Top of the Ferguson Valley
The small town of Dardanup forms the gateway to the picturesque Ferguson Valley, a valley fast becoming a memorable tourist destination. At the top of this spectacular drive through patchwork hills and rolling countryside is the village of Wellington Mills. This historic area was once a busy mill town with two working mills and a large population. The history is now documented on an information board and illustrated by site markers to delight the tourist who takes the time to follow the marked walk. Other marked walks also uncover the secrets of the jarrah forest via the “Living Window of the Wellington Discovery Forest “where different sites reveal how the forest areas are managed. One can also view the unique forest, flora and fauna on a horse ride through the tall timbers.
The King Jarrah Tree is a local icon to visit as it is 36 meters tall and is one of the oldest jarrah trees in the world. From this tree, Wellington Dam is a very scenic 11km drive which follows the river path.
Tourists who are young at heart will delight in the whimsical “Gnomeville “, a gnome hamlet situated at the roundabout. The humour of this attraction is to be enjoyed from the picnic tables in the glen of Badgery Creek.
Once in this wonderful valley those not wishing to leave immediately can holiday in a range of accommodation styles including luxury guest houses, country farm stays, quaint bed and breakfasts and budget style self contained cottages.
A number of local grape wine outlets are operating at weekends to give visitors a tangible taste of the fruits of the valley. There are two micro breweries in the valley. A lavender farm sells lavender products and there are small art galleries to visit. The drives are spectacular and the valley is a friendly place for tourists, as this valley has a strong community spirit.
We invite you to “Enjoy a fresh look at country life”.