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Bunbury, WA

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.

Nearest Airport: Bunbury

Where to stay?


  • Farm/Station
  • Rural/Country
  • Eco Tourism
  • Historic/Heritage

Popular Activities

  • Cruising
  • Golfing
  • Shopping
  • Fishing
  • Wildlife
  • Beach

About Bunbury

  • Locality: Major urban locality
  • Bunbury Postcode: 6230
  • State: Western Australia
  • Region: Margaret River & the South West
  • Latitude: -33.32711
  • Longitude: 115.63699
  • Elevation: 14m
  • Population: 3740
  • Median Income: $42588
  • Area (Sq/km): 4.788
  • Timezone: Australia/Perth

Tours In Bunbury

Discover some of the tours options around Bunbury

Explore The Outback

Australia has a vast remote interior, much of it largely untouched. By night, the outback is deathly quiet, with the only light provided by the stars and the moon - a perfect oportunity for stargazing. Explore the isolated heart of the country, meet and connect with Aboriginal people and experience one of the oldest living cultures in the world. Go ‘walk-about’ and immerse yourself with Australia’s endless outback horizons.

Outback Experiences

Luxe Accommodation

Enjoy a distinctly Australian luxury experience, such as the unforgettable reefs, islands, beaches and coast; rugged mountain ranges, rainforests and vast national parks; and the many vibrant food and wine regions. Take a once in a lifetime adventure and discover the sheer indulgence of experiencing the wonders of Australia in style and stay in total luxury.

Australia has wide variety of accommodation options to suit most budgets and travelling preferences. Choose from luxury lodges, boutique hotels, serviced apartments, motels, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks as well as youth and backpacker hostels.


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