Cape Naturaliste, Mike Langford / Auscape International

Population 3373

Dunsborough is a picturesque coastal town on the south-western tip of Geographe Bay. Just west of the town is Leeuwin–Naturaliste National Park with its dramatic coastline and seasonal wildflower displays. Many of the wineries of the South-West region are only a short drive from the town.

Visitor Information

Dunsborough Park Shopping Centre, Seymour Blvd; (08) 9755 3209

Nearby national parks

  • Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park

    This long, narrow park hugs the south-west coast of Western Australia for 120 kilometres between two prominent capes, Cape Naturaliste in...more

  • Yalgorup National Park

    Located just south of Mandurah in a long, narrow strip between the Old Coast Road and the Indian Ocean, and protecting a wetland system...more

  • Shannon National Park

    Shannon National Park, between Manjimup and Walpole in Western Australia’s southern forest region, encompasses the Shannon River as it...more

Nearby towns

  • Yallingup

    Yallingup, known for its limestone caves and world-class surf breaks, is also an ideal location for swimming, fishing and beachcombing....more

  • Busselton

    First settled by Europeans in 1834, Busselton is one of the oldest towns in Western Australia. It is situated on the shores of Geographe Bay...more

  • Margaret River

    One of the best known towns in Western Australia, Margaret River is synonymous with world-class wines, magnificent coastal scenery,...more


Leeuwin–Naturaliste National Park Close to Dunsborough at the northern end of the park is Cape Naturaliste, with its lighthouse, museum and whale-watching platform (humpback whales linger offshore Sept–Nov). Walking tracks offer spectacular views of the coastline. Sugarloaf Rock is a dramatic formation just south of the lighthouse – it is also a habitat of the endangered red-tailed tropic bird. 13 km NW. See also Margaret River and Augusta.

Blackwood Valley wine region This region began producing wine in 1976. Read more

Country Life Farm: animals galore, plus merry-go-round, giant slide and bouncing castles; Caves Rd; (08) 9755 3707; 1 km W.

Simmo's Icecreamery: 39 flavours of homemade ice-cream made fresh daily; Commonage Rd; 5 km SE.

Quindalup Fauna Park: specialises in birds, fish, tropical butterflies and baby animals; (08) 9755 3933; 5 km E.

Wreck of HMAS Swan: the largest accessible dive-wreck site in the Southern Hemisphere; tour bookings and permits at visitor centre; off Point Picquet, just south of Eagle Bay; 8 km NW.

Beaches: to the north-west, popular for fishing, swimming and snorkelling, include Meelup (5 km), Eagle Bay (8 km) and Bunker Bay (12 km).

Tours and activities: whale-watching charters (Sept–Nov); deep-sea fishing charters; scuba diving, snorkelling and canoeing; wildflower displays in season.

Fishing spots near town

Dunsborough 2 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

Wardan Aboriginal Centre 8 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

Snorkelling around Busselton and Augusta 22 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

Margaret River canoe tour 37 km

Bushtucker River and Winery Tours will take you canoeing down the quiet Margaret River, with opportunities to see kangaroos, bushtucker- bearing plants and heritage sites on a guided four-hour excursion. There is time... Find out more

Cycle tour - Margaret River 37 km

You can explore this scenic region at your own pace, including wineries, karri forests, caves and beaches on a bike. Dirty Detours hires bikes in Margaret River and runs a one-day, off-road Sip and Cycle tour, while... Find out more

Dolphin Discovery Centre 59 km

This non-profit organisation is committed to education, conservation and research about dolphins, but also provides extraordinary opportunities to interact with these creatures. About 90 wild bottlenose dolphins live in... Find out more

Caving - Southern Western Australia 73 km

Six limestone caves in the Capes region are open to the public and there are self-guided and adventure-caving options. Jewel Cave is the largest of Western Australia’s tourist caves and has beautiful formations... Find out more

Walking the Cape to Cape Track 83 km

One of Western Australia’s brilliant longdistance walks, the Cape to Cape Walk covers 135 kilometres between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin, going through coastal heath, wildflowers, jarrah–marri forest... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Dunsborough Bakery

Established in 1942 and reputedly one of the best bakeries in Australia, the Dunsborough Bakery is famous for its pies and sourdough loaves. Constantly packed with locals, tourists and surfers, this cash-only bakery is... Find out more

Other Side of the Moon Restaurant

With Bunker Bay at your feet and the Indian Ocean beyond, you could imagine you have visited somewhere as special as the moon. Inside, the swanky decor does little to persuade you otherwise, as does the innovative menu.... Find out more

Wise Vineyard Restaurant

A short drive from the town of Dunsborough and perched high on a hill, Wise Vineyard’s restaurant is run by chef Heath Townsend. The seasonal menu draws upon regional delights such as venison, lamb and seafood, and... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Bootleg Brewery 16 km

Established in 1994 in the Margaret River wine region, this long-running craft brewery bills itself as ‘an oasis of beer in a desert of wine’. The metaphor never quite rang true and even less so in recent... Find out more

Cowaramup Brewing Company 24 km

This family-owned microbrewery, based in the Margaret River wine-producing belt, first fired up in December 2006. Cowaramup can be tricky to pronounce for some visitors (correctly: Ca-rara-mup) and the locals often refer... Find out more

Campsites around town

Geographe Bay Holiday Resort 17 km

Geographe Bay Holiday Resort is located on Bussell Highway, Busselton and offers visitors a good  range of  facilities in shady surroundings on the foreshore of the beach.  It's a great park for families... Find out more

