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Peace And Quiet By The Blackwood River
Travel back in time after you visit Perth to discover the wonder and beauty that is the Blackwood River Valley. This truly is the cherry on top of the cake when it comes to Western Australia's South West. This valley is the ultimate country retreat for those who want to escape the hassles of everyday life, breathe in some pure, fresh air and soak up the peace and serenity of nature for a few days.

Fertile soils and the pleasant temperate climate support lush green farmlands and luscious forests that are uniquely contrasted with the wide and ambling Blackwood River and its tributaries. Essentially, this creates an environment that is as suited to adventure as it is to relaxation and enjoyment.

The Valley offers a never-ending list of attractions, both man made and natural, with the friendly locals on hand to suggest the best of these to you. The towns in the Valley are renowned as some of the most picturesque and historical in the country. Quietly nestled in amongst the farmlands and the forests these cosy and charming hamlets are rich in culture and heritage. The arts and craft galleries and antique stores are particularly interesting and offer a unique perspective on the area.

Boyup Brook is one of the most interesting of the small towns. It is highly regarded as the region's centre for country music and is home to a country music club and store as well as many other interesting attractions. The wide, garden lined streets of the town are characteristic of the area, and in the spring when the wildflowers bloom Boyup Brook turns into a bed of vibrant colour. There is a museum here that is dedicated to showcasing the achievements of our early pioneers, so pop in there for an educational and interesting visit.

If you want to further your experience of quaint Australian country towns, than be sure to pay a visit to Nannup. This town is also particularly popular with travelers as it is an ideal base for exploration of its immediate surrounds. Head out of towns and you will come across magnificent jarrah and karri forests that lie side by side with rolling farmlands. The outdoors are a way of life here, so it no wonder that there is an abundance of outdoor activities to take part in. Mountain biking, trout fishing, kayaking and bushwalking, just to name a few are all popular pursuits that are well catered for by the Nannup locals. All of these adventure activities make a visit here worthwhile, but the great thing is that there are also plenty of arts, crafts and antique galleries in the region, so if you get tired of the great outdoors head in for a browse of some of the locally produced exhibits and treasures.

If you are in search of a secluded and luxurious place to stay in Nannup, then the Beyonderup Falls Country Escape is the ideal choice. Deluxe self contained chalets offer fantastic views over the slow flowing Blackwood River, and you will awake to the view of the early morning mist rising off its chilly surface. The chalets have everything you would expect in a home, allowing you to enjoy your holiday in comfort and style.

The possibilities for exploration here are endless. Driving around in this region alone will reward you with some great scenery, allow you to stop off to sample some high quality local produce and visit some of the country's best wineries. Stop in at the small towns on the way and sample gourmet foods and wines in the friendly and family run restaurants that are famous for their hearty country fare. There are also an endless amount of picnic spots with fantastic views if you fancy a bit of peace and quiet and your own home cooked food.

Although the whole region will offer you an amazing driving experience, there really is no better drive to embark along than the journey along the Blackwood River from Balingup to Nannup. Its only 41 kilometres long so take some time to stop and visit the cheese factory along the way, or pop into some of the wineries on the road. These will let you take a slice (or bottle) of your adventure home with you.

Travelling through the Blackwood River Valley is best done in the comfort and style of a hire car from Discovery Rentals. No other place in Western Australia that truly captures the spirit of the country quite like this region! It really is the best place to relax, invigorate your soul and experience what true adventure is all about.

Gavin Wyatt

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