There are some wonderful country towns south of Perth and it isn’t until you rock up on the main strip and take a wander around, that you really find those hidden gems.
As a kid, Bridgetown was often a ‘drive though’ town on the way to our holiday destination, but, on the odd occasion Dad would pull the car up alongside the old wood ship playground. We were allowed to go bonkers running through the hull of the mini replica and not want to leave. Sometimes, I think he would swiftly pass through Bridgetown so that we wouldn’t notice the playground and beg to stop!
Recently, we overnighted in Bridgetown and were pleasantly surprised at what was on offer in and around the town. We definitely want to return again because quite often is the case – one night is not enough.
Where is Bridgetown?
In the South west region of Western Australia and from Perth it’s under a three hour drive through some quaint country towns.
Where we stayed
Our home away from home was at Overwater Country Retreat through airbnb. The location was supreme, the house backed onto the quiet Blackwood River.
What to do in Bridgetown
Stock up on Lollipops at Ooh La Lollipop
Visit the Bridgetown Cidery for cider tasting and a meal at the adjoining restaurant. The cider is sulfur, preservative free! Try the Spider Cider!
Visit Wag Walters emporium, the ultimate trinket and gift shopping at Ford House (also a bed and breakfast). In what I can only describe as Aladdin’s cave , there is also a year round section of Christmas pieces.
Visit Shedleys Winery and taste a few varieties of wine at the cellar door
Wander through a 10 acre herb farm and country garden at Eden Spring Herbs
Visit a certified organic berry farm outside of town.
Eat a steak sandwich from The Bridgetown Hotel
Coffee and lunch at The Barking Cow Cafe
Stocking up on supplies
BP Petrol Station on Hampton Road, also sells gluten free food
Towns to visit nearby
The small cafes and vintage stores in Balingup
Donnybrook is known for its apples and also two Aussie style bakeries
Apples & Apple cider
Overwater Country Retreat
Nothing but relaxation in the backyard of Overwater Country Retreat
One of the rooms inside Wag Walters Emporium
Espresso from Barking Cow
Main street in Bridgetown
Perth to Bridgetown Drive