Bunbury

Bottlenose dolphin, BIOSPHOTO Ruoso Cyril / Auscape International

Population 67643

Bunbury is known as the ‘city of three waters’, surrounded by the Indian Ocean, Koombana Bay and the Leschenault Inlet. This is a water-lover’s paradise with fishing, crabbing, diving, white sandy beaches, sailing and kayaking. Bunbury is also known for its wild dolphins that come close to the beach at Koombana Bay. Bunbury was settled by Europeans in 1838 and the Koombana Bay whalers were a source of initial prosperity. Today the port is the main outlet for the timber and mining industries.

Visitor Information

Old Railway Station, Cnr Carmody Pl and Haley St; (08) 9792 7205

www.visitbunbury.com.au

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  • Serpentine National Park

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Nearby towns

  • Australind

    Lying on the Leschenault Estuary and bordered by the Collie River, Australind offers a multitude of aquatic pleasures including fishing,...more

  • Donnybrook

    Donnybrook is the centre of the oldest and largest apple-growing area in Western Australia. This is the home of the Granny Smith apple and...more

  • Harvey

    On the Harvey River, 18 kilometres from the coast, the thriving town of Harvey is surrounded by fertile, irrigated plains. Beef production,...more

In Town

Dolphin Discovery Centre Wild bottlenose dolphins regularly visit Koombana Bay. The centre has interpretative displays on dolphins and other marine life and offers visitors the chance to swim with dolphins under ranger guidance. A 360-degree Dolphinarium, opened in 2011, is the first of its kind in Australia. Dolphin visits usually occur in the mornings; however, times and days of visits are unpredictable. If you prefer not to get wet, take a dolphin-spotting cruise on the bay.  Open daily 8am–4pm Oct–May, 9am–2pm June–Sept; 447 Koombana Dr; (08) 9791 3088.

Historic buildings: many date back to the early decades of the settlement, including the 1865 Rose Hotel; Cnr Victoria and Stephen sts; contact visitor centre for details.

King Cottage: built in 1880 and one of the oldest buildings in Bunbury, this cottage was built by Henry King using homemade bricks. It now displays items of domestic life from the early 20th century; open daily 2–4pm; 77 Forrest Ave; (08) 9721 7546.

Sir John Forrest Monument: born in Picton on the outskirts of Bunbury in 1847, Sir John Forrest was elected the first Premier of WA in 1890 and entered Federal Parliament in 1901; Cnr Victoria and Stephen sts.

Victoria St: a 'cappuccino strip' of sidewalk cafes and restaurants.

Bunbury Regional Art Galleries: built in 1887, formerly a convent for the Sisters of Mercy and now the largest art gallery in the South-West; 64 Wittenoom St; (08) 9721 8616; open 10am–4pm daily.

Miniature Railway Track: take a ride on this 800 m track through the trees at Forest Park; 3rd Sun of each month; Blair St.

Lookouts: Boulter's Heights, Haig Cres and Marlston Hill; Apex Dr.

Lighthouse: painted in black-and-white check, this striking landmark has a lookout at the base; end of Ocean Dr.

Basaltic rock: formed by volcanic lava flow 150 million years ago; foreshore at end of Clifton St, off Ocean Dr.

Mangrove boardwalk: 200 m elevated boardwalk lets you view the southernmost mangrove colony in WA, estimated to be 20 000 years old; Koombana Dr.

Big Swamp Wildlife Park: handfeed kangaroos, see bettongs, wombats, swamp wallabies and more, and enjoy the South-West's largest walk-through aviary with 60 species of native birds; Prince Phillip Dr; (08) 9721 8380; open 10am–5pm daily. 

Kayak tours: take to the waters of Koombana Bay, the Leschenault Estuary or the Collie River; contact Dekked Out Adventures, (08) 9796 1000. 

Heritage trail: 12 km walk from the Old Railway Station; contact visitor centre for brochure.

Nearby

St Marks Anglican Church: built in 1842, this is the second oldest church in WA. The churchyard contains the graves of many early Bunbury settlers; 5 km SE at Picton. 

Featured Wood Gallery: craft and furniture made by local artisans; 12 Piggott Dr, Australind; (08) 9797 2411; 10 km N

Lena Dive Wreck: apprehended by the navy in 2002 for illegal fishing, the Lena was sunk 3 nautical miles from Bunbury as a dive wreck; suitable for snorkelling and diving for all levels of experience; dive tours include Octopus Garden Marine Charters and Coastal Water Dive; contact visitor centre for details.

South West Gemstone Museum: over 2000 gemstones; Lot 5 Bussell Hwy, Gelorup; (08) 9795 7143; 12 km S.

