CHARNIGUP FARM BED AND BREAKFAST is central to the world famous Stirling Ranges and Porongurups National Parks, home to wide variety of unique and rare Western Australian Wildflowers. Rare fauna, including the Noisy Scrub bird and Gilbert’s potoroo are located in the South Coastal nature reserves and national parks. Many species of local birds can be seen in the garden and on the farm. Charmaine and Nigel are members of Birds Australia. Visit our Beautiful Birds.
Other ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS in our immediate locale include whale watching between July and October, climbing, bush walking, diving, fishing, bike riding and sailing. The area abounds in excellent boutique wineries including Montgomery’s Hill and award-winning Wignalls Winery. Local restaurants are often in delightful and unique settings.
Enjoy pristine beaches at nearby Two People’s Bay Nature Reserve, home to the rare and endangered Noisy Scrub Bird and Gilbert’s Potoroo, as well as at Gull Rock, Nanarup Beach and Betty’s Beach. Take the walk trails along the tranquil Kalgan River, go canoeing, check out the galleries, art and craft studios and exhibitions.
As keen amateur botanists Nigel and Charmaine can direct you to locations where you may view the insect-eating Albany Pitcher Plant and other rare flora. Click here to see our wildflowers.
Mayleeya’s Thai Restaurant in the Porongurups is situated on a bamboo farm and The Lily, just north of the Stirlings, is a perfect replica of a Dutch windmill set on a rolling pastoral farm.
CHARNIGUP FARM BED & BREAKFAST is 23 km from historic Albany, the earliest European settlement and the oldest town in Western Australia as well as the departure point for Anzacs leaving for Gallipoli. WA’s oldest farm, Strawberry Hill Farm, is a National Trust property, open to the public. Enthusiasts of Australian history will appreciate the role played by Albany in early explorations by navigators and botanists such as Joseph Banks, Matthew Flinders and a visit by famous evolutionist, Charles Darwin.
Other interesting places to visit include the Old Gaol, Residency Museum, the Amity Brig replica, the Forts historical precinct, The recently established Wind Farm demonstrates the local community’s commitment to clean, green energy and has become a very popular tourist attraction. Whaleworld incorporates a fascinating museum of this now banned industry and is located on spectacular coast where you can experience the forces of nature at The Blowholes and The Gap. The magnificent King George Sound can also be explored by taken a harbour cruise which includes visiting the site of the HMAS Perth dive wreck.
There is hang gliding in the Stirlings, you can take a short trip to visit Mount Barker and its unique Banksia Farm and absorb the rural atmosphere of this typical country town. For the fit, try our hill walks including Bluff Knoll in the Stirlings and Nancy’s Peak in the Porongurups. However, there are many other walks of different lengths and levels to cater for all needs.
Take a day trip to Bremer Bay, a lovely little coastal town; visit the ‘hot-spot’ biosphere Fitzgerald River National Park where excellent sightings of calving whales are possible in the winter months.
Maleeya’s Thai Restaurant in the Porongurups 15 mins, King River Tavern and Restaurant close by, and there is a complete range of restaurants, takeaways, pizza parlours or whatever takes your fancy in Albany (20 mins).
If you feel like staying home you are welcome to use the barbecue or mini-kitchen to prepare your dinner.
Charnigup Farm offers lovely vistas and subjects for sketching. Charmaine is a qualified art teacher, happy to offer assistance and encouragement, as well as providing basic materials on request.
Quality artworks adorn the accommodation. Watercolours, pastels, lino prints, textiles and greetings cards are available for purchase.