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Bridgetown Travel Guide: 41 reviews and 72 photos

Bridgetown is one of those lovely tucked away historic towns of WA which is often overlooked by more direct routes. The towns name came about from a simple thing as a bridge which was near where the town eventuated and also from the first ship which docked at Bunbury and took wool as cargo from this area. The Aboriginals first gave this area the name of Geegelup which could mean ‘place of spears’.

As the oldest town in the South West of WA, Bridgetown has been given the status of Historic Town by the National Trust of Australia. The first settlers arrived in the area in 1857. In 1861, convicts were brought in to built the road from Bridgetown to Donnybrook which then allowed better access for new settlers. Many of the buildings you see today are the originals built during this time and there a self-guided historic walk you can take around them

Bridgetown is in the shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes – an agricultural district which is made up of tall forests, steep slopes and valleys. During November the town swells when the ‘Blues at Bridgetown’ festival is held. A little of the main routes but well worth a visit.

Photos which are taken by myself and all headings are copyright. Please do not use them without permission. Thanks. (c) keeweechic 2001-2009 (copyright)

  • Last visit to Bridgetown: Dec 2008
  • Intro Updated Jun 8, 2009
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