Greenbushes leads you on insightful and scenic journeys through its pioneering history, forested hillsides, rolling pastures and historic mine sites. You can choose to drive, walk or even tackle the mighty Bibbulmun Track – renowned as one of the greatest long distance trails on Earth.
Nestled mid-way between Balingup and Bridgetown on the South Western Highway, Greenbushes is less than three hours’ drive south of Perth, or one hour’s drive from Bunbury. If you’re doing part or the whole stretch of the Bibbulmun Track, from Kalamunda in Perth to Albany on the south coast, you can swing by and make Greenbushes a rest stop, as it passes through Greenbushes State Forest.
You’ll be following in the footsteps of the early farming pioneers who regularly used the Green Bushes Well as a watering place along the Bunbury to Bridgetown trail. It earned its name from the bright green bushes that grew in the area, but when alluvial deposits of tin were discovered in 1886, it quickly gained fame for its wealth of mining and prospecting opportunities.
At the Greenbushes Discovery Centre (part of the South West Ecomuseum) you can join the ‘Working Life Industrial Heritage Trail’ for an interactive learning experience, exploring Greenbushes’ unique natural environment and the evolution of this timber and mining town.
The Heritage Amble is another fascinating interactive walk which begins its journey with the region’s first inhabitants, the Noongar people, and explores the tin mining and timber industries from the 1880s to the 1940s.
You can also choose from a one hour stroll on the Mining Heritage Walk or a five hour hike along Greenbushes Loop. Alternatively, take a drive up to the Mine Lookout to view the open-cut tantalum mine or head out to Greenbushes Pool for a traditional Aussie barbecue in the bush.
Stay in town and soak up the yesteryear charm of Greenbushes’ historic hotel, or enjoy the serenity of a self-contained cottage in the surrounding countryside.