Originally a timber mill settlement on the banks of the Preston River, Donnybrook became the scene for one of the nation's smaller gold rushes in the late 19th century. Disappointed miners who remained after the excitement had died down turned their skills to growing fruit, giving birth to an industry that saw Donnybrook and the Preston Valley come to be established as the apple capital of the west. Others recognised the beauty of the local sandstone, which has subsequently graced not only local buildings, but landmarks including the GPO in Perth, and Federation Square in Melbourne.
Later generations are venturing into aquaculture, and turning the valley slopes and warm climate to advantage in producing wine grapes, olives and nuts. No surprise then, that visitors can enjoy fine wines rivalling the best in the country, or slake their thirsts on crisp, refreshing ciders and apple juice. Culinary delights on offer include farm fresh marron, organic beef, rich olive oil, local fruit & vegetable produce, nuts and the sweet taste of sun dried fruits. A backdrop of natural jarrah and marri bushland remains, abounding with wildlife, with clear running streams in Winter and wildflowers in Spring.
With such a diversity of heritage, taste sensations and natural beauty, it was inevitable that a tourism industry followed; accommodation options including secluded retreats, cosy B&Bs, and budget backpacker's hostels now await travellers and holiday makers alike, all greeted with friendly country hospitality.
Escape into serenity. Explore. Taste. Enjoy. Spoil yourself. Stimulate your senses and be a part of it.
Welcome to Donnybrook, the Heart of the South West.
The Donnybrook Visitor Centre
The Donnybrook Visitor Centre is housed in the beautiful old railway station building in the centre of town, which also includes a pop-up museum of railway memorabilia. The Centre has plenty of free parking and is open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday and on Market days (third Saturday each month). Please drop in or phone us on 9731 1720 (clickable links below).
About Us - Donnybrook Regional Tourism Association Inc.
In response to our business community's need to promote the growing number of attractions for visitors, the DRTA was formed in 2009. It is based at the Donnybrook Visitor Centre.
We aim to promote the development of a thriving tourism industry by promoting, creating and supporting events that showcase the fine food and wine that comes from this region, and other local attractions.
The DRTA welcomes all local tourism focussed businesses to join the group and become actively involved. Yearly membership is currently $80. All memberships are from 1st July and can be paid prorata. This includes pamphlet racking at the Visitor Centre, a seasonal newsletter of what's happening around the DRTA and inclusion on this website. Members will be able to have a presence at any DRTA promotions at events such as the Apple Festival, the Perth Show and any radio, TV and newspaper advertising.
If you are interested in joining the Association, please drop into the Visitor Centre, or contact the Secretary via any of the Visitor Centre links above. Mailing address: The Secretary, DRTA, P.O.Box 736, Donnybrook 6239