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Attractions

Recreation and Picnic Areas

Apple Fun Park

Apple Fun Park

If you're feeling young or young at heart, come and play at the Apple Fun Park; you can't miss it in the centre of Donnybrook. With a huge range of play equipment to suit all ages, there is something for the whole family.

Built by the Donnybrook Community, this park was made possible by the generous bequest of a local resident, and contributions from local business owners and a small army of local volunteers.

It is the largest free entry community owned fun park in Australia, with BBQ facilities, toilets, ample parking, and shaded picnic tables. The Apple Fun Park is floodlit at night and open 24 hours a day, every day.

Glen Mervyn Dam

Fantastic picnic areas with toilet facilities, on the Collie Road just north of Mumballup. Activities include boating, water skiing, swimming and hiking.

Gnomesville

Hidden deep in the south west forest, a secluded community has been discovered by wayward travellers. Initially a refuge for discarded, unloved or even abused gnomes, the fast-growing community has quickly developed into a destination of choice for thousands of gnomes from all over the World, seeking a quiet place to live or retire. Gnomesville is nestled at the head of the Ferguson Valley, just a 30 min drive from Donnybrook.

Golden Valley Tree Park

This park just outside Balingup contains a stunning array of trees from around the world, and is the largest arboretum in Western Australia. Walk trails, toilet facilities, BBQ & picnic tables.
For further information: www.goldenvalleytreepark.org.au

Grimwade Settlement

Grimwade is midway between Balingup and Noggerup; the road is sealed on the Balingup side, but is good gravel to Noggerup, through picturesque bush of the Preston National Park. Originally a mill settlement, only the streets and some foundation remnants remain. Picnic & camping area, but no facilities.

Ironstone Gully Falls

Ironstone Falls

Seasonal falls, with a splendid array of wildflowers in Spring, 18kms out of Donnybrook on the Capel Road. Great picnic area with toilet facilities.

Old Oak Tree

This tree can be found between the Visitor Centre and the Tele Centre in the main street of Donnybrook (see photo on home page); it was planted in 1842 by settlers who came to mill timber. To celebrate 150 years of Donnybrook in 1992, a time capsule was placed near the tree - to be dug up in 2042 to celebrate our 200th year.

Wellington Dam

The Wellington Dam area is a spectacular location set in the Collie River Valley. It provides an abundance of picnic areas, swimming holes, and bushwalking trails.

Trails

Aboriginal Heritage Trail

This trail is well defined, and has gentle gradients with a few steps. It traverses through a lush riparian river ecosystem encompassing the suspension bridge and a weir crossing in the middle of Donnybrook, and incorporates the Preston River Indigenous Walk Trail and the Waugyl Sculpture Park. As you walk along the trail tread softly, and see how many different birds and animals you can see.

Apex Park And Amphitheatre

Apple Fun Park

This park in Donnybrook gives access to the beautiful Preston River where you will find the suspension bridge and the amphitheatre made from the local Donnybrook stone. The amphitheatre was constructed by Mr Les Combes who donated his time to add to the beauty of the area. Within this area you will also find the War Memorial, free barbeques, and plenty of grass for picnics and for the kids to play on.

Cemetery Walk (Chinaman's Grave)

Turn right into Fleet Street at the southern end of Donnybrook and follow the road to the cemetery. Walk through the centre of the cemetery, and just inside the fence, turn right, and there at the end in the very corner you will see the Chinaman's grave. He was a market gardener who became Donnybrook's first murder victim. If you are feeling adventurous, at the left hand end of the cemetery just outside the fence, you can climb over the gate where you will find various roads that meander through the bush, some of which come out onto the railway line on the South West Highway.

Bibbulmun Track

The Bibbulmun Track is just under 1000km long and stretches from Perth to Albany; it is accessable in many places by road, so is suitable for day walks as well as long distance ones. The Track crosses the Preston Valley at Mumballup, about 26km east of Donnybrook.

The Munda Biddi Trail

The Munda Biddi Trail also stretches from Perth to Albany; this one follows a different route and is for mountain bikes. It crosses the Preston Valley just north of Donnybrook, and like the Bibbulmun Track, is easily accessable for day use.

Heritage Sites

All Saints Anglican Church

All Saints Church

South West Highway, Donnybrook
Built 1906 from locally quarried Donnybrook Stone. It has a jarrah ceiling & stained glass windows, with a large rose window facing east.

Anchor & Hope Inn

South West Highway, Donnybrook
Built 1845 this now privately owned residence has been a hospital, an inn, stables and a restaurant.

Apple Lights

South West Highway, Donnybrook
Not so old but none too young, these apples are the Granny Smith symbol of Donnybrook. Constructed in late 1970 out of fibreglass, these lights once illuminated the Ayers Park Gardens.

Brookhampton Hall

Thomson Brook Road, Brookhampton
Circa 1890, home to the Brookhampton Bellringers, this hall has been utilised as a school, migrants camp, function hall & meeting point. Quarterly dances are still held here.

Brook Lodge

Bridge Street, Donnybrook
Circa 1940, this establishment once housed the Women's Land Army. It was also used to house the workers from the fruit dehydration factory in 1944.

Commercial Bank Of Australia Ltd Building

South West Highway, Donnybrook
Circa 1907, this building has served as a bank, real estate office, harvest office, information centre and video store. It is now a private residence.

Donnybrook Hotel

South West Highway, Donnybrook
Pre 1900, this was the first hotel to be built in Donnybrook.

Donnybrook Post Office

South West Highway, Donnybrook
Circa 1898, this building was an integral part of Donnybrook & Districts mail & telecommunication system. Still operating as a Post Office.

Forrest Tavern - aka Mumby Pub

Mumby Pub

Donnybrook - Boyup Brook Road, Mumballup
Circa 1907, this was the local wayside inn, local meeting place, and for 7 years the local school operated in the old spirits shed! School concerts were held in the dining room.

Apple Tree Inn

South West Highway, Donnybrook
Circa 1902 and originally named the Goldfields Hotel. The then-named SWAG won Best Regional Hotel of the Year in 2008.

Soldiers Memorial Hall

Bentley Street, Donnybrook
Circa 1919, and built from locally quarried Donnybrook Sandstone to commemorate the soldiers who fought in the First World War. Largely used as a community hall.

St Thomas' Anglican Church

Corner of Thomson Brook Road & King Springs Road, Thomson Brook
Privately owned church built in 1909 for the community from bricks manufactured onsite from local materials. Still used today for worship, groups & weddings.

The Old Stables

South West Highway, Mullalyup
Circa 1865, this old stables & smithy was built from bricks using clay sourced from the site. Now used as a Gallery.

Yabberup Hall

Donnybrook - Boyup Brook Road, Lowden
Circa 1894, this community hall was used as a gathering point for families. Built from bricks made on site, it is still used as a community centre.