Balingup is a popular destination for our Bibbulmun Walking Break packages as, in addition to lovely scenery, the town offers an interesting variety of shops and some fabulous places to eat.
Balingup is famous for its wonderful scenery. Rolling green hills are shrouded with mist in the winter and spring brings acres of beautiful blossoms. Lush orchards, glowing sunsets and spectacular night skies are the features of summer, and autumn has its own amazing array of colours. It doesn’t matter whether you come through Golden Valley Tree Park to the south, or along Balingup Brook from the north - you will feel more at home the closer you get to this quaint little town.
The food options in Balingup are more diverse than in many larger towns in the south west. Where else could you find authentic French cuisine, gluten free food, triple brie and lavender ice-cream in the same town?
Many hikers treat Balingup as their half-way stop along the Track. It’s the perfect place for a few hours or a few days of rest, rejuvenation and preparation for the next leg of your walk. It’s also a comfortable place to end popular shorter stints from Collie or from Donnelly River Village.
The Balingup Visitor Information Centre is open 11am-3pm daily and has information on the town’s attractions and accommodation. It also sells postcards, Bibbulmun Track maps and merchandise such as caps, shirts and water bottles.
Balingup district was first settled in 1859 by Walter Padbury, whose historic homestead Ferndale still stands on the Nannup Road. In the 1880s, tin mining and timber milling industries were established, and extensive tracts were cleared for dairy farming and apple orchards to supply WA's booming goldfields. Balingup was declared a township in 1888 and is now part of the Donnybrook-Balingup Shire. The name Balingup is thought to have come from a Nyoongar named Balya or Balunga, who lived in the area.
Up & down the Track
Collie is 64km north of Balingup - a drive of approximately 55 minutes, chiefly along Grimwade Road. The walk between Collie and Balingup (81.6km) takes around four days, three nights.
Donnelly River Holiday Village is the next supply stop and accommodation provider. It’s not a town but has a store with good supplies and walker accommodation. It’s a 56.2km walk from Balingup, which usually takes three days, two nights.
For travel details to Balingup view the Section by Section guide.