BUNBURY is 180 km South of Perth and is affectionately known as Western Australia’s "City in the South." It is the cultural and administrative centre of the South West Region of the State. It is a popular holiday destination and home to a number of dolphins and plenty of Blue Manna Crabs.
The port of Bunbury is a vital exporter of timber and agricultural products, visitors may drive along the harbour breakwater to watch shipping operations.
Well known for its pristine beaches, Bunbury is a popular holiday spot for Western Australians and offers the visitor a wide range of local tours, cruises and special events.
Things to see and do:
- Dolphin Discovery Centre (dolphins.mysouthwest.com.au/)
- Big Swamp Reserve and Boardwalk
- Mangrove Boardwalk and Bird Life
- Entertainment Centre
- Cappuccino Strip
- Art Galleries
- Shopping Malls
- Surfing the calm Back Beach
- Skatepark – Queens Gardens
- Sample fine wines at Capel Vale (www.capelvale.com/)and Killbery Wineries.
- Climb up Marlston Hill Lookout and take in the beautiful views.
Due to the many Bottlenose Dolphins a popular activity is a visit to the Dolphin Discovery Centre on Koombana Beach. You may also get the opportunity to swim with the dolphins, which is wonderful. You can swim and snorkel with the dolphins within the Dolphin Discovery Centres Interaction area all year around. However, the centre also offers a cruise including the opportunity to swim with the dolphins (December to April). If you’d prefer to stay dry, but still see the dolphins you can join a cruise from the centre to go dolphin spotting.
There are a number of other tourist attractions around Bunbury, including the Big Swamp Wildlife Park, the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries and the interesting King Cottage. You can also join one of the walking tours around the town, or a Cheese and Wine Cruise.
There are some excellent cafes and restaurants in Bunbury, with many situated along the ‘Cappuccino Strip’ on Victoria Street.