Small Farm Field Day – Farm Tours

Balingup Small Farm Field Day Cancelled

Balingup Small Farm Field Day
Farm Tours – Saturday 18th April, 2020

Join us for a guided tour of three of Balingup’s most unique small farms! Travel by air conditioned coach through the beautiful Balingup country side. Gain an insight into life on a small working farm and talk to the people who have embraced farm life!

About the tour 

The tour is 2 ½ hours and departs from the Balingup Oval as part of the Small Farm Field Day. There are only two tours only so be quick to secure your seat!
Morning tour – 10am – 12.30pm
Afternoon tour – 1pm – 3.30pm

Farm 1 – Woodlands Marron & Fruit Farm, Balingup

Ron Robinson has created an exciting property which always proves to be a real favourite. Woodlands is a life style property and has been landscaped with a diverse range of trees and plants including exotic varieties and a wide range of eucalyptus, banksia, sheoak, and melaleuca.

Stone tool remnants suggest that the well watered valley where Woodlands is located was frequented by indigenous people long before European settlement. When Greenbushes tin mines were started in 1888 Chinese market gardeners occupied the valley to grow vegetables for the miners. The historic farmhouse (circa 1900) was built by the Moore family when Woodlands like most Balingup farms became a dairy farm.

The farm was subdivided in the 1980’s and Ron purchased the 33 hectare homestead block when he retired in 1991. For many decades the dairy farmers had attempted to drain the property to improve pasture. I soon realised that attempts to raise cattle on such a small land holder was an unrewarding task. Woodlands has now been cattle and dog free for nearly 20 years. Feral cats and foxes have also been controlled since 1991.

Production has included wild flowers and peaches but was primarily apples and cherries for some twenty years. Focus is now on production of marron from the 7 hectares of water that has progressively been developed. There are also two farm stay bush cottages , some experimental sandalwood plantations and a small cherry orchard.

Farm 2 – Ridgewood Farm, Balingup

Nuala and Andrew Scott have been farming on this beautiful property for 30 years. They have 125 acres including 40 acres of natural bush with the balance made up of lush pasture and orchards.  They grow an impressive commercial crop of avocados and breed black face suffix sheep for meat. Their property is pesticide free and great care is taken to use biological fertilisers to enhance the soil on their farm. Andrew and Nuala are currently doing rehabilitation to the creek that runs through our property. Hear their story of ‘continuous learning’.

Farm 3 – Sonstraal, Balingup

David and Sonja Franks relocated from Perth to Balingup in 2008, deciding that the hustle of city life was not for them in retirement.  Both grew up in the country, David in England and Sonja in South Africa. The rolling green hills of Balingup captured their hearts and encouraged their move.

They have enjoyed the relaxed, stress-free lifestyle and have found the ‘locals’ friendly, helpful and full of life.  Their 8 acres keeps them busy having cultivated a large garden bursting with healthy organic fruit and vegetables. Their commitment to soil regeneration has been rewarded. Hear their ‘tree change’ story!

Cost – $25 per head (advance purchases)
No further Senior’s or child (12-16 years) discount available;

 Full 2020 Farm Tour program – click here

How to book

  • Bookings can only be made through the Balingup Visitor Centre
  • Balingup Visitor Centre is open seven days a week
    10am – 3pm
    Phone – 9764 1818
  • Bookings can be made over the phone by credit card or in person at Balingup Visitor Centre by cash or credit card.
  • If seats are available late bookings can be made on the day at the Small Farm Field Day Balingup Visitor Centre Stall. Last minute booking price – $30. Please note we expect this to be a sell out event!

General Information

  • Two tours are available and seats are limited;
  • The coach will depart promptly:
    – Morning tour – 10am – 12.30pm
    – Afternoon Tour – 1pm – 3.30pm
    Please arrive 15 minutes before departure. It is your responsibility to be on the coach in good time. The bus will not wait for late comers, and NO REFUND will be issued for non- attendance;
  • We recommend you wear a hat and sturdy walking shoes;
  • Attendees will each receive a complimentary ‘Balingup Farm to Table calico tote bag’ containing a bottle of water, muffin and a piece fruit;
  • No further Senior’s or child (12-16 years) discount available;
  • For safety reasons, this tour is not suitable for children under the age of 12 years;
  • Strictly NO DOGS – dogs/pets are not permitted at the Small Farm Field Day;
  • All attendee’s will be entered into a Lucky Draw for a gift basket of local goodies from the Balingup Visitor Centre.

For more details about the 2020 Small Farm Field Day click here to go to the Balingup Small Farm Field Day website