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    Again, go to Gnomesville, (but see Bunbury too)!

    by TheTravelSlut Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    About 40 km outside Bunbury you will find the "village" of Gnomesville.

    Gnomesville is probably not on any official map (but it should be) and is a must-see attraction when you are in the Bunbury area.

    *** ALSO SEE MY BUNBURY INTRODUCTION PAGES FOR MORE PHOTOS/INFO***

    Gnomeville consists of thousands of gnomes---plastic, ceramic, metal, hand-made--you name it.

    If it has to do with gnomes, you will find it here. A virtual "gnome-a-copia" of all things gnome-related.

    There is a parking lot @ Gnomesville and it leads to a main path that is flanked on all sides by 100's, no 1000's of gnomes and the path goes over bridges, up steps, into the forest......

    There are several versions of how Gnomesville came to be but it is obvious that someone, sometime in the past few decade(s), planted a gnome and then someone did the same and on and on to where now, there are probably 1000's of gnomes of all types, shapes, sizes, varieties. Some are funny, some are sad, some are happy, some are mad but all are amusing and the entire area is whimsical and fun.

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    Gnomesville

    by sirgaw Updated Mar 20, 2009

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    I wanted to start this tip off with some of the famous song lines from Teddy Bears Picnic - "If you go down in the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise . . . " because Gnomesville reminded me of that song.

    Although hard to find, Gnomesville is a real treat for young and old - even if you don't really like Gnomes - and there are thousands of them in an idyllic bush setting. There is a real international flavour as some Gnomes have hitched rides on whatever transport Gnomes use to be part of the largest collection of Gnomes in the World. Some have mysteriously arrived with signs from their owners (can you actually own a Gnome?), or as a memorial for lost, stolen or vandalised Gnomes - there was even a sign, "Tomb of the unknown Garden Gnome" and I shed a quiet Gnome tear. Also spotted was a group of "Shirley" Gnomette's - is that the female form of Gnome? - with one very sexy "lady" included.

    There was a collection of South African Gnomes under a sign, "It's a small world after all" complete with a SA flag. There was a bird cage made to look like a Gnome home and even a Gnome caravan. Gnomes peered out from many places and the greatest collection of gnomes had congregated near a picnic table perhaps in the vein hope of a shared meal from some of the many who do manage to find Gnomesville. So if you happen to be eating away and you feel a little tap on the ankle, it may be a snake, but it also could be a hungry Gnome asking, "Giveusabitmate." (When talking Gnomes do not have any breaks between words and makes them a bit hard to understand - or so I'm told).

    Sadly some Gnomes have suffered terrible injuries from vandals, but Gnomes are a bit like the Hydra of Greek Mythology in that they grow again and usually overnight so none of us humans can see it all happening.

    Warning - there is no food or water available at Gnomesville, so please bring your own . . and if you'd like to bring along your own Gnome and leave him or her with thousands of friends, then please do so. Use your imagination for a sign too.

    Enjoy a unique and free attraction, but don't get lost - LOL

    Getting there: Can be a bit tricky, so you may like to visit the tourist office to get directions. However from the city centre, get onto Picton Road, which becomes the South Western Highway. At the town of Picton, turn right at the Boyanup Picton Road and go about 8km to the town of Dardanup, cross the railway line at Ferguson Road and follow that for about 20 kilometres (beware of roaming stock and kangaroos) until you reach a round-a-bout - you have arrived at Gnomesville.

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    Greek Orthodox Parish of St Nicholas

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 21, 2008

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    I was recently contacted by the TheWanderingCamel requesting a photo of the Greek Orthodox Parish of St Nicholas at 15 Forrest Street, Bunbury.

    It is for the St Nicholas project which is compiling a gazeteer of photos of all the churches and buildings dedicated to the saint around the world.

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    1606-2006 Duyfken Voyage

    by robertgaz Updated Sep 10, 2006

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    In 1606 the original Dutch ship "Duyfken" set sail from Banda in Indonesia in search of gold and trade to the fabled island of Nova Guinea.

    2006 marks the 400th anniversary of that voyage and to remind us of these intrepid traders this replica ship will sail from Fremantle in WA across the Great Southern Ocean up the east coast of Australia. The journey ends in Sydney at the end 2006.

    Building the replica ship "Duyfken" was led by Fremantle community leader Michael G Kailis and a local historian Michael Young, who arranged a group that became known as the "Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation" which is a charitable foundation.

    This foundation constructed the ship in Fremantle at a cost of $3.7 million to help tell the story of Australia's first recorded European visitors.

    The "Duyfken" is in Bunbury from the 8th until the 14th of April, 2006. For a gold coin donation you climb onboard and wander around to get a feel of what life may have been like for these ancient mariners.

