The area was first explored by
Thomas Turner, who was tracking the Blackwood River in 1834. It was eventually
settled in 1857 by E G Hester and John Blechynden. In 1868, the government of
the day acquired some of Blechyndens land, on which the town now stands.
Officially proclaimed on June 4, 1868, the town was named Bridgetown, after
the barque (ship) that carried the first exports of the region from Bunbury to
the UK. The town was actually nearly named Geegelup, after the brook which flows through it.
It was only after much
debate, the town was named Bridgetown.
The climate in Bridgetown is like
that of the Mediterranean, with mild summers and cold winters. With plenty of
rain during winter, it makes an ideal area for growing fruit such as apples and
cherries. Located in the
Blackwood River Valley region, there are many
attractions including scenic drives through rolling hills and majestic
jarrah forests, historic buildings, arts and crafts, natural produce such as
fresh fruit from the local farms, and a
number of regional annual events.
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