A hidden gem amongst eucalypt-filled state forest, Greenbushes offers wonderful bushwalking, one of the most beautiful swimming spots in the South West and a rich timber and mining heritage.
Step back in time and learn how the early prospectors eked out a living here in the late 1800s. Tick some rare birds off your bucket list on a nature trail or simply wander the tree-filled public spaces and streets, heritage sites and characterful pubs and eateries.
A good place to start is at the Greenbushes Discovery Centre. Helpful staff will ply you with itinerary ideas, and maps for the nature and heritage trails. There are also fascinating interactive displays revealing the people and places who have shaped the town, from the early boom days when tin was first discovered through to today’s operations that deliver the word’s largest supply of lithium.
You can even peer into the 265-metre-deep, heritage-listed Cornwall Pit – part of the state’s longest running mine. And history buffs shouldn’t miss the Heritage Park filled with old steam engines and machinery, including a mock mine shaft and replica of a prospector’s hut.
Getting out into nature is also an essential part of any visit. Keep an eye out for rare and endangered Bitterns as you explore the wetlands sanctuary at Schwenkes Dam. Black cockatoo nesting spots also line the Greenbushes loop, a challenging 16-kilometre hike that merges with a stretch of the famous Bibbulmun hiking track.
The pretty, spring-fed Greenbushes Pool is also within easy reach and you will find many locals cooling off in the clear water when the weather’s warm. But no matter the season, it’s a wonderful spot to picnic, stroll the 500-metre-long boardwalk and let the kids enjoy the sandy beach and play equipment.
When you have had your fill of outdoor exploration, be sure to pop into the roadhouse or one of the historic pubs for some refreshment. Aside from the chance to meet some down-to-earth country types, you’ll discover why people from neighbouring towns often make a special trip into Greenbushes to eat and drink. It really is a town full of surprises.