Balingup

Population 443

This small town, nestled in the Blackwood River Valley, is surrounded by rolling hills, forests and orchards. Balingup is renowned for its glowing summer sunsets, amazing autumn colours and misty winter mornings.

Visitor Information

Brockman St; (08) 9764 1818

www.balinguptourism.com.au

Nearby national parks

  • Yalgorup National Park

    Located just south of Mandurah in a long, narrow strip between the Old Coast Road and the Indian Ocean, and protecting a wetland system...more

  • Shannon National Park

    Shannon National Park, between Manjimup and Walpole in Western Australia’s southern forest region, encompasses the Shannon River as it...more

  • Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park

    This long, narrow park hugs the south-west coast of Western Australia for 120 kilometres between two prominent capes, Cape Naturaliste in...more

Nearby towns

  • Bridgetown

    Bridgetown is a picturesque timber town nestled among rolling hills on the banks of the Blackwood River. Crossing the river, Bridgetown...more

  • Donnybrook

    Donnybrook is the centre of the oldest and largest apple-growing area in Western Australia. This is the home of the Granny Smith apple and...more

  • Nannup

    Nannup is a historic mill town in the Blackwood Valley south of Perth. Known as 'The Garden Village', it has beautiful private and public...more

In Town

Birdwood Park Fruit Winery: unique award-winning fruit wines, chutneys, jams and fruits; Brockman St; (08) 9764 1172.

Tinderbox: herbal and natural products; South Western Hwy.

Old Cheese Factory Craft Centre: the largest art and craft centre in WA, including pottery and timber products; Balingup–Nannup Rd; (08) 9764 1018.

Nearby

Golden Valley Tree Park This 60 ha arboretum boasts a superb collection of exotic and native trees. Other attractions include a tree information gazebo, walk trails, lookout and the historic Golden Valley Homestead. Old Padbury Rd; 2 km S.

Jalbrook Alpacas and Knitwear Gallery: alpacas to feed and alpaca knitwear; accommodation also available; (08) 9764 1190; 2 km E.

Lavender Farm: oil-producing lavender farm with open gardens, picnic area, art gallery and giftshop. Take a distillation tour; open Sept–Apr, Balingup–Nannup Rd; (08) 9764 1436; 2.5 km W.

Balingup Heights Scenic Lookout: stunning views of town and orchards; off Balingup–Nannup Rd; 2.5 km W.

Greenbushes: boasts WA's first metal-producing mine (1888), still in production and now the world's largest tantalum producer. The Discovery Centre has interactive displays and walking trails, and there is an excellent lookout at the mine; 10 km W.

Heritage Country Cheese: cheese-producing factory with viewing window and tastings; 16 km W.

Wineries: several in area; contact visitor centre for details.

Balingup–Nannup Rd: enjoy wonderful scenery, interesting and historic landmarks and great marroning, fishing and picnic sites.

Bibbulmun Track: sections of this trail pass through Balingup; see Albany.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Dolphin Discovery Centre 60 km

This non-profit organisation is committed to education, conservation and research about dolphins, but also provides extraordinary opportunities to interact with these creatures. About 90 wild bottlenose dolphins live in... Find out more


Snorkelling around Busselton and Augusta 61 km

The marine life growing off and feeding near the historic 1841-metre Busselton Jetty makes it one of the easiest and best snorkelling and dive sites in Western Australia. The Underwater Observatory (see entry below) at... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

Balingup Bronze Gallery and Cafe

Coeliac sufferers, vegans and vegetarians will be thrilled to dine at the Balingup Bronze Cafe, an eatery committed to catering for people with allergies and intolerances. Normally, such a claim would fill the average... Find out more


Fre-Jac French Restaurant

The Parisian owners of Fre-Jac have lovingly brought a slice of France to the Australian country town of Balingup. The menu changes monthly with the seasons, and favourites include duck confit, escargots from Bourgogne... Find out more


Campsites around town

Balingup Caravan Transit Park

This small transit park with limited sites is arranged along the banks of Balingup Brook in Walter St, off Jayes Rd in Balingup. Stays are limited to 3 nights. To get to this pretty crafts village nestled in the... Find out more


Blackwood camping area 10 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Blackwood is 40.1 km from Grimwade camping area and 18 km from Gregory Brook camping area.... Find out more


Grimwade camping area 11 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Grimwade is 21.9 km from Noggerup camping area and 40.1 km from Blackwood camping area.... Find out more


