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Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup is 1,160, with a population density of 0.00 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

The Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup is located in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia, about 300 kilometres south of the Perth CBD. The Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup is bounded by the Shire of Katanning in the north, the Shire of Gnowangerup in the east, the Shire of Cranbrook in the south, and the Shire of Kojonup in the west.

Name origin

The Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup is named after the former Shires of Broomehill and Tambellup. Broomehill was named after Sir Frederick Napier Broome, former Governor of Western Australia. Tambellup was thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning "place of many tammars" (wallabies).

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for grazing and farming. Population was minimal until the 1880s when the Great Southern Railway was constructed between Beverley (east of Perth) and Albany (east of Broomehill-Tambellup). The townships of Broomehill and Tambellup developed in the 1890s. Gradual growth took place through to the early 1900s, and again during the post-war years. The population declined slightly between 1991 and 2006, falling from about 1,200 to less than 1,100 in 2006. The population then increased marginally to about 1,100 people in 2011.

Land use

The Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup is predominantly rural, with residential areas in the townships of Broomehill and Tambellup. Land is used largely for sheep grazing and grain growing, with some viticulture and aquaculture. The Shire encompasses a total land area of about 2,800 square kilometres.


The Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup is served by the Albany Highway and the Great Southern Highway.

Major features

Major features of the Shire include the Holland Track, Tambellup Heritage Trail, Broomehill Museum, Holland Park, Boot Rock Reserve, Broomehill Golf Club, Broomehill Recreational Complex, Wadjekanup River Estate Wines and the Gordon River.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the Broomehill-Tambellup area were the Noongar Aboriginal people.

Included areas

The Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup includes the townships and localities of Bobalong, Borderdale, Broomehill East, Broomehill Village, Broomehill West, Dartnall, Lake Toolbrunup, Moonies Hill, Tambellup and Wansbrough.