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Summer is the perfect time to fish
in the Blackwood River, just so long
as you head to where the water is
flowing. Neville Hamilton, from
Blackwood River Canoeing, says
there are a few spots worth trying.
“Anywhere in summer, from
downstream Nannup to where the
Yarragadee flows in – the water is
very good quality and the fish like
it,” he says. “Above Sues Bridge
there’s basically trout or cobbler.
And below Great North Road,
where the river becomes tidal and
estuarine, you can catch bream and
even herring or whiting.”
Enjoy fantastic scenery with
your lunch, at these picnic spots
in the Blackwood.
Lions Park, Boyup Brook | Set
amid natural bush land by the
Blackwood River, this park is not
only beautiful but well-equipped
with picnic tables, toilets and night
lighting. Nature lovers will also
enjoy walking along part of the
Bicentennial Walk Trail.
Ferndale Homestead, Balingup
This picturesque heritage site
features a collection of buildings
dating back to the 1850s. The
grounds also include remnant
fences, plantings and orchards from
the original establishment. Now a
delightful picnic spot,
you’ll find the homestead
overlooking the river just north
of Balingup near the junction of
Nannup Arboretum, Nannup
Planted in 1926, the local timber
industry used this collection of
trees to see which species thrived
in the area. Located in Brockman
Street by the Blackwood River, it’s
a scenic place to stop and enjoy the
TOP WALKING TRAILS
Jan George has lived in Balingup for the past 12 years, where she owns
and operates Jalbrook Cottages with her husband, Alan. Jan offers up the
best summer bushwalks around the Balingup area.
Golden Valley Tree Park | 2.1km each way (1 hour return)
There is a range of walking circuits within the Tree Park, so allow up to
three hours if you intend walking all of them. Wood-fired barbecues and
toilets are available in the park.
Grimwade Road Bibbulmun Track | 12km (3 hours)
The first section of this trail follows the world famous Bibbulmun Track,
and the second wanders long Grimwade Road through rolling hills and
farmland. Sections of this walk can be a challenge.
Racecourse Flora Reserve | 2km (1.5 hours)
The reserve is a blaze of colour in spring and has a picnic area
and information bay.
Maps can be picked up from the Balingup Tourist Bureau.
Planning on camping out under the stars in the Blackwood? Stephen Mills,
senior ranger of the Blackwood region, gives the following advice
Best campsites in the Blackwood region for summer? Workers Pool and
Barrabup Pool are popular camping spots, located about 10km west of
Nannup. Both have approximately six campsites. Barrabup Pool is a great
place, and a very popular swimming and recreation area too.
Best walking trails? Park at Barrabup Pool and walk out to what we call
Sleeper Hewer’s Hut, which is roughly 5km out. It’s a good day trek that
takes you along a nice stretch of river.
Safety tips From December to June we normally have total fire-bans, so
gas is fine, but no open fires are permitted. You need to be self-sufficient
too. Take plenty of drinking water and any cooking or camping equipment
you require. It’s always good to call our offices before heading on a longer
walk, so if something happens, we know where to find you.
Greenbushes Pool is a
must-see for nature lovers.
Barrabup Pool offers fantastic swimming,
walking trails and picnic facilities.
Bushland along the Bibbulmun
Track just outside of Balingup.
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