Things to do and see in Balingup

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					                     Things to do and see in and around Balingup
1.   Call in at the B alingup Visitor Cent re to obtain a map      20. Check out the Blackwood River Valley towns of B oyup
     and check any events that may be on in the area.                  Brook, Bridgetown and Nannup.

2.   Visit the Golden Valley Tree Park and enjoy one or            21. How about letting someone else do the driving? Take
     more of the signed walk trails. Stay for a picnic in t he         an informative and enjoyable day tour with Royal Gala
     gazebo.                                                           Tours.

3.   Stroll up and down the main street and visit the many         22. Have a BBQ or picnic on the Village Green, or at the
     and varied retail outlets.                                        Peace Pergola.

4.   Take the c hildren to the playground on the Village           23. Visit the Racecourse Flora Reserve and stroll one or
     Green and sit and rest while they use up some of their            more of the walking tracks. Wildflowers can be seen
     energy on the play equipment.                                     throughout most of the year and are particularly in
                                                                       abundance during spring.
5.   Book an evening meal at the Balingup Tavern 9764
     1830, Kirup Tavern 9731 6311 or the French                    24. Go bird watching all year, especially along t he many
     Restaurant 9764 1883.                                             walk trails.

6.   Try your hand at croquet – Thurs afternoons &                 25. Visit the open gardens around the area during t he
     Sunday mornings. Phone: 9764 1232                                 spring and autumn festivals.

7.   Treat yourself to a good coffee or tea or maybe lunch         26. Keep up your fitness wit h a game of tennis. Court hire
     at one of Balingup’s great cafés.                                 is available through the General Store.

8.   Take a drive along the scenic road to Nannup and              27. Check out the lavender products at Balingup’s
     then perhaps ret urn via Bridget own.                             Lavender Farm and try the lavender ice cream!

9.   Walk a section of the Bibbulmun Track. There are              28. Caravan and camping facilities are at the Transit Park
     short walks, day walks or longer overnight walks.                 by the Balingup Brook under the shade of trees. Book
                                                                       and pay at the General Store.
10. Check out a few of the local wineries.
                                                                   29. Canoe t he Blackwood River. Bring your own or hire 2
11. Stroll down to the Balingup Brook near the oval and                person Canadian style canoe or 1 person kayak at
    feed the ducks, or just enjoy a family picnic near t he            Maranup Ford.
                                                                   30. Book a massage, or an aromatherapy session.
12. Take a short drive to Greenbushes and visit the
    Discovery Centre. Experience the sights and sounds             31. Drive out to Grimwade and explore the old town site.
    of an underground mine in the "Discovery Decline"                  While there, have a s wim in the dam or paddle your
    and enjoy the interaction in the "Discovery Forest".               canoe.

13. Enjoy a walk on one of the signed walk trails in               32. If you are keen on fishing, many locals drop a line in
    bushland surrounding Greenbushes.                                  at various places along the Balingup Brook in search
                                                                       of red fin perch. The Blackwood River is stocked
14. While in Greenbushes go to the mine lo okout and see               annually with rainbow trout by the WA Department of
    the Cornwall Pit or have a swim in the Greenbushes                 Fisheries. The best fishing times are September
    Pool.                                                              through to December. Norilup Dam in Greenbushes,
                                                                       has had some success as a trout fishing spot. Access
15. Take a drive to Donnybrook via the scenic Upper                    is from Spring Gully Road in Greenbushes, and t he
    Capel Road and return via the (also scenic)                        season is open from 1 September to 30 April each
    Brookhampton Road and Kirup-Grimwade Road.                         year. A Department of Fisheries SW freshwat er
                                                                       angling licenc e/permit must be obtained from your
16. Let the children experience and enjoy the Apple Fun                local Australia Post Office.
    Park in Donnybrook while you are there.
                                                                   33. Visit the Old Chees e Factory Craft Cent re and marvel
17. Take a short trip to the Ferguson Valley and visit the             at all the different things you will find there.
    gnomes at Gnomes ville.
                                                                   34. Go horse riding through the forests and across
18. After exploring Gnomes ville perhaps take a drive                  farmland. Call to book at Lucieville Chalets,
    around the Ferguson Valley and visit some of their                 Bridgetown (9761 1733).
                                                                   35. Just relax and enjoy your stay in Balingup and
19. Have a game of golf at either the B alingup or                     experience the magic!
    Greenbushes courses.

Balingup Visitor Centre                                                     September 2010

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