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Maranup Ford

The Browne family welcome you and your family to take a step into the pages of history.

Maranup Ford

Maranup Ford, the property, has been owned by the Browne family since purchased as a freehold from the crown in 1898. There are currently 3 generations of the family living on the property.

Maranup Ford

The main Blackwood River crossing, for traffic going from the Warren (Manjimup) to the port of Bunbury, was at the Maranup Ford, until 1862 when the bridge was built in Bridgetown. Maranup Ford has always been a district hub with a school established in the 1920s and evensong church services held in the homestead since 1918.

In the present time, Maranup Ford is a working farm producing beef cattle and timber. Over the past century it has been a productive farm involved in dairy, fruit orchards and sheep farming.

The main homestead was built in 1917, using bricks handmade onsite. Hospitality has been offered in the Homestead for visitors since the 1920's. Many post war immigrating families began their Australian adventure at Maranup Ford in The Schoolhouse and some of these visitors are still in contact with the Browne family today.

The Blackwood River winds its way through the property and around the steep hills giving 6kms of river frontage and scenic lookouts. The pastured hills and forest areas offer an attractive mosaic to the eye and a challenge for the physically adventurous. We utilise farming practises to minimise the impact on this river system and improve the riparian zones.

We encourage our visitors to enjoy the natural playground of Maranup Ford and the Blackwood River. From the ground up there is something for everyone, here are some suggestions:

  • Birdwatching, the birdlife is prolific and gives pleasure to those relaxing and serious birdwatching opportunities to “the twitchers”. (identification and recording books available)
  • Photography, if you are into riverscapes, landscapes, flora or birdlife there are countless opportunities for great shots
  • Stargazing, an amazing night sky awaits – just look up. (The Lodge has a telescope and the deck is the perfect place to set up)
  • Walkers, enjoy gentle strolls or more vigorous hikes. The Bibbulmun Track is a short distance away (drop offs/pick ups can be arranged)
  • Bike riders either on the bitumen roads or go offroad and cross country. There is a Mountain Bike Park a few minutes down river
  • Canoeing bring your own kayaks or we have Canadian canoes for hire. Launch points up river or from the ford.
  • The ford has a picnic table and places for children to paddle or skim stones. The more adventurous can swim in the large pool near the bridge
  • Horseriding, bring your own horse for a whole new riding experience. Horses are a big part of our history and we are all experienced horse riders and can give you some great trails to follow
  • Rock hunters, some interesting finds have been made in the stony river fords and on hilltops

Your hosts, Hugh & Melva Browne, have lived in the Homestead most of their married life. Hugh & Melva are both keen gardeners and actively participate in running the farm and accommodation.

Hugh is the grandson of the original settler and they are always willing to share a wealth of local knowledge and assist guests during their stay at Maranup Ford.

Please remember this is a working farm and the livestock do not understand about taking calls or answering emails, so our office may at times be unattended while we go about our farming activities. Our guests are important to us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.



Maranup Ford is situated on the Maranup Ford Road which runs from Greenbushes to the Brockman Highway. Only minutes from Greenbushes and not far from Bridgetown, Nannup, Boyup Brook and Balingup.

It is a bit further south to the Pemberton area and the South coast and about 2 hours to Walpole and the Tree Top Walk.

The coastal towns of Bunbury, Busselton, and Margaret River are only about 1.5 hour drive away.

You can contact Maranup Ford for more information or for a booking request by phoning 0400 600 190 or by using the secure Contact Form.

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