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.