Balingup, Western Australia

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Balingup
Western Australia
Balingup is located in Western Australia
Balingup
Balingup
Coordinates 33°47′13″S 115°58′55″E / 33.78694°S 115.98194°E / -33.78694; 115.98194Coordinates: 33°47′13″S 115°58′55″E / 33.78694°S 115.98194°E / -33.78694; 115.98194
Population 443 (2006 Census)[1]
Established 1898
Postcode(s) 6253
Elevation 116 m (381 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup
State electorate(s) Collie-Preston
Federal Division(s) Forrest

Balingup is a town in the South West of Western Australia, 241 kilometres (150 mi) south of the state capital, Perth, and 31 kilometres (19 mi) southeast of the town of Donnybrook.

The town takes its name from Balingup Pool, located on the Balingup Brook which flows through the town. The name was first recorded by a surveyor in 1850, and is said to be derived from the name of Noongar warrior, Balingan.[2]

The town is on the South Western Highway. It originally had a station on the railway line, opened in 1898, the same year the town was gazetted.

Balingup was known in the twentieth century for fruit and vegetable growing,[3] and more recently for beef cattle and dairy farming. There are two long-established religious communities.

Balingup hosts annual rural festivals, primarily the Small Farm Field Day [4] (late April) and Medieval Carnivale [5] (August).

Nearby are found mushroom varieties of interest to both drug users and law enforcement agencies [6][7]

Balingup is also one of the few towns through which the Bibbulmun Track passes. Balingup is also the home of local artist Sally Darling, who specialises in portraits and Japanese paintings. The historic Southampton homestead is nearby.

A bushfire swept through the area in 2013 reducing the Southampton homestead to ruins.[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Balingup (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names". Retrieved 2007-06-08. 
  3. ^ "NOTES ON BALINGUP DISTRICT.". Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885-1954) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 10 December 1910. p. 12. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  4. ^ http://balingupsmallfarmfieldday.com.au/
  5. ^ http://www.balingupmedievalcarnivale.com.au/
  6. ^ Vines, Russell & Blake, Paul (1998). Fungimentary the magic mushrooms of Balingup SBS Television, Sydney, NSW
  7. ^ Local police concerned about tourist consumption of Balingup magic mushrooms Revelation magazine, No. 14, 1995, p. 18-21,
  8. ^ Alicia Hanson (14 February 2013). "Historic Southampton Homestead lost in Balingup fire". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Frost, A. C. Baylya-Balinga : a History of Balingup, W.A. Donnybrook, W.A. : Donnybrook-Balingup Shire Council, 1979. ISBN 0-9597373-1-6