BALINGUP

 

GPS 33 47 1 S 115 58 8 E

 

 

 

 

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Kirup

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Nannup

Greenbushes

 

 

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STATISTICS

Distance from Perth

241 Km

Population

560

Average Rainfall

mm

Mean Max Temp

C

Mean Min Temp

C

 

SERVICES

Police

See Donnybrook

Fire and Rescue

See Donnybrook

Medical

See Donnybrook

Visitor Centre

08 9764 1818

 

CARAVAN PARKS

Transit

08 9764 1051

 

HOTEL / MOTEL

Amberley Cottage

 

0439 529 246

Applegate Lane

 

0400 253 893

Avalon

 

0403 541 330

Balinga Cottages

 

08 9764 1212

Balingup Bliss

 

0412 242 605

Balingup Great Escape

 

0499 303 559

Balingup Heights

 

08 9764 1283

Balingup Hillview

 

1800 464 544

Balingup Jalbrook

 

08 9764 1616

Balingup Serenity

 

0422 935 951

Balingup Timbertop

 

08 9764 1522

Balingup Chalets

 

0417 941 651

Beyonderup

 

08 9756 0617

Blackwood Inn B and B

 

08 9764 1138

Bluesky Retreat

 

0419 292 310

Chestnut Hill

 

0448 886 045

Elsewhere

 

0417 965 491

Fernridge

 

08 9764 1686

Lewana Cottages

 

08 9764 1016

Misty Valley

 

08 9764 1715

Montaza

 

0427 426 160

Oakfield

 

08 9764 1641

 

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DESCRIPTION

 

Described as 'a small but vibrant village', Balingup sits on the South Western Highway between Kirup and Greenbushes.

There are a number of attractions and events in the area that account for the large number of accommodation options available.

The town is surrounded by rolling hills, old growth forests and winding rivers and makes a perfect getaway in either the colder or warmer months of the year.

Old Cheese Factory

This has been converted into and arts and crafts centre and is one of the main tourist attractions in the area.

Golden Valley Tree Park.

This park was established in 1981 and covers 60 hectares. There are over 5,000 trees from all round the world in the park and a walk trail leads you on a 40 minute walk. The park is divided into two sections with the eastern portion housing the exotic species and the western section housing the Australian species. Originally used as farm land, there had been a proposal to establish a pine plantation here but local opposition to this saw an arboretum established instead. Toilets, picnic tables and BBQ are available in the park for visitors to enjoy.

The walk is part of the Bibbulmun Track and is marked with yellow trail markers.

Balingup - Grimwade walk trail

This is a 4 kilometre (one way) long trail starting at the general store north to Grimwade. The walk is also part of the Bibbulmun Track and is signposted with a black waugal on a yellow triangle background. What is a waugal? A waugal is an Aboriginal totem and is symbolised by a snake. (Waugal is pronounced woggle.)

A Medieval Carnivale held in Balingup has become a very popular event. It is held on the 4th weekend each August. Another event that is popular is the Small Farm Field Day that is usually held in April.

Nearby forests contain the much talked about 'magic mushrooms'.

Find out more about Balingup at the Balingup Tourism Website.

 

HISTORY

 

Parties of explorers journeyed through this area from the 1840s. The first person to settle in the area was Richard Jones who took up 10 acres in 1854. He built a mud brick house that became Southampton Homestead. Sadly it was destroyed by a bushfire in 2013. (Walter Padbury) arrived in 1859. Other settlers soon followed and a small settlement developed at Balingup Brook.

The poet Adam Lindsay Gordon ran sheep in the area in the 1860s.

Jacob Hawter established, what was then, the l;argest orchard in the state in 1895.

The town site was gazetted in 1898 after the proposed town site was purchased from a private owner in 1896 and then subdivided in 1897. The name is thought to have originated form an Aboriginal warrior called Baliongan.

A rail link to Donnybrook was completed in 1893. Today the local industries include timber, fruit, sheep and dairy cattle.

Fred and Mary Robinson established the Universal Brotherhood commune in 1975 on the Brooklands property.

 

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ATTRACTIONS

 

Old Cheese Factory, Golden Valley Tree Park, Bird Wood Fruit Winery, Ellendale Gallery, Forrest Antiques, Tinder Box, Ridgewood Deer Farm, Shannondale Donkey Park, The Village Pedlar, Racecourse flora reserve, Museum Located in the Packing Shed, Lavendar Farm, Jalbrook Gallery, Trail bike park.

 

BUILDINGS OF NOTE

 

Old cheese factory, Ferndale 1859, Golden Valley 1880-1904, Blackwood Inn 1864.

 

ELECTORAL ZONES

 

State : Collie-Preston

Federal : Forrest

 

OTHER INFO.

 

Postcode : 6253

Local Government : Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup

 

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