Preston River Loop and Indigenous Walk Trail, Donnybrook
The Preston River flows through Donnybrook with a walk trail on both sides of the river. The 1.8 kilometre loop is a peaceful stroll with cultural interpretation of the local area on the Donnybrook Indigenous Walk Trail and Waugyl Sculpture
About the Trail
On the east side of the South West Hwy in Donnybrook you’ll find the Waugyl Sculpture and the entry to the Indigenous Walk Trail and the Preston River Loop Walk.
The Waugyl Sculpture and Indigenous Walk Trail was created to lead walkers from the Donnybrook main street down to the suspension bridge, and over the Preston River. The elders shared their knowledge, stories and ideas.
The Dreamtime story of the creation of what we now call the Preston River and many other stories can be read as you walk the Donnybrook Indigenous Walk Trail. Information about the plant and animal life in the area, as well as the features of the six seasons unfold as you begin the walk through the waterwise garden. The Trail allows you to wander over the suspension bridge and read more as you explore the grassy area on the far side.
For another 20 minutes, keep walking south along the well-worn dirt track by the River until you come to the weir (low level bridge), which should only be crossed if there is no water running over it. The Trail returns along the west bank of the Preston River where you can enjoy a shady and attractive stroll back towards Donnybrook townsite.
Need to Know
Western Australia's apple capital of Donnybrook invites you to discover an abundance of fresh local produce, Australia's biggest free entry fun park and its lovingly restored heritage architecture. Just two hours and 15 minutes by road south of Perth, this charming south west town offers scenic drives perfect for a daytrip from the city, a stopover on your down south tour, or your base for a blissful country break. Take to the streets around Donnybrook and beyond, where you'll find a dazzling display of apple and cherry blossoms during spring and quaint roadside stalls laden with the freshest of local farm produce. At the heart of the Geographe Wine Region, the Donnybrook area boasts seven cellar doors from which to sample the award-winning signature notes as well as a local cider factory. Built from the ground up by locals, the Donnybrook Apple Fun Park proudly boasts the title of the nation's largest free-entry entertainment park. Fire up a barbecue and enjoy an afternoon of free family fun climbing, swinging and sliding. Soak in the ambience of a time gone by with a collection of colonial buildings dating back to the late 19th century. Stroll along the winding path of the Aboriginal sculpture park and read fascinating tales of one of the world's longest surviving cultures. Walk, cycle or roll out the picnic rug to relax and unwind in the countryside. The local dam, tree park, historic mill and seasonal falls offer idyllic spots to enjoy a glass of wine and some stunning natural beauty. Or take a short drive on the quirky side to nearby Gnomesville, home to over 3,000 gnomes of all shapes and sizes. For an overnight stay in Donnybrook, you can pick from farm stays, self-contained cottages, hotel and backpacker accommodation. Design your visit to Western Australia's home of apple production to coincide with the biennial Easter festival, a decades-old event celebrating the March to May harvest season.