Until recently we had never heard of the Featured Wood Gallery and Museum in Australind. It came highly recommended as a place not to miss,
so the next time we went down that way, we just had to drop in and have a look around.
The Wood Gallery and Museum are a bit hidden away at 12 Piggot Drive in Australind but it was easy enough to find.
The first thing you see as you enter is the wood gallery. I'm not sure whether to refer to John Ablett (the owner) as an artist or a craftsman, but I guess
he qualifies as both. The wood gallery contains some really spectacular pieces but sadly, due to the possibility of people copying John's original wood
sculptures and mass producing cheap copies, we couldn't take any photos of that section.
It is rare these days to see such wonderfully crafted pieces and John has every reason to be proud of his artistic creations. Works in the Wood Gallery are for sale,
so if you are looking for that special sculpture for your home or business, check it out.
The second section of the building is dedicated to military memorabilia and history. Displays range from Aboriginal Culture, Native American, Wild West,
American Civil War, World War One and Two and plenty more.
We have visited a number of military museums in W.A. but have never seen anything quite like this before. It is unique in W.A. and if you are visiting the Bunbury area,
it is really worth going to have a look.
You can do a self-drive tour of the Bunbury and Australind area or for a special treat why not arrange a tour though
South West Tourist Services and include the Gallery and Museum as part of your itinerary?
There is a small fee to visit the Museum but it is certainly worth it and after having a look for ourselves, we highly recommend it as one of the best places to
visit in the Bunbury area.
The Museum is open from 10am to 4pm every day and you can contact John on 08 9797 2411.