Roughly halfway between Perth and Albany, 240km south of the capital, Balingup lies in a picturesque valley where orchards and dairy farms dominate the rolling countryside. It's so attractive around here that Balingup is often described in promotional literature as WA's 'prettiest town'.
Balingup is acknowledged as the centre of arts and crafts in the southern part of WA which continues to attract artists and artisans from throughout Australian and overseas.
The Old Cheese Factory Arts and Craft Centre in town is the largest gallery of its type in WA. There’s an award-winning fruit winery here, along with stores selling herbs and their products, antique shops and art galleries.
Cheese making is making a huge comeback and is now increasingly important for the local economy. In the hills you can tour llama and alpaca farms.
Balingup hosts a Tulip Festival in August, when the main street is a delight of colour. The Golden Valley Tree Park contains trees from throughout the world.