Uncover the Secrets of the Ferguson Valley

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.

An image of a couple holding a picnic basket walking through green vineyard in Ferguson Valley shows wine experiences had along The South West Edge road trip
Vineyard, Ferguson Valley

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

Adventure Awaits

If it’s an adventure along The Edge that you’re looking for, then the Ferguson Valley is the perfect place to start. Head to the Wellington Forest National Park and marvel at the magnificent jarrah, marri and blackbutt forests, and if you’re keen, explore the impressive network of mountain biking trails. This world-class track features over 100km of new trails and enhanced facilities, so you won’t be disappointed riding through this amazing and scenic bushland. The National Park is also a fantastic place to hike and reconnect with nature. There is a network of shared use trails and pathways to take you all throughout the parklands, showcasing some of Western Australia’s natural beauty.

A must-see in the Wellington Forest National Park is the newly completed Welling Dam mural. Painted by lead artist Guido Van Helten, it is the largest dam mural in the world and covers 8,000 square metres! It’s hard to imagine the sheer size of the mural, so this one definitely needs to be seen to be believed!

If you’re keen to adventure but from the seat of your car, explore the drive trails that sample some of the best stops in the region. Ranging from 60km journeys to 180km trails, you’re sure to find a drive trail that covers the areas of the Valley you want to tick off your bucket list. The perfect way to see all the hidden sights before wrapping up your day in the region. There are several galleries and museums to visit as you drive around and find your stops.

Relax and Unwind

Wanting to ease your way into The South West Edge by relaxing and unwinding after being in the car? Head to Black Diamond Lake in Collie, known to some as ‘the number one swimming hole in Perth’. Once an open cut mine site now filled with water, the incredible blue colour of the lake sparkles under a sunny sky and it’s sure to be some of the bluest waters you’ll ever see. It’s a great place to take your SUP board, canoe or kayak, or just float around in the waters as you marvel over the beautiful surroundings.

A similar spot nearby is Honeymoon Pool, a popular camping and picnic spot located on the lower part of the Collie River – this is an ideal place to spend a relaxing afternoon in a tranquil setting. You’ll feel truly off the grid here, with the sounds of the birds in the trees as you sit by the water. Or, try the recently opened and brand new purpose-built Lake Kepwari, where you can camp and spend your days on the lake boating and fishing. Wherever you choose, you’ll have a moment to refresh for your next leg of The South West Edge road trip.

Close up image of a picnic set up on a table, with someone pouring a glass of wine next to a food platter.
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