In the heart of Kojonup lies a natural freshwater spring that has drawn people to this spot for many centuries, making it a significant historic place with many enchanting stories to share. From the Noongar people and early settlers to present day locals, they all invite you to hear their story at The Kodja Place.
Following Albany Highway from Perth, you’ll arrive at Kojonup and the gateway to the Great Southern region within three hours. Or, if you’re travelling up from Albany, it’s just one hour and 45 minutes by road.
The town takes its name from the Noongar word ‘Kodja’ meaning stone axe. The ancient Noongar nomads used the area for hunting game and crafting axes from the local stone.
At the state of the art Kodja Place Visitor and Interpretive Centre, they share the secrets and stories of one of the oldest surviving cultures on Earth in stories by the campfire. You’ll also hear the heartfelt stories of hardship from some of the first European settlers who established the town in 1837, and experience true regional Australia through the farm experience.
Some of the original architecture of the town tells its own stories too, including the Old Military Barracks – one of the oldest surviving military buildings in Western Australia.
If you happen to be here in spring (September/October), Mother Nature will dazzle you with one of her most amazing wildflower displays – carpeting Kojonup’s beautiful countryside in colourful blooms.
To immerse yourself in the region, why not stay a few nights. There are plenty of budget to mid-range options, including a caravan park, motels, hotels, cottages, holiday units and bed and breakfast accommodation.