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Things to do in Blackwood River Valley

The towns of the Blackwood River Valley radiate an effortless charm that’s trumpeted in brochures, yet impossible to capture unless you’re actually there. Only a 2.5 hour drive from Perth, the Blackwood is the hidden jewel of the southwest, where winding country roads crisscross undulating green hills, wineries and ancient jarrah forests, with WA’s longest continually running river and only heritage listed town.

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The valley townships offer truly quaint main streets, complete with tearooms serving scones, perfect planter boxes bursting with seasonal blooms, and fascinating, ingenious and sometimes bizarre street art. That’s in addition to the classic country pubs, where the local characters meet, and plenty of charming antique stores.
Between towns, winding country roads crisscross green hills and stands of ancient jarrah forest to sidle up against the beautiful Blackwood River – the ribbon tying the patchwork region together.
Changing seasons have a truly beautiful effect here – you can experience enchanting misty mornings in winter, refreshingly cool summer nights, a blaze of colour through the deciduous trees in autumn, and bursts of pinks, purples and yellows in spring.

When to go

The evenings in the Blackwood River valley can be rather cool, even in the summer, so be sure to pack a jumper or two! Don’t leave town without looking up! The stars, especially the Milky Way, are absolutely amazing.
Autumn | Deep, warm autumn hues decorate the Blackwood River Valley. With calm, mild weather, this is the best time to visit for bush-walking, mountain biking and other activities.
Winter | Unlike many areas, winter is a good time to visit the South West. Morning mists cover the landscape and the hills are a vibrant green. Cascading rivers and waterways can turn to raging torrents, and are
a sight to behold. Winter flowers such as tulips create a blaze of colour, while cosy log fires in your accommodation, wineries and restaurants will keep you warm throughout.
Spring | This is the season of colour and festivals. Wildflowers bloom, Monet-inspired country gardens open their gates to the public, and event after quirky event will have you feeling alive while providing an insight into the region’s amazing people, wine, produce and art.

Places to stay

Most accommodation operations in Blackwood River Valley are family-owned operations providing an often hilarious personable experience.
Choose from private log cabins, cosy bed and breakfasts, luxurious cottages, fun farm stays and authentic historical Aussie pubs. Many are perfectly situated to take in sweeping valley views, or enjoy the native bush and the walking trails down by the river. Book well in advance over event weekends.
For a more nature centred stay, the campgrounds in each town are equally as amazing. If you’re worried about accommodation access, the Loose Goose Chalets provide a place to stay for those who may be physically challenged. Guests can enjoy specifically designed accessible farm animal and bird enclosures, and carpeted bushwalks during their stay.

Getting there

From Perth, take the scenic South Western Highway to Balingup, and then Bridgetown, which is three hours drive from the city.To get to Nannup, take the Vasse Highway from Busselton or the new Mowen Road from Margaret River. Two coaches service the region daily.

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Guides


Ascot House

Ascot House was purpose designed for couples - it has four bedrooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom. A luxury house, rated 4 star, set on an acre of gardens with fantastic views in a very quiet location. All this and close to town. The dining room features a glass atrium affording views across the Blackwood Valley to the hills beyond. The gourmet kitchen is fully equipped for you to cook up a storm for your partner group of friends. A great place to escape to winter or summer!

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      Atina Rocks Country Homestead

      Atina Rocks is located within the South West Tourism Region nestled amongst many local wineries, olive groves, boutique restaurants and much more . . .

        Details

        • Type:Farm Stay,Holiday House
        • Capacity:under 11
        • Facilities:Family Friendly,Gym
        • Price Range:$50-$100,$100-$200

        Description

        Sip a fine wine as you and your partner relax in our homestead for that romantic weekend getaway or for an extended holiday stay. Atina Rocks offers you a great opportunity to experience a working farm within an exclusively luxurious setting for guests wanting that extra-special holiday treatment.

        Relax as you slip into warm sheets with our unique “Sleep-By-Numbers” Queen Beds (you both get to choose your comfort levels) and drift off to sleep on a choice of Soft or Firm pillows.  YOU decide what you prefer! Boasting a magnificent Country Style Kitchen for self-catering guests, an 8 seater dining table, Limestone Featured Double-sided Fireplace & a cosy Library to just curl up in front of a warm winter fire.

