Travellers will get a glimpse of Western Australia’s agricultural past on a new tourism drive that aims to attract more visitors to the state’s south.
- The Horsepower Highway is accompanied by an interactive map showing the location of vintage tractors
- The GNP 360 co-op came up with the idea to capitalise on increased domestic tourism
- The tractors are named for local enthusiasts and donors
Vintage tractors can be seen on the Horsepower Highway along the Broomehill-Gnowangerup Road leading to the Stirling Range National Park in the Great Southern.
The scheme was devised by Gnowangerup-based co-op GNP 360 to encourage tourists to take the scenic route through the region.
“With COVID encouraging people to travel more within our state and get to know places within our own backyard, we’ve noticed more traffic coming through and people wanting something interesting to do while they come into places like the Stirling Range National Park,” GNP 360 secretary Cassandra Beeck said.
A newly-launched interactive map details the 16 tractors along the route, along with photos and information about the historic machines.
More tractors will be added in the future and each one has been given a name to add to the sense of fun.
Lizzy, Clancy, Dick and Barb
“Lizzy” the steam tractor, found in the centre of Gnowangerup, was imported in 1889 and used to clear many of the original properties in and around the town.
“Clancy”, the Old Man of the Stirlings, sits among yellow canola fields in front of a magnificent view of the Stirling Range.
“Some of them have been named after people in our town who are tractor enthusiasts,” Ms Beeck said.
“So ‘Dick’ and ‘Barb’ have been named after Barbara and Dick Garnett, who are amazing tractor enthusiasts and they’ve given us a lot of support helping us find tractors.”
Some of the tractors were donated by farming families, while others have been purchased and restored by the GNP 360 co-op.
The Horsepower Highway will be officially opened in September during the Great Southern Treasures Bloom Festival.
Ms Beeck said the co-op hoped to get funding to grow the trail.