Donnybrook

Population 1932

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 where Lady William apples were developed. Gold was found here in 1897 but mined for only four years. Donnybrook is famous for its sandstone, which has been used in construction statewide since the early 1900s. In Perth, the GPO, St Mary's Cathedral and the University of Western Australia buildings have all been faced with Donnybrook stone. The quarry can be seen from the Upper Capel Road out of town.

Visitor Information

Old Railway Station, South Western Hwy; (08) 9731 1720

www.donnybrook-balingup.wa.gov.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

  • 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

  • Shannon National Park

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

  • Bunbury

    Bunbury is known as the ‘city of three waters’, surrounded by the Indian Ocean, Koombana Bay and the Leschenault Inlet. This is...more

  • Australind

    Lying on the Leschenault Estuary and bordered by the Collie River, Australind offers a multitude of aquatic pleasures including fishing,...more

In Town

Memorial Hall: built of Donnybrook stone; Bentley St.

Anchor and Hope Inn: (1862) the oldest homestead in the district, now a private property; view outside from South Western Hwy.

Trigwell Place: picnic and barbecue facilities, and canoeing on nearby Preston River; South Western Hwy.

Nearby

Old Goldfields Orchard and Cider Factory Combines goldfield history with a working orchard and restaurant. Climb the reconstructed poppet head over the mine, study the history of gold on the property and try your hand at gold prospecting. The orchard provides seasonal fruit for sale and you can enjoy tastings of cider, fruit juice and wines. Open 9.30am–4.30pm Wed–Sun and public/school holidays; Goldfields Rd; (08) 9731 0322; 6 km S.

Boyanup: features a transport museum; 12 km NW.

Ironstone Gully Falls: barbecue area en route to Capel; 19 km W.

Gnomesville: surprising roadside collection of garden gnomes; by the side of the Wellington Mills roundabout on the road between Dardanup and Lowden; 25 km SE.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Dolphin Discovery Centre 32 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 45 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 Real River Company

With dam views and lovely grounds, the Real River Company's cafe oozes country cosiness. Fresh produce features on the menu in the rammed-earth restaurant and wine-tastings are offered, although it’s the... Find out more


Campsites around town

Honeymoon Pool camping areas 24 km

These small camping areas set in the shady forest beside the Lower Collie River have a good range of basic facilities in a beautiful natural environment. Swimming and canoeing in the river are popular activities here, as... Find out more


Potters Gorge camping area 25 km

Fishing, canoeing and bushwalking are popular activities at this forest camping area on the shoreline of Wellington Dam, 29 km west of Collie via Coalfields and Wellington Dam rds. A good range of facilities is provided.... Find out more


Noggerup camping area 25 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


Grimwade camping area 26 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


Yabberup camping area 26 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Yabberup is 41 km from Harris Dam camping area and 17.7 km from Noggerup camping area.... Find out more


Balingup Caravan Transit Park 28 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


The Cut camping area (walk-in camping) 33 km

A small camping area at the end of a peninsula, 8.5 km south of the Belvidere camping ground, the Cut has walk-in, cycle or boat access only. Bring your own firewood and drinking water.... Find out more


Blackwood camping area 36 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


Belvidere camping ground 41 km

Belvidere has a good range of facilities in a relaxing beach environment, 20 km north of Australind; you need to bring firewood and drinking water, though. An interpretation trail here explains the history of the area.... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Discovery Holiday Parks – Bunbury Village 27 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 30 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 32 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


Binningup Beach Caravan Park 49 km

This is a nicely shaded park close to the beach in a small beachside community. It suits the budget-minded traveller out of peak periods. Wood-fired pizzas are available on Friday and Saturday evenings. Bookings are... Find out more


Big 4 Beachlands Holiday Park 49 km

This is a very good quality park in the very popular holiday town of Busselton. Sites are at a premium here in holiday periods, when the price of powered sites soars. Bookings are required at peak times and a... Find out more


Mandalay Holiday Resort 50 km

This is an excellent quality caravan park for tourists. It is just across the road from the beach and about 4 km from the town centre. There is a popular resort-style pool and large grassy playing area. Holiday periods... Find out more


Big4 Peppermint Park 54 km

This is one of the neatest parks we have visited in recent times. The camp kitchen has to one of the best we have seen in a part of Australia that is renowned for quality parks. Bookings are required in peak times and a... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Boronia Farm

Donnybrook is home to the Lady Williams Apple and Boronia Farm, a 64-hectare organic farm, which includes gloriously scented native boronia. Fruit picking and interaction with the farming activities is encouraged, as is... Find out more


Country Charm Retreat B&B

Set within 17.5 hectares of countryside, the Country Charm Retreat Bed & Breakfast has two well-appointed suites both with ensuites and a private guest entrance. Catering for adults only, guests are welcome to relax... Find out more


Kirup Kabins Farmstay

With rolling hills aplenty, the kids can run for as long as their little legs will hold them at this farmstay. They might also like to help feed the farm animals or collect eggs, making Kirup Kabins a very... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Ironstone Gully camping area 14 km

T/O at Donnybrook

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


Bunbury South Rest Area 28 km

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

Small area just off the highway. Limited shade.


Greenbushes rest area 36 km

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

At the junction with the northern road into Greenbushes.


Barrabup Pool camping area 43 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.


Karri Gully Rest Area 50 km

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

Very small area just off the highway. Good shade.


Bridgetown park area 53 km

At Bridgetown

At the south end of town on a riverbank.


Jarrah Park rest area 53 km

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

Small secluded area in the forest.


Willow Springs camping area 53 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.


Harvey River park area 55 km

At Harvey

Under shady trees on the banks of the Harvey River.


What's on around town

Gourmet Wine and Food Fest: Feb.

Apple Festival Ball: even-numbered years, Easter.

Marathon Relay: Nov.

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