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Information Centres in Bunbury Geographe


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Bunbury Visitor Centre

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Collie River Valley Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre can provide extensive information on the region with maps, brochures, and a photographic display. We also have videos on local history, mining and power generation.

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We provide:

* Free accommodation booking service and advice.
* Rail, coach and accommodation bookings Australia wide.
* Tour bookings.
* Collie tee shirts and souvenirs.
* Craft gallery.
* Large range of maps and guides.
* Complimentary storage of packs and parcels for Mundabiddi Cycle Trail users and * A register and notice board for those using the Mundabiddi Cycle Trail or walking the Bibbulmun Track.

Map:

To download a copy of the regional tourist map, please go to www.collie.wa.gov.au/visit/discovery_drives and download the Discover Collie Map.

We are open seven days a week.

Our opening times are:

Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Weekends and public holidays 10 a.m.- 3pm.

Closed Christmas and Boxing Day.

Donnybrook Visitor And Information Centre

Known as the Apple Capital of the South West, Donnybrook now sheds its former peel, to reveal its hidden depths of taste, texture & visual splendours.

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Known as the Apple Capital of the South West, Donnybrook now sheds its former peel, to reveal its hidden depths of taste, texture & visual splendours.

From humble beginnings as a small goldfield, to the colossal growth of the apple & fruit industry, Donnybrook shows its magnificent aptitude to retain its harmonious community yet demonstrates great diversity in its growth & development.

Set in a backdrop of seasonal displays such as spring blossoms that promise hidden depths, splendid displays of wildflowers, lush native forests & extraordinary autumn overtures, Donnybrook hosts a smorgasbord of flavours & offers them all on a silver platter.

A sneak preview at the culinary delights offered would include farm fresh marron, organic beef, rich olive oil, local fruit & vegetable produce, nuts and the sweet taste of sun dried fruits, be they coated in chocolate or au naturel. Liquid refreshments would range from wines that tantalise even the most discerning wine connoisseurs to crisp, refreshing ciders & cool, revitalising apple juice.

As Donnybrook is the "Heart of the South West" this makes it the perfect base from where the intrepid explorer can centralise their travels. From secretive & secluded retreats to cosy, B & B's infused with cottage charm; Donnybrook has a large range of accommodation to welcome many a weary traveller.

With thanks to the "Anonymous" community benefactor & the great hearts of numerous volunteers, Donnybrook can now also boast about having the "Biggest Free Entry Fun Park" in all of Australia. This fun park caters to the young & young at heart; from the smallest feet to those whose boots we all strive to fit one day.

Experience the opportunity to pick your own tree ripen fruit in season, delve into the history & tales of the goldfields, meander along the picturesque path of the Preston River.

Escape into serenity. Explore. Taste. Enjoy. Spoil yourself. Exploit your senses & feel very much invited.
 

Ferguson Valley Visitor Centre

Discover the Ferguson Valley, just 90 minutes from Perth. Discover award winning wines, micro-breweries, gourmet foods, local arts and our heritage, and go bush walking and mountain biking.

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Here are the top experiences in the Ferguson Valley and the Shire of Dardanup:

Visit Gnomesville:

In a leafy glade, among rolling, green hills in the upper Ferguson Valley is the quirkiest free attraction in Australia—Gnomesville. From humble beginnings 14 years ago with just a single gnome placed by the roadside by a local resident to watch over new roadworks has developed a whole village of some 3000 garden gnomes of all shapes, sizes and characters. Placed there by locals and visitors from all over the world, the gnomes are said to bring good luck to those who leave one there; while those who damage or hurt them are liable to have bad luck follow them. The resident gnomes have some wry names, too— Greg Gnoman, Gnome on the Range, Astrognome, Gnome Alone, Gnome-de-Plume, Gnoman Empire Soldier and so on. Gnomesville is an ‘open’ attraction, no admission fees.

Taste Wine, Beer and Food

Ferguson Valley — part of the Geographe Wine Region — is an emerging wine producing area with a number of cellar door tastings on offer. Virtually all the producers are small, family affairs, making small quantities of hand-crafted wines. Two micro-breweries add variety to the experience, offering boutique beers brewed on site as well as light meals. Local gourmet produce also includes cheeses from local cows, home baked cakes and lavender products. Several country-style restaurants and cafes are dotted through the area.

Discover Ferguson Valley art:

The Ferguson Valley is well known for the creative and industrious people who make beautiful artworks for display and sale at galleries, shops and markets scattered throughout the area. The annual Dardanup Art Spectacular every May is both a competitive art show for local people as well as a multi-venue exhibition.

Enjoy a country event:

Spend a day in the valley with wines, local produce, delicacies and live music. There are several free and ticketed events happening throughout the year. Best known is the annual one-day Bull and Barrel Festival each October in Dardanup, celebrating the area’s dairying and wine-making industries, which attracts more than 10,000 people. The 2011 festival theme will be “It’s a Small World”. A highlight of the festival is the night-time “burning of the bull” fire sculpture.