        For the more zestful, watch in-house movies in our special purpose Home-Theatre on the huge 120” Panoramic Screen using High-Fidelity Surround Sound Audio System for your listening pleasure. And, if you are a gym junkie we have an upstairs training area, an office & separate TV/gaming room too!

        Atina Rocks is central to the south west with Margaret River, Pemberton, and Windy Harbour all within easy driving distance. We offer extended services such as local Beauticians, Masseurs, Relaxation Therapy plus many other local treatments for pleasuring that special person in your life. We can assist guests with local attractions and events in your area…

         

        Terms and Conditions and further information found on the Atina Rocks website (link above). 

        Balinga Cottages

        Relax in the privacy of your very own beautifully crafted country cottage, with magic views of the village & surrounding hills. A short stroll to cafe's, winneries, antiquies, tennis, fishing and the Bibbulmun Track.

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          • Type:Chalets
          • Wheelchair Access:No

          Description

          Delightfully decorated Jarrah & rammed earth cottages, with Jarrah feature timber throughout, antique style furniture & Sheridan linen. Very spacious with cosy wood fire. Feed the animals and enjoy the many festivals Balingup has to offer, or just relax on the verandah overlooking the waterways.``Visit the Golden Valley Tree Park, Lavender Farm, the Cheese Factory Craft Centre, and see the very colourfull Tulips in August.

          Balingup Heights Cedar Chalets

          Welcoming self contained hilltop cottages nestled in 35 acres of jarrah forest with stunning views that overlook the pretty town of Balingup. Five 1 and 2 bedroom cottages all with private and secluded settings offer a welcome retreat.

            Details

            • Type:Chalets,1 - 3 Stars
            • Capacity:21 - 50
            • Facilities:Conference Facilities

            Description

            Our 85 acre property is located adjacent to the Balingup Lavendar Farm , opposite the Old Cheese Factory and above the Bird Park Fruit Winery. The cottages all have something unique to offer whether you're going away for a romantic weekend, or with the family. If you're an early riser you'll appreciate the sunrises and feeding the birds at the farm house. If a more lazy getaway is your plan then relax on the veranda, glass of award winning local wine in hand and not a care in the world. For that memorable experience enquire about our in-house dining or personal chef service````Balingup Heights is pleased to accounce that the exciting new addition 'The Frog & Easel' Gallery will be available for seminas, workshops, social events, intimate weddings and exclusive accommodation. Official opening of this hand crafted timber building located in the premium position on the hill is planned for Autumn 2003.

            Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages

            Spectacular views from 5 hilltop forest cottages nestled in 25 acres of jarrah forest overlooking magical Balingup

            • Rating:3.5 star

            Details

            • Type:1 - 3 Stars,Chalets,Farm Stay

            Description

            Private and secluded, enjoy stunning views from each of the one and two bedroom Cottages.
             

            Balingup Heights is one of the highest accommodation locations in the South West. The rustic country charm of this 46 acre property, including 25 acres of Jarrah and Marri hilltop forest, offers the escape you are seeking. The property overlooks the magical town of Balingup, the famous Old Cheese Factory and the valley of fruit orchards with their changing seasonal colours. 

             

            Spectacular Views

            Each of the 5 cottages are set apart in 25 acres of Jarrah & Marri hilltop forest, all with outstanding views of rolling green hills and surrounding countryside. They are fully self contained with fresh linen supplied and water sourced from a refreshing deepwater spring.

             

            The comforts of home

            All cottages are fully self-contained and provide TV/video/DVD, CD player, microwave, fridge, gas top cooking, BBQ, wood fires, electric blankets, crisp freshly laundered linen & guest towels, together with complimentary tea, coffee & home comforts. Balingup Heights is only 1.5kms from town.

            Experience the magic of Balingup!

            Balingup Jalbrook Cottages & Alpacas

            Premium accommodation in superbly appointed rammed earth cottages with king/queen beds, hot tub spas & crackling log fires ensure the perfect getaway. Beautiful parkland gardens entice you to wander the property to meet our exquisite gentle alpacas and be captivated forever. Enjoy wood fired pizza with a glass of local wine in the walled garden, or test your skills at the giant outdoor chess set. Experience the magic of Jalbrook. The hardest thing you will have to do is leave.

