Amongst the vineyards, the region is home to the largest single planting of olive trees in the State and it is becoming increasingly recognised for its high quality oil.
Natural attractions near Frankland River include Lake Porrarecup & Lake Nunijup which are popular for swimming and skiing. The Frankland Heritage Trail gives visitors plenty to see and an insight into the area’s history. Sites of interest include the Old Post Office, the local horse watering trough, one of WA’s first race courses, Kenny’s Tank and Yeriminup Reserve.
A walk along the Frankland River looking for the rare and unique wildflowers is an enjoyable way to enjoy the spring days.
Frankland River wine
Frankland River is the most northerly, furthest inland, and largest sub-region of the Great Southern. The sub-region has over 1,600 hectares under vine and supplies fruit for wineries throughout the State.
Cool nights and warm days with long sunlight hours provide a true Mediterranean climate. Although inland, a cooling sea breeze often finds its way into the region to moderate the afternoon temperatures. Rainfall is collected using complex and extensive water-harevesting methods.
The rich, red and deep soils that line the river beds and rolling hills of the region are ironstone-based gravels aand marri loams derived from granite and gneiss outcrops.
The climate and highly productive soils produces wines with intensity of fruit, finesse, freshness and longevity.
The Frankland River sub-region produces premium quality tsble wine, especially Shiraz and Riesling. Other successful varieties include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.