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There aren’t a lot of breakfast options in
the Ferguson Valley, so head to The Happy
Wife (98 Stirling Street, Bunbury), a cafe
overlooking the Leschenault Inlet, which is
not only great for spotting dolphins, but
also home to fantastic homemade crumpets.
While you’re in the neighbourhood, explore
the Collie River at the Eaton Foreshore. If
you’ve brought your own kayak or canoe,
take a paddle and look out for more than
60 species of birds. For landlubbers, there’s
a quiet riverside walk upstream from the
Eaton Foreshore car park. Next stop is the
heritage township of Dardanup where
you can do a two-kilometre, self-guided
walking trail around the town to view the
heritage buildings and sites. Grab a map at
the visitor centre in town. Ready for a rest?
Stop for a beer-filled lunch at local favourite
The Moody Cow Brewery (791 Ferguson
Road, Dardanup). Stay on Ferguson Road
to explore the wineries, art galleries,
hilly pastures and forests until you reach
Gnomesville, an open-air congregation
of garden gnomes of all shapes, sizes and
1. You can shop at 2am or even later, seven days a week, at Eaton Fair Shopping
Centre, thanks to the Shire of Dardanup’s 24/7 trading hours.
2. The annual Bull and Barrel Festival in Dardanup each October ends with the
traditional Burning of the Bull ceremony. Artist Russell Sheridan has been making his
over-sized timber fire sculptures each year for the past decade or so, only to see them
burned at the conclusion of the one-day festival.
3. Bottlenose dolphins can be seen in the lower reaches of the Collie River near Eaton.
The dolphins often swim into the Leschenault Inlet and the river from the ocean at
Koombana Bay where they tend to live.
characters, scattered through the bushland
along the side of the road. It’s too bizarre
to miss. If you’ve got time, take the short
drive to view the ancient King Jarrah
Tree. Dinner time! Head to Bull & Bush
Tavern (104 Bridge Street, Boyanup) for
a classic country-pub dinner experience.
TEMPTED TO STAY
AN EXTRA DAY?
Take a morning walk around Evedon
Park Bush Retreat (205 Lennard Road,
Burekup) before a breakfast of Devonshire
Tea. Time to hit the road. It’s a 30-minute
drive along Wellington Forest Road to the
Wellington Discovery Forest where you
can follow one of the many walking trails
through the picturesque woods. From here
you can go to Wellington Dam and the
Lower Collie Valley – just make sure to give
yourself time to have a wine tasting and
lunch at Hackersley Estate (1133 Ferguson
Road, Ferguson), a real local gem. Spend
the rest of the afternoon exploring the
valley by making your way to Pile Road and
a further selection of wineries, art galleries
and restaurants, before driving north along
Henty Brook Road where there are stunning
views across to the coast before you
descend to the South Western Highway near
Burekup. Then you’re homeward bound!
Gnomesville, a quirky outdoor
attraction of some 3000 garden gnomes
in a forested roadside ‘village’.
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