Bridgetown Travel Guide

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Bridgetown Things to Do

  • Church Hall

    The old parish hall, built in 1925, was used as a school for all ages and everything was taught from commercial subjects to music and speech.

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  • Bank of New South Wales

    The bank of New South Wales building was constructed in 1938. It has since been taken over and inhabited by the Challenge Bank.

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  • Veale's Dressmakers

    The General Store was originally Veale’s Dressmakers. The building was constructed out of brick with a timber frame and thick jarrah was used for the floorboards. Built around 1920, the shop later transferred to stock agent. Today the quaint old building is a general store.

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  • Commercial Bank of Australia

    This was one of a couple of banks who served the early community of Bridgetown. It was built in a Federation Free style around 1909. Today the buildings serves an accounting firm.

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  • Old Railway Station

    The old railway station sits just up behind Hampton Street. The railway was extended to Bridgetown in 1889 which assisted Bridgetown’s agricultural production to be sent around the country including to the gold fields. The station was officially opened on December 1, 1898.Today the old station houses the Blackwood Environment Centre. Over the years...

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  • A Small Building

    Behind the main house there is a small building. It was here that John Blechynden lived during the construction of his house. Beautiful gardens surround the buildings and there is a 1.5km walk along the river which edges the property.

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  • A National Trust House

    The Bridgedale property covered 10 acres of freehold land which was purchased by John Blechynden in 1859 prior to the town being established. The National Trust house has been restored to its original state and is open to the public from 10.00am to 2.30pm Friday to Sunday. Admission is free.

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  • Bridgedale House

    Bridgedale House is probably the biggest historical attraction of the town. The homestead was one of the first houses built in the area and being built in 1862, is now the oldest remaining building in Bridgetown

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  • Freemasons Hotel

    The first part of the Freemasons Hotel was built in 1904 by the Bunnings Bros. The latter part was built in 1907. There were 15 rooms, 2 dining rooms, a smoking room, drawing room and a reading room. For offer were a plunge bath of hot running water. Horse stables and later car garages were provided. During the early years, the proprietor was Bob...

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  • Blackwood River Park

    The Park runs along the banks of the Blackwood River, just south of the town, and there are lovely walking trails which begin at Bridgedale and winds along the riverside. In the park there is a playground and bbqs which are popular for family picnics. The park is the site of the first police station for Bridgetown which was built in 1862.

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  • Blackwood River

    Bridgetown was built in the hart of the Blackwood River Valley. The Blackwood River is the longest running river in the south. Many major water sport events are held on the river including the longest power boat race in the world.

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  • Masonic Lodge

    Bridgetown’s Masonic Lodge was built 1910. Originally named the Nelson Freemasons Lodge No.60 WA Chapter which was founded in 1899 by nine locals.

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  • Solicitors Office

    The old Solicitors office was built in a Federation style in 1890 and was the office of the town’s local solicitor.

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  • The Emporium

    The Emporium building of shops was built in 1900 at the corner of Hampton and Henry Streets. The Emporium sold mainly cloth material. Later, extensions were added and a drapery and clothing shop operated. Following that was a tea room and then a boot and clothing shop.

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  • A Beautiful Collection

    St Pauls has an attractive collection of ecclesiastical pieces in copper, brass and silver which were created by a local resident Herbert Holdsworth. He also was a painter and contributed some of his works to be displayed in the Shires Council Chambers.

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  • St Pauls Church

    The old stone church was built by William Moyes in 1911 on land which had been donated. It was constructed of jarrah, quoining and stone quarried locally. In 1961 additions were made to the building in the form of a vestry and a sanctuary.

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  • The National Bank

    The National Bank building was built at around 1910 and is a typical design of banks built around that time. The bank operated until the early 1970’s when it was given up to local business. Today the building is an accountants office and the old walk-in safe is still in use.

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  • The School

    The lower level and accommodated 4 nuns from the Bunbury Sisters of Mercy including Mother Brigid. In 1956, St Brigids School as you see today, was built. In later years it underwent further extensions. Today the school is managed by lay teachers

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Bridgetown Restaurants

  • Bridgetown Bakery

    On the main street of Bridgetown you will find Hansens Hot Bread Shop. As well as fresh bread they have cakes and pies, tea and coffee and cold drinks. Eat inside or out or takeaway

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  • Home style cuisine

    The 1896 Cafe is located in a heritage building right on the main street of Bridgetown and they serve home style cuisine at affordable prices. This family friendly cafe has wholesome lunches and a la carte dinner menus Friday and Saturday night. Thursday night is their budget priced "all you can eat" night.

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Bridgetown Nightlife

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    by keeweechic Written Jun 12, 2009

    The Bridgetown Theatre was established by the Bridgetown Repertory Club which was first firmed in 1932. The theatre itself was built in 1950 and has seen a wide range of entertainment through its doors over the years. Today the theatre which can seat up to 170 patrons, hosts various plays and musicals and is one of the main venues for the ‘Blues at Bridgetown’ mustic festival.

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Bridgetown Transportation

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    by keeweechic Updated Jun 11, 2009

    Bridgetown is around 3 hours drive South of Perth and about 2 hours east of Margaret River. There is a daily train service (Australind) running from Perth’s main railway station both early morning and late afternoon to Bunbury. From there you can take a TransWA or a South West Coachline bus to Bridgetown. A bus also operates from Perth all the way through to Bridgetown.

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Bridgetown Shopping

  • Oh La Lollipop

    You will find something to temp your sweet tooth here. The shop has a great selection of both old and new favourites from all over the world. Open 9.00am to 5.00pm 7 days.

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  • Christmas @ 139

    The Christmas shop is a tiny narrow little shop on Hampton Street crammed full of everything Christmas all year round. If you don’t see anyone behind the tiny counter, just holler through the wall opening as they are probably next door in the Fat Arts shop. The shop is open from 10.00am to 4.00pm during the week and from 10.00am to 3.00pm on...

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Bridgetown Local Customs

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    by keeweechic Written Jun 13, 2009

    This is an annual festival held in November each year in Bridgetown. The festival has been operating since 1993 and has become an international commemoration of Blues music. The festival is held over three days.

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Bridgetown Favorites

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    by robertgaz Written Jun 12, 2008

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    Favorite thing: The art deco Town Hall building was built in 1936 and is still used by the Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes for its offices. It is located at 3 Steere Street in Bridgetown.

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