Bunbury is a beautiful city surrounded by water on three sides from pristine coastline, Koombana Bay and the Leschenault Inlet. Located only 180km from Perth
it is the gateway to all the south west has to offer from wine regions to stunning beaches to majestic forests.
Marlston Hill Lookout offers 360 degree views of the city and its surrounds including Koombana Bay, Leschenault Inlet, the Marina, Darling Scarp to the east and Geographe Bay/Cape Naturaliste to the south. The spiral tower has 90 steps to climb and the views are entirely worth it.
For a different perspective of the city from up above is the Boulter’s Heights Lookout. The enormous hillside nestled against the city centre offers views of the city, inlet, port and the Darling Ranges.
The iconic black and white-checkered Bunbury Lighthouse is fully functional and one of the city’s most prominent landmarks. It is located at the northern end of town at Wyalup-Rocky Point, built upon ancient basalt rock. Close by is a grassy picnic area by the ocean with gas barbeque facilities and shelters.
The main street in the city centre is Victoria Street and is a highly regarded cappuccino strip featuring many cafes, restaurants and bars. Whether you’re in the mood for coffee, cold ale, alfresco dining or gelati it’s all there along the strip.
Wild Bottlenose Dolphins inhabit local waters and can often be seen in the estuary, inlet and Koombana Bay where the Dolphin Discovery Centre is located. The dolphins are very inquisitive and friendly and visit the interaction area in front of the centre usually between 8am and 12pm. Visitors have the option to watch from the beach, take a boat cruise or swim with the dolphins (swimming available October to May only). The beach at Koombana Bay is a safe and calm swimming/water sport area with grassy areas, playground, barbeques and kiosk, ideal for families.
The Bunbury coastline boasts clean sandy white shores along the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The Back Beach on Ocean Drive is a popular swimming, surfing and hangout area with a waterside restaurant, kiosk and surf club. There is also a walking/cycle path along Ocean Drive and a dog beach.
Just three nautical miles off the coast is the Lena Dive Wreck. The illegal fishing vessel was sunk as a dive wreck in 2002 by the Australian Navy. Divers and snorkelers alike can explore the wreck and its many sea creature inhabitants.
Leschenault Inlet at Australind, just minutes north of town along the Old Coast Road is a popular crabbing spot. Wade knee deep with a scoop net, throw nets off the jetty or launch a boat at the ramp and try your luck for the local Blue Manna Crabs. Australind is a lovely place to enjoy the sun setting over the estuary, relaxing on the banks or barbequing on the lawn.
Only 19km from Bunbury is the Ferguson Valley wine region, known for its stunning views of rolling hills and green fields. The 36km Ferguson Valley Loop (along Ferguson Rd) takes you through tranquil bush land past many wineries and the Wild Bull Brewery.
Towards the end of the loop where Ferguson Rd meets Wellington Mill Rd, just east of Dardanup, is the unique Gnomesville. This little community of garden gnomes scattered throughout the roadside bush land is a spectacular sight. Originally started by a local placing one gnome there, the number has skyrocketed to over 1000 gnomes of all shapes and sizes and many clever anecdotes left there by visitors from all around the world. You just have to see it to appreciate it for yourself, even take your own gnome!
The city of Bunbury is the tourist capital of the south west and within 1 hour drive are the likes of Margaret River, Yallingup, Busselton and Dunsborough...more fantastic tourist destinations featuring wineries, beaches and great waves.
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Destinations in Western Australia
Cape Le Grand
Cape Range National Park
Eighty Mile Beach
Fitzgerald River National Park
Gibb River Road
Kalbarri National Park
Kennedy Range National Park
Porongurup National Park
Port Denison Dongara
Torndirrup National Park
Wellington National Park
William Bay National Park
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