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Take a road trip through flowering orchards, lush fields and breathtaking forests. Head
off for a winter getaway to enjoy cool crisp nights under a sparkling sky, camping
by a crackling fire. Wander through the bush to discover the glory of the season’s
wildflowers. Spring in these towns offers the spectacular sight of thousands of blooming
bulbs in Balingup, Nannup and Boyup Brook. Follow the Blackwood River from Boyup Brook
to discover everything from rodeos and country music, to farmland and wildlife and historic
Bridgetown. Enjoy country hospitality at an old pub with new attitude, or explore the region’s
wineries. The Blackwood River offers some of WA’s best canoeing and whitewater kayaking.
Battle the rapids, find one of many wide tranquil spots for a peaceful paddle, or just find a
spot on the riverbank to try your luck for trout (only in season, of course). Wind your way
around to Greenbushes, not far off the main road between Bridgetown and Balingup, to
discover a fascinating mining town and take a dip in the natural waters of Greenbushes Pool.
Winter or spring, there is always something new in the Blackwood River Valley.
Look out for the colourful scarecrows waving from the roadside as
you drive into Balingup. The beautiful little town and its surrounding
countryside is a haven of artisans with galleries and shops selling their
wares. The Medieval Carnivale in August is fun for the whole family.
Bridgetown, the only town in the South West to be granted ‘historic
town’ status by the National Trust, combines old-world charm and first-
rate hospitality. Join the vibrant community of artists, craftspeople and
musicians who pitch in for the Blues at Bridgetown Festival in November.
The Country Music Capital of WA, Boyup Brook is worth a visit. Walk
through the town to see amazing holographic sculptures. Call in at the
Museum to discover our agricultural past, or the Visitor Centre to see the
amazing Carnaby Butterfly and Beetle Collection.
This lovely old timber town seems almost frozen in time. The pretty main
street displays beautiful old timber cottages and shop fronts, which have
been lovingly restored and revived with bright colours. In August, over
13,000 tulips flower, and in November many gardens open to the public.
“C anoeing, camping and
cool crisp nights in front
of a crackling fire”
Explore the region
(Photography Jane Cornes).
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