Things to do in Ferguson Valley
No longer constrained to simple agricultural villages, The Ferguson Valley is now bursting with life and bustling businesses. Producing some of Australia’s best alternative wine varieties, the region is a go-to for those foodies and wine connoisseurs. The Stunning landscape is peppered with vines, coastal plains and dense Jarrah forest provides ideal backdrop for outdoor activities and adventure lovers.
Things to do in Ferguson Valley
Visit a winery
With more than 20 vineyards and wineries, wine tasting is a must in the Ferguson Valley. If wine isn’t your thing, there’s also a couple of breweries that have tastings available. The winemakers in the region are welcoming and passionate, more than happy to share their time and knowledge with their customers, so pull up a stool and get involved. From 5 star James Halliday rated wineries such as Willow Bridge Estate, to the smaller family run producers, there is plenty to test out your palate.
This community driven gnome village features over three thousand gnome inhabitants. It’s a quirky and fun stop on your Ferguson Valley trip, bring along your own gnome to add to the collection, take a selfie with the rest of the gnome family or pick up a copy of the children’s illustrated book, Gnomesville- the real story by Lesley Geers.
Take a walk in the Gum Forest
There’s heaps of trails to explore in the Valley for all ages and abilities. Break up your walk with a visit to the King Jarrah Tree- the largest tree in the region. This majestic tree stands approximately 36 metres tall and is estimated to be aged between 300 and 500 years old.
Get on your bike
Mount Lennard Mountain Bike Network is a dream location for mountain bikers. Providing a fun area of trails built on a gentle slope, suitable for a range of abilities and ages. If you’re feeling confident, check out the Grizzly trail. Regarded as one of the more technical trails of the collection; it weaves in an out of the Jarrah trees providing plenty of obstacles, jumps and berms to challenge the more experienced riders.
Taste the local produce
The region is steeped with agricultural history, with dairy farming still prominent in the valleys. The rich low plains, gentle slopes and valleys combined with the plentiful annual rainfall- results in an ideal environment for the creation of delicious produce. Explore farm gates, cellar doors, local food markets and meet the farmers, winemakers and restaurateurs who are dedicated to growing, producing and serving the very best the region has to offer. There’s plenty of options available, from award winning restaurants to established bakeries and family run cafes, there’s a strong theme of respect for local, home-grown ingredients throughout the region.
View local art and crafts
Get a true insight into acclaimed local artists worlds during the Dardanup Art Spectacular and Trail event that’s held annually in the Ferguson Valley. There’s also a series of local galleries within the area providing a variety of unique artworks, hand-crafted jewelry, ceramics and glassware.
Learn about the history of the region
The Dardanup Heritage Trail has 15 heritage sites all within the 2.5km route, including the first Catholic Church in Western Australia outside the metropolitan area. The Dardanup Heritage Park also houses one of Australia’s finest collections of historic agricultural and industrial items with more than 20 sheds full of restored antiques.
Get out in nature
There’s plenty of walks and trails available within the region, if you’re lucky you might spot a friendly kangaroo or two! The Eaton Foreshore Walk meanders for five kilometres along the beautiful Collie River. There’s also the Forest Path at Crooked Brook which is ideally suited for those with limited mobility, providing easy access to an area of natural bushland with interpretive signage about the flora and fauna and plenty of bench seats, this route is especially beautiful in spring, when wildflowers come into bloom.
5 Annual Events in Ferguson Valley
The region hosts a fantastic selection of annual festival and events that attract thousands of tourists to the area every year.
- Dardanup Art Spectacular and Trail
- Dardanup Bull & Barrel
- Crave Subaru Mountain Bike challenge
- St Aidan’s Shakespeare Among the Vines
- Ferguson Valley Open Gardens
Image credits: Collie River, Gnomesville, Dardanup Gum Forest – Shutterstock, Ferguson Valley Farmyard – Phil Hollett
Boyanup Farmers Market held the 4th Sunday of every month showcasing the regions best and freshest produce. Talk to the growers, cooks, winemakers and producers directly about all they have to offer.
