Beautiful, Beautiful Balingup
At Out and About Camper Trailer Hire, we want you, your family and friends to experience the best of WA: we want to help you discover the best camping spots our amazing state has to offer. Camping in Balingup in one of our camper vans is a great way to let your kids reconnect with nature.
The town of Balingup is located in Western Australia’s south west, 2.5 hours’ drive or 250km south of Perth in the Shire of Donnybrook, WA’s apple capital. Balingup is located in the picturesque Blackwood River Valley, in amongst old growth forests, orchards and farmland.
If you’re camping in Balingup you’re likely to spot wineries, beef cattle and market gardens in the area. However, it’s dairy farming that was originally the major industry in Balingup, with the first cheese factory built in 1933.
Due to a lack of suitable land, dairy farming was no longer lucrative in the late 1970s and so the factory closed. It would later re-open as an arts and crafts centre, which is still there today. The Old Cheese Factory Craft Centre is well worth a visit for all things handicraft; pottery, timber, knick-knacks, clothing and more (any number of goodies to remind you of your relaxing stay).
For the adventurous at heart, the Bibbulmun Track passes through the town’s main street, which is also in close proximity to the Munda Biddi Trail. You can canoe down the Blackwood River, play croquet, lawn bowls or golf, or simply settle in for a quiet picnic at the heritage-listed Golden Valley Tree Park. You can even pay a visit to the Balingup Lavender Farm – the first of its kind in WA to produce pure essential lavender oil.
Things To Do In Balingup
There’s a plethora of events to enjoy in and around Balingup year-round, including the Medieval Carnivale each August. In spring, you’ll see a landscape bursting with colour as the wildflowers come into bloom. In Balingup, you’ll be surrounded by nature at its beautiful best, while experiencing the charming country vibe and the warm welcoming of its residents.
There are a number of places in Balingup where you can safely set up camp with your Out and About Camper Trailer.
Pictured above is our Jayco Eagle Camper Van / Trailer which can be hired for $300 a weekend.
Balingup Transit Park
You’ll find the Balingup Transit Park near the Balingup Recreation Centre (off Walter Road), a short walk from the town centre.
There are powered and unpowered sites and you’ll have access to modern ablutions, scheme water and BBQ facilities.
To book or to find out the rates, contact the Balingup General Store on (08) 9764 1051.
Note: you can stay for a maximum of three nights at Balingup Transit Park.
Grimwade was once a mill town, but all that remains of the old town are some remnants and scattered footings.
This is a free campsite 13km north east of Balingup. In it you’ll find a large dam where the water is clean for most of the year, with camp sites on the bank near a small jetty. There are flatter camping spots beside a huge pool on Balingup Brook, good for swimming and canoeing.
The site doesn’t have any amenities, so be sure to bring your own food and fresh water. There aren’t any rubbish bins, so you’ll also need to take any rubbish with you.
To access Grimwade Settlement, drive north on South Western Highway from Balingup for 900 metres, then turn right onto Grimwade Road. Continue on this road; you’ll pass the Kirup-Grimwade Road t-junction at 9km. Continue a further 2.5km, then there are three (unsignposted) turnoffs into the camping areas on the left-hand side of the road.
Wrights Bridge Campsite
You’ll find Wrights Bridge Campsite about 11km south west of Balingup, on the Balingup-Nannup Road in Southampton. The campsite is next to the picturesque Blackwood River.
Payment is by self-registration and bookings cannot be made in advance. You can swim, canoe and fish for cobbler, trout and marron (in season) at the site. There is also access to toilet facilities.
Learn more about beautiful Balingup
For the climate statistics for the Donnybrook region, visit the Bureau of Meteorology’s website.
So you’ve set your mind on Balingup for your next getaway?
Great! The next step is to secure your Camper Trailer.
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