Bridgedale House, Ken Stepnell

Population 2321

Bridgetown is a picturesque timber town nestled among rolling hills on the banks of the Blackwood River. Crossing the river, Bridgetown boasts the longest wooden bridge in the state, made of the area's famous jarrah. In addition to tourism, timber milling and mining (lithium, tantalum and tin) are now the largest industries in the area.

Visitor Information

Bridgetown-Greenbushes Visitor Centre, 154 Hampton St; (08) 9761 1740

Nearby national parks

  • Shannon National Park

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

  • Mount Frankland National Park

    Mount Frankland, known as Caldyanup to the local Aboriginal people, rises up out of the karri, tingle and jarrah forests north of Walpole....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

  • Balingup

    This small town, nestled in the Blackwood River Valley, is surrounded by rolling hills, forests and orchards. Balingup is renowned for its...more

  • Boyup Brook

    Boyup Brook is on the tranquil Blackwood River in the heart of Western Australia's grass-tree country. The town's name is thought to derive...more

  • Manjimup

    Manjimup is the gateway to the South-West region's tall-timber country. Magnificent karri forests and rich farmlands surround the town....more

In Town

Brierley Jigsaw Gallery The only public jigsaw gallery in the Southern Hemisphere, Brierley has over 170 jigsaws ranging from the world's smallest wooden puzzle to a huge 9000-piece jigsaw. A highlight is an 8000-piece jigsaw of the Sistine Chapel. Back of visitor centre, Hampton St.

Bridgedale: historic house owned by John Blechynden, one of the area's first European settlers, constructed in 1862 of local timber and bricks made from riverbank clay; South Western Hwy.

Memorial Park: picnic area with a giant chessboard, 3ft high pieces for hire from visitor centre; South Western Hwy.


The Cidery Discover the history of Bridgetown's apple industry and sample fresh juice, cider or award-winning beers. The orchard contains over 80 varieties of apple. Closed Tues; Cnr Forrest St and Gifford Rd; (08) 9761 2204; 2 km N

Geegelup Heritage Trail: 52 km walk retraces history of agriculture, mining and timber in the region. It starts at Blackwood River Park.

Scenic drives: choose from 8 scenic drives in the district through green hills, orchards and valleys into karri and jarrah timber country; self-guide maps available at visitor centre.

Excellent views: Sutton's Lookout, off Phillips St and Hester Hill, 5 km N.

Bridgetown Jarrah Park: ideal place for a picnic or bushwalk. The Tree Fallers and Shield Tree trails commemorate the early timber history of the town; Brockman Hwy; 20 km W.

Karri Gully: bushwalking and picnicking; 20 km W.

Bunbury see inset box on next page

Eco-friendly activities around town

Four-wheel-drive tours around Pemberton and Albany 54 km

Pemberton Discovery Tours is a carbon-neutral business that runs 4WD and tag-along tours through the great karri forests, along beaches and through dune systems, with a particular focus on environmental impact. There are... Find out more

Snorkelling around Busselton and Augusta 81 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

The Bridgetown Hotel

Housed in a restored 1920s boutique hotel, the Bridgetown Hotel restaurant serves simple pub fare. Favourites include sirloin steak, rack of lamb and pasta. Blackwood Valley wines accompany your meal, after which may... Find out more

Bridgetown Pottery Tearooms & Gallery

Priding themselves on their home-style cooking, the Bridgetown Pottery Tearooms and Gallery has been run by the same family for the past 21 years, and is housed in one of the oldest buildings in Bridgetown. Featuring a... Find out more

Emporium Bistro

The friendly atmosphere at the 1896 Cafe is what draws in locals and tourists alike. Supporting the local community, the owners provide a venue for live music and wall space for artists. The menu is seasonal and best... Find out more

Nelson’s of Bridgetown

Snuggle up by the cosy fire during the cooler months at Nelson’s and savour the country charm and hospitality. The à la carte menu draws upon local and regional produce to create hearty fare. Those seeking a... Find out more

Campsites around town

Bridgetown Caravan Park

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

Gregory Brook camping area 15 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

Blackwood camping area 18 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

Donnelly River Village 21 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

Balingup Caravan Transit Park 24 km

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

Tom Road camping area 30 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Tom Rd is 15.9 km from Donnelly River Village and 22.8 km from Boarding House camping area.... Find out more

Grimwade camping area 30 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

Caravan parks around town

Fonty’s Pool Caravan Park 37 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

Pemberton Caravan Park 55 km

This is a spacious place with lots of shade and trees, just 1 km from the town centre. The budget-priced park has basic amenities, and a natural-style pool right next door. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Bunbury Village 79 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

Bunbury Glade Caravan Park 82 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

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Ford House Retreat

Built in 1896, the elegantly appointed Ford House Retreat offers romance on the Blackwood River. Spread over four buildings, there’s a choice of queen, double, single rooms and self-catering options available.... Find out more

Maranup Ford

Maranup Ford has a range of B&B, cottage, cabin, caravan and camping options. The five-bedroom cottage sleeps 12 and is ideal for families or large groups, whereas the one-bedroom cabin sleeps six. The caravan site... Find out more

Nelson’s of Bridgetown

Regardless of your budget, old-world charm is all part of the service at Nelsons of Bridgetown. Whether you stay in the heritage lodge, opt for a room with cooking facilities or indulge with a spa suite, all rooms are... Find out more

Tortoiseshell Farm

Just 12 kilometres from town, Tortoiseshell Farm is hidden away in 40 hectares of tranquil forest. The accommodation includes two fully self-contained cottages and a homestead B&B. The cottages have facilities for... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Watermark Kilns 66 km

For something completely different, stay in one of two ex-tobacco kilns, converted into comfortable, low-key accommodation. The double kiln (suitable for large families or bigger groups) has recycled timbers, water is... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Bridgetown park area 1 km

At Bridgetown

At the south end of town on a riverbank.

Jarrah Park rest area 16 km

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

Small secluded area in the forest.

Greenbushes rest area 16 km

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

At the junction with the northern road into Greenbushes.

Karri Gully Rest Area 19 km

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

Very small area just off the highway. Good shade.

Willow Springs camping area 21 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.

Diamond Tree Lookout Park Area 40 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.

Barrabup Pool camping area 41 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.

Ironstone Gully camping area 53 km

T/O at Donnybrook

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

Canebrake rest area 61 km

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

Just off the highway in the forest.

Sues Bridge camping area 70 km

T/O 45km W of Nannup (R) or 30km E of Karridale (L)

Secluded in the forest 9km north of the highway via Sues Rd.

Lake Muir park area 71 km

102km W of Mt Barker (L) or 59km E of Manjimup (R)

Just off the highway at the observatory.

Shannon park area 74 km

52km S of Manjimup (L) or 66km N of Walpole (R)

Well off the highway in the forest.

Shannon camping area 75 km

T/O 52km S of Manjimup (R) or 66km NW of Walpole (L)

In a secluded forest setting just off the highway in Shannon National Park.

Bunbury South Rest Area 80 km

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

Small area just off the highway. Limited shade.

What's on around town

Blackwood River Park Markets: Sun mornings each fortnight.

State Downriver Kayaking Championships: Aug.

Blackwood Classic Powerboat Race: Sept.

Blackwood Marathon: between Boyup Brook and Bridgetown; Oct.

Blues at Bridgetown Festival: Nov.

Festival of Country Gardens: Nov.

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