Bridgetown is the only heritage listed town in WA, and for good reason. With quaint preserved buildings and manicured gardens, Bridgetown is reminiscent of a bygone era; the old gaol and visitor centre provide information for those fascinated by history.
Take your time and wander the length of Hampton Street, where you’ll find craft shops, cafes and galleries; and also the Bridgetown Hotel with to-die-for steak sandwiches. The Brierley Jigsaw Gallery, also on Hampton Street, is said to be the largest collection of its kind in the southern hemisphere, and features one of the smallest jigsaws in the world.
Bridgetown is also known as Fridgetown due to its chilly winter weather, and consequently locals have yarn-bombed (wrapped in yarn) some of the trees. It’s added some vibrancy to the main settlement and, according to good-humoured residents, keeps the saplings warm.
You can also enjoy the Bridgetown Winter Festival through June, July and August, with events every weekend.
For accommodation, you can park your caravan or camp at the grounds down by the river, or stay at a heritage hotel, motel or one the many B&Bs in and around the town.
The visitor centre has maps of the local walk trails and also a wildflower guide. The Mining Heritage Walk is a great short trail (3km) that meanders through jarrah bushland and weaves past old mining shafts, tunnel entrances and trenches. It also passes the heritage buildings in Greenbushes.