- Retailers & Producers:Farmers Markets
- Open Days/times:Every fourth Sun of month, 8am-12pm
- Open Days:Sunday
- Type:Food retailer
"One of the last true Farmers markets, Boyanup Farmers market held on the 4th Sunday of each month, showcases some of the regions best fresh produce and is a great morning out for all. With fresh seasonal fruit & vege, honey, free range eggs, cheese, gourmet foods and olive oils to name a few. Wanting something sweet? Check out artisan chocolates, cupcakes, pastries and bread stalls.For the avid gardiner we have all your plant and tree selections with mulch, compost and hay. Finish your morning off with some wine and cider tastings whilst the kids play on the playground. See you all there".
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Whatever you are looking for, we’re sure you will enjoy a visit to the Moody Cow Brewery.
- Open Days/times:Mon: 10am til 5pm, Tue & Wed: CLOSED, Thurs: 10am til 5pm, Fri, Sat & Sun: 10am til 6pm
- Facilities:Family Friendly,Function Venue,Licensed
- Type:Restaurant,Bar with Restaurant
- Restaurants:Gluten Free
- Breweries & Distilleries:Brewery,Light Food,Restaurant,Cider
- Open Days:Monday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
We are a family run business located in the heart of the picturesque Ferguson Valley just 8 kms from Dardanup township. We served our 1st beer on 28th May 2010 and cater for individuals, families and both large and small groups.
The limestone and western red cedar building utilises 8 different timbers in it’s construction. The use of Marri, Jarrah, Tuart, Wandoo and American Oak timbers create a warm and inviting environment. You can watch the brewing process from close quarters, sit round the log fire or enjoy a meal on the large decked area or grassed terraces.
Functions at the Moody Cow
Looking for an amazing venue for your Wedding or Work function? Moody Cow Brewery set in the heart of the Ferguson Valley (15 mins from Bunbury) is the ideal place. Beautiful function menus are available or we can cater to your needs.
All our beers are handcrafted on the premises using the finest of ingredients. We use only malt, hops, yeast and Ferguson Valley water to create 6 different mouth watering beers. We don’t filter any of our beers and believe in largering them for as long as necessary before putting them on tap for consumption. Once you taste them, I’m sure you’ll approve of the method we use to make them.
Come in and enjoy a coffee and treat yourself to a delicious selection all hand made and baked on site.
- Retailers & Producers:Bakery
- Open Days/times:Wed-Fri 6:30am-4pm, Sat-Sun 6:30am-2pm
- Open Days:Sunday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
John and Laine welcome you to their bakery where you can select from a wide range of delicious cakes, pastries, pies and much more along with a wide range of bread options including their Artisan woodfired sourdough bread in a sole baking style.
The Ferguson Farmstay restaurant offers the best views in the Ferguson Valley, with a fantastic vista across farmland and vineyards to Bunbury and the ocean.
- Restaurants:Australian - Modern
- Type:Restaurant with Bar
It is constructed of local rammed earth, finished with beautiful timber, terracotta tile floors and has large floor-to-wall windows to take in the best of the views of gardens and the valley. For those who wish to enjoy the spectacular views to the fullest, there is seating on the generous verandah.
Our menu varies as we use mainly local produce but you can always expect a delicious meal and friendly service. We always offer gluten free and vegetarian options.
We have a range of bottled beer, Ferguson Farmstay wines and sparkling wines. On tap we offer Carlton Dry and Fat Yak.
We also offer barista coffee and premium leaf tea.
Located at the vineyard on Ferguson Road in the beautiful Ferguson Valley our tasting rooms and restaurant offer the opportunity to soak up the local atmosphere and fare.
- Restaurants:Australian - Modern
Try our fine wines and tantalise your taste buds with the offerings from your hosts Aaron and Adrie Devitt.
Hackersley’s menu changes with the seasons and has already proved to be popular with the locals and visitors alike. Restaurant bookings are recommended.
We are open for business Thursday - Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Look out for our Sunday Lunchtime Jazz sessions (ring to find out details or simply register via the email link below or the guestbook to be kept up to date on coming events).