Wineries: at the heart of the Geographe Wine Region, many in the area offer cellar-door tastings, including Willow Bridge Estate (20 km E) in the picturesque Ferguson Valley and Capel Vale Wines (27 km S); contact visitor centre for details.

Abseiling tours: on the quarry face of the Wellington Dam; contact visitor centre for details.

Scenic flights: over Bunbury and surrounds.

Fishing spots near town

Dunsborough 58 km

Dunsborough is about three hours’ drive south of Perth, and offers beach, rock and boat fishing. Local fishing store operator Damien Lane says the rock ledges produce salmon in autumn and winter, Samson fish,... Find out more


Eco-friendly activities around town

Snorkelling around Busselton and Augusta 45 km

The marine life growing off and feeding near the historic 1841-metre Busselton Jetty makes it one of the easiest and best snorkelling and dive sites in Western Australia. The Underwater Observatory (see entry below) at... Find out more


Wardan Aboriginal Centre 67 km

The cultural centre for the Wardandi people, this rammed-earth building in Yallingup has Aboriginal art displays, guided tours, toolmaking and spear-throwing workshops and dance demonstrations.... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

Alexanders Restaurant

Located within the Lord Forrest Hotel, Alexanders Restaurant offers some of the finest food in town. Produce from the region features on the extremely well priced menu, with a good mix of vegetarian, seafood and meat... Find out more


Aristos Waterfront

Known as the Surprise Chef from his own cooking show, Aristos Papandroulakis returned to his home town of Bunbury in 1992 to open Aristos Waterfront. An up-market fish and chippery, the product is so fresh and delicious... Find out more


Boardwalk Bar & Bistro

Within the Parade Hotel on the banks of the Leschenault Inlet, a cool breeze accompanies the sunset as you feast on local seafood or sample the region’s wines or beers. Also on the menu is standard bistro fare and... Find out more


Mojo’s Restaurant

Mojo’s is a cosy establishment that has captured Bunbury’s progressive vibe. The menu features fresh and innovative selections such as sautéed Capel marron with spicy lemon garlic sauce, exotic... Find out more


Vat 2

What a superb place to kick back with harbour views and delicious fare. The seasonal menu will appease most patrons and the oysters are exceptionally good. Vat 2’s rising reputation reflects the same quality as its... Find out more


Carlaminda Wines Bistro

In the midst of the green pastures of the Ferguson Valley, Carlaminda serves up traditional French cuisine. Locals and tourists alike venture from Bunbury and Perth for the delicious country cooking, with traditional... Find out more


Hackersley 24 km

Relax over a long lunch at Hackersley in the beautiful Ferguson Valley. The seasonal menu suits the winery’s produce well, with offerings like charred salmon with wild lime, orange and rosemary sauce, and a... Find out more


Campsites around town

The Cut camping area (walk-in camping) 4 km

A small camping area at the end of a peninsula, 8.5 km south of the Belvidere camping ground, the Cut has walk-in, cycle or boat access only. Bring your own firewood and drinking water.... Find out more


Belvidere camping ground 12 km

Belvidere has a good range of facilities in a relaxing beach environment, 20 km north of Australind; you need to bring firewood and drinking water, though. An interpretation trail here explains the history of the area.... Find out more


Honeymoon Pool camping areas 28 km

These small camping areas set in the shady forest beside the Lower Collie River have a good range of basic facilities in a beautiful natural environment. Swimming and canoeing in the river are popular activities here, as... Find out more


Potters Gorge camping area 32 km

Fishing, canoeing and bushwalking are popular activities at this forest camping area on the shoreline of Wellington Dam, 29 km west of Collie via Coalfields and Wellington Dam rds. A good range of facilities is provided.... Find out more


Yarri camping area 42 km

The Yarri campsite is on a hillside along a lovely tributary of the Harvey River. This shelter has been designed to take advantage of the slope of the site, with a stunning deck area that looks over the surrounding... Find out more


Yabberup camping area 43 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Yabberup is 41 km from Harris Dam camping area and 17.7 km from Noggerup camping area.... Find out more


Lake Brockman (Logue Brook Dam) camping area 47 km

There is camping in the bush lining the shore of the lake,  32 km south of Bidjar Ngoulin camping area and 46 km from Yarri camping area.... Find out more


Lake Brockman camping area (bush camping) 47 km

Foreshore bush camping is available at Lake Brockman, a beautiful lakeside environment 6 km east of the South Western Hwy. You need to bring your own drinking water.  Popular activities include swimming, fishing,... Find out more


Harris Dam camping area 48 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Harris Dam is 13.5 km from Yourdamung camping area and 41 km from Yabberup camping area.... Find out more


