Ferguson Valley Western Australia With Kids
Less than two hours from Perth, the picturesque Ferguson Valley provides the perfect weekend getaway for the whole family. We enjoyed a long weekend, and enjoyed a leisurely time among charming farm landscapes, and imposing natural forest. We highly recommend spending a couple of days in the Ferguson Valley with your family.
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3000 Garden gnomes have gathered on a roundabout in the middle of the countryside. Now, it is has evolved into a quasi-pilgrimage site as people from around the world have arrived, and left their own gnome, with a personalized message.
The kids will love the fairy-tale feel, and the funny gnome faces all around. We bought a $5 garden gnome from a Red Dot Store, and the kids loved making their contribution. More info at their website here.
Located 26km from Donnybrook. Apart from 20 mins driving one way, allow 30 minutes for a fun wander.
2. Honeymoon Pool & Scenic Drive
At first we thought that the Honeymoon Pool is one area. It is actually a whole drive and precinct – much more than just one glorious natural pool! Allow time to stop at a few places along the scenic drive. The locals recommended a swim at Long Pool and it was very refreshing.
We also enjoyed the short walks at Big Rock, Little Rock and the rapids. We suggest packing a picnic lunch for a stop along the way, or we chose the very well-equipped Honeymoon Pool for a BBQ lunch.
From Honeymoon Pool we did a hike up to a lookout across the valley and bushland, it was actually a bit ambitious for the kids and turned out to be about 4km.
3. Wellington Dam Lookout
We made a stop at the Kiosk at the Dam, a small café right in the middle of the forest with a surprisingly large range of yummy home-baked cakes and a tasty coffee. From here it was a short walk down to the Wellington Dam lookout to look out over the structure and learn its impact on the environment. You can read more information here at the Wellington Dam Lookouts website.
4. Wellington Forest
There are three spots to stop in the magnificent Jarrah forest of the Wellington National Park.
We stopped for a coffee at the Wellington Forest Cottages and enjoyed the chance to walk in the forest and see some kangaroos. You can stay in these rustic old timber cottages for a full forest immersion, and unique experience. For more information and availability take a look here.
Almost across the road is the Wellington Forest Discovery Centre, a great short bush-walk among the Jarrah trees to experience their majesty. For more info check out their website here.
And for another look at this spectacular forest, located between the Wellington forest Discovery Centre and the Gnomes at Gnomesville you can visit the King Jarrah tree.
5. Have a hands-on farm experience.
One of our favorite things about the Ferguson Valley is the farm-feel that you experience as you travel along the winding roads through the countryside. We highly recommend getting your hands – and the kid’s hands- dirty at the Ferguson Farmstay farm activities each morning. You can feed a range of animals, ride a pony and have a fantastic tractor ride. Better still, why not stay a couple of nights – read our full review of the Ferguson Farmstay.
6. Taste fresh food at the wineries and Eateries
Your kids will be immediately fired up by the idea of having lunch at either the Moody Cow or Wild Bull!
Moody Cow Brewery
This popular brewery has a convivial family vibe, and filled with families enjoying a day out. Relaxed and rustic, it had hearty country food and the beer tasters looked fantastic. There is a big grassed area where kids can run. For more information on Moody Cow Brewery, you can check out their website here.
Tip: Take a ball to play, or there is a bouncy castle though not a lot of other play equipment.
The Wild Bull has play equipment and great views across the Ferguson Valley, more info can be found here at their website.
If you are looking for something simpler and cheaper – the Dardanup Bakery gets rave reviews and it is a super cute village to stop and stretch your legs.
Note: We would have reviewed a great deal more breweries/ wineries if they were open. They seemed to have a complex system of opening and most weren’t open on Public Holidays.
Nearby the Ferguson Valley
Originally we had intended to visit the Dardanup Heritage Park, which is about 15 minutes from Bunbury and just outside of the village of Dardanup. With acres of heritage machinery this is like a huge outdoor museum.
However, after arriving and talking to the friendly lady at the ticket counter we decided we didn’t have the minimum 2 hours recommended. As we like to balance visits between our children’s interests we had thought that our 4-year-old machine mad lad would have totally got into the old machinery, but on second thoughts he was a tad young. Something to save for when he is older or we have Grandpa in tow! For more information check out their website here.
Are you looking to visit Collie Western Australia with kids?
During this trip to the Ferguson Valley, we had intended to visit a couple of places in Collie Western Australia. Unfortunately bad weather meant we didn’t see as much as we hoped! If you are interested to hear what we had planned, please write to us and ask.
How to visit the Ferguson Valley
You can visit the Ferguson Valley as a destination in its own right. However, if you are traveling further south make it a stop. We definitely suggest the Ferguson Valley as a way of breaking up the trip from Perth to Margaret River.
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