I love it when you have no exceptions about a destination. You are amazed and stunned at the beauty a place has to offer. I knew very little about Bridgetown except that the Blackwood River ran through the town and surely there must be a bridge there! Well one would assume with the name Bridgetown.
What do you know I was correct! There have been several bridges built over the years with the first one erected by settlers in 1861 but it was swept away just before completion.
Bridgetown has plenty of rolling hills, valleys and surrounded by beautiful natural attractions. It is a nature lovers dream with scenic drives, forests and the Blackwood River to explore.
It is a place to relax and connect with nature.
Bridgetown is just a three hour drive from Perth. The main town has lots of lovely shops to browse in and the christmas shop was a hit with my little ones! Next time I need to escape on my own so I can have a good look and maybe pick up a few gifts for myself!
The Blackwood River
We launched our kayaks into the Blackwood River and paddled downstream. Taking in the view with the suns rays on our back and enjoying the stillness.
If we weren’t in our kayaks the kids were playing on the banks of the river, chasing geese, watching ducks, 4wding and splashing in muddy puddles that were left behind from the rain.
There are so many scenic drives that take you along the river, through valleys, farms and to other little towns. We visited the towns of Nannup, Manjimup and Greenbushes which are all located in close proximity.
Barrabup Pool and Workers Pool
Barrabup Pool is located 10km west of Nannup. It is a natural pool lovely for swimming, having a picnic or going on a bush walk. In 1909 a mill was established near Barrabup Pool and during its operation this pool was for exclusive domain of the mill managers family.
The mill workers were aloud to swim at Workers Pool. A preacher described them as hard workers, called a spade a spade, used rough language and had a high thirst for liquor. It sounds like I belong at this pool!
Camping is available at Workers Pool and above Barrabup Pool on the ridge.
Greenbushes started as a mining town and there are lots of historic buildings and an open cut mine to visit.
There is a natural pool which is spring fed. The pool has a boardwalk around the pool with lots of signage about the fauna and flora. It is a great spot to swim and there is also a free camp ground and play ground.
Bridgetown is an ideal place to relax, connect with nature. It is simply beautiful!
Have you explored this region of Western Australia?
13 thoughts on “Exploring Bridgetown and surrounding areas”
I went to Bridgetown for the first time last year and loved how different it was to my usual coastal hangouts. We went for a great drive exploring the surrounding hills in spring and some of the gardens were breathtaking.
We didn’t look at any gardens but there is always next time!
Looks like you have discovered another gorgeous spot!
There are just too many wonderful spot to explore!
Bridgetown is beautiful! I have fond memories of going there with my family when I was little.
Good to hear I took you back down memory lane!
Looks like another gorgeous spot. One day I would love to do this area of WA.
Too many beautiful spots to explore. I just want to hitch up the camper trailer and take off!
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You sound just like me!
Your photography skills are amazing! Bridgetown looks beautiful! I love kayaking as well. Thanks for following my blog 🙂
My partner probably took all the good photos!! His photography skills are much better than mine!
Beautiful part of the world. Brought back memories of backpacking a life time ago.
My backpacking days also seem like a life time ago1