Ascot Holiday House and Blackwood River Valley

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Local Attractions

Bridgetown is an ideal location for a short break. Set in the rolling green hills of the Blackwood Valley it can be a place in which to do nothing but relax and takes in the views or you can use it as a base to explore the region and enjoy the numerous experiences it has to offer.

Some of our suggestions of things to do and see include:

The Gourmet Experience

Sunnyhurst Winery produces gold medal and trophy winning wines and is set amongst beautiful hilltop gardens just 3km from the centre of Bridgetown. Its cellar door (open daily) houses a small art gallery and a range of home made produce.

Visit The Cidery in Bridgetown to sample their home brewed cider and award winning beer.

Chudacud is a winery with a difference, on a 130 acre property mid-way between Bridgetown and Boyup Brook. As well as growing the grapes and making the wine, they also offer their own hand made Chudcud chocolates, hand made soaps, potted herbs, home made jams, Devonshire Teas and home made biscuits.
Chudacud also offers JJ's Collectables and Garden Paraphernalia.
Chudacud is the home of Lambchop and Friends. Lambchop is the grandfather of the Chudacud family of pet sheep. They are open Wednesday to Sunday (and public holidays) from 10am-5pm.

The Blackwood Valley is an emerging gourmet region with new ventures and products being introduced on a regular basis. Try sheep cheese from Cambrey near Nannup, organic berries from Drover’s Rest, smoked trout pate from Pemberton, fruit wine from Balingup.

The recently opened shop, Blackwood Kitchen, in Bridgetown sells a wide range of local food products as well as kitchen items and cookware.

Wander Down Hampton Street

Bridgetown is a heritage town and its main street showcases a mixture of restored buildings, real country pubs, boutique and bric-a-brac shops and galleries. Attractions include:

  1. Xmas @ 139 – a tiny shop devoted to Christmas which will delight young and old alike.

  2. Bridgetown Pottery – art gallery/café/pottery housed in a building with its own photographic history on display.

  3. Fat Arts – Nicky Fabiszak is a caricature artist who has been based in Bridgetown since 1988. Commission her to paint a special portrait of someone near to you for a special occasion.

  4. Ooh La Lollipop – naughty but nice. Buy those sweets which you enjoyed years ago but haven’t tasted for years. One or two won’t hurt!

  5. The Bridgetown Hotel – tastefully refurbished to include a verandah dining area serving delicious meals.

  6. Bridgedale House – step back in time to visit the home of one of Bridgetown first white settlers. Imagine the adventure and hardships of the 1860s.

Get Back To Nature

Allow Tim and Kathleen to show you the bush close up and personal on their horse drawn wagon ride. See the bush as it is meant to be seen – in silence, away from the interference of "progress" made by man. Bonnie and Clyde pull the wagon through the forest tracks at a leisurely pace allowing you to see and smell the bush in a way that it’s supposed to be experienced. Billy tea picnics or champagne sunsets arranged by special appointment.

Canoe the Blackwood. Bring your own and we can tell you where the special spots are or hire them at Maranup Ford. For longer trips, Neville and Anne in Nannup can plan a tailor made experience for you.

Bridgetown has a its own bushwalk right on the town's doorstep. The River Walk starts near the bridge at the south end of town and follows the river for a couple of kilometres. Recently graded, it is suitable for all ages and abilities. Further afield the Jarrah Park offers a number of walks with interpretive signs.

Ask us where you can hand feed wild kangaroos and emus.

Drive The Golden Triangle

The Bridgetown/Balingup/Nannup/Bridgetown triangle is acknowledged as one of Western Australia's great drives and offers you the most fun you can have on four or two wheels. 100km of twisting road through magnificent scenery, much of it along the banks of the Blackwood. Take two hours or the whole day.

There are plenty of things to see in the towns along the way including The Old Cheese Factory, Jalbrook Alpaca Knitwear Gallery, The Bronze Gallery, Birdwood Fruit Wines, mini-golf. Make sure to see the flood level markers in Nannup!

Bridgetown As a Touring Base

Located in the heart of the South West Region, Bridgetown is an ideal base for touring the region.

Within an hour or so drive are the beaches of Busselton and Bunbury, the wine region of Margaret River, and the Karri forests of Pemberton. Further afield but achievable as long day trips are the Tree Top Walk near Walpole, the wild oceans at Augusta and surfing at Yallingup.

Special Events and Festivals

Blues at Bridgetown has developed into the largest blues festival in Western Australia. Growing from a modest start in 1993 it has become a three day event (2nd weekend of November) attracting some major names. The last couple of years have included John Butler, Ash Grunwald, Harry Manx and Tony Joe White. Book your tickets and accommodation early!

The Festival of Country Gardens has its main event in Spring and a smaller autumn affair. The soils and climate of Bridgetown make it a gardener's paradise and the festivals showcase 20-30 open gardens as well as talks, walks, demonstrations and special events.

The Blackwood Marathon on the last weekend of October consists of running, swimming, canoeing, equestrian and cycling legs, The Easter Tennis Tournament and The Geegelup Cup WA State Kayak Championship in August all appeal to dedicated sportsman, keen newcomers and spectators alike.

Do Nothing At All

For many people the attraction of Bridgetown is the escape from the grind of every day life, a change from the fast pace of the city, a place to sit back and enjoy the view or read a book, or dream of a new life in the country.

Many visitors to Bridgetown decide to make it their "treechange" location and end up living here sooner than they had imagined. You have been warned!


In the garden of the Ascot House
In the garden of the Ascot House

The famous Pemberton train
The famous Pemberton train

Canoeing on the Blackwood
Canoeing on the Blackwood

Wagon rides
Wagon rides

Tree Top Walk near Walpole
Tree Top Walk near Walpole

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