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Balingup

Balingup is a small town on the South Western Highway located between Kirup and Greenbushes. The town is 241 kms south of Perth. Established in 1898 and named after the nearby Balingup Creek, the name being a variation on the Aboriginal word Balingan. Poet, Adam Lindsay Gordon, once ran a large flock of sheep here. As was typical of many country localities in the area, the land was selected as a place for a town due to the planned passing railway


 
 
   
 
 

Balingup - Nannup Road

A view east down Nannup Road. The intersection up ahead is the South Western Highway. Beyond are the hills. April 2012. Photos Ref: BLGP001

 

Balingup - South Western Highway

Looking south down the South Western Highway. This town seems to be quite popular now, attracting locals and visitors to its cafes and boutique shops. April 2012. Photos Ref: BLGP002

 

Balingup - Tavern

The handsome looking Balingup Tavern. This is off the main road, up Nannup Street where it bends into Blackwood River Drive. There is an admirable looking restaurant around to the right. This used to be known as the Balingup Hotel which was constructed in 1903. April 2012. Photos Ref: BLGP003

 

Balingup - Post Office

The old Balingup Post Office is across the road from the tavern. Whereas this looks like it still functions as a post office, it also serves as HQ for The Hiker's Hideaway budget accommodation. This post office was built in 1926. Next door was the first 1899 post office building. April 2012. Photos Ref: BLGP004

 

Balingup - Visitor Centre

The local Visitor Centre on the South Western Highway complete with a decorated bull which perhaps symbolises local agriculture. April 2012. Photos Ref: BLGP005

 

Balingup - Village Pedlars

One of those boutique shops I mentioned. A very attractive little shop in an historic cottage selling fresh produce and home-made gifts. It would be hard for some to pass a shop like this without going inside. April 2012. Photos Ref: BLGP006

 

Balingup - Packing Shed

On the western side of the South Western Highway is The Packing Shed, purveyors of bakery products, wines, clothing, gifts etc via a variety of independent vendors. There is a cafe here which seemed popular today. Is this an old fruit packing shed? April 2012. Photos Ref: BLGP007

 

Balingup - Rero's Collectables

Another tempting looking boutique shop, this time Rero's Collectables, buyers and sellers of antiques and bric-a-brac. These premises were formerly known as Baliwick, constructed in the 1920's or 1930's. At one time the building was used as tea rooms. April 2012. Photos Ref: BLGP008

 

Balingup - Teede Real Estate

Facing the highway is Teede's Real Estate. This building was once a school. It was then moved elsewhere in town and became a Guide's Hall. The building later became rather run-down but was rescued by Mr Teede who re-located it to its present site and restored it to how it looks now. It looks magnificent, inside and out. October 2014. Photos Ref: BLGP009

 

Balingup - Street Figures

Figures? Effigies? Whatever. Nothing sinister about them though. They are all over town and I don't know why. They certainly add a feeling of festivity to the atmosphere of the town. April 2012. Photos Ref: BLGP010


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