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Published January 16th 2012
This neat little place is set in a backdrop of beautifully manicured gardens, adorned with, you guessed it, miniature buildings. Abingdon Miniature Village is open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm, except Christmas and Boxing Day.
Situated just off Pinjarra Road at 28 Husband Road in Barragup and less than a ten minute drive from Mandurah, Abingdon Miniature Village receives tours from the (HATS) Hotel and Tour Shuttle Bus, which departs from the Mandurah train station.
If you do not wish to take a tour, getting to Barragup is still easy, with trains running from Perth to Mandurah and a bus service direct to the village twice daily as well.
When we first visited the Abingdon Miniature Village the owners were in the process of extending the gardens and the mini golf was yet to be constructed; this is now complete. Still, it was quite charming and there was enough to see and do for little ones.
The stunning gardens are aplenty and divided into different sections by wide pathways. The trails wind round gardens filled with varied bushes, hedges and topiaries of all shapes, sizes and shades. At the edges of rockeries are flowering ornamental annuals of many bursting colours.
A one thousand square metre hedge maze can be viewed from raised platforms if you have trouble working out how to navigate from start to finish. You'll have to get out first to do this though, or take a sneak peak before you go. There's also a flat ground circle maze with cement paths and grass in between.
Grassed areas around the village and miniature buildings are lush and neatly maintained. To the 'miniatures' themselves; this would have taken a keen and patient individual or persons to create the magic here.
Abingdon miniatures can be purchased in the U.K., where the fascinating Abingdon history surrounding these mini replicas of real life buildings has originated. They even pose little people in the displays doing various activities. A model train is included and operates along the purpose-built railway line, throughout another area of the garden.
Cost for entry is $38 per family of two adults and two children. Adults alone are $14 each, with children from 3 – 12 years at half this price. Senior and student discounts are priced at $10 each.
There has been talk about a grumpy old guy that works there, which could easily be explained. It would take a lot of hard work to keep this place as attractive as it is, which may be unrewarding at times if there's not much appreciation happening. Who knows?
The business is now for sale or lease and the current owners will be closing the gate from 31st January, 2012. Select 'Business Opportunity' on their home page if you are interested in this unique chance to run a well-established business.
In the meantime, if you wish to see the miniatures before they close (with an unknown reopening date), visit Abingdon Miniature Village today.
We are from Abingdon England and wanted to visit here last March when we were in Perth but we had no reply form the email we sent. Has this now been taken over and reopened? I would love to visit next time we are in Perth.
What a lovely place this is! We took the grandparents and the children and we all had a great time. The only extra thing I would mention were the mosquitoes. I was bitten alive. It may have been a freak invasion but take your repellent just in case- you don't want anything to spoil this fab day out!
It was ashame; we went here today and they were supposed to be open, but the gates were locked and no one was answering their phone. Hope they are o.k. Maybe that's why they're closing; finding it increasingly difficult to keep the doors open :)
All the Best to Abingdon owners for future endeavours.
Well we finally got in yesterday and made our last visit to Abingdon Miniature Village. The owners are retiring and closing the doors as of today. If anyone is interested, they are attempting to sell the business or lease it out. It really is a beautiful place to see; the gardens are very lovely and currently well maintained.
For all the people wanting to see this business reopen its doors, it's already happened. After a short closure of two months, new owners Peter & Dianne Murphy have taken over and even sprouted new ideas for the future.
Deemed one of the most popular tourist attractions for the Peel region, it's good to see it open again with fresh faces and excitement.
Those who saw it, please return. Those who didn't, please make your way here.