Lake Brockman Tourist Park 48 km

This extremely popular tourist park is on Logue Brook Dam Rd, 6 km east of the South Western Hwy. Head here for swimming, fishing, boating, waterskiing and canoeing. The lakeside environment is also perfect for... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Discovery Holiday Park – Koombana Bay 1 km

Right in the heart of Bunbury, this quality park offers discerning caravanners a range of excellent facilities including a coffee shop and a tennis court. Bookings are required in peak periods. There is a minimum-stay... Find out more


Bunbury Glade Caravan Park 3 km

A good quality park just 3 km south of the city centre, this place has well-maintained grounds and good facilities. It is easily accessible from the Bussell Highway. Bookings are required in January and for long weekends... Find out more


Discovery Holiday Parks – Bunbury Village 5 km

This is a very good quality park on the highway, 6 km from the city centre. It has some great features including minigolf and a tennis court. Its location makes it an excellent base for a holiday in Bunbury. Bookings are... Find out more


Binningup Beach Caravan Park 21 km

This is a nicely shaded park close to the beach in a small beachside community. It suits the budget-minded traveller out of peak periods. Wood-fired pizzas are available on Friday and Saturday evenings. Bookings are... Find out more


Big 4 Beachlands Holiday Park 48 km

This is a very good quality park in the very popular holiday town of Busselton. Sites are at a premium here in holiday periods, when the price of powered sites soars. Bookings are required at peak times and a... Find out more


Mandalay Holiday Resort 49 km

This is an excellent quality caravan park for tourists. It is just across the road from the beach and about 4 km from the town centre. There is a popular resort-style pool and large grassy playing area. Holiday periods... Find out more


Big4 Peppermint Park 52 km

This is one of the neatest parks we have visited in recent times. The camp kitchen has to one of the best we have seen in a part of Australia that is renowned for quality parks. Bookings are required in peak times and a... Find out more


Yallingup Beach Holiday Park 67 km

This park is in the centre of Yallingup. The popular surfing beach is just metres away and the resort-style holiday centre is just a brief stroll from the gate. The park is very well maintained and has particularly good... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

All Seasons Sanctuary Golf Resort

For the golfing enthusiast, the All Seasons Sanctuary Golf Resort offers the perfect blend of golfing and luxury just eight minutes from the CBD. All 37 of the apartments are set within landscape gardens, lakes and... Find out more


Boathouse B&B

Right in the heart of Bunbury and located on the water’s edge, the lovely Boathouse B&B has spectacular views at a ridiculously low price. While you’re relaxing on the balcony watching the sunset, you... Find out more


Bunbury Silo Accommodation

Built for wheat in 1937, the historic grain silos have been transformed into luxury residential apartments. Situated close to the waterfront and Bunbury’s tourist precinct, the three-bedroom apartment is fully... Find out more


Quality Hotel Lord Forrest

Located among waterways, beaches and forests, guests escape to the country in style at the Lord Forrest Hotel. Offering a range of accommodation options, from standard hotel rooms to two-bedroom suites, the decor is... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Yelverton Brook Eco Spa Retreat 64 km

Set in a 40-hectare conservation reserve protected from feral predators, with woylies, bandicoots and other animals roaming around, the self-contained chalets here have everything you could want, including local... Find out more


Yallingup Strawbale Retreat 65 km

The two retreats here have walls built of straw. You can collect eggs for your breakfast, or see what is in season in the orchard.... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Bunbury South Rest Area 5 km

42 km NW of Margaret River (L) or 57 km SE of Bunbury (R)

Small area just off the highway. Limited shade.


Ironstone Gully camping area 36 km

T/O at Donnybrook

Secluded in the bush off Capel Rd 18km south-west of Donnybrook.


Harvey River park area 37 km

At Harvey

Under shady trees on the banks of the Harvey River.


Hoffman Mill Camp Area 55 km

T/O 44 km S of Pinjarra (L) or 56 km N of Bunbury (R)

Large camp area located 18 kilometres east of the highway via Logue Brook Dam Road and Clarke Road. Good facilities and shade.

NOTE: Access road part unsealed. Area closed April–November.


Bandicoot Brook rest area 63 km

21km S of Pinjarra (R) or 79km N of Bunbury (L)

Just off the highway among some trees.


Greenbushes rest area 68 km

9km S of Balingup (R) or 17km N of Bridgetown (L)

At the junction with the northern road into Greenbushes.


Barrabup Pool camping area 69 km

T/O 2km N of Nannup (L) or 58km SE of Busselton (R)

In the forest 8km west of the highway via Mowen Rd.


What's on around town

Viva Bunbury: Latin-themed street party as part of racing carnival; Mar. 

Groovin The Moo: music festival; May. 

The Funtabulous Bunbury Kidsfest: Sept/Oct.

Geographe Crush: food and wine festival; Nov.

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