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    Bunbury

    by keeweechic Updated Jan 12, 2006

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    Bunbury lies at the western end of the Leschenault Inlet North of Busselton. The area was first sighted by Nicholas Baudin in 1803. Bunbury is the regional capital and gateway to WA's south west. There are historic walks, local art and craft studios, the Dolphin Discovery Centre and plenty of galleries and museums.

    Bunbury is 53kms from Bunbury.

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    Brunswick Junction

    by keeweechic Written Jan 12, 2006

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    Brunswick Junction was founded in 1898 when the Brunswick railway station was opened on the Perth to Bunbury line and the line from the Collie Coalfields. The town is said to be named after both the local river as well as the Duke of Brunswick. In a park in the middle of town is a life-size replica of a Fresian cow which is a tribute to the dairy industry. The Lions Club was responsible for the cow which has been affectionately.

    Location : North of Collie

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    Ferguson Old School Site

    by keeweechic Written Jan 12, 2006

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    On this site was the old Upper Ferguson School which opened in January 1893. First settlers supported the building of the school with finance and labour. The school was closed in December 1971 and this plaque was placed on this site for the past and present citizens of the Ferguson Valley.

    Location : Ferguson Road, Ferguson Valley

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    Ferguson

    by keeweechic Written Jan 12, 2006

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    Ferugson is set in the Ferguson Valley is south of Brunswick Junction, around 32km from Collie and 35kms from Bunbury. The scenery provides vies of rolling hills and farmland. While originally the area was traditionally dairy farming, today more and more vineyards are popping up with wineries to visit.

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    Wellington Mills

    by keeweechic Updated Jan 3, 2006

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    Wellington Mills is a historic site of one of Western Australia’s largest timber mills. The town once had two busy working mills and a large population. In 1896 the Canning Jarrah Timber Co took up a timber concession in this area and the company built a railway from Dardanup to the site in 1899. Their No. 1 Mill was ranked amongst the larges in the state. During the period from 1896 – 1959, the town had a Post office, Butchers, Bakers, Barber, tea rooms, as well as a public hall, billards hall, library, churches, school houses, boarding houses, a blacksmith shop, wheelright & stables. The Big Mill at Wellington Mills closed in 1929 but a number of the smaller mills operated up until 1928/29. Many of the early town’s buildings were sold and removed to other areas. Then in 1950 a devastating fire destroyed much of what remained. The only remaining buildings today are the old Post Office, the Manager’s House and a house in Weetman Road.

    Location : South of Wellington Dam

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    Kingtree Winery

    by keeweechic Updated Jan 3, 2006

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    Kingtree Winery is set in the beautiful Ferguson Valley. They produce award-winning wines made from grapes grown in their own vineyards on the sloping hills on the property. They produce Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling and Merlot grapes and were amongst the first plantings in the valley back in 1990. The cellar tasting room features very different decorated glassware, art and jarrah wood pieces in their Gift Shop.

    The Cellar Door is open at weekends and public holidays from 11am until 5.30pm.

    Location : 111 Kingtree Road, Wellington Mills

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    Famous New Attraction

    by keeweechic Written Jan 3, 2006

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    Gnomesville has now been featured on Television shows, postcards, radio as well as also on tourist maps and tour itineraries. Some of the named gnomes are : Greg Gnoman (golfing), The Rolling Gnomes (rock band), Gnomosexual, Gastro-gnome; Gnomin’ in the Glowmin’…

    Location : Gnomesville, Wellington Mills

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    Don't Steal the Gnomes

    by keeweechic Written Jan 3, 2006

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    Gnomesville is maintained by the Wellington Mills Community and the Shire of Dardanup. Gnomes of varying looks and antics are also now placed there by visiting tourists who leave their little placards and make their wish which supposedly the little people grant. Maybe the superstition of bad luck following those who steal or damage the gnomes have allowed the community to thrive and grow over the years.

    Location : Gnomesville, Wellington Mills

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    The Lone Gnome Started It All

    by keeweechic Written Jan 3, 2006

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    The little area came about when the roundabout was being built. An unknown resident placed a gnome at the intersection to supposedly watch the construction. Following that one gnome, and always at night, more and more gnomes were placed (or if you like, came out of the forest) to start a small community.

    Location : Gnomesville, Wellington Mills

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    Gnomesville

    by keeweechic Written Jan 3, 2006

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    At the Roundabout of Wellington Mills and Lowden Roads you will see in an area of natural scrub, known as the Hamlet, colours and faces of little garden gnomes. The last count in 2003 was some 900 and growing.

    Location : Wellington Mills

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    The Quarry

    by keeweechic Written Jan 3, 2006

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    The Quarry at Wellington Dam was the centre of industrial activity during the construction of the dam back in the early 1930’s. Granite rock was quarried from a granite face some 40 ft high. This along with the use of a sand pit 9 kms away went into the construction of the dam. The rock face was drilled with jackhammers and then blasted. The fragments were then crushed and mixed with sand and cement. Large rocks from the excavations were used for the foundations of the wall.

    While the quarry is redundant today, a picnic area with bbq’s and shelters has been developed and there is still plenty of activity with abseiling tours being provided. The sheer face of the quarry also provides an amphitheatre backdrop.

    Location : Wellington Dam, Wellington Weir Road

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    Power Station

    by keeweechic Written Jan 3, 2006

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    They hydro-electric power station at Wellington Dam was built in the 1950's. From November to April, it can generate up to 2 megawatts (MW) of power for the South West Interconnected System when there is a high release of water for irrigation. From July to October, water from the reservoir is released through the turbines if it looks like the dam is likely to overflow.

    Location : Wellington Dam

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    Below The Dam

    by keeweechic Written Jan 3, 2006

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    Below the Dam, in the rapids, you will find conditions for whitewater rafting, although paddling is more during the summer months from the water that is released for irrigation. You can take the road to the left after The Quarry which will take you down to the bottom of the dam and across the other side. There is no parking with your car on any part of this road.

    Location : Wellington Weir Road

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    Wellington Dam

    by keeweechic Written Jan 3, 2006

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    The Dam was built in 1933 in an area of natural beauty and is one of the five Water Resource Recovery Catchments in WA. It was built as a domestic water source for the Great Southern Town Water Supply Scheme and was expanded in size (186gl) in 1960 making it the largest dam in the South West Region as well as one of the safest. Unfortunately the dam’s water is no good for drinking as it has salinity levels twice as high as the Murray River in South Australia. This came about from the clearing of the native vegetation in the catchment area and the water run-off off the land into the dam and so the Dam has only been used to supply up to 68GL of irrigation water annually.

    Location : Wellington Weir Road

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    Gracious but Fragile

    by keeweechic Written Jan 2, 2006

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    Because the King Jarrah tree is so fragile, care is needed as it can often drop branches and even whole limbs without warning. The area around this beautiful tree is filled with not only jarrah but yarri and marri as well.

    Location : King Jarrah, King Tree Road

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