Bridgetown is approx 3 hours drive South of Perth (268kms via Bunbury) or even slightly less if you utilise the new Forrest Hwy between Perth and Bunbury – or 1 hour drive South of Bunbury (95kms via Donnybrook). Or you can try the Inland Loop through Dwellingup, Williams, Moodiarrup & Boyup Brook (allow at least 5 hours for rests and sightseeing). Bridgetown was established in 1857 and was named after the first ship that first docked to collect wool from the farms. Today Bridgetown is still a hub for the farming and agricultural community but more recently there has been an emergence of tourism in the area. Bridgetown was recognised as a “Heritage Town” in 2000. Our beautiful town is the jewel in the crown of the South-West. Looking for an experience, something to remember or do something different? Being located on the Blackwood River is one of the towns top draw cards.
The Blackwood River Valley Region
KalyaaNa is well located as a base for guests to explore the best of the south-west of Western Australia. Venture south through to the tall Karri country around Manjimup, Pemberton, Northcliffe, Windy Harbour, Walpole and Albany. Head North to the picturesque hills and experience the magic of Balingup and Donnybrook the Apple Capital of the South West. Or west to beaches at Bunbury, south-west to Busselton & Dunsborough and on to the Margaret River region – all an easy day trip with plenty of time to experience attractions as you go. But the best part is being able to return to the peace, tranquillity and luxury of the retreat after your day exploring! Being located on the Blackwood River is one of the towns top draw cards. If you are looking for the perfect paddling adventure or eco trip then look no further than Bridgetown. There are numerous picnic spots along the river for that perfect tranquil lunchtime experience. Located literally in the centre of the South-West, you are close to forests and National Parks, wineries, heritage walks and trails, and some of the state’s most stunning heritage buildings. No shortage of things to do like art galleries, museums, heritage sites, wineries, gift shops, river cruises, bird watching, fishing, camping, kayaking, horseriding, safari and bush walking tours just to mention a few. Something you don’t experience anywhere else is the Jigsaw gallery and Museum located in town. This museum boasts the largest jigsaw collection of its kind in the southern hemisphere. There are also plenty of festivals and events every year. In May and November every year, the Festival of Country Gardens is held. This festival highlights the countryside in the hinterland of the South West. If you are a wine connoisseur then you will love October the Blackwood Valley Wine Show. Also in October is the Blackwood marathon for those who love running. In November experience the Blues at Bridgetown music festival as well as the agricultural show which dates back to the 1920’s. Here is a short list of the top things you must see and do in Bridgetown and the Blackwood River Valley.
The hills and valleys of the Blackwood Valley provide magnificent scenic vistas on almost any drive within the area. With verdant green hillsides in winter, and also during the wildflower season they are particularly lovely. The drive from Nannup to Balingup following the Blackwood River and the highway to Bridgetown are two of the most attractive tourist drives in the south west.
There are a number of well marked walking trails throughout the area. You can choose to follow heritage, bush or town trails. Or for the more adventurous, walk a section of the famous Bibbulum Track.
Either bring your own canoe or hire one to enjoy canoeing on the Blackwood River from a number of locations including Boyup Brook, Bridgetown, Nannup and Maranup Ford.
Cycling and Cycle Trails
Enjoy the peace and beauty of the natural surroundings as never before – at your own pace from the seat of a bicycle. There are a number of cycle trails nearby the towns of the Valley, and also some more designated mountain bike trails run through the Valley bushland, such as the Old Timberline Rail Trail near Nannup and sections of the Mundi Biddi Trail.
Parks & Gardens
Due to the climate and soils of the Blackwood Valley many parks and gardens are available for enjoyment throughout the entire year. The profusion of deciduous trees make autumn a particularly colourful season, while fruit trees blossom in abundance during spring. Specific Open Garden Festivals are held during both autumn and spring. A visit to the Golden Valley Tree Park (Western Australia’s largest Arboretum Park) in autumn is a must, and the local Visitor Centres will be pleased to direct you to great places for a picnic or to sit and relax and enjoy nature.
