Golden Valley Tree Park is a sixty hectare landscaped park set in the picturesque hills of Balingup. The heritage listed site has a collection of trees that was begun over one hundred years ago, and is now the largest arboretum in WA. The Park is a great place for short walks amongst some of the loveliest rural countryside in the heart of the South West.
The beautiful World Collection features many deciduous autumn colour favourites alongside rare and unusual specimens. Golden Valley’s Australian Collection showcases the wide diversity of Australian native tree associations from tall eucalypts through mallee woodlands to dry season deciduous species and a range of rare West Australian species. Many trees are labelled. The fully restored Golden Valley Homestead (circa 1890) is located at the Park entrance and the Bibbulman Track runs through the Park as it heads south from Balingup.
Make a wish at the Golden Valley Tree Park
With the recent opening of the Magic Oak Wood Walk in the magnificent Golden Valley Tree Park you have yet another reason to visit Balingup this year. Perfect for a family picnic!
The new Wishing Well is the focal point of the Magic Oak Wood project. It’s been lovingly hand crafted by a group of local volunteers. Part of the World Collection, the aim of the Magic Oak Wood Walk is to encourage and inspire a sense of mystery, curiosity and adventure in children and the young at heart! Let your imagination run free as you stroll through the majestic oak grove, peer through the old Willow Tree followed by a visit to the Mother and Child Magic Circle. Perhaps you’ll spot a leprechaun in the old mulberry tree or fairies splashing through the winter creek as you cross over on the stepping stones.
Autumn is one of our favourite seasons in Balingup’s Golden Valley Tree Park! This beautiful 60 acres arboretum is tucked into a valley just 2 km’s south of Balingup. To take a stroll through the World Collection, is to be embraced by nature. In the coming months, the stunning array of old trees will put on a spectacular display of autumn colours . . . falling leaves form a carpet of gold and crimson, of brown and bronze. Take a picnic and spend time soaking in the serenity.
The World Collection is indeed beautiful in the Winter. Balingup’s famous misty morning views will not disappoint as you walk up to Pear Tree Look Out. O follow the avenue of Desert Ash as they begin the procession of new growth by flowering mid-winter and being the first deciduous trees to leaf out from August with a burst of brilliant lime green.
Abundant yellow wattle flowers and lovely views to Balingup also make winter a great time to take a walk in the Australian Collection. With its grove of tall gums you will also find a rainforest glade with winter-flowering Firewheel Trees. Moving along to the Great Western Woodland are plantings of gimlets mallets and mallees with their exquisite bark and through some of WA’s rarest trees.
The Hidden Valley on a Balingup winter’s morning transports you to the northern hemisphere.
Old Padbury Road – 3km from Balingup
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Open 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week
Entry is by gold coin donation.