A Traveller’s Guide to Gnomesville WA: A Quirky Adventure

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Welcome to Gnomesville, WA, a unique and enchanting gnome village nestled in Ferguson Valley, Western Australia. 

Discovered during our Perth to Margaret River road, this quirky gnome village was an unexpected delight.

As a long-time Perth resident (since 1996) and seasoned traveller, I thought I knew all the local secrets. Yet, Gnomesville, just over two hours south of Perth, with its quirky community of garden gnomes, was a recent and magical discovery.

So, is Gnomesville worth visiting? It won’t take you long to hear what we think!

Explore this interesting village and all our colourful Gnomesville photos and see for yourself whether you think it’s worth adding to your WA itinerary.

A scene at Gnomesville with a fairy door, various sized gnomes and painted rocks.
A little gathering of joy in Gnomesville, where each whimsical figure and painted stone tells its own enchanted story ©Lifejourney4two

🍄 In a Nutshell: Quick Glimpse of Gnomesville Western Australia

  • Location: Ferguson Valley, Western Australia.
  • Distance from Perth: A little over 2 hours’ drive.
  • Cost: Free – enjoy a unique adventure without spending a dime.
  • Highlights: Discover thousands of whimsical gnomes with unique stories.
  • Best Time to Visit: All year round, but spring and autumn offer the most pleasant weather.
  • Visitor Tips: Bring a camera for quirky photos and your dog (on a leash).
Lars and Shelley at Gnomesville
Here we are, Lars and Shelley, grinning with the gnomes — a moment of joy captured among the enchanting residents of Gnomesville

Join Lars and me as we unveil the charm and allure of Gnomesville, a place that transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary.

In this post, we’ll take you through the mystical world of Gnomesville, blending our own experiences with sprinkles of visitor quotes and giving you a mosaic of perspectives on this worthy destination.

Visiting Gnomesville is a ‘gnome’ small feat – a big adventure in a tiny package!

And be warned, you might encounter a few ‘gnome’ puns along the way – they’re an essential part of the charm!

Are you ready to enter a world where the enchanting and the playful collide? Let’s embark on this gnome-filled journey together.

And the extra kicker?

It’s absolutely free to visit. That’s right, this one-of-a-kind adventure won’t cost you a gnome’s ransom!

For those looking to travel frugally, a visit to Gnomesville could be a highlight of a budget-friendly trip.

Selection of gnomes all sorts and sizes at Gnomesville Ferguson Valley WA
Gnomes of all shapes and sizes greet you at Gnomesville ©Lifejourney4two

If you love all things quirky, then WA has a few places you’ll want to add to a Western Australia itinerary. Did you know you can find a life-size replica of the famous Stonehenge as it would have looked when it was built in Esperance?

If you’re heading to WA’s famous Wave Rock, don’t miss the Tin Horse Highway at Kulin or Dog Cemetery at Corrigin, which you’ll pass on a road trip from Perth to Wave Rock or Esperance.

Discovering Gnomesville: An Enchanting Encounter with Thousands of Garden Gnomes

As I stepped into the world of Gnomesville, I was instantly captivated by the variety of gnomes. Each one seemed to have its own personality, and I couldn’t help but feel a sense of childlike wonder.

It was as if, in my imagination, they would all spring to life, like the toys in ‘Toy Story’, once the visitors had left.’

Gnomesville, with its vast collection of garden gnomes, is a sight to behold. Tucked away in the scenic Ferguson Valley, it’s a world away from the hustle and bustle of Perth. 

Gnomes around a mini caravan
Caught in a moment of gnome-watching, we couldn’t get enough of their myriad expressions – each face telling its own little story ©Lifejourney4two

The Senses and Stories of Gnomesville

Amidst the visual feast that is Gnomesville, it’s the vibrant chorus of nature and human delight that completes the sensory canvas.

Birdsong weaves through children’s laughter as they dart from one gnome to the next, exclaiming in joy at each new discovery.

The air carries whispers of whimsy, with excited murmurs of ‘Look at this one!’ punctuating the tranquil ambience of the valley.

The atmosphere buzzes with a whimsical delight that lingers, enchanting visitors of all ages.

