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Nestled on the banks of the picturesque Hotham River and surrounded by undulating hills, Boddington is the ideal location for a day trip or a pleasant overnight stay. The town of Boddington is 1.5 hours drive south from Perth and with half the surrounding shire covered in state forest, it makes an excellent base from which to go hiking, wildflower sighting, bird watching or picnicking. You can even choose to walk your way to Boddington Shire on the legendary Bibbulmun Track - a 1,000 kilometre walking trail stretching from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills to Albany on the south coast. Walk a section of the Bibbulmun, hit the Tullis Bridge Walk Trail or take a stroll from Hotham River Foreshore (wheelchair access) to Lions Weir or Ranford Pool - two popular fishing, bird watching and picnic spots. The fishing is particularly good in spring or autumn, in the deep pools of the river. Redfin perch and cobbler (catfish), along with marron (freshwater crayfish) are caught in season. The caravan park on the banks of the Hotham River is a good place to stay, just two minutes' walk to the town centre. In the Boddington area you will also find farm stays and bed and breakfast accommodation. If you're visiting in November, don't miss the chance to meet some real-life cowboys as Boddington hosts Western Australia's largest rodeo event.
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