The cosmopolitan Port of Bunbury, just two hours’ drive south of Perth, is located on a spectacular peninsular surrounded by blue waters of the Indian Ocean, Koombana Bay and the Leschenault Inlet.
A vibrant town with a strong maritime atmosphere, Bunbury is now renowned for the wild but friendly dolphins that interact with people in Koombana Bay.
The 90 dolphins that live permanently in the calm waters of the bay have been coming in to the beach for decades. Established as a place for people to interact with dolphins in their natural habitat, this unique experience is enhanced by the on-site “Dolphin Discovery Centre”. The research and information centre provides visitors with a comprehensive insight into the lives and history of the dolphins. The dolphins do not have a regular appearance pattern at the beach, however they tend to visit more frequently during the summer months. While guidelines are suggested, human interaction is not supervised or regulated. All this results in a chance encounter being inspirational and memorable. Dolphin watching boat tours and cruises on the inlet are also available.
Bunbury’s other features include Western Australia’s southern-most mangroves, rare basaltic rock and nearby Tuart Forest. A colourful “cappuccino strip” of sidewalk cafes and a variety of eating-places has developed along the Central Business Districts Victoria Street. These cafes and the many award-winning restaurants and historic pubs ensure the atmosphere hums from dawn to dusk.
A perfect base for touring the surrounding countryside, a tapestry of sights and experiences are available within short distances from Bunbury. Fields of orchard trees in blossom, wildflowers, vineyards, forests, national parks, beautiful waterways, historic towns, a wealth of art and craft, are just part of the experience.
Other experiences available include fascinating walks, an assortment of art and craft studios, galleries and museums. A bird’s-eye view of the compact city can be obtained from many lookout points or for the adventurous by an aerial tour in a micro flight.
For golfers Bunbury offers three international courses and family activities include wildlife parks and a miniature train tour.
The entertainment and cultural capital of the South West, the Bunbury Entertainment Centre dazzles audiences with opera, drama and comedy from around the nation. Modern art by famous local artists Mary Knott and Russell Sheridan together with nautically themed street scaping add to the atmosphere of the streets.
Of historical significance to the South West, French Explorer Captain De Freycinet sighted Bunbury from his ship ‘Geographe’ in 1803. In 1836, following establishment of Swan River colony, Governor, Captain James Stirling, dispatched an exploratory party to investigate the lands to the south of Fremantle. Lt Bunbury made the first successful overland trek to Port Leschenault and it was renamed ‘Bunbury’ in his honour. This history is now carried into today in the maritime theming of streets and old architecture of buildings.
Bunbury has accommodation ranging from four star resorts, award winning specialty accommodation, luxuriously appointed beachfront and city motels, enchanting B & Bs, self contained chalets and apartments in waterside and beach locations through to Caravan, Camping and Backpackers facilities.
Activites and Experiences at Bunbury
- Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
- Beach A beach attraction is a beach area that is recognised for its scenic beauty, recreational opportunities, environmental state, and/or fauna population. Recreational vehicles can be driven on a number of beaches around Australia
- Rural/Country Relating to the rural/country lifestyle (ie agricultural or pastoral)
- Cruise To sail from place to place for pleasure
- Eco Tourism Relating to the natural environment, its protection and conservation. Product fitting this experiencee have been awarded an Eco Tourism Accreditation
- Educational Proving visitor with some type of instruction or learning experience
- Farm/Station On a farm or station with the option to participate in the activities of the property.
- Fishing Related to any fishing activities
- Flora and Fauna Relating to Plant and Animal Life
- Golf Playing or watching Golf
- Historic/Heritage Nation’s historic buildings, monuments, countryside etc, especially when regarded worthy of preservation
- Industry/Mining, Agriculture Relating to Industry, mining or agriculture
- Marine A location where visitors can observe dolphins in their natural habitat
- Shopping Organised shopping or shopping at well know retail outlets
- Wildlife Animals living in their natural environment or attractions that provide visitors with the opportunity to view a variety of wildlife
Nearest Airport: Bunbury
Accommodation In Bunbury
Discover some of the accommodation in and around Bunbury
- All Seasons Sanctuary Golf Resort
- Best Western Clifton & Grittleton Lodge
- Bunbury Backpackers – Wander Inn
- Bunbury Village Holiday Park
- Bunbury’s Secret Cottage
- Comfort Inn Admiral Bunbury
- Haddon House
- Koombana Bay Holiday Resort
- Lighthouse Beach Resort
- Ocean Drive Motel
- Rose Hotel
- Sussex on Willis Cove Bed and Breakfast
- Welcome Inn Motel