“If you go down to the woods today, you’ll be sure of a big surprise,” so goes the children’s Teddy Bears’ Picnic song. And if you are of cultural persuasion and looking for interesting things to do in Western Australia, you may very well be surprised by the treasure trove of arts and very fine crafts to be found at Boranup Gallery near Margaret River, deep in the heart of magnificent Karri woodlands.
What will I find?
Tucked away in the heart of Boranup forest you’ll find a rammed earth gallery, in a small clearing, which at first sight may appear insignificant. It’s not. Inside you’ll discover paintings, sculptures, glass work and all manner of craftworks by Australia’s leading designers/makers and artists, with prices ranging from the serious ‘collectors’ tag, right down to the ‘small birthday gift’ price. There is furniture too, lots of it; marri, blackbutt, jarrah, beautifully hand crafted on site. The sort of furniture you immediately want to touch as you explore the burlwood inlays and solid timber construction.
Cafe on site
While you’re there you may like to ponder your purchases and visit the Boranup Cafe next door for a coffee and snack, or perhaps lunch, sitting outside in summer on the wooden deck built out under the tall karri trees, and listen to the birdsong and rustle of the tranquil, native forest surrounding you.
Who’s the gallery for?
Die hard city slickers looking for a unique cultural experience or art investment
Holidaymakers in search of beautiful gifts to take home
Locals, for a wonderful array of home-grown art and craft work available on your doorstep. (Owner James Howieson has an interesting modern day pioneering story to relate about how he packed up his life as a teacher to follow his dream of making and selling his own furniture created from native timbers. After many setbacks during the design and home-build of the rammed earth gallery, it was officially opened in 1989.)
Take a credit card, you are bound to use it. On the other hand, lock your credit card up for the day. The trouble is, you’ll probably return again soon – credit card in tow! And if you don’t, well, worry not. Boranup ships worldwide.
Directions from Margaret River
On your way south from Perth, drive straight through Margaret River until you come to a large roundabout. Take the Boodjidup Road exit, on the right, and follow Boodjidup Road, until it ends at a T junction. Turn left at the T junction onto Caves Road and drive South for about 15 minutes. As you near the Gallery, towering Karri trees will begin to loom above you in the magnificent Boranup Karri Forest. You’ll see the sign for “Lake Cave” on your right and about 5 minutes further on you’ll find the Boranup Gallery entrance along a driveway on the left hand side.
Street Address: 7981 Caves Rd, Margaret River WA 6286
Telephone: +61 8 9757 7585
9.30am to 5.00pm 7 days a week
Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day