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Maranup Ford


Maranup Ford is centrally located between the picturesque, historic towns of Greenbushes, Bridgetown, Balingup, and Nannup.

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. (see link to caneoing map below)
  • 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

Upcoming Events

Maranup Ford Mud Fun Run

The fun mud run to be held on Sunday 6th August has been postponed until the 2018 Bridgetown Winter Festival.

Maranup Ford is a working cattle farm and our first priority is the wellbeing of our cows and calves. This year, due to lack of rain and the recent cold weather, there is very little grazing available for the cattle on the farm and we are focusing our resources into providing feed and the containment of livestock. Of course the lack of rain also means that at the moment it would be a “dry run”, who would have thought that there would be no mud at this time of the year.

The Laser Mayhem event planned for Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th 2017 will still be going ahead and we look forward to seeing “kids” of all ages – Get outside, Get dirty, Have fun!

We hope that you enjoy some of the many Winter Festival events in Bridgetown this year and look forward to presenting the fun mud run in 2018.

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The coastal towns of Bunbury, Busselton and Maragret River are only about 1 1/2 hour drive away.

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A bit further south to the Pemberton area and the south coast and about 2 hours to Walpole and the Tree Top Walk.

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Special Events

Festival of Country Gardens

Blues in Bridgetown

Blackwood Marathon

Bridgetown in the Winter Festival

Restaurants and Cafes

Freemasons Hotel Restaurant

Nelsons Restaurant

Bridgetown Hotel Restaurant

Wineries and Produce

Sunnyhurst Winery

The Cidery

Levanda Grove Olive Farm

You can contact Maranup Ford for more information or for a booking request by phoning 0448 600 190 or by using the secure Contact Form.

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