Have you ever been to Gnomesville in the Ferguson Valley? It’s one of those places that you have to go at least once in your life. And you must take your kids. It’s a truly magical place that your kids will absolutely love.
Where can you find Gnomesville?
Situated at Wellington Mill in the Ferguson Valley, about 30 minutes drive from Bunbury, the magical “town” of Gnomesville will captivate your children’s imaginations (and yours). If you type “Gnomesville” into Google Maps on your phone it will take you straight there – super easy 🙂
What exactly is Gnomesville?
Gnomesville consists of around 10,000 gnomes that have come together to form a magical community, that no one quite knows the beginnings of.
A few tales exist to describe the beginnings of Gnomesville. One is that a random gnome appeared and then other people started to place their own gnomes there too, so that the origianl gnome would have some friends.
Another story is that the local workmen created a cricket scene with gnomes in the middle of the roundabout for fun! And then others followed suit and brought more gnomes to recreate different scenes.
What can you do at Gnomesville?
Gnomesville is a great place to take the kids for a picnic. It’s quite dusty and there are plenty of mounds to climb and logs to balance on, so they may get a bit dirty.
My boys absolutely loved just wondering around, discovering all the gnomes – each with their own personality. I enjoyed reading where each of the gnomes were from, some have been there for quite some time.
You are welcome to leave your own gnome to join the community of Gnomesville. You’ll need to write on your gnome to give him a name and the year you’re leaving him – you might even like to put a sign with him. You can see from the photos we’ve taken how the gnomes are displayed.
Gnomesville has been in existence for many years now, so some of the Gnomes are quite elderly and have been broken or faded from the sun. You’ll be able to see where the older gnomes live as you first enter Gnomesville and then you’ll notice the brighter coloured gnomes that have come to join the community in more recent time.
Check out some of the Gnomes that live at Gnomesville!
Safety Precautions for Visiting Gnomesville
- There is a little creek that runs through the area so you just need to be mindful of younger children. There is a bridge to cross over which is quite narrow (especially for toddlers … who aren’t quite sure on their feet).
- Gnomesville can get quite busy on public holidays and school holidays with between 200 & 400 people visiting the area on some days. There is no designated parking so it can be a little chaotic, especially with lots of children, so just be mindful when you’re visiting.
About the Author
Kate is the founder of South West Mums, coffee connoisseur, FIFO Wife and Mumma to two boys. She loves to explore and write about life in South West WA, motherhood, business and the effects of FIFO on family life. You can connect with her on Instagram and Facebook or read more of her blog here.