine.