We love visiting Balingup. And if you’re looking for things to do in Balingup then we have a few suggestions that you’ll absolutely love.
We think the best time to visit Balingup is in Autumn when the leaves are beginning to turn glorious shades of red, yellow and gold on the deciduous trees, particularly in the Golden Valley Tree Park.
Balingup is a quiet country town with a pretty main street. In the heart of the beautiful Blackwood River Valley, Balingup is surrounded by both native and plantations forests. It’s picture perfect set amongst rolling hills, orchards and vineyards.
There are festivals throughout the year. You might enjoy the Medieval Festival, or the Small Farm Field Day. There’s also the Festival of Country Gardens and Telling Tales Festival. Otherwise just visit for a quiety stroll in leafy surrounds, and have a cup of coffee at the Packing Shed.
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Best Things to do in Balingup
The Bibbulmun Track passes through Balingup, so put your walking shoes on and go for a stroll.
Visit the 60 hectare Golden Valley Tree Park (Western Australia’s largest arboretum with picturesque walking trails).
Take some time to discover the quirky boutiques, and food shops along the main street.
Enjoy a fabulous home made pie, or coffee and cake at one of the cafes.
Discover everything that Balingup has to offer in season at the quaint Visitor Centre, where you’ll find not only information about the area but also gifts, gourmet foodstuffs, books and more. Plus find out about all the great places to stay in and around Balingup – including the idyllic Gypsy Rose wagon, a tiny home (see Photo Gallery below).
En route … Stop at one of the farm stalls selling fruit and veg on the South West Highway leading to Balingup. Pop in for a wine tasting along the way and visit some of the lovely Geographe wine estates (do check opening times first).
History of Balingup
The town takes its name from Balingup Pool, located on the Balingup Brook which flows through the town. The name was first recorded by a surveyor in 1850, and is said to be derived from the name of Noongar warrior, Balingan. Other research by Noongar academic and researcher Len Collard has shown the name derives from the language, meaning “one that is situated there at this place”Wikipedia
The first European explorers traversed the area in 1842 on an expedition to find an overland route from the colony at Albany on the South Coast to the colony at Vasse on the West Coast.
The Balingup District was first settled by Europeans in 1854 when Richard Jones took up 10 acres, built a mud brick homestead and named it ”Southampton”. This holding prospered to grow to 28,000 acres by the turn of the 20th century.
How to Get to Balingup
Balingup is a distance of around 230kms from Perth and takes about 2 hours 40 minutes via State Route 2 and National Route 1.
There are coaches from Perth to Balingup, or you could get the Australind Train from Perth to Bunbury and then a coach to Balingup. Check out TRANSWA for up to date times and prices.
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Have you been to Balingup? What do you suggest?