Bunbury Travel Guide
Famed for its friendly bottlenose dolphins, Bunbury is a beautiful meeting point of maritime history, white sandy beaches, delicious local wine and spectacular wilderness.
Bunbury, Western Australia
You’ll also find a growing arts scene alongside boutique shops, bars and cafes. Make the most of your stay and visit the Dolphin Discovery Centre, an immersive experience that lets you meet some of Australia’s most playful residents.
Things to see and do in Bunbury
Bunbury is home to a thriving dolphin community that frolic along the tranquil waters of Koombana Bay. Get to know these gorgeous creatures by visiting the Dolphin Discovery Centre, located on the foreshore. This impressive centre offers a range of experiences, from dolphin swim tours to an interaction zone where you can wade into the water and let the dolphins approach you.
Bunbury is also establishing a name for itself as a foodie scene, with a growing number of cafes and waterside restaurants emerging in the Mariston Waterfront Precinct. Only 15 minutes from town, you’ll also find the rolling green vineyards of Ferguson Valley. Adorned with thriving vines and award-winning wineries, this growing wine region is home to boutique cellar doors, breweries and restaurants.
Other family attractions
Ready to get up close to kangaroos, exotic birds and native reptiles? Bunbury Wildlife Park offers a range of memorable wildlife experiences for young and old. Explore a walk-through aviary, feed Red and Western Grey Kangaroos and enjoy a picnic under the shady trees. Located next to the Dolphin Discovery Centre, kids will also love the Koombana Foreshore Playground’s climbing towers and ziplines.
Find a range of local delicacies at the Bunbury Farmers Market, held throughout the week at the corner of Vittoria Road and Australind Bypass. Treat the kids with smoothies, cakes and chocolates. For a slice of history, the Bunbury Museum Heritage Centre is home to fascinating tales and relics that recount shipwrecks, convicts and migrant tales. It also houses an exhibit detailing the culture of the region’s Indigneous Wardandi Noongar people.
Beaches and natural attractions
Bunbury is surrounded by gorgeous family-friendly beaches. Koombana Beach is a calm, white-sand beach ideal for families. Renowned for its dolphins, you’ll also find a variety of restaurants near the Koombana Bay Sailing Club. Back Beach is a short walk from town, and other popular beaches include the tranquil Peppermint Grove beach, 30 minutes north, and Myalup Beach, 30 minutes south.
Next to the Ferguson Valley, Wellington National Park is home to Australia’s second-largest dam, picturesque walking tracks and waterways perfect for fishing, canoeing and swimming. Visit the Wellington Discovery and find out about the spectacular surrounding jarrah forest, including the 500-year-old King Jarrah tree. Explore the area on one of the spectacular walking tracks that take in Potters Gorge and Honeymoon Pool. You’ll also find mountain biking trails in the area.