Canebrake Pool camping area 34 km

A selection of peaceful sites in the forest beside the river, Canebrake Pool camping area is 5.5 km along Canebreak Rd. Swimming and canoeing are popular pastimes here. Rapids Conservation Park is 25 km north-east of... Find out more

Margaret River Tourist Park 38 km

Margaret River Tourist Park is 1 km from the centre of town, on Station Rd. It offers visitors shady, grassed sites with a good range of facilities for campers, who can set up their tents on the cloth pads provided, as... Find out more

Conto camping area 53 km

This camping area has a good range of facilities in natural surroundings. It’s near the magnificent scenery and numerous activities offered by this beautiful stretch of coast, and also in close proximity to several... Find out more

Chapman Pool camping area 53 km

This small camping area near the river is 25 km south-east of Margaret River via the Bussell Hwy and Warner Glen Rd. Good facilities are provided in a peaceful forest setting, with swimming, fishing and canoeing the main... Find out more

Point Road camping area 54 km

On Point Rd, 21 km south-west of Margaret River off Boranup Dr, this campground has 4WD access to a delightfully forested area with small campsites close to a fishing and surfing beach. You need to come equipped with... Find out more

Sues Bridge camping area 57 km

This small, secluded camping area is in the forest on Sues Rd, off the Brockman Hwy, 38 km east of Karridale. Campers will find a good range of facilities here while enjoying such activities as fishing, swimming and... Find out more

Alexandra Bridge camping area 61 km

Set beside the Blackwood River 26 km north-east of Augusta on Clarke Dr, this secluded campsite makes the most of the diverse forest landscape on the east side of Alexandra Bridge. With a good range of visitor facilities... Find out more

Boranup camping area 62 km

This small, shady camping area in the forest has access for small vans only. Follow the signpost on Boranup Dr, off Caves Rd, 10 km north-west of Karridale. Come equipped with drinking water.... Find out more

The Cut camping area (walk-in camping) 64 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

Caravan parks around town

Yallingup Beach Holiday Park 8 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

Big4 Peppermint Park 14 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

Mandalay Holiday Resort 18 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

Big 4 Beachlands Holiday Park 19 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

Taunton Farm Holiday Park 21 km

We think this is possibly the best base for exploring the wonderful Margaret River region and its many wineries. It is a quality park in a great farm setting and we always enjoy our stays here. Bookings are required in... Find out more

Margaret River Tourist Park 38 km

Located 1 km from the centre of town, this park is a convenient base to explore the popular Margaret River holiday region. Pets are allowed, but small dogs only. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Bunbury Village 57 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

Bunbury Glade Caravan Park 58 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 Park – Koombana Bay 60 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

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Blue Escape

Blue Escape is a stylish two-storey four-bedroom home just a short walk to the town centre, ocean and parks. The upper level takes advantage of the bay views, incorporating an open-plan living area and resort-style... Find out more

Dunsborough Rail Carriages & Farm Cottages

These lovingly restored jarrah rail carriages are a unique getaway. Tastefully appointed with modern fittings and self-contained, they suit couples or a small family. For larger groups, the cottages sleep eight and the... Find out more

Newberry Manor

Despite being built in 2000, Newberry Manor exudes the charm of a bygone era with the benefit of all the modern conveniences. The king-sized suites include spas, cable TV, internet access and private verandahs to the... Find out more

Quay West Resort Bunker Bay

Luxuriously appointed villas, a day spa at your disposal and an outstanding restaurant all contribute to Quay West Resort Bunker Bay’s five-star rating. Not to mention being perched above the world-class Bunker... Find out more

Whalers Cove

Within walking distance to town and a beachfront location, the Whalers Cove is the ideal seaside holiday location, catering equally well to groups and couples. Popular year-round, the villas are well appointed and each... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Yallingup Strawbale Retreat 6 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

Yelverton Brook Eco Spa Retreat 16 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

Burnside Bungalows 32 km

At Margaret River you can stay on this certified organic and biodynamic farm that produces mulberries, apricots, nectarines, peaches, avocados and olives. The accommodation is in cottages made with rammed earth and... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Conto camping area 52 km

T/O at Karridale

Whistlers Way campsite is located 19km north-west of the highway via Bushby, Caves and Conto rds. It's in a secluded bushland setting near the coast in Leeuwin–Naturaliste National Park. Other campsites available. Only Whistlers Way campsite suitable for large vans.

Chapman Pool camping area 53 km

T/O 64km W of Nannup (R) or 11km E of Karridale (L)

Secluded bush setting 9km north of the highway via Warner Glen Rd.

Ironstone Gully camping area 56 km

T/O at Donnybrook

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

McLeod Creek Rest Area 56 km

23 km N of Augusta (L) or 20 km S of Margaret River (R)

Secluded area just off the highway among the trees. Good shade.

Bunbury South Rest Area 57 km

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

Small area just off the highway. Limited shade.

Sues Bridge camping area 57 km

T/O 45km W of Nannup (R) or 30km E of Karridale (L)

Secluded in the forest 9km north of the highway via Sues Rd.

Alexandra Bridge camping area 61 km

T/O 64km W of Nannup (R) or 11km E of Karridale (L)

On a riverbank 2km north-west of the highway via Clarke Dr.

Barrabup Pool camping area 65 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.

Canebrake rest area 71 km

34km W of Nannup (R) or 41km E of Karridale (L)

Just off the highway in the forest.

What's on around town

Market: Dunsborough Hall, cnr Gibney St and Gifford Rd; 1st Sat each month.

Margaret River Wine Festival: throughout region; Apr/May.

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