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....
The vines at Barton Jones Wines are some of the oldest vines in the Geographe wine region, being planted in 1978. The maturity of the vines is one aspect which plays an important role in the exceptional fruit quality that underpins the production of premium wines. Geographe has a long history of grape growing and more recently became an official wine appellation in 1999. It's a young, vibrant wine region now emerging as one of Australia's most exciting wine making areas.
The 56 acre property includes plantings of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, semillon and chenin blanc, all well suited to the region's climate and the well drained ironstone gravel soils which produce regionally expressive wine styles. Barton Jones Wines produce two distinct wine styles. The Barton Jones Premium Series; sold at cellar door and key restaurants around the South-West and Perth, and the Cellar Series which is available at selected South-West and Perth retail outlets.
The Barton Jones Wines cellar door reflects Jackie and Adrian's desire to create a special space to showcase the wine region's produce, art and culture and demonstrating their commitment to sustainability through the construction of a stunning architecturally designed strawbale building.
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The Memorial Hall in Donnybrook is a delightful old building built in 1919 from local Donnybrook sandstone. Originally built as a dedication to the soldiers who lost their lives in World War I, it makes for an impressive photograph from across the street.
Wander around the exterior of the building to examine the brickwork before walking inside to read the marble honour board, with the names of those that fought and lost their lives in World War I.
Memorial Hall also houses Donnybrook’s public library. Feel free to spend some time glancing through books about the history of the town. Alternatively sign up for a dance or karate class or take in one of the many community events that take place inside the hall throughout the year.
Known as the Apple Country of the Southwest, Donnybrook is two and a half hours south of Perth and just half an hour east of Bunbury. Extremely popular with backpackers during harvest time, there are a variety of attractions and activities to entice all visitors.