Balingup, the Blackwood and The South West
The South West of Western Australia is one of the world’s premier biodiversity regions. If you draw a line from Perth to Albany, and then come back along the coast, that’s the South West for our purposes. It takes in roughly 24,000 square km (9,300 square miles) of forest, farmland, vineyards, orchards and small towns. Its coasts front two oceans, and its hinterland is varied and beautiful. You can drive across it in a day, or you can spend as long as it takes.
The climate is Mediterranean, with warm dry summers and cool wet winters. The diversity of the seasons is one of the joys of the area.
The Blackwood Valley
The Blackwood Valley is in the heart of the South West – rolling, fertile, timbered country with rich pastures, winding streams and historic towns. The Blackwood River itself rises in the open farming country to the east, and comes to the sea at Augusta, but the Blackwood Valley heartland includes four beautiful towns and their surrounding country: Balingup, Boyup Brook, Bridgetown, and Nannup.
Our catchment and our community also include such smaller towns as Greenbushes, Hester, Kirup and Mullalyup.
“A wonderful location. Delightful cottage with all comforts. Perfect for exploring the scenic, historic area.” — R & D
Balingup and its Attractions
Balingup is a compact, pretty village on the Balingup Brook, a tributary of the Blackwood River. It’s a comfortable 3 hours from Perth, roughly half-way between Donnybrook and Bridgetown, on the South-Western Highway.
Balingup breathes creativity: artists, craftspeople, jewellers, landscapers, herbalists, cooks, architects, organic farmers, intentional communities, therapists and musicians have all found their home here. It annually hosts the famous Small Farm Field Day (with scarecrow competition!); the Telling Tales in Balingup children’s storytelling festival; and the Mediaeval Carnivale (or Fayre), as well as contributing to wider-ranging events such as the Festival of Country Gardens. Balingup is also convenient for nearby events such as the annual Bridgetown Blues Festival, the Blackwood River Chamber Festival, the Nannup Flower and Garden Festival, and the Nannup Music Festival.
“Such a warm and inviting cottage. Loved the vista, saw kangaroo! ! Very relaxing. Also enjoyed the Mediaeval Festival. Many thanks!!!” — R, P & V.
The Golden Valley Tree Park, on the edge of Balingup, is a vast arboretum of Australian native and world tree species. A peaceful and inspiring place.
While you’re here, call in at the Balingup Lavender Farm.
“Balingup keeps calling us every year. Thanks for making this one great visit!!” — J & L
The renowned Bibbulmun Track walk trail, almost 1000km from Perth to Albany, passes through Balingup – one of the very few towns on the route. There are beautiful day walks in both directions. There are also excellent scenic drives, and it’s good mountain bike country.
The Blackwood Valley is an up-and-coming wine region, its soils and slopes giving a character distinctively different from Margaret River. And the official border with the Geographe wine region runs a few kilometres north of Balingup – for an outstanding example nearby, see Smallwater Estate.
“Serene, peaceful, calm – soul food! We loved it, and the surrounding area.” — B & G
Of course, with so many of the good things in life, Balingup has great local produce and cooks turning it into wonderful food. Check out the Taste of Balingup, Activ8 (formerly the Balingup Bronze Café), the pies at the Mushroom Bakehouse and Café, the café at the Old Packing Shed, and the Taste of the Blackwood festival for starters.
Enjoy your visit!
“With regret we leave, having dined on local fare, wine was local, slept like the proverbial log and go much refreshed. Thanks.” — C & PB
More about the Stoneridge property here.
More about the cottage accommodation here.
Some local knowledge links and tips for your stay here.
Occasional local news and events here.