The Shire

Barreca's beautiful vineward in the afternoon sunThe Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup is situated in the South West of Western Australia in a picturesque area surrounded by stunning forests, winding rivers, rolling hills, vineyards and lush orchards. Donnybrook-Balingup is historically known as the first genuinely “rural” township of consequence that one enters when travelling south from Perth.

Donnybrook-Balingup also boasts a highly central location, being only half an hour from the city life and beautiful beaches of Bunbury. The Shire is a leisurely one hour drive from the tranquil waters of Geographe Bay and the famous Margaret River Wine Region, while still being within within easy reach of the tall timbers of Pemberton and the South West’s abundant attractions. Its central location is also well placed for access to adjacent areas of employment such as Bunbury, Capel, Collie and Greenbushes.

Population

KidsThe Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup represents 3.4% of the total south-west population and is the eighth fastest growing local government in Western Australia. It has a total resident population of 5100 persons, which has increased by 11.4% in the past decade. There are three main town sites within the Shire: Donnybrook, Kirup & Balingup. Donnybrook is the largest of the towns with a population of approx 2600 people.

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Donnybrook has a mild climate with an average rainfall of 984mm per annum.
The area enjoys warm summers and cool, wet winters. Average temperatures (oC) are:

Winter 6 (low) 17 (high)
Summer 12 (low) 30 (high)

Economy

Due to our healthy local economy, and the benefit of several diverse industries nearby, we are one of the fastest growing rural Shire’s in the area. Local industries include Donnybrook sandstone quarrying, farming – fruit, vegetables, viticulture, sheep and cattle.

dragon1Tourism is also rapidly becoming an important industry, with many local attractions including the scenic areas of the Blackwood River Valley, State Forests and several established wineries. Tourist accommodation ranges from 5 star accommodation to boutique bed and breakfast establishments. Travellers are also catered for with a transit park available in Donnybrook & Balingup and a caravan park Kirup.

We hope you enjoy our website and look forward to you visiting the area soon.

Please contact the Shire Office if you have any feedback or suggestions.

 

Burning of the Dragon ceremony at the
annual Medieval Carnivale in Balingup