Hugging the banks of Blackwood River, Bridgetown is an inviting rural community surrounded by national parks, state forest and tranquil lakes. Established in 1868, this town features atmospheric Victorian-era buildings, as well as award-winning restaurants, art galleries and a cidery.
Things to do in Bridgetown
There are many reasons to hand out around Blackwood River, including the weekly Bridgetown River Farmers’ Market, where you can purchase fresh local produce, artisan jams and award-winning wine. Stroll along the Blackwood River Walk, which takes you along the river’s edge past lush native flora. Alternatively, chill out on the grass with a leisurely picnic by the water.
Discover Bridgetown’s popular dining scene along Hampton Street, where you can indulge in freshly-roasted coffee at Flying Duck and fresh pastries at Hansens Hot Bread Shop. Need to wet your whistle? Head to Scotts Tavern, which serves cold beer and regional wine. It’s across the street from Bridgetown Pottery-Restaurant, which combines paddock-to-plate dining with artistic pottery creations.
If you’re looking for some nightly entertainment, head to Blues of Bridgetown to watch high-quality blues and jazz musicians. Gain insight into the local history at Brierley Jigsaw Gallery, which features hundreds of jigsaw puzzles dating back to the 1940s. Don’t forget about The Cidery, about 1.5 kilometres from the town centre, where you can taste locally-crafted cider in a serene outdoor setting.
Outdoor adventurers will love the national parks near Bridgetown, especially Dalgarup National Park. It’s only 30 minutes’ drive from town and features numerous scenic drives through state forests and past vibrant seasonal flowers. It’s next to Hilliger National Park, which boasts stunning sandstone formations and an undulating countryside.
Getting around Bridgetown
Bridgetown is about three hours’ drive from Perth and one hour’s drive from Bunbury along Forrest Highway. You can walk around the town centre, but you’ll need a vehicle to explore further afield.