"Cowaramup got its name from the cowara parrot, but it is known as Cowtown by the locals, an acknowledgement of its central place in the dairy industry.
It is a small town 10km north of Margaret River on the Bussell Highway. While it is not obvious to the first time visitor Cowaramup is also the centre of the northern wine district.
The first vines were planted thirty years ago at Cowaramup at Vasse Felix in what was to become a viticultural area of world renown. Much of the vineyard development is west of the town along Caves Road, but new vineyards are popping up like mushrooms all around Cowaramup.
Cowaramup is home of a regional wine centre at which many of the local wines are available. some for tasting. There is also a stock of rare aged wines.
Margaret River once had a cheese and butter factory that closed many years ago. Cowaramup took much satisfaction from a new cheese factory opening on its doorstep about ten years ago. A second one followed more recently.
The Cowaramup District club, with its smart bowling greens, is legendary as a waterhole. Equipped with several full-size billiard tables the club is popular with both locals and tourists.
It has managed to retain its timber-town character and a small arts community does well from rustic shops in the main street."