Welcome to Lewana Cottages
Welcome to Bibulman (Pibelmen) country. The Lewana Estate acknowledges the Bibulman Noongar people as traditional custodians of the land and pays respect to their Elders, past, present & emerging.
Lewana Cottages is the ideal place to base yourself to enjoy the picturesque region of Balingup and the surrounding areas including Nannup, Bridgetown and Donnybrook. Surrounded by vast areas of native forest interspersed with orchards and award winning wineries there is plenty to do during your stay. Experience nature by walking part of the Bibbulmun Track or cycle a section of the Mundi Bibbi Track, you can even kayak on the Blackwood River from historic Wrights Bridge. Lewana Cottages is located on the Balingup to Nannup official tourist drive 251. This forms part of what’s known as the Golden Triangle, three roads that link Balingup, Nannup & Bridgetown. These are three of the most scenic roads in the South-West of Western Australia and is promoted by Tourism WA as the "Villages in the Valley Road Trip"
Mark and Jayne fell in love with Balingup in 2016 and became the proud new owners of Lewana Cottages in 2017. They have a passion for history, nature and continuing the story of Lewana. They aim to make sure that the property provides a comfortable, relaxing environment which ensures every stay is a great one. They both love their little piece of paradise and hope that the guests do too.
The cottages and other timber buildings are heritage listed by the Heritage Council of Western Australia in their highest category. Lewana is associated with a wide range of land uses, such as pastoralism dairying, forestry and recreational tourism that reflects the changing patterns of usage that have occurred in many areas of the southwest since European settlement.
The property is one of only four former forestry settlements converted to a recreation camp in the 1970s before being sold into private ownership. Lewana is an unusually intact former forestry settlement, and so far as is known, the only such place with an arboretum and extensive plantings of more than 50 varieties of exotic and indigenous trees.
Base yourself at Lewana and explore the Villages in the Valley
Things to Do
There are plenty of things to do in the Blackwood River Valley and the surrounding area. Lewana is perfectly located as a base to explore the 'Villages in the Valley,' Balingup, Nannup & Bridgetown.
Villages in the Valley
The Balingup Tourism website is a good resource and here are just a few suggestions from us:
Places to Eat & Drink
For groceries visit the Balingup General Store in the Balingup Town Centre.
There are several cafes located in the Balingup Town Centre plus the wonderful Blackwood Daily Grind in Mullalyup.
Cidery and Blackwood Valley Brewing Company
Smallwater Estate Winery & Marron
Places of Interest
Apple picking at Spring Valley Orchard
Apple Fun Park Donnybrook
Walking & Bike Trails
Cycling from Lewana Cottages in the Blackwood Bike Park
Bridgetown Jarrah Park
Munda Biddi Trail
Visit the Total Trails website to find your next adventure in the Southern Forests and Valleys
Or just stay at Lewana
If you'd rather not go far, why not spend your days wandering around the grounds of Lewana Cottages?
Check out our Facilities page for a full list of activities and facilities.
Caring for our environment
Our policy is to minimise our impact on the environment.
There are a few things we can do and some that our guests can as well to help achieve this. Reduce, reuse and recycle – all help to cut down on the amount of waste we throw away. We strive to conserve natural resources, landfill space and energy.
Australian produced 'Earth Choice' cleaning products are available for use in the cottages. These offer a more natural, environmentally responsible alternative that minimises chemical waste and pollution, but still meet your performance expectations.
Our chooks will gladly welcome most of the guests food scraps but please check the list of items that cannot be fed to the chickens.
We use only water that has been collected on the property and we take measures so we don't waste water and conserve this precious resource.
Rubbish is not collected by the local shire at Lewana so any items guests can re-use or take home will greatly assist us.
The timber burnt in the fires is sourced locally and not transported for miles to the site.
Our animals assist us with the maintenance of the property. The amount of grass cutting by fossil fuelled equipment is therefore minimised.
Light pollution is controlled as much as possible. The view of the sky is amazing on clear nights.