Gnomes that look like dwarves
Smiles all around at Gnomesville ©Lifejourney4two

I overheard some older ladies nostalgically recounting their previous visits; they had contributed their own gnomes to this ever-growing community.

Sadly, they mused that their gnomes might have been carried away by the flood that once swept through here—a natural event that has since woven itself into the rich tapestry of Gnomesville’s history.

For those curious about this chapter of the village’s story, there’s a touching ABC TV feature on YouTube documenting the flood’s impact and the resilience of the gnome community.

Gnomes gathered at the bottom and top of a tree trunk
Gnomes at home in the wilderness of Ferguson Valley ©Lifejourney4two

Unravelling the Mystical Origins of Gnomesville

The true origin of Gnomesville has been shrouded in mystery. Some say it started with a single gnome left by a woman who enjoyed repairing them. Others believe it began as a playful act by local workmen.

However, if you pay attention to the sign at Gnomesville, it tells you that this miniature world of fun all began when local Kathleen Rees (now Kelsey) placed a gnome in the hollow of an old redgum near the newly built roundabout in the early 90s.

And from these small beginnings, the Gnomesville of today grew.

Gnomesville sign about how Gnomesville began
How it all began

Gnomesville Through the Years

Despite facing challenges such as the Great Gnomesville Flood of 2018, which sadly washed away many gnomes, the community has shown remarkable resilience.

Since then, efforts have been made to clean and rearrange Gnomesville, ensuring its preservation for future visitors.

Today, visitors can appreciate the enhancements, including pathways, parking, picnic tables, and even toilets, making the visit more comfortable and accessible. It’s a testament to the community’s dedication to this charming attraction.

From the great Gnomesville flood to the addition of the latest gnome, this place has a rich history. It has grown organically, with each visitor leaving a part of themselves behind in the form of a gnome.

Gnomes on the pathways with a picnic table amongst them
Take a picnic and lunch amongst the gnomes ©Lifejourney4two

Gnomesville has grown into a beloved tourist attraction, captivating visitors from around the globe. With an estimate of there being over 5000 gnomish residents, it’s a gnome-brainer to visit!  

There are Gnomes from all walks of life and all over the world. We even managed to find gnomes that had migrated from Brisbane.” 

Gnomesville visitor
A couple fo gnomes
A couple of studious gnomes ©Lifejourney4two

The Allure of Gnomesville in Australia’s Ferguson Valley

The appeal of Gnomesville lies in its uniqueness. Each gnome here has a story, contributed by families, locals, and tourists. But Gnomesville isn’t only about the gnomes; it’s about the collective spirit they represent.

As you wander through Gnomesville, you’ll encounter a vast array of gnomes, each with its own unique personality and backstory.

From gnomes playing cricket to those basking in the sun, the diversity and creativity on display are truly remarkable.

Two gnomes lying out in the sun
Beaming faces chillin’ in the sun ©Lifejourney4two

Reading through other visitors’ reviews, I found that Gnomesville evokes a spectrum of emotions. Some described it as a bit eerie, akin to a cemetery, due to the disarray of some gnomes.

However, my experience was predominantly positive, with the playful and cheerful nature of the gnomes overshadowing any sense of gloom. There were a few broken ones, and some needed a little TLC, but overall, I thought the experience was enchanting.

Even the Perth footy teams have their supporters in the Valley! Showing us that just because you support different teams doesn’t mean you can’t hang out together.

Two footy gnomes at Gnomesville - a Docker and an Eagles supporter
Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles fans hanging out in Gnomesville together ©Lifejourney4two

Rival footy clubs, the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers can be proud of their gnome support getting along in the Ferguson Valley.

Gnomes hanging onto a fence at Gnomesville
A merry band of gnomes taking ‘hanging out’ to a whole new level! ©Lifejourney4two

And don’t be surprised if the gnomes give you a ‘gnome-warming’ welcome!

Gnomesville exceeded my expectations… you just want to keep wandering through, losing yourself in the magic of the gnomes’ world.

– Gnomesville visitor
Four gnomes on a log
Welcoming smiles abound at Gnomesville ©Lifejourney4two

A place like this reminds you of the importance of a smile – something you’ll be doing a lot of here!