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              • Type:Chalets,Farm Stay
              • Capacity:21 - 50,18 Beds
              • Facilities:Room Spa,Family Friendly,Functions
              • Wheelchair Access:No

              Description

              Experience Sheer Indulgence...

              Jalbrook Cottages set amid beautiful parkland gardens in Balingup

              Teal, Ibis, Rosella and Corella are all superbly appointed couples only rammed earth cottages.  Hot tub spas, pot belly fires, gas bbq, lounging day beds they are the ultimate romantic getaway.  All have king size beds, TV, DVD’s, CD’S and are fully self-contained.

              Red Robin and Blue Wren are two bedroom rammed earth cottages overlooking Balingup Brook.

              Red Robin is ideal for TWO couples with queen beds in both bedrooms, outdoor hot tub spa, and is fully self-contained.

              Blue Wren is perfect for friends to share or a small group and will sleep up to six people.

              Jalbrook is the venue for the Jalbrook Balingup Concert held on the last Saturday of each November. For further information go to www.jalbrookconcerts.com.au

              Jalbrook is also part of the Festival of Country Gardens www.countrygardens.com.au and will be open for Autumn Delights Friday May 6th/7th and Sunday May 8th. The main garden festival is from Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th November.

              Jalbrook is the ideal venue for small groups, weddings, reunions and workshops and has a great outdoor covered area with a wood fired pizza oven, and a giant chess set to test your skills in a walled garden.  A masseuse can be booked to visit your cottage and food delivered to your door. Newspaper is delivered daily. The Bibbulmun walking track is adjacent to the property and all track drop offs are complimentary. Courtesy bikes are available to explore the local village one km away. Balingup has some great cafes, a local tavern and a French restaurant. Balingup is an ideal destination to visit Margaret River, Pemberton, Denmark, Busselton and all the little towns in between. Experience the magic of Jalbrook. The hardest thing you will have to do is leave...

              Balingup Rose Bed & Breakfast

              Balingup Rose has the perfect setting for anyone looking to totally relax. The natural beauty of surrounding bush land and stunning valley views creates the perfect atmosphere to unwind.

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                • Type:Bed & Breakfast
                • Facilities:Adults Only
                • Capacity:6
                • Price Range:$100-$200

                Description

                Location

                Traveling from Bunbury/Donnybrook, down the South Western Highway, as you enter Balingup over the bridge, the first turn left is Jayes Road. Travel 1.7km and Balingup Rose is on your right.

                We are centrally located to a variety of craft outlets, wineries, potteries and restaurants. We are also opposite the Bibbulmun Track. Stroll along Jayes Road, following the Balingup Brook into town, just a short distance away.

                The historic village of Balingup, in the heart of the Blackwood River Valley, is surrounded by forests, winding rivers, rolling hills, vineyards and lush orchards. First settled in 1859 by the Padbury family, it was declared a township over 100 years ago in 1898.

                Balingup has some of the finest accommodation in WA and is fast becoming renowned as an alternative destination from which to explore both the wine and the coast regions of the south west and southern forests.

                Hospitality

                Balingup Rose has the perfect setting for anyone looking to totally relax and unwind. Balingup town is only 20 minutes walk from Balingup Rose. If you want, you can walk along the well known Bibbulmun Track (track is opposite Balingup Rose) into town for a cup of coffee/tea or lunch or visit the local Art and Craft shops.

                During the summer months, you can sit on the veranda with a glass of wine and watch the bird life as the sunlight slowly dims over the valley. The winter months, will offer you a relaxing ambience while sitting on a cozy lounge in front of an open fireplace and you can soak up the atmosphere of a once charming era long gone.

                Balingup Rose is situated on 5 tranquil acres and perfectly positioned on a hillside. You will be looking upon stunning valley views, beautiful gardens and fruit trees.  The property is surrounded by forests and attracts a variety of bird life.

