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Donnybrook, known as the apple capital of the South West, sits on the scenic Preston River. The centre of town is 3.5km ride from the Trail on a spur. The town is 47.2km south of Nglang Boodja hut, and 44km from Nala Mia hut at Jarrahwood. Donnybrook is renowned for its backdrop of seasonal colours, helped along by spring blossoms, breathtaking wildflower displays, lush native forests and extraordinary autumn overtures. The Donnybrook Visitor Centre is a great place to start, as the town has much to offer including great food, wine, historical buildings, and the Apple Fun Park, “biggest free entry playground” in Australia. With a population of around 2000 residents, Donnybrook has a number of facilities including a supermarket, bank and post office.
Donnybrook began as a small goldfield in 1897. The local gold rush was short lived, with the gold mine closing by 1903. The growth of the apple and fruit industry has seen Donnybrook grow and thrive.