Donnelly River Village is on Pibelmen Noongar land.
As part of the Bridgetown in the Winter Festival held in June, July & August, well-known Western Australian artists will be in residence at Donnelly River Village from 13 May to 4 July… Linda Fardoe, Kirsty Sadler, James Giddy, Jeana Castelli and Mark Welsh will each stay in one of the cottages in the village and work in this unique Karri Forest setting. If you visit the village over this time you may have had the chance to see some of the art they’ve produced. At 5pm each Saturday afternoon between 23 May and 4 July 2019, the current artist in residence will give an informal talk about their time in the village and their art practice. Visitors are invited to stay on, by the fire, for the regular Donnelly River Village social hour. A Perth-based exhibition of selected works produced during the residencies is planned for 15-24 November 2019. Please check back for updates and more information.
Winter at Donnelly is wood-smoke misty mornings and star-filled winter nights. Serenity. You slow down, chop wood, make a fire and snuggle by it. Bake a pie in a Metters wood stove. Have an afternoon nap… or, from sheltered verandahs enveloped in forest, be inspired to capture the essence of the place.
The thirty-five workers cottages, boarding house and workers club all have verandahs that overlook the central stand of magnificent Karri trees. The original steam mill, school, butcher shop and general store offer unique architectural notes. Tame kangaroos, emus, possums, kookaburras, magpies, parrots, blue wren and other wildlife wander through the village and visit cottages. If the weather is fine and you’re looking for a change of outlook, head into the surrounding forest. A walk along any of the bush trails offers new aspects at every turn, or set up to paint the deep forest lake surrounded by majestic trees. Donnelly is the perfect place for a creative escape.
For accommodation bookings contact
Donnelly River Village PHONE: +61 (8) 9772 1244
or visit the website: donnellyriver.com.au