** Update February 2020 **
Unfortunately since we first posted about the Bridgewater Fairy Garden there have been some nasty trolls on the lose who have been in and stolen, broken or vandalised some of the fairy houses BUT we found out that there’s still some left to see and it’s still a cute way to spend an hour or two exploring somewhere new. If your kids are keen on fairies, magic, imagination or just getting outdoors, they will love this place.
It’s located at Deanery Reserve near Arbury Park. For specific directions see notes at the bottom of this post.
Thanks to @ThatLittleNook for the update and the photos!
Follow the Heyson Trail about 50m towards the freeway from the carpark and you’ll find the main Fairy Garden with about 10 little doors from 5-15cm tall. The Garden (shown above) has been growing over the last 6 months and is now well established on the side of the track and easily seen by all. Walkers, visitors and fairy fans have all been adding their own touch to the Garden with everything from hand rails up the steep steps, to animal statues, updated paint work and even mail boxes – of course, how else would the Fairies get their letters the children write to them!?
PS – While its a wonderful day out, it’s not all luxury – there aren’t any facilities at all – no toilets, water, bbqs, shelter etc, but the site is well shaded so it would still be enjoyable on a sunny day. We took our own picnic rug, food and drinks, plus a wide range of ‘fairy toys’ like toy cars, lego men, a few plastic animals from the $2 shop and some flowers from our garden!
DIRECTIONS: To find the Bridgewater Fairy Garden, head right down Old Mount Barker Road until you come to Arbury Park Road and the Deanery Reserve sign shown below. Turn Right (away from Arbury Park), onto the dirt road and you’ll find a carpark up on the Left about 150m. Park there and walk down the fire trail towards the freeway at the far end of the carpark towards the gate. You’ll soon see the main section of the Fairy Garden, but keep your eyes peeled all around the carpark as there are plenty of other doors nearby too! If you drive down Arbury Park Road about 100m you can find some resident horses and alpacas grazing too – the kids loved them!
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