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Balingup is situated in the heart of the Blackwood River valley region and is well known for its rolling hills, streams and misty winter mornings.

As well as being renowned for its scenic beauty, Balingup is also a favourite tourist destination.
Balingup has a small but strong community base. People of all ages are discovering Balingup as a place to enjoy a country lifestyle. It is especially an ideal environment for young families to raise children.

Balingup is situated 240km from Perth in the south west of Western Australia in a picturesque area surrounded by rolling hills, winding rivers, forests, orchards and vineyards. It is less than  an hours drive from Bunbury, and it’s central location makes it ideal for exploring the tall forests further south,  as well as the coastal regions of the southwest. 

With a population of approximately 800 people, Balingup has retained its country charm and village ambience, and has become well known for its attractions and panoramic scenery. Balingup is part of the Donnybrook –Balingup Shire, and is equi-distant (approximately 30 km) to both Donnybrook,  (to the north), and to Bridgetown (to the south).

Facilities and Attractions
Balingup has excellent facilities, including many speciality shops, local store, gourmet cafés, coffee shops, beautiful stone tavern, sports recreation centre, primary school, post office, two churches, library, shire hall, tennis courts, lawn bowls, soccer oval and golf course. The general store has eftpos facilities, and the post office has a banking agency.
(A high school, bank, police station, hospital and chemist are located within the shire).

The Old Cheese Factory features the largest display of arts and crafts in Western Australia, as well as a wonderful selection of antiques and jarrah furniture.

Other well-known speciality shops in town include The Tinderbox (natural beauty products), the Goldsmith gallery  (hand-crafted jewellery), the Sculpture Gallery  (bronze sculptures designed and made locally); the alpaca garment shop, and delightful gift shops.
 
A wonderful selection of cafes and coffee shops compliment the boutique retail and various accommodation businesses.

The recently built stone tavern, with a ten metre stone turret, is an excellent venue for enjoying meals with friends, weddings or other occasions.


Balingup has an excellent selection of accommodation, with a wide variety of   B&B’s, chalets and bushwalkers accommodation.

Gardens
Balingup is also well known for its beautiful gardens. Annual tulip displays are mass planted in the main street to provide colour during the cooler months.  Recent plantings of deciduous trees around the village green provide glorious russet-red tints during autumn, and the yellow of the golden robinias are spectacular in spring time. In summer time the crepe myrtle trees blend beautifully with pink carpet roses planted in the main street.

The area has many open gardens which may be viewed either through the ‘Australian Open Garden Scheme’, or the ‘Festival Of Country Gardens.’

The Lavender Farm is open during the warmer months of the year, and visitors may enjoy mass plantings of lavender and rose gardens.

The arboretum at Golden Valley Tree Park, and the delightful oak tree memorial drive in Brockman Street  are also well worth a visit.


Major Events:

 

Balingup hosts various major events throughout the year.

The Small Farm Field Day is usually held in late April and attracts over 10,000 people annually. This day showcases a variety of cottage industries, services and goods that would be of interest to small property landholders.  Guided tours to local properties are also held throughout the day, to view improved land that has been transformed from bare paddocks into inspirational properties. 

The Medieval Carnival (usually held on the 4th weekend in August), also attracts large crowds and provides entertainment and medieval merriment for all ages to enjoy.

   

The proceeds from both these events are used to fund various local projects.

Another event, the Jalbrook Classic Concert, is usually held on the last Saturday of November, and is well known for its diverse selection of internationally acclaimed musicians and performers.

The well-known Bibbulmun walker’s track  (almost 1000klms long), meanders through the valleys and village of Balingup on its way from Perth to the south coast

   
Services & Associations:

The services of Home and Community Care are available in Balingup, with regular outings, home help, and weekly shopping trips to Donnybrook /Bunbury. 

The Balingup Vintage group  (an association formed to enable residents to continue living in Balingup), is presently building 3 houses to cater for aged residents.

A regular bus service travels through to Bunbury and Perth. The bus service is well utilised by Balingup residents working in Bunbury, and by students travelling to Bunbury for further studies.

Another private local luxury coach company organises visits to various attractions, including   open gardens and other tourist destinations.

There are many associations and clubs in Balingup, including various sporting associations (golf, tennis, soccer, bowls etc), Craft Group, Lions Club,  P&C, Playgroup, Youth Group, Tourist Association, Progress Association, Environmental Groups, Church Organisations, Gardening Groups and Wine Club.

   
 

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