Dunsborough is a small beachside community located approximately 250km south of Perth, in Western Australia. Although quant, this township is a favourite with domestic and international tourists, and as such, has received Western Australia’s top tourism town award. Once travellers arrive in Dunsborough they will easily be able to see why, as the region has a magnitude of exciting activities, sights and accommodation—including pet-friendly and family-friendly options—to offer holiday makers, regardless of their interests or budgets.
Travellers staying in Dunsborough have a plethora of options when it comes to things to see and do; whether they are interested in hitting the water for some surfing, fishing, whale watching or diving, or travelling around the stunning country side and sampling some of the regions terrestrial delights.
As Dunsborough is a coastal community, many of the popular holiday activities take place in or on the water. One of the most popular pastimes for locals and international visitors alike is surfing. There are numerous surf beaches in the Dunsborough region, although the most convenient for travellers with holiday rentals in the Dunsborough township is Yallingup, which is located approximately 9 km south west.
Fishing is another holiday activity favourite in the Dunsborough region, with visitors having the option of fishing from the beach or trialling one of the various deep sea fishing charter companies, many of which operate directly out of Dunsborough. Regardless of where they fish however, travellers are all but guaranteed to end up back at their holiday home with some great stories, and a delicious fish on the barbeque.
For holiday makers that are more interested in observing the Western Australian oceanic wildlife, whale watching and diving tours are also on offer in the Dunsborough area. Many of the whale watching tours depart from Dunsborough or Augusta, depending on the season, and allow international visitors to get up close and personal with Humpback whales, Southern Right Whales, Minke Whales and New Zealand Fur Seals.
Those holiday makers that prefer to keep their feet firmly planted on dry land need not despair, as Dunsborough also offers a plethora of great land based activities. The fact that the township is a mere 50km from the world renowned Margaret River region also makes day trips a must.
The Margaret River area offers travellers the opportunity to visit some of the most well known wineries in Australia, which play host to various exquisite boutique wines and restaurants. Holiday makers, who are interested in the inner workings of vineyards, also have the opportunity to organise accommodation at many of the wineries, which furthermore saves them having to worry about driving after the generous wine tastings that are usually presented.
In addition to great food and wine, travellers also have the opportunity to undertake daytrips in order to explore some fantastic Western Australian sights, such as the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, which is said to be the tallest lighthouse in mainland Australia. Holiday makers may also like to undertake some of the amazing scenic drives, which are scattered throughout the region, such as the Boranup Forest Scenic Drive, which begins approximately 6 km from Dunsborough.
Travellers, who are a little more energetic in comparison, may choose to set off from their holiday rental on foot, and sample some of the superb hiking trails that Dunsborough has to offer. These trails range from roughly a kilometre in length to over 135 kilometres, which allows international visitors to see parts of the West Australian coastline that many locals may not have set foot on.
Dunsborough experiences a Mediterranean climate, which comprises hot summers and cool wet winters, resulting in countless warm sunny days. This makes the area a great year round holiday destination, although the majority of tourists visit the region during the spring or summer months to escape the North Australian summer. Regardless of when travellers choose to visit Dunsborough however, they are guaranteed to find activities, sights and accommodation to fir their taste and budget.
Numerous airlines such as Lufthansa, British Airways and Qantas offer flights to Perth departing from both Heathrow and London City Airports. Once in Perth holiday makers can either choose to rent a car, or take the bus, to cover the remaining 250km between themselves and their stunning Dunsborough beach house.
Western Australia is a beautiful place to visit. When I was on holiday a couple of years ago with my sister, we discovered a beach by accident called Meelup Beach just outside of Dunsborough and it was honestly the most beautiful, untouched beach that I have ever seen. I must admit being in Western Australia I was worried about the sharks! However I didn’t see any! We layed around the beach for the day, it was beautiful and sunny, just pure bliss! Bright white sands and crystal clear water that reflects the sunny blue sky. The perfect place to spend with the family or with a special loved one.
Once you are refreshed from a dip in the ocean, its lunch time and you feel a bit peckish, head to a cafe called Evivva for some wood fired pizza and some freshly squeezed juice. We went here and it was fantastic. You might even get a visit from Winston the local Yellow-Plumed Honey eater (bird).
Further inland and south you will find Margaret River, a lovely destination and great for all those wine lovers. If you are like me, you will love the Margaret River Chocolate Company, when you visit you are invited to try all the types of chocolate, it's amazing.
Anyone who chooses to visit Western Australia is sure to have an amazing time and have stories to tell and this one is mine.