Acquaint yourself with nature:

Experience the best of nature in the Ferguson Valley’s national parks, forests and riversides. Mt Lennard Mountain Bike area has about 40 kilometres of trails of varying difficulties for mountain bikers of all abilities. Wellington Discovery Forest offers an educational experience in the jarrah forest  with self-guided walks along forest trails. Crooked Brook Forest has four designated walk trails and the opportunity to see western brush wallaby, Gould’s monitor, grey fantails and the rare red-tailed black cockatoo. One of the trails is suitable for wheelchairs. Bring your canoe or kayak and paddle along with the birdlife lining the Collie River, or go whitewater rafting (in season) on the lower Collie River valley. Wellington Dam has picnic sites and is popular in late winter when the dam overflows.

A peaceful rest

Nestled amongst vineyards, overlooking rivers, creeks and lakes, perched on hilltops, are an array of cabins, chalets, bed-and-breakfasts, resorts, cottages and caravan parks. Set in harmonious surroundings, they offer privacy in peaceful locations. From budget to unforgettable, you'll find the perfect combination of country hospitality and service to suit your expectations.

Canoe the Collie River

With great access to a wide variety of water activities, Eaton is the waterside gateway to the Ferguson Valley. Bring your canoe or kayak and paddle along with the birdlife lining the Collie River in the salt marsh vegetation. Pelicans, kingfishers and ducks frequent the area as well as bottlenose dolphins. Boating and fishing is also popular along the Collie River on Eaton Foreshore.

Picturesque picnics

Head outdoors with your picnic basket to areas in the scenic Wellington Dam area. BBQ and picnic facilities can be found at the dam, Honeymoon Pool and Potters Gorge. Other picnic areas include Crooked Brook Forest, along the Eaton Foreshore, Gnomesville, and some of the local wineries.

Roam the food trail

Explore the local gourmet produce such as cheeses, home baked cakes and delicacies, or enjoy a light lunch at one of the wonderful venues set among the rolling green pastures. Pick up farm-fresh produce and other food goodies at the weekly Sunday morning farmers’ market at Eaton.

Step back in time:

Follow the heritage trail around Dardanup to unveil a collection of historic buildings that relate the history of Dardanup and surrounds.

Shopping aplenty:

For all your shopping needs and business requirements, head to the Eaton shopping area and adjacent business park.

Stirling Cottage Gardens - Harvey Visitor Centre

Harvey Heritage Gardens - Cnr South Western Highway & James Stirling Place Harvey. Toilets, park benches, walkway, miniature orchard, many varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers, Secret Garden, grassed areas, shady trees.

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Stirling Cottage - History.
THE OLD In the mid 1800’s, the first Governor of Western Australia, Governor Stirling, selected 12,800 acres of fertile land in Harvey called it the ‘Harvey River Settlement'.
The only improvement he made to the land was to build a cottage, known as “The Hut”. This convict built cottage, on the banks of the tranquil Harvey River, featured a shingled roof and ‘pit-sawn’ jarrah walls with hexoganal-shaped paving blocks fitted together to form firm flooring. One of the original paving blocks can be seen in the Cottage history room today.

As the ‘Harvey Estate’ was sold quite a few times over the years, the ‘cottage’ was home to many pioneering farming families. In 1885 and 1886, May Gibbs, (creator of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie), lived in the cottage with her family. It is believed that May Gibbs drew much of her inspiration for her stories and illustrations from her experiences in Harvey. The original cottage was surrounded by gardens and fruit trees, and had a cellar which was often flooded in winter. A blacksmiths workshop and stables were added. Over the years, the cottage fell into disrepair, and by the end of the 1960’s only a few bricks and stones remained. A lone pine tree marked the site of the Cottage, but this was blown down during a storm in 1985.

THE NEW On Sunday 9th October 1994, the replica 'Stirling Cottage' was open to the public. Modelled on the original ‘Stirling Cottage', this building features the shingled roof, jarrah walls and hexoganal paving blocks of the original.

A balcony has been added overlooking the tranquil Harvey River. The 1994 version of the cottage is located 500 metres downstream from the original site and features extensive landscaped Heritage Gardens, a 19th century style fountain, a mini orchard, enchanting secret garden and a gift shop, a room on local history and 'Stirling Cottage Kitchen’ tearooms.

Enjoy a light lunch or afternoon tea on the balcony overlooking the peaceful River, or in winter sit by the cosy log fire and enjoy hearty homemade soup. Public toilets are in a separate building called 'The Stables’. Disabled facilities are located in the Tourist Bureau (next to the Cottage).

Please feel free to wander around and enjoy your visit to 'Stirling Cottage’ before viewing the May Gibbs Display at the Visitor Centre.

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