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 Wine 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, Springviews and Zarephath wineries.

Events to be enjoyed include the annual Porongurup Wine Festival, with its popular One Wok Wonder Cooking Competition & eagerly contested Grape Stomp, held on March long weekend and the annual Porongurup Art in the Park exhibition, held in April and set in the magnificent setting of the Porongurup National Park.

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 or drive onto the Lily, an authentic working Dutch windmill.

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 Barkers unique Banksia Farm, 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, The Happy Diner, Gilberts Winery and Cafe, Poacher’s Ridge Vineyard & Café, and many others.