Autumn is a perfect time to escape the City and explore the lush landscapes of the Ferguson Valley.
This boutique area sits in the heart of the Bunbury Geographe region and is full of beautiful, quaint attractions. If you’re doing the full South West Edge road trip, this is where you’ll arrive on day two, however, if you’re short on time, the Ferguson Valley is also a great long weekend escape from Perth.
Here are some of our favourite things to do whilst enjoying the Ferguson Valley so you can really make the most of this beautiful stop en route along The Edge.
See and Do
As you drive into the region, you’ll be treated to expansive views of the picturesque rolling hills, vineyards, and a tranquil national park right on the doorstep. This is natural beauty at its best. Start your adventure in the quirky and fun Gnomesville. Always a hit with the little ones, nestled into the forest you’ll find a community of an estimated 10,000 garden gnomes hidden among the stunning natural bushland. Wander through the villages to see the playful gnomes in all shapes, sizes and poses! If you want to get involved, bring your own gnome to add to the ever-growing collection
If you’re travelling along The Edge in spring, expect to see a stunning array of wildflowers, which are normally at their best from late September through to early November. If you’re on the hunt to find the best blooms, head to the Forest Path at Crooked Brook, a hidden gem providing easy access to an amazing area of natural bushland, with interpretive signage with all the information about the flora and fauna surrounding you.
Food and Drink
Wine lovers are in for a treat in the Ferguson Valley, as this is one of the many spots along The Edge you can indulge in a delicious winery lunch or do a tasting at the cellar door. The wineries here are small and in most cases, family run. So when you do a tasting you’re likely to be chatting with the winemaker or owner themselves! The Ferguson Valley isn’t just about wine; you’ll also find breweries with sprawling beer gardens, cute cafes, and quaint restaurants.