On the southern edge of the Ferguson Valley, lies Gnomesville, one of WA’s quirkier attractions. Here, thousands of garden gnomes have taken up permanent residence amongst the gum trees. As the gnomes would say, this is gnome sweet gnome.
The Gnomesville residents come from all over the world. Some are local; many others have had far longer journeys to get here. There are gnomes from far-flung places like Scotland, Belgium, New York and Sydney all living in perfect harmony. The gnomes have set up streets, suburbs and their own little communities. There’s the Gnome Birth Centre, the Gnome Funeral Home, there’s even a Gnome detention Centre for the naughty ones.
Each Gnome has a story to tell. Some were left by tourists in recognition of their holiday, others are tributes to sporting clubs, mother’s groups and nursing homes, some are memorials for loved ones. Take a wander around Gnomesville and you’ll encounter these little guys riding the school bus, flying aeroplanes, hanging from trees or sitting idly on logs. We even rescued one poor chap who was upside down in the bottom of the creek.
A few smurfs have found their home amongst the gnomes too and my daughter was particularly chuffed to see that Olaf, the snowman from the Disney movie Frozen in Gnomesville too.
Gnomesville, as the story goes, started with one single gnome protesting a controversial roundabout on the intersection of Wellington Mill Road. What started with one gnome, soon escalated with a whole tribe of gnomes joining the protest and on it went to become today’s rapidly expanding village of gnomes. A metaphor for life perhaps – from small things, big things grow!
Gnomesville is a thirty-minute drive from Bunbury on the corner of Wellington Mill Road and Ferguson Road. If you’re in the area, Gnomesville is well worth the detour. It’s a fun visit for both young and old and a great spot to start exploring the gorgeous Ferguson Valley area.
Find out more at www.gnomesville.com
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