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Published August 11th 2017
Experience the beauty of Balingup in the SW
I first fell in love with Balingup when I walked into town while hiking the Bibbulmun Track which runs straight through it. This gorgeous country town in the south west of Western Australia is around 240km south of Perth. It may be a small town but it has a lot to offer so this place is perfect if you are looking for a weekend getaway.
In Balingup you can experience a lot of activities and flavour from the area. Every year in April the local farmers get together and put on a small Farm Field Day with hundreds of market stalls, crafts, machinery, baby animals and so much more. This is a great family event, with the next one scheduled for the 21st April 2018.
Then every August there is the Medieval Carnival. This is a huge event that is sold out each year. You will experience medieval re-enactments, market stalls, feasts, and see plenty of knights, acrobats, jugglers and minstrels running around. There also is the Spring in the Park and Telling Tales in Balingup and in the surrounding towns of Donnybrook, Nannup and Greenbushes you will find many more festivals to experience.
When it comes to food I always struggle between getting a homemade sausage roll from The Mushroom Café or the homemade meat pie from The Packing Shed. This is such a hard choice especially when there are plenty of other places offering yummy food too like the Taste of Balingup, (great homemade lasagne). Or should I grab a picnic lunch and head out to the Balingup Lavender Farm with its beautiful setting in the rolling hills? Then there is the Golden Valley Tree Park, a heritage-listed arboretum and the largest in WA, with its walk trails that take you through the glorious setting with many trees from around the world and Australia.
There are plenty of local B&B's in the area to stay and I must say I have enjoyed many a weekend just relaxing and soaking up the hospitality the locals always give. Don't forget to check out some of the many local wineries in the area as well.
The best time in my opinion to visit is in the autumn when the leaves throughout the town change to the gorgeous hues of yellows and oranges. It's my favourite small country town in WA's south west, a place one must visit.