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Scenic Drives

Situated in the heart of the Blackwood River Valley, Bridgetown features some great drives throughout the countryside. Maps are available at the Visitor Centre, why not try the ones below?  Print one off and take it with you.

Drive # 2 Bridgetown - Maranup Ford - Greenbushes - Bridgetown (51km)

From the town centre, drive over the Blackwood River bridge. Immediately after, turn right and head along the Brockman Highway toward Nannup. After 14kms, turn right on a gravel road to Maranup Ford.

Cross the River by the bridge that replaced the original ford.  The hill beyond the bridge is steep. Continue to Greenbushes, passing by tin mines that have operated since 1888. There are many old buildings in the Greenbushes township, including the old schoolhouse. Continue to the Southwest Highway. Turn right to return to Bridgetown.

Drive # 3 Bridgetown - Balingup - Nannup - Bridgetown (113km)

From the town centre, head north to the township of Balingup. There are many things to see and do in Balingup, including great boutique shops and galleries.

Head south-west on the road to Nannup. The road is narrow and winding and follows the Blackwood River past picturesque farmland, pine plantations and bushland. Browse at your leisure through the sites at Nannup, before heading back to Bridgetown along the Brockman Highway.

Drive # 4 Bridgetown - Jarrah Park - Donnelly River - Bridgetown (73km)

From the town centre drive over the Blackwood River bridge. Immediately after, turn right and head along the Brockman Highway toward Nannup. After 20kms, turn right into the Jarrah Park. There are two walk tracks: The Shield Tree Trail (700m long) and The Tree Fellers Trail (2.6km) winding through Jarrah & marri woodland, Karri and blackbutt and then back through the jarrah/marri. The parking area also has BBQs.

1km past the Park entry, turn left into Sears Rd to Donnelly River, to see wild kangaroos, emus & parrots. Return to Bridgetown via Mockerdillup Rd.

Drive # 5 Bridgetown - Mattamattup Valley - Suttons Lookout (5km)

From the town centre head east onto Steere St, where the Shire Offices are located. Continue past the old convent, high school, doctors' surgery, swimming pool, and up the hill to a T junction. Turn right into Giblett St, then right again into Blechynden St.

Take the second turn left around the hill, where there is a wide panorama of Mattamattup Valley. Continue on and take the next left to Sutton's lookout. Continue downhill toward the Blackwood River. Turn right and follow the river back to Hampton St.

Drive # 6 Bridgetown - Peninsula Rd - Bridgetown (19km)

This is a drive particularly worth doing at sunrise or sunset when kangaroos are at their most active. From the town centre head north towards Bunbury, turning left at Peninsula Rd, past the Hospital and showgrounds.

After 4km, turn right toward the peninsula, which is really just a sharp bend in the Blackwood River. If you continue along this road, you will arrive back in Bridgetown. Ignore the cattle grids, but remember parts of this road are private property so proceed slowly and with care.

Drive # 7 Bridgetown - Allnut Street - Bridgetown (3km)

Drive north along Hampton St, turn left into Nelson St and left onto Allnutt St. Proceed to the top of the hill and take a second turn to the right to the water reservoir and for views across the Valley. Turn right down the steep hill and left into Loftie St, continue on to meet Hampton St again.

Drive # 8 Bridgetown - Mockerdillup Road - Bridgetown (22km)

Travel south along Hampton St over the Blackwood River and follow the Brockman Hwy towards Nannup for 3km. Turn left into Mockerdillup Rd, and then take the second turn into Nelson Grange. This was originally John Allnutt's property where apples were first grown commercially in the district. Continue through the forest and turn left when you reach the sealed road, this will take you back to the Brockman Hwy, turn right to return to Bridgetown.

Drive # 9 Bridgetown - Hester - Tweed Road - Bridgetown (71km)

From the town centre, head north towards Bunbury, head up the steep hill, turning right at the top toward Hester. This road passes the Bridgetown Golf Course and then through the timber town of Hester. There are a couple of very sharp bends in the road immediately after the railway crossing.

Continue to the Boyup Brook Rd. Cross this onto Winnejup Rd. Continue until you have driven over the Blackwood River. Take the next turn right along the Tweed Valley though Silverlands into Tweed Road. This comes out at the South West Highway, just 1km south of the river. Turn right, cross over the bridge back to Bridgetown.

View along Tweed Road
Rocky Outcrops
Winnejup Falls