Gnomesville in the Spotlight: Bill Bailey’s Comedic Take

Recently, Gnomesville also caught the attention of comedian Bill Bailey in his documentary, ‘Bill Bailey’s Wild West Australia’.

While exploring the gnome-filled wonderland, Bailey humorously observed the local kookaburras’ reactions, quipping, ‘Even the kookaburras are embarrassed.

This moment perfectly captures the quirky and light-hearted spirit of Gnomesville. If you’re curious to see Gnomesville through Bailey’s eyes, you can watch the episode on ABC iVIEW here or on Apple TV here.

A few gnomes with their gardening tools
By day, they’re quaint decor, but by night, gnomes are said to set to work to help your garden grow ©Lifejourney4two.

The Mystical World of Gnomes: Folklore and Cultural Significance

Gnomes have long held a special place in folklore, often portrayed as mystical creatures that come to life at night to help in gardens. This cultural significance of gnomes adds an enchanting dimension to Gnomesville.

Gnomes in Folklore

Traditionally, gnomes are seen as earth-dwelling spirits, guardians of the underworld treasures, and wildlife caretakers. They’re believed to be wise, charitable, and skilled in the art of magic.

These beliefs originated from European mythology, where gnomes were considered good luck charms, especially for farmers and gardeners.

Gnomes sitting on tree trunk steps at Gnomesville
Take time to absorb the little details – notice the tiny climbers ©Lifejourney4two

Reflection in Gnomesville

Gnomesville brings these legends to life, creating a magical atmosphere where each gnome seems to have its own story. As you explore the village, you can sense the mystical aura surrounding these garden guardians.

It’s easy to imagine them bustling around at night, tending to the natural world and safeguarding their community.

Keep an ‘eye’ out – some gnomes are a bit ‘gnome-torious’ for their cheeky antics.

Two gnomes with only their boots on - one female and one male
Wal and Del, letting it all hang out! ©Lifejourney4two

A Living Tribute to Gnome Lore

In Gnomesville, each gnome is more than a whimsical figure; they are heartfelt contributions from individuals, families, clubs, and groups, each telling its own story.

Some are left by families like the Pinkertons, who marked their visit with gnomes wearing pink hats, creating a colourful homage to their shared moments.

A group of gnomes in pink hats representing the Pinkerton family
Gnomes left by the Pinkerton Family ©Lifejourney4two

Others serve as tender memorials, commemorating loved ones who have passed away.

These touching tributes bring a human dimension to the gnome lore, turning Gnomesville into a mosaic of memories and stories.

Tiny gnomes on the top of a tree stump with a brass plaque on the stump in memory of a beloved family member who has passed.
This corner of Gnomesville is dedicated to the memory of Kevin Campbell, a cherished local who devoted his efforts to nurturing and preserving this whimsical sanctuary. His dedication lives on in the harmony of the gnomes and the beauty of the surroundings. ©Lifejourney4two

Amazing quirky place… a good idea with a lot of community support can do!

Gnomesville visitor

Continuing the Legacy: Your Gnome’s New Home

Visitors looking to leave a part of their own story can find the perfect gnome at the Dardanup Visitor Centre in Ferguson Valley, ready to join the ranks of Gnomesville’s eclectic residents.

💡Visitor’s Centre: Volunteers manage the Ferguson Valley Visitor Centre, which is open from 10 am to 2 pm most days. 

Together, these gnomes, with their unique characteristics and traits, whether mischievous or wise, form a living tapestry that embodies the magical essence of gnome folklore and the spirit of the community that cherishes them.

Personalizing your gnome with a sign indicating its origin or story adds to the rich tapestry of this whimsical village. It’s a way to leave your mark and become part of Gnomesville’s ever-growing story.

Like this “Born to Ride” cool gnome pictured below!

And speaking of born to ride, are you planning on this road trip with your partner? If so, check out our road trip tips on travelling together as a couple – we’ve some useful tips to make the journey more fun -especially if you are on a long road trip!

Gnome with "born to ride' on her tee-shirt
Born to ride ©Lifejourney4two

Where is Gnomesville, WA? Getting to the Heart of Gnome Magic

You’ll find Gnomesville at the junction of Wellington Mill and Ferguson Roads. Here’s the link to Google Maps.