                The original part of our home was built in 1927, the main features are - open fireplaces, jarrah floorboards, tall ornate ceilings all set in the scene of yesteryear.

                Rooms

                Our rooms has been tastefully furnished with a Queen bed, En-suite, hair dryer, electric blanket, reverse cycle air-conditioner, TV/DVD, coffee/tea facility, mini bar fridge and French doors opening on to veranda decking.

                Breakfast

                Guests can select what they would like for breakfast from our menu list.  You can have cooked breakfast or both continental and cooked depending how hungry you are.

                Breakfast will be served in the Guest Dining Room between 7am - 9am

                Other facilities

                *    Wine & Port glasses, cheese plates, knifes etc. are located in the kitchenette. (Complimentary)

                *    WiFi service (complimentary)

                *    Pick-up & drop-off service for bush walkers (complimentary/conditions apply)

                *    Restaurant booking (complimentary)

                Beyonderup Falls

                The ideal hideaway for the city escapist, a quiet retreat from everyday cares.

                • Rating:4 star

                Details

                • Type:4 - 5 Stars,Chalets
                • Capacity:under 11
                • Facilities:Room Service,Room Spa,Adults Only
                • Wheelchair Access:No

                Description

                Secluded, deluxe, two-storey chalets for couples only. Perched high on the banks of the river, you can experience the great outdoors with all the comforts of home. For total indulgence, unwind in your private heated spa or relax in front of the wood fire.

                Blackwood Banks Chalets

                Enjoy the peace of the country at Blackwood Banks in the delightful region of Jalbarragup, just 15 minutes south west of the historic town of Nannup.

                  Details

                  • Price Range:$50-$100
                  • Type:Chalets
                  • Capacity:21 - 50

                  Description

                  Each chalet on Blackwood Banks is completely private, in a peaceful setting, perfect for relaxing on the verandah to enjoy the many native birds that will visit you.````On the doorstep you can take a walk along the river bank or state forest surrounding this 25 acre property, marvel at the many species of birds, flora and fauna.````In the early evening Kangaroos and emus venture out of the forest.

                  Blue House Bed & Breakfast

                  So close to town but you’d never know it, as you lean on the verandah railing and observe the surrounding valley views. Yet a 2 minute walk over the old railway bridge finds you in the heart of Nannup.

                  • Rating:3.5 star

                  Details

                  • Facilities:Pets Allowed
                  • Price Range:$100-$200
                  • Type:Bed & Breakfast
                  • Capacity:6,under 11

                  Description

                  There are so many reasons to visit Nannup and the Blue House B&B is just one more. This Queenslander-style house is warm and welcoming and each bedroom opens directly on to the verandah, making the most of the lovely valley views and the 5 acres of land, bordered by river and forest.

                  The Blue House has three bedrooms and offers the best of traditional homestay accommodation, where the owners are there when you need them and melt into the background when you want privacy. Quality linen and bedding and a delicious breakfast menu are must-haves when it comes to B&B accommodation… and the Blue House certainly shines here.

                  One bedroom has a queen-size bed and an ensuite and there is also a room with twin beds and another with a double bed. These two rooms share the separate toilet and bathroom. The guest reading room has a double sofa bed, meaning that the house can sleep a total of 8 people, when booked by a group. Evening meals and/or picnic hampers for groups of 4-6 can be catered for – just have a chat with Susan and Michael and let them know what you need.

                  The Blue House is the perfect base to make the most of this beautiful region of WA … even if the most you want to do is sit on the verandah, read a book and sip a glass of wine, or stare at the immensity of the night sky away from the light pollution of the city.

                  However, those who like a little action with their holiday will be pleased to know that the Munda Biddi off-road cycle trail runs alongside the Blue House. This trail will (when completed) go from Perth to Albany, mostly following unused railway lines. It currently runs from Perth to Manjimup and is increasing in popularity, as it is WA’s first off road cycle trail – and it runs through a region of staggering natural beauty.

                  Make the Blue House your base in Nannup … its blend of hospitality, charm and great location make it a house you may never want to leave. 

                  Boyanup Billabong Bed & Breakfast

                  2 fully self-contained cedar cottages finished with polished floorboards, wide verandas and wood heaters, with linen supplied. Breakfast delivered daily.