    I have also added a travelogue with some more pictures of the "Duyfken".

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    Big Swamp Parkland

    by robertgaz Updated Sep 10, 2006

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    The Big Swamp is a natural but modified wetland area that attracts many birds. The water level of Big Swamp has been artificially kept high to enable the swamp to be a year round waterbird sanctuary.

    There is now little resemblance to the original wetland which has been taken over by bamboo, bullrushes and other foreign species. In the growth among the pools are regular breeders such as ducks, black swans, coots and purple swamp hens.

    Other visitors include cormorants, herons, ibises, spoonbills and seagulls. Some 70 bird species have been recorded and reptiles such as the long necked turtle and venomous tiger snakes are not uncommon.

    Landfill has been carried out as part of a long term development plan which includes a lookout point and sheltered bird observation structures.

    A walk/cycle track takes you around the circumference and there is also an elevated boardwalk through the swamp.

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    The Captain's Place

    by robertgaz Updated Sep 10, 2006

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    Captain Bob Allsop

    As you walk along Ocean Drive near the Pendal Street turnoff you may notice a small memorial plaque for "The Captain's Place" sitting alone in a grassed area overlooking the Indian Ocean.

    If you were to stop and ask people passing by who this plaque is dedicated to I would suspect that many of them would not be able to tell you this.

    Captain Bob Allsop was Harbour Master for the Port of Bunbury from 1963 - 1988. He lived in the house directly opposite from the plaque and tended the small patch of grass from where he would stand and observe the ever changing ocean.

    As a gesture of appreciation for the Captain's services to the Bunbury Community this plaque was placed on the spot he spent so much time watching the ocean in it's many and everchanging moods.

    The plaque itself isn't very a grand statement in but it is a small part of Bunbury's short history and you may want to gaze west from the same spot and enjoy the view.

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    A morning in the Maidens - the Peppermint Walk

    by robertgaz Updated Sep 10, 2006

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    The Maidens are a coastal dune nature reserve with well marked walk trails leading to the beach and there is also a shady BBQ area near the start.

    The Peppermint Walk basically follows the road alongside Ocean Drive and takes you through coastal bushland with lovely stands of marri and peppermint trees.

    These trails may not be as spectacular as those between Yallingup and Margaret River but they are a pleasant enough walk around especially during the wildflower season around September/October.

    There's a lookout on top of the highest hill with a great 360 degree view over Bunbury and to the Indian Ocean.

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    Dalyellup

    by robertgaz Updated Sep 10, 2006

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    Dalyellup is a satellite suburb not too far down the road at the southern boundary of Bunbury and it promotes itself as a “Village, in a forest, by the sea”.

    This small town actually falls within the boundary of the Shire of Capel, but for all intents and purposes to the people living there, they work and play in Bunbury.

    During 2006, a walkway/cycleway was constructed to link Bunbury and Dalyellup. Cyclist would previously have travelled over a very busy stretch of highway but now have the option of a scenic route through a coastal bushland nature reserve.

    I have also added a Dalyellup Travelogue with some more pictures.

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    Tuart Walk

    by robertgaz Updated Sep 10, 2006

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    Southern Bunbury entrance
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    The Tuart Walk takes you from Bunbury’s southern most suburbs to the rapidly expanding, and relatively new satellite suburb of Dalyellup.

    The Tuart Walk takes about 15 minutes to ride, meandering through a serene coastal bush nature reserve with attractive stands of Tuart trees and Peppermint Gums.

    On any nice day, you will come across a lot of walkers and cyclist so take care while admiring the scenery.

    The Bunbury entrance to the Tuart Walk is near Mosedale Avenue at the very end of Ocean Drive.

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    Roman Catholic Cemetery

    by robertgaz Updated Jun 12, 2008

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    This ocean view site behind the sand dunes was used as the Roman Catholic Cemetery between 1842 - 1954.

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    The new arrivals have grown fast

    by robertgaz Updated Sep 10, 2006

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    Time to spread my wings...
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    I have watched these new cygnets grow rapidly while cycling on my way to work each day.

    They will soon be able to fly away and make their own way into the enormous blue skies of WA...

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    New arrivals

    by robertgaz Updated Sep 10, 2006

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    Black swan with cygnets
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    I spotted these fluffy new additions to the spring collection of the local Big Swamp native bird family on my way to work one lovely spring morning ...

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    A morning in the Maidens - the Coast Trail

    by robertgaz Updated Sep 10, 2006

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    Trail to lookout
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    The Peppermint Walk leads you to the start of the Coast Trail walk which in turn will take you to the highest lookout in Bunbury and finally on to the beach...

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