National Rally 2020 – Hinterland Day Tour
Wednesday 1st April
We will depart the Abbey Beach Resort at 8.45am and head towards Busselton and then onto the Vasse Highway straight through to Nannup - a distance of about 70km. Nannup is a quaint historic town nestled by the banks of the Blackwood River, and surrounded by magnificent forests and rolling green farmlands.
Nannup was first settled around a ford crossing over the Blackwood River, where settlers and travellers fed, watered and rested their horses and bullocks. The town has maintained its historic links with pastoral developments and the timber industry. Click to view Nannup Video https://youtu.be/HOhRGRx3SF8
Have a walk around this lovely town which has some unique attractions, one being the world’s largest wooden clock which is a must see attraction for anyone who admires engineering ingenuity and superb craftsmanship.
Have a coffee if you wish before heading to Balingup, another gorgeous little town along a road you would think was designed for Jaguars and their drivers. The road winds and curves through the beautiful hills and countryside as far as you can see for a further 51km.
The town takes its name from Balingup Pool, located on the Balingup Brook which flows through the town. The name “Balingup” is an alleged corruption of an Aboriginal name -Balingan, a noted Noongar warrior said to have been born in the district.
This town has its own goldsmith who has been making jewellery here for over twenty five years. The goldsmith is located at No 8 Southwest Highway, Balingup, if you are interested in viewing their impressive range of jewellery. Click to view Balingup https://youtu.be/0AJn3jVZgYU
From here we head north on the Southwest Highway towards the apple growing centre of Donnybrook. Turn right just short of the Donnybrook town onto the Boyup Brook Road, travel until reaching Lowden, turn left onto Lowden Road and proceed until reaching a roundabout in the middle of the bush! This is the Eastern Junction Roundabout of Wellington Mill Road and Ferguson Road in Wellington Mill.
Here is the famous Gnomesville where thousands of gnomes reside. No one knows just how the gnome community started. One story goes that local workmen created a cricket scene with gnomes in the middle of the roundabout for fun. Regardless of why the gnomes live in Gnomesville, this community of fascinating gnomes has grown into an immense scale. Click to view Gnomesville https://youtu.be/olXtQ8JUAFQ
From Gnomesville head along Ferguson Road through the valley to the Saint Aidan Winery for a spectacular lunch and more-ish wines. St Aidan’s Winery lies in the heart of the beautiful Ferguson Valley astride the Ferguson River. The 10 hectare boutique winery is family run with a ‘bud to bottle’ focus on quality with the aim to ‘create art in the bottle’. Click to view Saint Aidan Winery https://youtu.be/bE2QuJ05_Sw
Following lunch return to Busselton at your leisure.
Options are to drive straight back to Busselton or take a route back through Donnybrook. Alternatively head over to the port City of Bunbury for a look. Bunbury is known for wild bottlenose dolphins that often swim close to the beach at Koombana Bay. Nearby is the Dolphin Discovery Centre which is interesting to visit, ample parking is available. This recently extended and upgraded centre is an enjoyable place to visit not only for the potential to see dolphins but also to walk through the educational and interactive centre. Click to view the Dolphin Discovery Centre https://youtu.be/2ESd7UApmm0
Another very interesting alternative if time permits is to take a route via Dardanup and spend a couple of hours visiting the fantastic Dardanup Heritage Park ( Open until 4.00 pm). This is a world class collection of working agricultural and industrial machinery from our pioneering past. See a steam/diesel sawmill, mill settlement, engines, tractors, dozers, horse drawn equipment, a range of military equipment, memorabilia and much more. The park is one of Australia’s finest collections of heritage items dedicated to our pioneers and the equipment they used to develop our State over the past 120 years. Click to view Dardanup Heritage Park https://youtu.be/E5FR5WOHPt8
It is only 14km (13 minutes) from the Aidan Winery across to the Dardanup Heritage Park and very well worth a visit. It is only 65km (51 minutes) from the heritage park back to Busselton.