Boyup Brook - Cities, Towns and Localities
Bicentennial Walking Trail
• The walk takes
you over footbridges crossing the Boyup Brook, past the water supply for
the town ovals and parks. The trail continues on the eastern side, past the Flax Mill and
along the banks of the Blackwood River. Details are available from the
Boyup Brook Flax Mill Caravan Park
• Built during the early years
of 1939-45 World War for the treatment of the flax grown in the
district. Flax is a plant from which linen thread is spun and made into
canvas. Prior to the war, Britain had obtained most of its flax fibre
from Europe, but when supplies were cut, there was a desperate need to
arrange for crops to be grown somewhere else. Australia came to the
rescue. By 1943 the mill at Boyup Brook was operating around the clock
in three shifts, employing over 400 people.
The building still remains today, but they are now used for a
‘Recreation Camp’. Located on the Blackwood River, the Flax Mill has
caravan and camping sites, dormitory accommodation and excellent
facilities including BBQs, ensuite facilities etc. The caretakers are always willing to show you around,
including the unusual ‘sand sculpture’ created by our resident artist,
Boyup Brook Telecentre
• 86 Abel St, BOYUP BROOK WA 6244
• Ph: 08 9765 1169
• Fax: 08 9765 1340
• Part of Western Australia Telecentre network. Described as a virtual business
service and rural community resource combining technology, adult education,
training, information and office services. Includes satellite link up, public
fax facility and public internet and email access.
Carnaby Collection of Beetles and Butterflies
• Boyup Brook Tourist Information Centre
• Part of the larger collection of the late Keith and
Edith Carnaby, the ‘beetle and butterfly collection’ can be viewed at
the Tourist Centre. Keith Carnaby is well known among entomologists,
with the British Museum of Natural History containing beetles that were
named after him. His collection of ‘Jewel Beetles’ is the most important
outside of that museum.
• Lodge Rd
• Part of the Kirup Conglomerate, the entire formation is of round washed stones, part of a
glacier bed formed during the Ice Age. A geologist has confirmed they
were of seabed origins, with deposits of chalk found at Glacier Hill.
The Hill (called Warraminga
Cutting) is on private property, and access is only available by
organised tour groups. There are great views of the district from the
Hill. Contact the local tourist centre for further information.
• Gibbs Rd
• The remaining stump of a tree blazed by Surveyor Augustus Gregory in 1845,
whilst surveying the South West. The tree is on Gibbs Road, 18 km north
of the town, off the Dinninup Arthur River Road.
• Ph: 08 9767 2022 (Mrs Brenda
• Located 50 km north east
of Boyup Brook, off Gibbs Road, the reserve covers 5,000 hectares, and
contains the pink and brown boronia, rare banksia and orchids.
Dickson’s Country Music Centre
• BOYUP BROOK WA 6244 • Ph/Fax: 08
9765 1125 •
• Along a winding road lined with golden wattles and native trees... The
Harvey Dickson’ Country Music Centre is located just 5 km out of town.
Covering about 35 acres this unique one-of-a-kind centre has assortment
of animals sculptured out of wood, a 46 ft guitar man with his two
friends, the ‘Banjo Girl’ and lead guitar player ‘Zoren’. The
sculptures started out as trees growing in the wild. Boots, hat, eyes
and mouth have been added, along with 23 ft metal instruments.
is ‘The Record Room’, also called the ‘Elvis Room’, a room that hasn’t
changed in the last 20 years, filled with Elvis memorabilia. Over in the
‘Bunyip Shed’ there is a life-size likeness of Elvis Presley created by
the artisan Sandy Chambers, moulded from nearly two tons of Northam (WA)
It was in the old barn in 1969, where the first Country Music Show
was held. The first Harvey Dickson’s Country Music Show was held in the
new venue in 1986. ‘The Entertainment Venue’ is decorated wall to wall,
rafter to rafter with banners, posters, original signage, old horse
drawn wagons, and memorabilia that date back 100 years to the present
• Norlup Rd • Ph: 08 9767 3034
• Norlup was one
of the first farms to be established in the district when Commander and
Mrs Scott followed a track blazed by John Hassell of Albany in 1854.
The home was built in 1874, with home-made bricks.
Today, it has been restored by the present owners Lance and Margaret
Hester. A visit is by appointment only.
Perup Forest Ecology Centre
• Ph: 08 9771 7988
• Perup Forest is
home to sizeable population of most of the 27 species of native mammals
found in the southern forests. The Perup Forest Ecology Centre and
Wilderness Lodge, 50 km east of Manjimup, is designed to give visitors
a deeper knowledge and understanding of nature conservation and forest
management, offering a spectacular wilderness experience. The centre is
located within 52,000 ha of jarrah forest and wandoo woodland and offers
visitors a great chance to see six rare Australian mammals in the wild
the numbat, chuditch, woylie, tammar wallaby, ringtail possum and
southern brown bandicoot.
Pioneer Lady Hologram Statue
• Jayes Rd • Ph: 08 9765 1005
opposite the Pioneer Museum was commissioned in 1999 to celebrate the Centenary
of Womens Suffrage, dedicated to the pioneer women of the district.
• Jayes Rd • Ph: 08 9765 1005
• Located in the old
Masonic Lodge, the museum is filled with old world memorabilia, donated
from families in the Boyup Brook District. A recent addition is an
exhibition of clover seed harvesting machinery, housed in a specially
constructed shed alongside the original Lodge. The museum is open 34
afternoons a week or by appointment. Contact the Tourist Centre.
PO Box 52, BOYUP BROOK WA 6244 • Ph: 08 9765 1514 • Mobile: 0429 651 510 •
• This is a working wildlife sanctuary and
education centre, that specialises in looking
after injured and orphaned marsupials. The wildlife have the freedom of
the property, with visitors welcomed to view the animals under guidance.
They also welcome volunteers and students, see their ‘Volunteer
Holidays & Student Studies at Roo Gully’.
• A small war memorial was erected
in 1991 by former resident and ex-prisoner of war, Ted McLaughlin, to honour his
friends who died as prisoners of war at Sandakan and during the death march to Ranau in North Borneo. Over the years the memorial has been extended, with a
Remembrance Service being held each September.
• Ph: 08 9765 1225
• Sandy is a well known Western Australian artist
and sculptor, who resides in Boyup Brook. Strolling around the town will
reveal many of Sandy’s creation, with a visit to see his artwork and
aviaries in the garden well worth the visit. Sandy also keeps camels. Ring the Tourism
Ph: 08 9765 1444 for further information.
• Boyup Brook is
part of the Blackwood Valley wine producing region. With over 25 wineries in the
region, spread over 200 acres of vines.