Coined the Country Music Capital of WA, Boyup Brook is a celebration of all things community and country hospitality. The town has been growing through these country musical roots for generations since the first country music show was dreamed up around a campfire in 1986. Since then, the town has continued to host the Western Australian Country Music Festival and Awards every February; one of Australia’s beloved music and camping festivals.
The country music link continues at the unique Harvey Dickson’s Country Music Centre and rodeo facility, which hosts a rodeo every October and showcases a treasure trove of collectables and Elvis memorabilia.
Other quirky collectables
A quick scan through the list of things to do in Boyup Brook will uncover a host of quirky collectors. From a collection of over 2500 pigs to so many teapots and tea sets at one location that the owners have had to move out of their house. There’s also vintage model cars, bugs, butterflies, dolls, gemstones and Elvis memorabilia. Ask at the Visitor Centre for more information.
Things to do in Boyup Brook and surrounds
- Visit a masonic temple; The Masonic Temple which is the only one in WA (possibly Australia) that is complete with original furniture, symbols and regalia and open to the public.
- On the same site as the masonic temple is the Pioneer Museum, which features a comprehensive display of machinery from the early clover harvesting days and a one-room country school building with memorabilia.
- Head to the Visitor Centre to view some of the quirky collections. You’ll find the Carnaby Beetle and Butterfly collection (the only place in Australia you can view this part of the collection), the Kradals Doll Collection, the Little Art Gallery and local artefacts.
- If you’re interested in art, pick up a Sculpture Stalk map from the visitor centre and take a stroll around town spotting public art. Sculptures include mysterious holograms, sand sculptures, metal statues and murals.
- Take a walk around town. There’s several including the Bicentennial Walk Trail along the river and the Heritage Trail, where plinths mark the original businesses that operated at various locations.