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Hit the heritage trail with our
guide to the historic sites not
to be missed.
insider Blackwood River Valley
SCENERY SOAKERS Enjoy pretty
picnic spots and scenic drives
galore. Bridgetown Visitor Centre
can give you maps and details
for at least nine drives. Or do the
short River Walk from Bridgetown
or part of the pretty 22km Old
Timberline Trail near Nannup.
TREE HUGGERS Visit the 60ha
Golden Valley Tree Park, the State’s
biggest arboretum, near Balingup.
Enjoy the Tall Gums Short Walk
in the Australian Collection, then
visit the World Collection, with
trees from all over the globe. Spring
brings juicy mulberries to the park.
FOODIES Sample fine wines and
local produce after a round of golf
crossed with mini golf. It’s called
Chip ‘n’ Sip and is played across 9
holes, each on a different property,
mostly boutique wineries near
Bridgetown and Greenbushes. Two
of the venues serve lunch as well.
FISHERS Fish for trout in the
Blackwood’s smaller tributaries
and creeks from September 1 when
the season starts. You can fish for
trout in the Blackwood itself all
year round. A freshwater angling
licence is required.
HISTORY BUFFS Where to start?
Maybe at Bridgedale. Built in 1862,
it’s Bridgetown’s oldest remaining
building. Beautiful gardens, and
it has a pleasant river walk which
starts from the house and takes you
along the banks of the Blackwood.
FAMILIES Picnic along the river
and as the weather warms up,
add a dip at a swimming hole,
such as Barrabup Pool. Let the
kids go into a mock mine shaft
and set off a (mini) mining blast at
Greenbushes Discovery Centre.
Bridgetown The only heritage-
listed town in the South West region,
Bridgetown is a mecca for the curious
traveller with a fascination for the
past. If you’re keen to make your own
discoveries, but want a friendly nudge,
the Bridgetown Historic Society has
produced a self-guided walk, available
from the Bridgetown Visitor centre.
Or go it alone.
Boyup Brook Pioneers’ Museum
Discover artefacts central to Boyup
Brook’s heritage and the little-known
story of Dwalganup cloverseed (see
authentic harvesting equipment at
work). Several untouched and restored
historic buildings are also located on-
site, including a mortuary and school.
Donnelly River Holiday Village
Tucked away deep in the karri forest,
this was settled as a mill town in the
1940s (fully steam driven, it was
considered state of the art for its time).
The whole town – including cottages, a
workshop and school – remains largely
intact and is heritage-listed. You can
stay in the village, or just drop in.
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nEVILLE HAMILTOn | Paddle hotspots
With local knowledge gained over
28 years in the region and through
his business, Blackwood River
Canoeing, Neville’s in the know.
Experienced paddlers? Between
Nannup and Warner Glen Bridge
for paddlers with experience in
Canadian canoes or kayaks at any
winter level, except flood times.
Novice paddlers? Below Warner
Glen Bridge there are flat, quiet
conditions all year. For the slightly
experienced, Sues Bridge. In spring
there are ‘good fun’ small rapids.
Interesting trips? A daytrip from
Sues Bridge to Great North Road if
you have a little experience on
moving water. For longer, start at
my place, the last property down-
river of Nannup. There’s 50km of
forest before the next property.
Camp along the way on that stretch
and have three days of moving water
and challenges. It’s wilderness, so
take good camping gear. Then it’s
two days of flat water to Augusta.
Safety tips? Get local advice. And
tell the Department of Environment
and Conservation or the police your
plans. If you don’t check in at the
end of a trip, they’ll come looking.
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