On the Blackwood River about 270km south-east of Perth, Boyup Brook is a small rural centre servicing the major local industries of timber, dairy farming and shepherding.
It’s a delightful place where the blackboys for which the river and its valley are named vie with large granite boulders for attention along the river banks.
According to locals, the world’s biggest grapevine resides on a privately-owned farm just outside town. The story goes that, more than 100 years ago, the incumbent owner’s grandmother planted a stick of vine that she used to whip her sulky’s horses and it has continued to flourish as one enormous, single vine. The farm is not always open to visitors, however, so check with the locals before heading out there.
Canoeing on the river is popular pastime here, and all sorts of water craft are available for hire. A major attraction is the 5000ha Haddleton Flora Reserve with its thousands of rare orchids and banksia trees. The wildflowers are at their best in these parts between July and October.