Boyup Brook - Places to See
TOURIST CENTRE AND CARNABY'S BEETLE COLLECTION
The Tourist Centre, situated on the corner of Bridge Street and Abel Street, is the home of the famous "Carnaby Collection of Beetles and Butterflies."
Mr Keith Carnaby is well known among entomologists: the British Museum of Natural History has beetles which have been named after him, and his collection of jewel beetles is the most important outside that museum. Part of his collection is housed in Boyup Brook and includes a beautiful display of butterflies. The display can be viewed between 10 am and 4 pm daily.
For more information on this or anything else in Boyup Brook, see the website at http://bbvisitor.mysouthwest.com.au/ or ring 9765 1444.
BLACKWOOD CREST WINERY
The winery has won several silver and gold medals at the Royal Show. 40 kms north east of the town at Kulikup. Barbecue and catering facilities are available. Phone Max or Roslyn Fairbrass on 9767 3029.
SCOTTS BROOK WINERY
Scott's Brook Winery is located about 20 kilometres South East from Boyup Brook, 4.5 km on right on Scott’s Brook Road. Wine tastings and cellar sales available. Phone 9765 3014. http://www.scottsbrook.com.au
0427 095 533, email@example.com
Sandy is a well known Western Australian artist and sculptor who resides in Boyup Brook. A visit to his home is well worth it to view his artwork, the many aviaries in the garden and his camels. Various different pieces of his work can be seen around the town. Phone 9765 1225.
HARVEY DICKSON’S COUNTRY MUSIC CENTRE
The Harvey Dickson Country Music Centre and Rodeo is just 5 kilometres from the town of Boyup Brook in Western Australia’s south west. The centre covers about 35 acres and you can see an assortment of animals, all sculpted out of timber logs. Three 45ft Guitar Men stand tall and proud, which started out as trees growing in the wild. Boots, hats, eyes and mouths have been added along with metal guitars. King Billy is also there on the horizon, along with the famous Sundown Corral.
Harvey Dickson’s Country Music Centre is just about the most amazing creation in the Southern Hemisphere. The first Country Music Show was held in the old barn in 1969; the first show in the new Entertainment Venue was in 1986; the first Rodeo was held in 2002. Wander over to the Bunyip Shed, and gaze at memorabilia ranging from over 100 years to now. There is the Bushman's Bar, a stage area, shearing pens, and a life size Elvis by local resident artist Sandy Chambers. The Country Music Centre also has a recording studio, a variety of wildlife and a large barbecue area.
To arrange a visit, phone Harvey or Rose on 9765 1125 or for more information, see the website at www.geocities.com/harveydickson
Norlup was one of the first farms to be established in the district, where Commander and Mrs Scott settled in 1845, after following a track blazed from Albany by John Hassell. The beautiful old home, built in 1874, has now been tastefully restored by its present owners Lance and Margaret Hester. To arrange an inspection, please phone the owners on 9767 3034.
Situated on Jayes Road, it is filled with old world memorabilia which has all been donated from pioneering families in the district. The museum is open three afternoons per week or by appointment. Contact the Tourist Centre for appointments on 9765 1444.
Leaflets available at the tourist centre.
BICENTENNIAL WALKING TRAIL
Walk over footbridges, crossing the Boyup Brook, continue along the Blackwood River to the river picnic ground, passing the boundaries of the sporting grounds and oval. For further details, speak the Tourist Bureau.
This is the remaining stump of a tree, blazed by Surveyor Augustus Gregory in 1845 during his surveying trips in the South West, and is situated on Gibbs Road. Contact the Tourist Centre for more information on 9765 1444.
Haddelton Reserve is 5,000 hectares of flora reserve, which includes rare banksias, orchids, and pink and brown boronia. For more information, telephone 9767 2022.
The Old Flax Mill is one of the most interesting places to see at Boyup Brook. It was built during the early years of the 1939 - 45 war for the treatment of flax grown in the district.
Prior to the war, Britain had obtained most of its flax fibre from Europe, but when supplies from there were cut off there was a desperate need to arrange for crops to be grown elsewhere and Australia came to the rescue. By 1943 the mill at Boyup Brook was operating round the clock in three shifts, and employed over 400 people.
The Flax Mill buildings still remain and have been converted into a recreation and accommodation complex. Situated on the Blackwood River, the Flax Mill has caravan and camping sites, dormitory accommodation and excellent facilities including barbeques, en suite facilities, etc..
ROO GULLY WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
‘Roo Gully’ is a working wildlife sanctuary, managed by Carol Lander since 1996. Carol and her team of volunteers and students, many from overseas, dedicate themselves to the care, rehabilitation and research of native animals and have developed specialist expertise in kangaroo care.
The work and achievements of Roo Gully have achieved notoriety in wildlife carer circles, and Carol and the team are increasingly being called upon for their specialist knowledge. The documenting and filming of kangaroo growth and behaviour has become an increasing focus for Carol, who has developed considerable skills in the area of film making, supported by in-house production facilities, and she co produced, directed and wrote 'The Roo Gully Diaries', which won an award at the New York Festivals. This 6 part documentary series was aired by the ABC and is now airing overseas.
Carol has a particular interest in researching the evolution and biology of kangaroos. The scope of work and finances required to maintain these activities continues to increase. For more information, visit the website at www.roogully.com or phone 9765 1514.
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