The Best Things To Do In The Ferguson Valley

byBlake Kelleway
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By now you’ve hopefully read our deep dive into why Bunbury is killing it right now (here it is in case you missed it). Centuries ago, back in pre-COVID times, we were lucky enough to spend a weekend exploring Bunners, and there was plenty to love.

One area we spent a day in – but barely scratched the surface of – was Bunbury Geographe’s burgeoning Ferguson Valley. It’s got a lot going on, like…

It’s Real Close To Bunbury

So first thing you should know about the Fergie is that it’s super close to Bunbury, making it a quick-and-easy trip from wherever you end up staying down there. We stayed at Quest Apartments, which like everything in Bunbury is a short-walk to and from everywhere, and there are plenty of options in the main city, ranging from higher end Quality Hotel Lighthouse to powered caravan and campsites and mid-range motels.

Your best option for experiencing the Fergie from a drinking/eating perspective is to jump on a tour or hire a personalised chauffeur. We spent the day with the awesome Sherryl from Hinterland Escapes, who was super chilled, friendly, and gave us plenty of background info throughout the day, before a little treat on the ride home with Lisa from Pop A Cork Tours in her ‘68 convertible Mustang.

You can treat yourself as little or as much as you like, point being it’s only 15 minutes east of Bunbury, making the city your perfect home base.


Wine, Wine Everywhere And Many Drops To Drink

Ferguson Valley has over 20 beautiful wineries to pop into, some who’ve been there for decades, while others a little more fresh-faced – all barrels of fun.

We jumped on part of the Geographe Alternative Wine Trail, stopping in at Ferguson Falls Wines & Cafe (one of the first in the area), Green Door Wines (stunning views and clay pot wines) and Ferguson Heart Estate (owned by a couple of legends – Jan and Merv).

The only trouble you’re gonna find is fitting them all in – every winery is owned and operated by some of the most passionate people you’ll meet, and they love a chat while guiding you through their delicious selections.


Plus A Few Brews Too

Lager lovers fear not – the Fergie is home to a couple of killer breweries in Wild Bull and Bush Shack. We spent a fair whack of the morning chatting with Dan at Bush Shack who took us through his process towards crafting such flavours as Twisted Lemon Lager, The Chef’s Wicked Chocolate Beer and Dirty Dan’s Dark Delight.


And Plenty Of Fine Dining

With all the tasting it’s important to grab a bite to eat, and the Valley isn’t short on options. Outside of most cellar doors offering cheese boards and tasting plates, there are quite a few with full a la carte menus, usually offering stunning views over rolling, grape-filled valleys.

Sadly we were a bit too early, but Ferguson Falls’ Café is home to some award winning pizza, so instead we opted for Hackersley Estate’s set menu long lunch. At only $59pp it was absolutely delicious, and definitely helped fuel us up for the rest of the afternoon.


It’s Fast-Becoming A Mountain Biking Hotspot

Along with Collie’s extensive trail network, Ferguson Valley has become increasingly sought-after by mountain bike enthusiasts in recent years.

The Mount Lennard Mountain Bike Network in the Wellington National Park has a variety of different trails for all levels, with the Grizzly trail one to really get the heart racing. A little further inland you’ll find a few different tracks at Wellington Mills too, popular with the downhill racing scene.


Roam With The Gnomes

Lastly, given we’re very much an Instagram-focused outlet, it’d be remiss of us not to mention one of WA’s most-grammed spots, Gnomesville. Make sure bring one of your own to add to the collection of over 7,000 that currently occupy the spot, and snap your little slice of history.

To start planning your Bunbury getaway, head to visitbunburygeographe.com or follow them on Facebook and Instagram for more ideas.