WHAT TO EXPECT
Let Balingup awaken your senses with the changing seasons; smell the clean air, the fresh cut hay and the eucalyptus forest after rain. Hear the cockatoos, kookaburras and the frogs as day fades to night. See the kangaroos in the golden light or the jewel like colours of autumn leaves. Feel the cool misty mornings and warm winter fires. Taste a crisp, juicy apple fresh from the orchard. Balingup invites you to experience the magic.
A small but vibrant village, Balingup is nestled amongst rolling hills at the northern entrance to the Southern Forests & Valleys and is surrounded by vast expanses of native forest interspersed with orchards, vineyards and farmland. Enjoy the magnificent Golden Valley Tree Park, a unique collection of exotic and Australian trees in a park setting, or take a scenic drive on the Villages in the Valley Road Trip.
Source seasonal produce, savour the wholesome food and award-winning wines of the area. Our local chef’s pride themselves on creating delicious, fresh, wholesome food that have been sourced from the local orchards, market gardens and farms in the Balingup region. Visit local producers on the Blackwood River Valley Food & Beer Trail
Surrounded by nature and awash with country charm there’s plenty to see and do in the Balingup region. Enjoy a bush walk along the Bibblumun Track, cycle a section of the Mundi Biddi Track, float down the Blackwood River in a canoe or ride a trail bike through the forest.
Partake in one of the many festivals, events and concerts the region offers throughout the year. A myriad of events put this small country town on the map, including the Small Farm Field Day, Medieval Carnivale, Festival of Country Gardens, Balingup Music Experience and Blackwood River Arts Trail.
Little is known of the history of the Balingup area pre-European settlement, other than that the name ”Balingup” is an alleged corruption of an Aboriginal name – Balingan, a noted Noongar warrior said to have been born in the district. The name Balingup was first recorded by a government surveyor in 1850. 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 expedition came across the Blackwood River at Southampton and Wrights Bridge.
WHERE IS BALINGUP
Balingup is located roughly 240km south east from Perth City
GETTING TO BALINGUP
Margaret River Busselton Airport to Balingup: 1hr (car) / 2hr 38min (bus)
Bunbury to Balingup: 50min (car) / 53min (bus)
Perth to Balingup: 2hr 30min (car) / 4hr 13min (bus)
Albany to Balingup: 2hr 55min (car) / 5hr 7min (bus)