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.