Address:
LOT 4059 Wellington Mill Road
Wellington Mill
Western Australia 6236

Gnomesville location Map with star where gnomesville is
Gnomesville location, on Ferguson Rd and Wellington Mill Rd junction

Getting to Gnomesville from Perth

Gnomesville is just over a 2-hour drive from Perth, making it an ideal day trip.

The journey itself is part of the adventure, taking you through some of WA’s most picturesque landscapes and the rolling hills and wineries of Ferguson Valley.

Getting to Gnomesville from Bunbury:

From Bunbury to Gnomesville, it’s only a 30-minute drive.

Under the shaded eucalyptus trees amongst many characters with red pointed caps… A restful, relaxing day in the Ferguson Valley forest.

-Gnomesville visitor review
Group of gnomes
If gnomes could talk! ©Lifejourney4two

If you are heading ‘down south’ in WA, some of our favourite parts of the south-west are Pemberton and Walpole. And if you love quirky and all things fun, you will absolutely love the Walpole WOW Wilderness cruise by Gary Muir.

He has to be one of the best tour guides we have ever come across, and we only took the tour because so many of our friends recommended it.

Sustainable Tourism in Gnomesville

We all have a role to play in preserving Gnomesville’s beauty and charm. Visitors are encouraged to respect the environment and the gnomes.

Remember, this magical place thrives on the love and care of its visitors.

Respect the Rules

  • Respect Gnomesville: Leave gnomes in their home
  • Respect Our Neighbours: By placing new gnomes within the boundary fences
  • Respect the Natural Environment: By leaving plants, trees and roots untouched and do not attach anything to trees
  • Respect others: By taking your litter with you
Gnomesville rules sign
Discover the magic of Gnomesville — just be sure to respect the gnome code! ©Lifejourney4two
Gnomesville Reserve animals and plants sign

Planning Your Visit to Gnomesville: Tips and Advice

Remember a few things when visiting: you can bring your dog, but keep it leashed. While you can’t buy gnomes at Gnomesville, you can bring your own to the collection.

Before setting off to Gnomesville, be sure to plan your journey with our handy printable road trip planner, perfect for organizing your adventure down to the last detail.

Best Time to Visit Gnomesville in the Ferguson Valley

Visiting Gnomesville is a unique experience, and choosing the right time of year can enhance it.

Summer Visits

Gnome dressed in green with sunflowers on hat and in plant pot

Summer (December to February): These months have warm weather, ideal for enjoying outdoor attractions. However, temperatures can get quite hot, occasionally exceeding 35°C.

We visited in early December, and it was quite hot, but luckily, many of the gnomes were perched under the shady trees.

Consider visiting early morning or evening to avoid the day’s heat. You want to have the time to look at all the little intricacies and not move on too quickly because you’re too hot.

Autumn Adventures

Gnome dressed in orange with a brown leaf on hat and pie in hands

Autumn (March to May): This is a pleasant time in the Ferguson Valley, with moderate temperatures and decreasing rainfall. The region starts cooling down at this time of year, making it comfortable for exploring.

Winter Wonders

Gnome dressed in winter red and white wooly clothing

Winter (June to August): Winters are the wettest, which might restrict outdoor activities. But the lush, green surroundings post-rain can be quite beautiful. And the gnomes will have plenty of greenery growing around them, showing off their bright, gleaming colours.

I wouldn’t recommend visiting Gnomesville in the rain, though, as the paths will be muddy and slippery, and the whole experience won’t be much fun.

Spring Surprises

Gnome with a pink hat and holding a tulip in each hand

Spring (September to November): This is arguably the best time to visit. The weather is mild, and the rainfall is lower.

Spring also brings the blooming of wildflowers in the Southwest, adding to the region’s charm. Head to the 10-km Marri Trail at Crooked Brook Forest, and keep an eye out for Pink Myrtle, Blue Leschenaultia, and Yellow Candles.

Busy Times You Might Want to Avoid

Remember, if you’re visiting during school holidays or public holidays, the area might be more crowded, and accommodation should be booked in advance.

This is particularly so around Easter and Christmas when accommodation and camping spots “down south” can be booked out well in advance. This is the time of year when many Perth families head south to avoid the city’s heat and escape into our beautiful nature.

Check out the local weather in Ferguson Valley here.

