Christine King

Welcome to the Blackwood Valley Towns of Balingup and Greenbushes

Balingup and Greenbushes are situated in the South West of Western Australia. They offer visitors something to do every month of the year.

Balingup a beautiful south west town offers a diversity of attractions with its well known  events all promoted with its colourful scarecrows that change their clothing depending on the event.
Their exciting and well attended events include The Small Farm Field Day in April, Festival of Gardens (throughout the Blackwood Valley) in May and November, Telling Tales an event for children in July, and the extremely popular Medieval Carnivale in August.

The Golden Valley Tree Park is also a main attraction of Balingup. It is a 60 hectare landscaped heritage listed park with the largest arboretum in Western Australia. A diversity of mainly deciduous trees including rare and unusual species that is highly recommended for drives and short walks. The park can also be accessed by a 2km walk from the Bibbulmun Track. A delight in the May Festival of Country Gardens. Blackwood Valley was stated in the Qantas magazine as one of the top 5 places to see autumn colour.

Greenbushes a high spot on the Darling Scarp offers a slice of history with the historic amble walk. Follow the walk to gain an insight to life in a booming mining and timber town in the 1800s. Many of the building remain and in use. In my opinion the old goal is worth a visit and a photo of friends in the old prison! There is also the award winning Discovery Centre, please check opening times, with its story of Greenbushes, a replica of a mine walk and mini explosion that is greatly enjoyed by children and adults.

The conservation wetlands and boardwalk is well worth a visit and only a short walk from the Greenbushes Pool that offers a sandy beach, barbecue area, rotunda, children’s play area and public facilities. A great spot in summer and winter. There are also nature walks from the town of Greenbushes including one that lead onto the Bibbulum Track.

There is so much more:
The Greenbushes Art Trail with sculptures and murals in the town, at the Community Garden, at the Conservation and Boardwalk area.

Winter weekend in Greenbushes, part of Winter in Bridgetown, that includes a guided wattle and native flora walk, art exhibitions, community garden open and much more.

The Festival of Country Gardens in May and November offers a glimpse of private gardens as well as the community garden with its frog pond, native bee house and much more.

Come and visit the Blackwood Valley with its quant country towns, walks, scenic drives and many events and don’t forget to visit BlueSky Retreat with its nature walk and frog pond.

Greenbushes part of the Biodiversity Hotspot of the South West

In the south west of Western Australia almost eighty percent of the natural plant species are found nowhere else on the earth! To be recognised as a hotspot the region must contain at least 1500 species of endemic vascular plants. ( There are many walks around Greenbushes including the conservation area where many of these plants can be found. In August there is the Winter Weekend in Greenbushes Wattle Walk that is a guided walk pointing out the flowering wattles as well as other plants of the area including Brown Boronia a beautifully scented plant. August to October are great times for viewing the wattles of the area. Most of the native wattles of the area are the smaller forms and there are many varieties. In September October purple Hardenbergia comptoniana and acacias (wattles) flower together and combine to form a lovely colourful sight that can be seen along most road sides in the area.

In November during the Festival of Gardens there are guided walks in and around Bridgetown looking at the local flora. These walks are well worth attending for those interested in native plants. We sometimes see Angus formally of Gardening Australia checking out our native flora, especially the kangaroo paw his passion. In the spring the orchids are wonderful and some of the smaller varieties can be difficult to find but well worth the time and effort. There are also the locally known snotty gobble that is an indigenous plant whose fruit can be eaten when ripe. We are lucky to have these plants at BlueSky Retreat in our wildflower walk as some are difficult to grow. We are also converting an old soak dam into a large frog pond and planting indigenous flora to attract frogs and small birds to the pond.


Come and visit us for a guided or self tour for a sample of the flora of the South West.

Greenbushes A Hidden Gem of The South West of Western Australia.

Greenbushes is a three hour drive from Perth, one hour from Bunbury and situated between the small and quaint country towns of Balingup and Bridgetown in the beautiful Blackwood Valley, South West of Western Australia. 

Greenbushes origins was as a mining and timber area with large
amounts of Jarrah, Marri and the main draw card was finding tin. The town grew to a population of more than 1000 residents with the majority prospecting or working in the tin mining and timber industries. These were profitable times and the town consisted of many pubs, a town hall, butcher, general store, bank, post office, nunnery, police station, court house and a very small tin goal that would have been boiling hot in the summer and freezing in the winter, a deterrent to most except the occasional drunk or minor offender!

 Tin was mined for many years and there are many large mining holes still around Greenbushes that have been converted to water areas such as the popular Greenbushes Pool with its barbecue area, play area for children and camping area. There is also Swanke Dam that received publicity and praise as a major conservation area with its board walk and walk tracks through the native vegetation including flowering wattles, orchids and boronia in the spring. 


The Discovery Centre is also well worth a visit with its examples of fauna and flora and a reproduced mine walk where you can set off an explosion, all in fun of course!

Mining is still a major industry in Greenbushes with Lithium now being mined but there are many other attractions in the area:

The Greenbushes Pool with swimming, barbecue facilities, play equipment and sandy beach.
The Conservation Area and Board Walk.
The Award Winning Discovery Centre and tin man sculpture.
Heritage and Thompson Park with barbecue facilities.
The Amble Walk; follow the brochure to find historic buildings and the layout of the old township.
Walks; there are many walks around the area from easy to challenging. See the walks brochure.
The Lookout onto the old mining hole with its example of an old mining ‘shack’.
Historic buildings such as the court house and goal.
Historic and country drives.

Also check for local events as the popular Bridgetown Blues, Medieval Fair Balingup, Small Farms Day Balingup, Winter in Bridgetown and Greenbushes, Festival of Country Gardens (Blackwood Valley), Tennis and much more…

Come and enjoy Greenbushes with the diversity of things to do and see.