BRIDGETOWN

After Nannup and traveling back upcountry Highway One is crossed at Bridgetown. Now this nice country town. Heritage is clearly important as Bridgetown manages its future.  

Bridgetown's name was first proposed by surveyor Thomas Carey in 1868, for two reasons - "as it is at a bridge and the Bridgetown was the first ship to put in at Bunbury for the wool from these districts", and was approved and gazetted on 9 June 1868.

From then until about 1885, many buildings including the primary school (1870), post office and two hotels were constructed, many of which are still standing today.

The gold rush from 1892 onwards brought prosperity to the town and saw a considerable increase in settlement. In 1907, a number of significant buildings including the police station were erected.

The Anglican Church is a great structure and over 100 years old. The Catholic Church is approaching its centenary.

The Hotels in Bridgetown are all ‘old’ surviving traditional buildings.

The Bridgetown Museum is in the main street.

The Bridgetown War Memorial and Memorial Park is a really appropriate acknowledgement.

Bridgetown has a lot to offer and an overnight is recommended.

Diary notes

 

 

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course