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Donnybrook - Cities, Towns and Localities
Donnybrook is located on the Preston River, 63 m above sea level, surrounded by beautiful countryside, in the midst of orchards, arts and crafts, and a growing wine industry. Just 206 km south of Perth and 36 km south-east of Bunbury, the town is within the Shire of Donnybrook/Balingup and part of the South West.

It was named by a group of five Irishmen, after a town in Ireland, who were the first European settlers in the area. In 1842, they arrived with four servants, intent on establishing farms on the 130 ha grant. Luck was not with them, as they also tried horses, cattle and sheep, and by February 1843 the settlement was abandoned.

By 1868 there was little major development, with only the now historic Anchor and Hope Inn, providing accommodation for travellers through. Although gold was found in the area in 1897-98, which saw a brief rush, this was not to last. In this interim a new hotel was built and the population grew with the arrival of prospectors and miners trying their luck. During the period 1899-1903 only 841 fine ounces of gold were mined and by 1904, the field was effectively closed down.

It was during this period that the first Granny Smith apple tree was planted in 1900, although the apple industry did not get started until after the Great War. It was George Parke who was the the first orchardist to plant apples commercially. Today, Donnybrook is the centre of Western Australia’s premier apple growing area, and is particularly popular during October when the apple blossoms are out. Other industries in the region include timber, beef and dairy.

Check out our listing of Donnybrook 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

Donnybrook-Balingup Tourist Information Centre
Old Railway Station, South West Hwy
PO Box 133, DONNYBROOK WA 6239
Ph: 08 9731 1720
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Balingup Visitor Centre

Donnybrook Attractions

Anchor & Hope Inn
• 2 South West Hwy, DONNYBROOK WA 6239 • Ph: 08 9731 1395
• Dating to about 1845, this National Trust listed building was built by Henry Trigwell and Henry Wood, then rebuilt by George Lawrence in 1865. The oldest homestead in the district, and once occupied by four generations of the Trigwell family, it now offers B&B style accommodation, restaurant and tearooms.
Arboretum
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Located on the north side of Donnybrook at the junction of Irishtown Road and South Western Highway. Attractions include varieties of trees, a replica of the Old Spot Mill and mine shaft. There are picnic and BBQ areas.
Aristain Gardens
• Five acres of open cottage gardens with vies of Donnybrook countryside. Devonshire tea is available.
The Big Apple Tourist & Wildlife Park
• Grist Rd, DONNYBROOK WA 6239 • Ph: 08 9731 1586 • Fax: 08 9731 1236
• Located in the picturesque valley, where you can interact with the animals. There are herds of fallow deer, donkeys, ponies, goats, alpacas, highland cattle, kangaroos, emus, wombat etc.
Boronia Farm
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The area of the farm was originally cut for timber in the early 20th century. Several railway lines crossed the property at that time and there is still evidence of these lines today. The farm was selected in 1929 and the Williams family moved here soon after. The first house was built in 1935 and about this time an apple seedling grew beside the house. Eventually the tree bore seed and the fruit it produced was unlike any existing apples, and was recognised as a new variety, and became known as the Lady Williams. The modern varieties of Pink Lady and Sundowner are both crosses of the Lady Williams.

The original house today form part of the current main house on the farm and the tree still grows by the house. You can enjoy the hospitality of the current owners by booking into their farmstay.

Source: Boronia Farm


BAWA (Inc) Donnybrook Bird Guide
• Produced by Birds Australia Western Australia (Inc) are a series of bird guides for many country shires in Western Australia and the Perth metropolitan area, including Birdwatching Around Donnybrook-Balingup Shire.
Ironstone Gully Falls
• Approximately 18 km from Donnybrook, just off Goodwood Road, is this picturesque historic picnic area. During the wet season, the Ironstone Gully Stream winds its way through the state’s Jarrah Forests, crossed under the road, and then passes over a series of rapids. The ‘Falls’ is a drop over a ledge of 9 metres. Originally reserved in 1903 for Capel River settlers as a recreation area, it is still popular today as a picnic area. Facilities include tables, BBQ and toilets. August through to October is the wildflower season.
Old Goldfields Orchard & Cider Factory
• ‘Old Goldfields Orchard’ Goldfields Rd, DONNYBROOK WA 6239 • Ph/Fax: 08 9731 0311 (Restaurant)
• Ph/Fax: 08 9731 1071 (Farm) • Ph/Fax: 08 9731 0322 (Cider Factory) • Email
• A great day for the whole family, try your hand at gold prospecting. See and read about the history of Donnybrook’s Goldrush days. Take the time to discover the walk trails to our Marron Ponds or the islands. Task from range of award winning ‘Reef Ciders’, apple and grape wines and unique fresh fruit juices.
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Donnybrook Events • Western Australia Events
Donnybrook Apple Festival
• Held during Easter - every 2 years
• The Donnybrook Apple Festival is held every two years over the Easter weekend. With over 50 festivals, this has been a long tradition not only focusing on the Apple industry but many other products such as wines produced in the Donnybrook region.

Donnybrook Apple Festival is unique in that it stages a ball where a group of entrants are competing for the title of ‘Apple Ambassador’, formerly known as an Apple Queen. Lavishly decorated floats carry the entrants through the town centre and on to the main festival grounds.
Apple Harvest
• March to May
• The apple harvest goes into full production when five central sheds and several private sheds are sorting, grading, packing and forwarding fruit to local and overseas markets. Visitors can visit the sheds by arrangement with management or the Donnybrook Tourist Information Centre.
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Donnybrook Distance

Distance to Donnybrook
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Donnybrook:
  Km
• Albany 311
• Augusta 161
• Boyanup 15
• Boyup Brook 74
• Bridgetown 56
• Bunbury 37
• Busselton 63
  Km
• Collie 50
• Dunsborough 88
• Manjimup 93
• Nannup 71
• Perth 208
• Margaret River 109
• Walpole 211
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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