📸 Don’t forget your camera – the photo opportunities are endless. Early morning or early evening will give you softer lighting. Our timing wasn’t the best as we visited around midday – the worst time to capture them.
For more tips on photography, check out our article, which gives you pointers about how to get the best photos while travelling.

group of gnomes on a log
The little people on peak form ©Lifejourney4two

Accommodation Options Near Gnomesville

For those wishing to extend their visit, Ferguson Valley offers numerous accommodation options, ranging from cozy B&Bs to luxurious retreats.

Explore the local vineyards and hiking trails and enjoy the region’s stunning natural beauty to make your stay memorable.

Staying in Ferguson Valley: Accommodations for Gnome Enthusiasts

Many types of accommodation are available in the Valley and nearby towns of Bunbury, Bridgetown, Donnybrook, Balingup and Nannup.

Nannup: Cabin on Farm– When we visited Gnomesville, we stayed in a cabin in Nannup at Jarrah Glen Cabins (ratings 9.4) on a farm stay, which was perfect for us, but you might like to stay nearer the Valley.

Bunbury: Camping – If you are camping or want to stay in a caravan park cabin, check out Riverside Cabin Park. If you would prefer a holiday home, The White House (ratings 9.2) is a 3-bedroom holiday home in Bunbury. (Pets allowed)

Balingup: CottageBrookvale House (rating 9.1) is a 115-year-old cottage with one bedroom and great reviews

Donnybrook: Motel Donnybrook Motel is great if you prefer hotel accommodation rated at 8.3.

Bridgetown: B&B Ford B&B has fabulous reviews and a rating of 8.6

Gnome with a hammer
I honestly could have spent ages here looking at all the little details ©Lifejourney4two

Exploring Beyond Gnomesville: Nearby Attractions

After soaking up the charm of Gnomesville, why stop there?

The Ferguson Valley is just the beginning of what Western Australia offers. The region offers wineries, hiking trails, and stunning natural scenery, making it a worthwhile destination on its own.

Nearby attractions include the King Jarrah Tree, estimated to be around 500 years old, and Wellington Dam, with the largest dam mural in the world.

the King Jarrah Tree with Lars taking a photo beside it
The King Jarrah – around 500 years old ©Lifejourney4two

Of course, Bunbury is only half an hour away and has its own attractions. If you love art, don’t miss the BRAG, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery. You shouldn’t be able to miss it because it’s in an old convent that is painted pink.

Bunbury also houses the biggest collection of rural street art in Australia – you can download a map of the street art on the Bunbury webpage here.

If you’re feeling the call of the open road, consider embarking on a more extensive journey, like the one we took from Perth to Melbourne.

It’s an adventure showcasing Australia’s landscapes’ diverse beauty and the iconic drive across the famous Nullabor. Dive into our Perth to Melbourne road trip guide for inspiration and tips on creating your unforgettable cross-country adventure.

Visiting Gnomesville, WA … That’s a Wrap

Gnomesville is not just a collection of garden gnomes; it symbolises community spirit, creativity, and the magic of imagination. It’s a place where the ordinary becomes extraordinary, and every gnome tells a story.

Out in the middle of GNOWERE lies a little village full of GNOMES… a collection of little people that has to be seen to be believed.

– Gnomesville visitor

Gnomesville awaits you with its open arms and whimsical charm. Whether you’re a gnome enthusiast or simply seeking a unique adventure, this magical village promises an experience like no other.

So pack your bags, bring your gnome, and prepare to be enchanted by the magical world of Gnomesville!

And remember, in Gnomesville, you’re never ‘gnome’ alone!

We’d love to see your pictures or hear your impressions of Gnomesville, WA. Comment below or send us a message here.

Inspired to hit the road after your Gnomesville visit? Our guide on how to plan a road trip will help you gear up for your next big adventure.

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Shelley

Shelley, a former primary school teacher with a law degree, and her husband Lars co-own Lifejourney4two. Their adventure began in Perth, Australia, and has since taken them through Europe and Africa in motorhomes and bush campers. Shelley's travel guides combine practical advice with engaging stories, mirroring their shift from 'One Day' to 'Day One'. Together, they aim to inspire others to embark on their own travel dreams.

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