Bridgetown Heritage Trail
The Town Heritage Walk is an easy stroll that can take hours depending on how many shops, cafes and bars you stop at. Both sides of Hampton Street are lined with historic buildings, many dating back over 100 years.
About the Trail
The Town Heritage Walk is an easy and pleasant way of taking in Bridgetown’s historical buildings. Just grab an information booklet from the Bridgetown Visitors Centre and follow the map while reading about the various locations. Along the way you can stop for a coffee or drink and do some shopping.
This beautifully located historic town-site was originally named Geegelup, until renamed Bridgetown in 1868. Many buildings are so well preserved that the National Trust of Australia designated Bridgetown an official Heritage Town. Some of the more significant historic landmarks you will see are the bridge across the Blackwood River, St Brigid’s Catholic Church and convent, National Bank building, the Town Hall and St Paul’s Anglican Church.
Need to Know
One of the most picturesque towns in Western Australia, Bridgetown sits against a backdrop of the beautiful Blackwood River Valley and oozes old world country charm. It also serves a taste of the good life in generous portions, with wineries, delicious fresh produce, arts, crafts and stunningly scenic drives. You can escape the city to this quiet country life in under three hours by road and wake up to valleys filled with morning mist and tranquil forests. The centre of a thriving timber, mining and farming district, Bridgetown is a prolific producer of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and olives, not to mention wine and cider. You can indulge in some of its flavours in the region's cafes, restaurants and cellar doors and cidery. Many artists are drawn to the area, finding their inspiration in the Blackwood River Valley landscapes and exhibiting their work in local galleries. Action and adventure are in abundance too, with a network of canoeing/kayaking, walking, mountain biking and bridle trails to choose from. The town also hosts many events, including the ever-popular Blues at Bridgetown Festival, attracting world-class musicians and large crowds to the region every November. Why not sample more country hospitality while you're here with a stay at one of Bridgetown's luxury retreats, cosy cottages, farm stays, guesthouses, chalets or motel.
Bridgetown-Greenbushes Visitor Information Centre
154 Hampton Street, Bridgetown Western Australia 6255, Australia
Phone: (08) 9761 1740 | www.bridgetown.com.au
The Bridgetown-Greenbushes Visitor Information Centre is just three hours drive south of Perth, in the only heritage listed town in the South West. Nestled in the heart of the Blackwood River Valley, it is the perfect place from which to explore this beautiful region. Come in and browse the locally made products, and also visit the Brierley Jigsaw Gallery, the only gallery of its kind in the southern hemisphere. The information centre can also offer advice on tours and attractions, things to do and see or help you to find accommodation. Bridgetown is a unique destination for those who cherish the less hectic side of life. The Bridgetown-Greenbushes Visitor Centre is open 10.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 3.00pm Saturday, and 10.00am to 1.00pm Sunday and Public Holidays. It is closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.