Looking for a mysterious and unique place to visit in Western Australia? Just 30 minutes outside of Bunbury and 1.5 hours south of Perth lies Gnomesville. As the name suggests, you’ll find an ever-growing community of gnomes and a mysterious history to unearth. The adorable, small additions to the garden are often seen as a joke; however, this place has become a popular tourist attraction, drawing visitors from around the globe to add to the growing community. Here’s everything you need to know about visiting Gnomesville in the Ferguson Valley.
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Guide to Gnomesville in Ferguson Valley
What is Gnomesville?
If the name didn’t give it away, Gnomesville is an ever-expanding community of gnomes. While the origins of Gnomesville are shrouded in mystery, some say that a gnome was placed here in protest of a new roundabout, while others say it started with the random appearance of one gnome. Regardless, people have added to the growing collection one by one, and the gnomes have since expanded to over 10,000. A visit and you’ll find every type of gnome you can imagine from Christmas gnomes, classic garden gnomes, commemorative gnomes and more, brought from every corner of the world.
These gnomes have also survived harsh weather events, including the 2018 flooding which saw many of the gnomes washed away. Since then, Gnomesville has recovered with clearing, cleaning and rearranging to keep the unique attraction alive for the years to come.
If you want to join in on the fun, note that anyone can leave a gnome, by bringing one from home or you can pass by the Ferguson Valley Visitor Centre to pick one up.
Where is Gnomesville?
Address: Corner of Wellington Mill and Ferguson Roads, Wellington Mill, Western Australia, 6236
Gnomesville lies about 20 minutes inland from Bunbury, which is about a 1.5-hour drive from Perth’s CBD. You can find this spot on the Wellington Mill Road and Ferguson Road intersection. Previously it was located on the roundabout itself, however, since then it has been relocated across the road to a more official area.
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When to Visit Gnomesville
Gnomesville is great to visit any time of the year and is a fun day trip from Perth. There’s no entry to visit Gnomesville and the busiest times to visit tend to be on the weekends.
The origins of Gnomesville have been well debated, with numerous stories in circulation on how it started. In this post, I’ll be sharing the story from a sign on the site which has been deemed to “set the record straight.” In the early 90s construction on a roundabout occurred which was where the first gnome appeared. A resident saw the opportunity to leave a gnome in a nearby tree hollow and placed it there. Another local saw this and thought the new gnome home needed a name and placed the first sign “Dun Gnoming” on the hollow.
Since then, others have joined in on the fun and Gnomesville was born. After a couple of years, the Shire of Dardnup recognised the importance (and the increasing number of visitors to this attraction) and installed the car park and now maintains the site. These days, you’ll find a lot of signs at Gnomesville to manage the growing community of gnomes and to help manage the visitors to this spot.
Things to do in Gnomesville
Join in on the fun
It wouldn’t be a trip to Gnomesville without adding to the collection of growing gnomes. Make your mark at Gnomesville by adding to the growing community of gnomes – just make sure you leave them within the designated area and do not damage any plants while you are there.
If you do forget to bring your gnome you can always pop by the Ferguson Valley Visitor Centre on Ferguson Road in the Dardanup Townsite. While you’re there, don’t forget to enjoy the lush scenery – from the winding paths, natural plants and the charming stream.
Explore Nearby Attractions
Crooked Brook Forest
If you’re a nature lover you’ll want to head to the lush area of Jarrah forest located in the Ferguson Valley – Crooked Brook Forest. Located just 25km from the heart of Bunbury and 7km from Dardanup off Crooked Brook Road. Visitors will be treated to picturesque natural scenery whether on foot, car or bus. Make sure to dedicate some time exploring the walking trails, seeing the wildflowers, enjoying a picnic by the billabong and keeping an eye out for the local wildlife.
Wellington National Park
Gnomesville lies on the doorstep of the Wellington National Park and it would be a crime to not check out the iconic Wellington Dam. Boasting a giant mural painted across the dam’s surface, it’s a gorgeous spot to check out the natural scenery and explore the nature trails during the day or at night. Nearby you can also check out the local favourite swimming spots Black Diamond Lake and/or Honeymoon Pool.
Black Diamond Lake
If you’re looking to escape the summer heat, head over to Black Diamond Lake in Collie. It’s a popular swimming spot amongst the locals as well as for a picnic. This spot is popularly known for its vibrant blue colour which is owed to the history of the lake formerly operating as an open-cut mine site. Today, you’ll find the locals using it for leisure, whether it’s taking a dip in the water, having a picnic or just relaxing around the lake.
Find out everything you need to know about a day trip to Black Diamond Lake in this local guide.
If you’re heading to Black Diamond Lake don’t miss out on the cozy swimming hole just around the corner – Honeymoon Pool. This spot is a popular camping, picnic and swimming spot in the Wellington National Park. It’s one of the few in the area, including Stockton Lake and Black Diamond Lake. It’s the perfect shady and peaceful spot to explore just off the beaten track, for a picnic or swimming.
You can find Honeymoon Pool campgrounds on the banks of the Collie River which is about a half-an-hour west of Colloe and two hours south of Perth. If you’re travelling from Perth is straight down the Forrest Highway.
Tips for Visiting Gnomesville
Things to Know Before You Go
Here are some helpful tips to know before visiting Gnomesville in Ferguson Valley.
Entry & Facilities
There is no admission fee to enter Gnomesville and free parking is available. There are a few facilities available at Gnomesville including a couple of picnic tables to sit and enjoy a drink or snack. There’s also a toilet block located near the car park.
Leave No Trace
As with all visits to any natural spaces in Western Australia, make sure to not leave any rubbish behind, don’t damage the natural vegetation and just try your best to look after the surrounding area.
Check and make sure to adhere to any fire bans or restrictions that may be in place. You can, of course, leave your gnome.
It’s best practice to not interfere with any of the existing gnomes and to not place your gnome outside the designated areas. Also, make sure to not affix your gnome to any trees or disrupt any plan life. This spot is also kid-friendly, so make sure not to get too raunchy by leaving a cheeky gnome.
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