Next is the Donnybrook area, which has a distinctly different climate, as it is cut off from the maritime influence of the Indian Ocean by the intervention of the Darling and Whicher ranges.
Donnybrook was so-named because five Irishmen who first saw it in 1842 thought it resembled Ireland. To be sure it is green and pretty, with rolling hills, gently flowing waterways and forests that may conceal leprechauns.
The district is best-known now for its orchards, working farms that also show deer and alpaca, arts and crafts and wineries. This area is the ideal spot to experience the peace and serenity of country living, along with the opportunity to meet friendly people, enjoy beautiful scenery and sample a taste of the good life.
At the southern end of town is a studio that shows fine craftwork, especially woodwork.
Tourist Farm Alpacas
Just 14 kilometres from Donnybrook, visitors can interact with a variety of animals including gentle and inquisitive Alpacas and Scottish Highland Cattle.
Orchard and Cider Factory
Donnybrook once had a goldrush. Here its workings have been re-created. Gold-panning is only one of the activities offered in a splendid family setting. Award winning cider and fruit juices are manufactured and sold at the Orchard.
Historic buildings are prevalent, including the Anchor & Hope Inn at Donnybrook - built around 1862 as a staging inn for travellers, now offering light refreshments.
Art and Craft
Uniquely crafted pottery and natural timbers gifts and decorative items in and around the town are sure to amaze you, some such as the Old Cheese Factory Craft Centre also offer an opportunity to step back in history.
Where to stay
The donnybrook Visitors Information Centre has a complete listing of all places where you can stay please go to: