You may have noticed that the Premier Mill Hotel, and its home, Katanning, is in the centre of a vast territory. Each of our trails take you on a journey through a unique part of that territory, connecting you, through different stories, to a landscape, and to the people who’ve made their lives there. Each journey has a sweep that feels epic, and it’s our hope that you’ll finish each day pleasantly tired and satisfied, knowing you’ve wandered among a living history that you can see and touch. And having been forever changed by the experience.
However, if your idea of “epic” is a relaxing morning or afternoon drive, tasting some award-winning wines, some good coffee, a nice lunch and maybe a siesta, then the river wine trail may be more to your liking. This trail crosses some beautiful country and distinctly different landforms, but on a more compact scale. Plus, there’s wine.
We start by driving across to Katanning’s closest neighbour to the west, Kojonup. We are heading for lush pastures and rich soils today, and you’ll notice the subtle change in the country as we begin to roll over the steeper hills of the south-west corner of the State. Our route takes us down the main street of Kojonup. At the bottom of the hill, just past the town centre, you’ll see a giant replica wool wagon where the Albany Highway crosses the creek. This is a little precinct that will reward you if you stop to stretch your legs. If you haven’t already seen it in your travels, take some time to wander through the award-winning Kodja Place, and see the Arnold Potts memorial in Apex Park. Then just a little way down the street is the 1907 train station that still functions as the Kojonup Tourist Railway. In a few blocks, you can take in the history of the area in one sweep: from the Kaneang Noongar heritage, through early European settlement, to the region becoming known for its prized blue merino wool.