Going on a road trip down south? Take a quick detour to Gnomesville, a quirky village made up of thousands of gnomes in the scenic Ferguson Valley,
Gnomesville is a free attraction open 365 days a year, located in South West’s Ferguson Valley, an unspoiled seemingly infinite landscape of rolling green hills, cows and thick bushland that can be found between Bunbury and Collie. It is in this valley (on the corner of Wellington Mill, Wellington Lowden and Ferguson Roads at the roundabout) where the legendary Gnomesville resides. Around 4000+ gnomes (and increasing) populate the dirt roadside area, merging back into the forest. Pathways have been put in place to see the gnomes, as well as picnic tables for those needing a quick break.
Legend has it Gnomesville began in the 1990’s after a local resident placed a single garden gnome in the hollow of a tree. Since then, thousands of gnomes have been placed in the area by locals and tourists.
Be Respectful of Private Properties & Environment When You Visit
While you could say this big attraction is quite ‘phe-gnome-nal’ success (that word was phenomenal for those who don’t speak Gnomish), that success can also be a hindrance when tourists unknowingly or intentionally trespass on private properties with their gnomes. This is a serious security and environmental concern for locals in the area. Please be mindful that people own land right around Gnomesville’s village, so stick to the village and the pathways, and do not cross over fences. This issue even made it onto the news, see ABC’s article “Gnomesville a Victim of its Own Success“, detailing a local woman created a tongue-in-check Gnome Detention Centre to politely say if your gnome ends up on private property, they’ll end up in here! And as you can see below, it’s getting bigger and bigger. Also don’t steal any gnomes – because bad luck will follow you and stealing is bad, mmkay? Let’s keep this little attraction going for as long as we can!
My boyfriend and I decided to check out Gnomesville while on a road trip to Margaret River a few weekends ago, venturing “where gnome man has gnomed before” you could say. I heard alot about Gnomesville (I do like to keep up with whats quirky in WA after all) and decided we should do a quick detour to see what all the hype is about. When we arrived, I was blown away by how big the Gnomesville Village actually was – it’s not just a hundred gnomes, oh no, we’re talking thousands and thousands of them – some weird looking, some pretty looking, but yeh, mostly all of them are weird looking. For those who have secret gnome fetishes, they will really enjoy this place. We had such a great time here and were both so amused by what we were seeing, that I just had to take pics and put it on Perth Girl for you all to see.
I apologise in advance for all the puns you’ll come across in this article. Gnome sayin’? Cool. Otherwise, when it comes to gnome jokes, I’m a little short on them. Huzzah! My gnome game is strong. Check out my pictures below:
HOW TO GET THERE
There are several ways to get to Gnomesville, but the quickest route would be from Bunbury along the Boyanup-Picton Road, through Dardanup and onto Ferguson Road. Stay on that road and you’ll reach Gnomesville in less than half an hour (under 30km). If you’re travelling from Collie, you can take the Collie Preston Road onto Donnybrook-Boyup Brook Road and drive 53km, or if you are after a more scenic route from Collie and don’t mind the extra time, you can go on Mungalup Road. But hey, don’t listen to me – use Google Maps, it really is your best friend.
Address: LOT 4059 Wellington Mill Rd, Wellington Mill WA 6236
(Cnr Wellington Mill Road, Ferguson Road & Wellington Lowden Road) Gnomesville can be seen right at that roundabout.
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I just gnome you’ll have a great time.