Top 5 Things To Do in Ferguson Valley

As the sun set on another day and we waded in the spring-fed pool as the light shifted between different leaves and trees around us we could breathe. We couldn’t believe this had been in our state the entire time. We didn’t need to board a plane for the perfect vacation. It has always been right under our noses.

Nestled amidst the serene landscapes of Western Australia, Ferguson Valley stands as a hidden gem awaiting discovery.

Its lush rolling hills, picturesque vineyards, and quaint country charm beckon travelers seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Located just a short drive from the vibrant city of Bunbury, Ferguson Valley offers a plethora of activities to indulge in, whether you’re a nature enthusiast, wine aficionado, or simply in search of a peaceful retreat.

From leisurely hikes through verdant forests to wine tasting at award-winning vineyards, Ferguson Valley promises an unforgettable escape brimming with adventure and relaxation.

Things to do in the Ferguson Valley

Where is Ferguson Valley?

Just a short 15-minute drive from the regional center of Bunbury you will find the historic town of Dardanup, which marks the beginning of the Ferguson Valley.

Ferguson Valley is two hours from Perth in Western Australia’s south west, making it the perfect Western Australian staycation.

Things To Do in Ferguson Valley - Ferguson Escape

Where To Stay in Ferguson Valley, Western Australia?

In the heart of Ferguson Valley a beautiful, stunning paradise has opened named Ferguson Valley Escape. Previously an old water mill, this 5-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom luxury home is a large family’s dream come true.

Things To Do in Ferguson Valley - Ferguson Escape


The swinging palm trees, tropical gardens, and resort-style pool create an idyllic atmosphere, reminiscent of a faraway tropical island.



Watch our full video walkthrough on YouTube.

It’s not far from Pile Road and Ferguson Road and only 10 minutes from Ferguson Falls.

Who Is Ferguson Valley Escape For?

Perfect for a dream wedding, bachelor/ette parties, girl nights away, family retreats, and the ultimate luxurious family staycation.

Where to eat in Ferguson Valley, Western Australia?

In Ferguson Valley, culinary delights await at every turn, offering visitors a delectable journey through the region’s diverse flavors. Whether you’re craving gourmet cuisine or hearty pub fare, Ferguson Valley has something to satisfy every palate.

Our favourite places to eat:

Wanting to stay in? Ferguson Valley Escape

The Owner used to be a chef. You can have private catering on site. Anything from wood-fired pizza to grazing platters.

Things To Do in Ferguson Valley - Grazing platter


Wanting to go out? Hackersley Estate Wines

Open Thursday to Sunday they specialise in a set-menu long lunch which changes approximately every 8 weeks. We enjoyed the long lunch with the most gorgeous views. But you can pop in for a coffee/cake, cheese platter, or a tasting of the Hackersley Estate-grown wine any time. I’m a fan of the sauvignon blanc, while Ahmet prefers the cabernet sauvignon.

Of course, there are plenty of winerys too chose from, espeically being so close to Margaret River.

Things To Do in Ferguson Valley - Hackersley Estate



Want something quick? Dardanup Bakery

A small bakery with a surprisingly huge range of flaky, homemade pastries and larger-than-life pies. We sat outside with Phoenix, who enjoyed the dog-friendly water bowl and leash anchors. I highly recommend the donuts, pies, and above everything the artisan sourdough.

Things To Do in Ferguson Valley - Danderup Bakery


What to do in Ferguson Valley?

We spent 2 nights in Ferguson Valley, leaving us one full day to explore the south west. You can always start at the Ferguson Valley Visitor Centre but here are my top 5 things to see in Ferguson Valley :


Gnomesville is a whimsical haven boasting over 7,000 Gnomes hailing from all over the world. It’s a gentle trail through bushland and what I can only describe as a gnome graveyard. It’s here gnomes come to die.

Things To Do in Ferguson Valley - Gnomesville

It’s kitschy and touristy attraction, but kinda cool in its own way. Nobody knows how they first started, but they have duplicated like lemmings. It’s free to enter and free to leave your mark on the place, but just don’t take any with you. It’s known to cause serious bad luck!

Things To Do in Ferguson Valley - Gnomesville

One of the top attractions of Australia’s south west.


Wellington National Park

The Wellington National Park is covered by 25,000 hectares of ancient jarrah, marri, and blackbutt forests.

If you visit in Spring the park transforms it into a haven for photographers, as vibrant wildflowers blanket the landscape. We visited in summer, so it was a bit dry, however, there are so many beautiful spots to visit while in the park, as the Collie River cascades over rugged granite boulders, forming tranquil pools perfect for a refreshing swim on a scorching day or a leisurely paddle in a canoe.

From the Rapids to Long Pool, Big Rock to Little Rock, each part of the park offers a picturesque setting for a relaxed outdoor meal. While most of these locations boast picnic tables, it’s worth noting that they do not have toilet facilities, so be sure to plan accordingly for your visit.

Wellington Dam Mural

The Wellington Dam is no longer just a reservoir, although it is the region’s most productive catchment, ensuring a vital supply of water for both irrigation and domestic use.

It’s now also the biggest dam mural in the world.

For unparalleled views of the Wellington Dam, head to the Water Corporation’s Dam Lookout, where you’ll feel as though you’re suspended above the valley itself.

The views are incredible, and you might like to stop at the Wellington Dam Kiosk on the way back because it’s a hot walk!

Australian artist Guido Van Helten created the Wellington Dam 8,000 square meters mural.

Things To Do in Ferguson Valley - Wellington Dam

Honeymoon Pool

Nestled along the tranquil banks of the Collie River, Honeymoon Pool beckons with its picturesque charm, offering a delightful camping and picnic haven. True to its name, it’s not only a romantic retreat but also a haven for fun-filled adventures.

Surrounded by the majestic Yarra (blackbutt) and graceful peppermint trees of this ancient valley, Honeymoon Pool sets the perfect scene for bushwalking, serene canoeing along the river, or refreshing dips in the water.

Honeymoon Pool is located in Wellington National Park, which means dogs are not allowed.

This spot was great for the kids, with its jumping platforms, low-hanging trees, and clear water. A fun day out if you bring your picnic lunch from Dardanup Bakery!

Things To Do in Ferguson Valley - Honeymoon Pool

Black Diamond Lake

Located 5km west of Collie, Black Diamond Lake has become a day trip destination for families and Instagrammers alike.

Things To Do in Ferguson Valley - Black Diamond Pool

Black Diamond Lake is an abandoned mine site that is filled with water after being decommissioned. The best part of Black Diamon is it’s not black at all. It’s a bright azure blue.

Black Diamond Lake is about 5kms west of Collie. Take a picnic and enjoy the shores of the lake. It’s calm enough for floatys or stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, you name it.


In conclusion, Ferguson Valley stands as a true haven for families seeking a blend of adventure, relaxation, and natural beauty. Whether you’re indulging in wine tasting at award-winning vineyards, relaxing at your luxury Resort, exploring the whimsical world of Gnomesville, or immersing yourself in the rich history of the Wellington Dam, this enchanting region offers something for everyone.

From picturesque hikes through lush forests to leisurely picnics by serene rivers, Ferguson Valley invites you to discover its hidden treasures and create unforgettable memories amidst its captivating landscapes.


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