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Balingup - Cities, Towns and Localities
Although little is known about the Aboriginal history of the area, the name ‘Balingup’ is thought to be a corruption of an Aboriginal name ‘Balingan’, ‘Baylya’ or ‘Balunga’, an Aboriginal warrior who was born in the region.

The first white explorers were on an expedition to find a route from Albany to Vasse when they came across the Blackwood River at Southampton and Wrights Bridge in 1842. Richard Jones took up 10 acres in the region and built a mud brick homestead named ‘Southampton’ in 1854. In 1859, Walter Padbury took up 40,000 acre Pastoral lease that included ‘Brooklands’ and ‘Ferndale’. Today you can still visit the historic homestead ‘Ferndale’ on Nannup Road, as well as a number of other historic buildings.

Balingup is a beautiful place to visit, with wonderful scenery of rolling green hills, that are shrouded in mist during winter, fantastic sunsets and spectacular night skies during summer. Spring has the bright colours of the tulip festival, and flowering orchards, whilst autumn also brings vivid colours.

Check out our listing of Balingup accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Balingup Visitor Centre
Balingup & Districts Tourism Association
Balingup Community Centre
Cnr of Brockman Street and Blackwood River Drive (opposite the Tavern)
Ph: 08 9764 1818

Donnybrook-Balingup Tourist Information Centre

Balingup Attractions

Balingup Lavender Farm
• Balingup & Nannup Rd (PO Box 229), BALINGUP WA 6253 • Ph/Fax: 08 9764 1436 • Email
Formal lavender garden displaying 35 different varieties set against a backdrop of sweeping valley views. There is also a gallery promoting local artists, as well as unique hand crafted lavender products and range of cosmetics all produced locally. The first production farm in Western Australia to produce its own ‘pure essential lavender oil’ distilled from Lavandula angustifolia.
Balingup Scenic Lookout
• Nannup Rd, BALINGUP WA 6253
Just pas the Old Cheese Factory Craft Centre, the lookout has views from one of the highest points in Balingup.
Birdwood Park Fruit Winery
• Ph: 08 9764 1172 • Fax: 08 9764 1288 • Email
Established in 1992, nestled in the Blackwood Valley amongst 35 acres of orchard is the award winning Birdwood Park Fruit Winery. The fruit for the wine is grown in the orchard surrounding the winery, processed on the premises, and the wine bottled and then sold at the cellar door and by mail order.
Golden Valley Tree Park
• Old Padbury Rd, BALINGUP WA 6253
A 60 hectare park just 2 km south of Balingup, with a unique collection of beautiful and interesting trees from all over the world. There are many species of exotic and Australian trees including a cluster of Gingko trees, originating from China and once thought to be extinct. There are also the ‘Cleveland Oaks’ planted in 1946 and named after the settlers that once lived here. There are walk trails that criss-cross the park and leading to spectacular scenic lookouts. The park has picnic and BBQs facilities and an area for kids to play.
Old Cheese Factory Craft Centre
• Nannup Rd, BALINGUP WA 6253 • Ph/Fax: 08 9764 1081 • Email
Claims to be the largest craft and antique shop in Western Australia. There is a garden cafe.
Bibbulmun Track
This famous track passes through Balingup, being a popular walking track for both recreational and long distance walkers. The track starts in the hills suburb of Kalamunda, 20 km east of Perth in the Darling Range and ends at Albany, some 1,000 km.
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Balingup Events Western Australia Events
Balingup Small Farm Field Day
• April
One of Balingup's most popular events, it is a day that brings together small landholders and property owners, lifestyle farmers, and those with a dream of living that life. With the objective of promoting sustainability and shared knowledge, brought together in an enjoyable family day out. The Small Farm Field Day has many hundred of stalls ranging from a variety of crafts, animals, gourmet produce, local wines, plants, small machinery and other farm equipment. There are information and demonstration booths, practical live demonstrations, guided small farm tours and entertainment. Each year a theme is selected as the special focus, whilst a month prior to the event scarecrows appear all over the village, a symbol of the event.
Balingup Medieval Carnivale • Medieval Carnival
• August
The Balingup Medieval Carnivale is an annual event of colourful medieval afyre. Come see and participate in the procession of people in costume and animals as they weave their way around the Village Green. There are jugglers, jesters, knights and fair maidens, with re-enactments of medieval life. Join in the variety of activities and entertainment in a frolicing fine food and wine affayre.
Balingup Tulip Festival
• August
Balingup comes alive with colour in the Tulip Festival that joins with the Nannup Flower and Garden Festival and adds floral backdrop to the Balingup Medieval Carnivale.
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Balingup Distance

Distance to Balingup
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Balingup:
Boyup Brook 51
Bridgetown 26
Bunbury 67
Busselton 94
Dunsborough 119
Greenbushes 10
Manjimup 63
Margaret River 115
Nannup 41
Perth 236
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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• Balingup Maps
More information on Maps of Western Australia.
Google Maps - Balingup WA 6253


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