When you explore The South West Edge road trip, you’ll meet all sorts of local characters who will give you a glimpse into their world. Immerse yourself in their stories along the edge.
Kim Wesley, the woman behind the welcome at Peppermint Lane Lodge, is the encapsulation of Ferguson Valley – beautiful, open and possessed of a relaxed allure that reflects the quiet charm of an undersold region.
As a sculptural welder and curator of an outdoor sculpture exhibit that forms a centrepiece for the annual Dardanup Arts Spectacular, Kim also offers unique insight into the unexpected international appeal of Gnomesville: a verge-side collection of some few thousand gnomes that arose without notice and has gone on to become one of the Ferguson Valley’s key tourism calling cards.
“It’s an incredible place,” Kim smiles of Gnomesville. “You’ve got to wonder why and how it happened. So many guests come to Peppermint Lane and say they’re looking for their gnome, planted in the years before. They come. They all come.”