Balingup is a gorgeous, tiny town with its own very quirky style. Blink and you have driven right through it, but before you do, you're likely to spot scarecrows, jester heads, medieval horses and riders, or even an old-fashioned St Nicholas, and an eclectic mix of shops.
The Bibbulmun Track runs down the main street (past the visitor centre) so Balingup is a common halfway stop for walkers, and many of the nearby accommodation operators offer pick-up and drop-off services.
The Oak Grove Walk is a great option for those who aren't keen to walk too far. It's a 1.5km loop through the heritage-listed Golden Valley Tree Park, with trees from all over the world, and a top picnic spot, as is the village green, with its kids' playground. Transit Park is a good choice for campers, meanwhile. The three parks have barbecues, toilets and shaded areas.
Aside from walk trails, active visitors can try their hand at croquet (Sundays at 9am in summer and 10am in winter) or lawn bowls (Sundays at 1.30pm). There's also the local golf course and the tennis courts (court hire is available from the General Store). If youre keen for fishing, the locals suggest dropping a line in along the Balingup Brook for redfin perch, but don’t forget to grab a freshwater angling licence from a local Australia Post Office first.
WA's largest non-government funded arts and craft factory, featuring 7 galleries filled with local produce, arts, crafts and antiques.
A unique farm with over 10 000 lavender plants.
The curious visitor will find many traces of our history and much to interest them, around the town and throughout the district. Discover more about the history of the district.
Balingup is a popular destination as, in addition to lovely scenery, the town offers an interesting variety of shops and some fabulous places to eat.
Another short section between towns, this section of Track is known as a section of transition.
The half-way point of the Track is the historic mill town of Donnelly River Village (DRV) nestled in the valley of the river from which it was named.
Western Australia's largest arboretum showcases more than 60 hectares of indigenous and exotic trees in a spectacular setting.
Golden Valley is a popular picnic area set in the state's largest Arboretum.
This nature reserve is a great place to walk and camp. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Blackwood River as it flows through one of the park’s boundaries.