Gregory Brook camping area 17 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Gregory Brook is 18 km from Blackwood camping area and 20.6 km from Donnelly River Village.... Find out more


Bridgetown Caravan Park 24 km

Spend the night at this caravan park beside the Blackwood River. It’s at the southern end of a town that’s well-known for its old-world charm, warm hospitality and chilled, misty mornings. The rolling hills... Find out more


Noggerup camping area 27 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Noggerup is 17.7 km from Yabberup camping area and 21.9 km from Grimwade camping area.... Find out more


Workmans Pool camping area 33 km

This camping area – also known as Workers Pool – is in the forest near a brook, 11 km west of Nannup. To get here, follow the Vasse Hwy and Mowen Rd; carry in your own firewood and drinking water.... Find out more


Donnelly River Village 35 km

This privately operated campsite is located at the end of the northern section of the Bibbulmun Track and marks the start of its southern section. It is 20.6 km from the Gregory Brook camping area and 15.9 km from the... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Discovery Holiday Parks – Bunbury Village 56 km

This is a very good quality park on the highway, 6 km from the city centre. It has some great features including minigolf and a tennis court. Its location makes it an excellent base for a holiday in Bunbury. Bookings are... Find out more


Fonty’s Pool Caravan Park 56 km

Closed during July and August, this park is in a rural setting just 8 km from Manjimup along a sealed road. Fonty’s Pool is a spring-fed swimming hole, with a rich history dating back to 1925. Bookings are required... Find out more


Bunbury Glade Caravan Park 58 km

A good quality park just 3 km south of the city centre, this place has well-maintained grounds and good facilities. It is easily accessible from the Bussell Highway. Bookings are required in January and for long weekends... Find out more


Discovery Holiday Park – Koombana Bay 61 km

Right in the heart of Bunbury, this quality park offers discerning caravanners a range of excellent facilities including a coffee shop and a tennis court. Bookings are required in peak periods. There is a minimum-stay... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages

Nestled within the forest, Balingup Heights has six timber cottages spread over 35 hectares, guaranteeing peace and privacy. Whether you’re staying in the premium three-bedroom cottage, The Frog & Easel,... Find out more


Balingup Jalbrook Cottages & Alpacas

Whether you’re after a romantic liaison or a family getaway, Balingup Jalbrook Cottages caters to all needs. If you’re not too busy soaking in the spa with a glass of bubbly, enjoy the services of a masseur... Find out more


Balingup Rose B&B

Surrounded by forests and tranquil gardens, Balingup Rose B&B inspires relaxation. The original section of the house was built in 1927 and has all the charm of the era, including open fireplaces, jarrah floorboards... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Greenbushes rest area 8 km

9km S of Balingup (R) or 17km N of Bridgetown (L)

At the junction with the northern road into Greenbushes.


Bridgetown park area 24 km

At Bridgetown

At the south end of town on a riverbank.


Karri Gully Rest Area 25 km

26 km W of Bridgetown (R) or 19 km E of Nannup (L)

Very small area just off the highway. Good shade.


Jarrah Park rest area 27 km

21km W of Bridgetown (R) or 24km E of Nannup (L)

Small secluded area in the forest.


Willow Springs camping area 29 km

T/O 24km W of Bridgetown (L) or 21km E of Nannup (R)

Secluded in the forest 5km (unsealed) south of the highway via Wetherley and Gold Gully rds.


Ironstone Gully camping area 30 km

T/O at Donnybrook

Secluded in the bush off Capel Rd 18km south-west of Donnybrook.


Barrabup Pool camping area 32 km

T/O 2km N of Nannup (L) or 58km SE of Busselton (R)

In the forest 8km west of the highway via Mowen Rd.


Bunbury South Rest Area 56 km

42 km NW of Margaret River (L) or 57 km SE of Bunbury (R)

Small area just off the highway. Limited shade.


Canebrake rest area 59 km

34km W of Nannup (R) or 41km E of Karridale (L)

Just off the highway in the forest.


Diamond Tree Lookout Park Area 60 km

10 km S of Manjimup (R) or 108 km N of Walpole (L)

Small area just off the highway in the forest. Good facilities and shade.


What's on around town

Opera in the Valley: Jan.

Small Farm Field Day: festival and roadside scarecrows; Apr.

Medieval Carnivale: Aug.

Festival of Country Gardens: Oct/Nov.

Balingup Jalbrook Concert: Nov.

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