                    Details

                    • Price Range:$50-$100
                    • Type:Farm Stay

                    Description

                    Whilst at Billabong Cottages take time out to wander through the bush, sit by the river and enjoy the tranquillity or have a BBQ by the billabong. Price includes breakfast.

                    Boyup Brook Bed & Breakfast

                    Enjoy fresh country air and rural views. Central to the Southwest, Boyup Brook is an excellent base for those wishing to view all the Southwest delights. It is only an hour from most Southwest towns.

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                      • Type:Bed & Breakfast

                      Description

                      Boyup Brook is the Country Music Centre of the Southwest hosting the Country Music Awards. Harvey Dicksons Music World is only 5 kms from the centre of town. Visit Roo Gully Wildlife Sanctuary and you can also visit the Carnaby Beetle and Butterfly collection at the Boyup Brook Visitor Centre.

                      Features include:

                      • TV (in rooms)
                      • Electric blankets
                      • Fans
                      • BBQ
                      • Laundry
                      • Ironing board
                      • Guests fridge
                      • Air conditioned
                      • Free Wifi

                      Boyup Brook Units

                      Enjoy fresh country air and rural views. Central to the Southwest, Boyup Brook is an excellent base for those wishing to view all the Southwest delights. It is only an hour from most Southwest towns.

                        Details

                        • Type:Holiday House
                        • Facilities:Wheelchair Access

                        Description

                        Boyup Brook is the Country Music Centre of the Southwest hosting the Country Music Awards. Harvey Dicksons Music World is only 5 kms from the centre of town. Visit Roo Gully Wildlife Sanctuary and you can also visit the Carnaby Beetle and Butterfly collection at the Boyup Brook Visitor Centre.

                        Features include:

                        • TV & DVD
                        • Air Conditioning
                        • Electric blankets
                        • Kitchinette with Microwave (self contained)
                        • Laundry
                        • Ironing board
                        • Guests fridge
                        • Free wifi
                        • Unit 2 has disabled toilet and shower facilities

                        Bridgetown Caravan Park

                        Nested in the heart of Western Australia’s South-west, Bridgetown Caravan Park is the ideal base to stay while exploring the nearby sights.

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                          • Type:Caravan Parks
                          • Facilities:On the Water
                          • Price Range:Under $50,$50-$100,$100-$200

                          Description

                          Explore the forests and National Parks, wineries, heritage walks and trails, and some of the state’s most stunning heritage buildings.

                          Bridgetown was recognised as a “Heritage Town” in 2000. Being half way between Perth and Albany, Bridgetown is also the ideal place for a stop over or stay and relax for longer.

                          Bridgetown Hotel

                          The Bridgetown Hotel is ideally located in the centre of picturesque Bridgetown. This fully restored 1920s boutique hotel offers a choice of 8 spacious, luxuriously appointed and beautifully furnished spa suites that open onto a wide verandah overlooking Bridgetown's historic town centre.

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                              The Bridgetown Hotel is ideally located in the centre of picturesque Bridgetown, the heart of WA's South-West. This fully restored 1920s boutique hotel offers a choice of 8 spacious, luxuriously appointed and beautifully furnished spa suites that open onto a wide verandah overlooking Bridgetown's historic town centre.

                              Whether it be a romantic getaway or a soothing break from the frantic pace of daily city life, the Bridgetown Hotel offers a holiday characterised by exceptional quality and service, in a delightful atmosphere.

                              The Bridgetown Hotel is where city style meets country charm, and the perfect place to relax and unwind. Beautifully restored in 2005 the Hotel offers spacious luxury accommodation, bar, cafe, a-la-carte restaurant, outdoor garden deck and boutique bottleshop within a short stroll of towns shops, galleries, breathtaking scenery and the magnificent Blackwood River.

                              While enjoying the regions many and varied sights, the Bridgetown Hotel provides the perfect place to enjoy a boutique beer or a glass of wine from one of the sixteen Blackwood Valley wineries and a meal prepared by our team of top chefs. At the end of your day you can return to your spacious and fully appointed spa suite to relax and rejuvenate yourself before tommorrows new adventure.

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