Bridgetown offers guests a relaxed country atmosphere with a good dose of serenity. So much so, many past visitors have made the ‘tree change’ to Bridgetown, setting up hobby farms, in search of that peaceful country living that Bridgetown has in spades.
Located on the banks of the Blackwood River, the town is surrounded by green rolling hills and tall jarrah and marri forests. With nature so close by, the changing seasons have a truly beautiful effect here. Experience enchanting misty mornings in winter, refreshingly cool summer nights, a blaze of colour through the deciduous trees in autumn and bursts of new colour in spring.
Winter may be the best time to visit however, as the town is self-dubbed the ‘winter capital of Western Australia’. The town celebrates with a Winter Festival called Fridgetown Fest! Each winter weekend there’s a line-up of crafts, exhibitions and winter comfort food; most notably the Banquet on the Bridge, which is a popular annual sell-out.
Historic Bridgetown township
The town was gazetted in 1868 and many of the first buildings constructed in that era including the post office and two hotels, are still standing today, lending a rustic charm to the main street, and cementing the entire town as a Heritage Town in 2000 by the National Trust. Farming and gold brought an increase in settlement to the town in the late 1800s, and as such the town has many heritage sites including Bridgedale House; the oldest building in town. The National Trust now administer the building, and guests can take a lovely walk through the gardens and along the banks of the Blackwood River.
Bridgetown is part of the Southern Forests and Valleys.