I have been out in the Ferguson Valley a bit just lately. Who wouldn't want to take a drive out here this time of year. The hills are so beautiful and green and everything looks fresh enjoying being alive. The cattle are up to their bellies in green grass.
Along the roadside and in the bush blocks we see the colour of the spring wildflowers. So this is a great time for those who love photographing wildflowers to visit the valley.
Crooked Brook Forest, off Crooked Brook Road just south of Dardanup, is a wonderful place to bushwalk in spring. There are several walk trails, one of which is wheel chair friendly. You can find out more information here - Crooked Brook Forest
Below you can see - clockwise from LH top corner - Flame Pea, Kunzia, Wattle and Dampiera
The attraction for many to the Ferguson Valley are the wineries, breweries, restaurants, galleries, B&Bs and cottages with views over the valley.
You can have fine dining, light, casual taste plates or something more hearty. The choice is yours. And an excellent range of local wines and beers to accompany your meal. If you don't want to be bothered with the weekend crowds, quite a few venues are open during the week - scroll down below where I have posted a couple of useful links which will give you a good place to start.
A quirky new addition to the Ferguson Valley is yarn bombing. Curiously these yarn bombed trees pop up over night, and it is a mystery who is busy knitting and wrapping.
I wonder if you will find this one on your tour around the valley - hint...they are on Ironstone Road not far from Lyndendale Gallery.
There are various events around the Valley throughout the year. The next big event is the Bull and Barrel Festival on Saturday 10 October. This is a fabulous day with stalls, local produce, wine and food tasting, art exhibition, buskers, short course running races, the "burning of the bull" and a host of other activities. And it is free to enter. You can read more about it here - Bull & Barrel Festival
The Flamenco dance company I am involved with, Sol y Sombra Spanish Dance Company and School of Dance, performed at the Festival last year.
Only 17 kilometres from Bunbury to Dardanup where you start the Ferguson trails, it is no wonder that this is a favourite place for locals to go for a lazy Sunday lunch.
Or perhaps you would like to learn a new craft? - Lyndendale Gallery on Crooked Brook Road just south of Dardanup runs workshops along with local artists and its gallery is the place to go for a range of creative local art work for that special gift or something for youself. You can check out what is happening on their FaceBook page - Lyndendale Gallery Workshops
Denise at Lyndendale is a great supporter of the Dardanup Art Trial. Details for the 2016 Art Trail - 30 April to 8 May, have just been posted on the web - Dardanup Art Trail 2016
This is a wonderful time to visit the Valley as many local galleries will open their doors on one or both weekends, showcasing art and craft from artists of the region.
For more information on the Ferguson Valley, please click on their webiste link here - Ferguson Valley
or on their Facebook page - Ferguson Valley FaceBook
or Check out the Geographe WIne Region - The Geographe WIne Region
Thank you so much for stopping by. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. I will try to visit your blogs in return. Have a wonderful week.
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