Special Interests

Discover things to do around the Porongurups:

Castle Rock Granite Skywalk WA

Jilba Cottage backs onto the ancient Porongurup Range National Park.  Ideal for nature enthusiasts, bushwalkers, climbers and lovers of fine foods and wines, Jilba offers an ideal central point to relax and enjoy the Great Southern region of Western Australia.  This vast area is made up of five Sub-regions including: Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker and the Porongurup Range.

View of the Porongurup Ranges

Annual Porongurup Festival Grape Stomp

Explore the Porongurup area:

As well as its many walking trails, ancient granite boulders, glorious seasonal wildflowers and abundant bird and wildlife in the Porongurup National Park, Twin Creeks Reserve is also a must to explore.  The Porongurup area is also home to an increasing number of award winning boutique wineries, such as – Abbey Creek, Castle Rock Estate, Duke’s, Ironwood Estate Wines, Jingalla, Montefalco, Shepherd’s Hut and Zarephath wineries.

Events to be enjoyed include the annual Porongurup Festival (formerly the Porongurup Wine Festival), with its showcasing of award winning local wines, whisky and boutique beers, plus the popular and eagerly contested Grape Stomp, held on March long weekend and the annual Porongurup Art in the Porongurup exhibition, held in April and set in a magnificent setting on ‘Karribank’ in the Porongurup village and overlooking the magnificent Porongurup Range.

Explore the Stirling Ranges

Discover the Stirling Ranges

Ideal for bush walkers and wildflower enthusiast, the Stirling ranges are just 30 minutes away from Jilba Cottage.  You can climb Bluff Knoll and various other peaks in the Stirlings.

Albany ANZAC Memorial

See the sights of historic Albany

Visit Western Australia’s first settlement.  There is plenty of activity in Albany – you can go swimming, fishing, diving or whale watching, take in Whale world, the Gap and Natural Bridge, the Forts, old Gaol, Residency Museum, the Amity Brig replica, the Wind Farm, the Farmers Markets and the Sandalwood Factory.
Find out more at the Albany Tourist Centre

Visit Mount Barker

Experience Mt Barker’s St. Werburgh’s Chapel and the Old Police Station Museum, which houses the Plantagenet Historical Society, featuring much of Mt Barker’s heritage.  Experience an authentic fully furnished Mongolian Gur (Yurt) and view a selection of the finest art wares from China at Hutong’s Gallery.

Taste the food and wine of the region

This upcoming wine region boasts over 30 wineries including five major wineries – West Cape Howe, Galafrey, Alkoomi, Goundrey, Plantagenet Wines.  The wineries offer visitors wines, tastings and meals.

Enjoy dining at some first-rate local Restaurants & Cafes including Maleeya’s Thai Cafe, Karri on Bar, Porongurup Shop & Tearooms, Ironwood Estate Wines, Zarephath Wines & Café, Gilberts Winery and Cafe, and many others.