Festivals and Events
There are many festivals and events held throughout the Blackwood Valley. Join with the locals to enjoy the annual music festivals of blues, jazz, country music, folk or classics. Old fashioned agricultural and small farm events hold interest for young and old alike. Or for something different try a Medieval outing.
Galleries, Art & Crafts and Antiques
Galleries and local art & craft centres are dotted throughout the Valley and there are also many fine antique outlets to explore.
Food and Wine
As you explore the Blackwood Valley you will find many restaurants and cafes providing fresh delicious food prepared from local produce, and also a wide range of gourmet deli selections. Be sure to enjoy our wonderful Blackwood River wines – you’ll find them at wineries throughout the region. Also visit the award winning fruit wineries and cideries in the Valley.
Visit lavender farms
Golf, tennis, croquet, bowls
Visit orchards or farmers markets to buy fresh produce
Feed the ducks on the river banks
KalyaaNa’s hosts Karen & Vince or the friendly staff at the local Visitor Centres will be pleased to provide you with a comprehensive list of attractions and further things to do in the area. For more information on things to do and attractions in the area, please see the guest compendium in your suite, brochure rack provided in the KalyaaNa Spa facility or contact the Bridgetown Visitors Centre on (08) 9761 1740, via email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit their website http://www.bridgetown.com.au/
Manjimup is located 307 kilometres from Perth in the south west section of the amazing Southern Forest region. It is the perfect destination to base yourself to tour the areas of Pemberton, Walpole, Norhtcliffe and Mount Baker. For more information, visit the Southern Forests website
The region offers a diverse range of activities and environments to explore.
- Historic mill towns
- Forest walks
- Birds and Animals
- Bush walks and Bibbulmun Track
- Wild flowers
- Art Galleries
Pemberton is approximately 47 kilometres away. There is plenty to see and do on the way. Do a short bush walk on many of the bush walking tracks close by, visit the trout farm or Big Brook Dam. Once in Pemberton the famous Gloucester tree is waiting to be climbed. For more information, visit the Southern Forests website
Northcliffe / Windy Harbour
Northcliffe is in the heart of the lower southwest and in the Warren Blackwood region of Western Australia. Perth to Manjimup is 307 kms. Manjimup to Northcliffe is another 66 kms. It is only another 20 min to Windy Harbour. The key attraction of the Northcliffe district is its diverse natural environment. Northcliffe is surrounded by towering Karri, Jarrah and Marri forests, rich coastal plains and wetlands and the spectacular cliff-tops of Point D’Entrecasteaux. Twenty minutes south of Northcliffe is the popular holiday and fishing village of Windy Harbour. It is within close proximity to the Windy Harbour Coast, Northcliffe Forest Park, D’Entrecasteaux and the Shannon National Parks.
Walpole is situated on the South Coast, approximately 109 kilometres from Manjmup and 110 kilometres from Albany.It is also surrounded by National Parks and state Forests. Walpole offers a wide range of activities from bush walking to the more water orientated activities of fishing, canoeing and white water rafting. This is where you will find the famous Valley of the Giants and the Tree Top Walk, Fernhook Falls and the Frankland River and State National Forest. The Walpole & Nornalup Inlets flow into the Southern Ocean. This is a popular spot for beach four wheel driving. There is also Salmon fishing along the coast. For more information visit the Department of Parks & Wildlife
Albany is situated 229 kms from Manjimup. It is the most southerly city in the state. Albany was the site of the first settlement in Western Australia and therefore has many historical tourist attractions. The city also has a great culture and the surrounding hinterland is filled with spectacular attractions. Whales are frequent off the coast. For more information, visit the Albany Visitor Centre website
Tourism Western Australia
The official travel and tourism website for Western Australia – www.westernaustralia.com
The portal into the South West Region of Western Australia – www.mysouthwest.com.au
South West Life – Celebrating life in the South West of Western Australia – www.southwestlife.com.au
Australia’s South West – www.australiassouthwest.com