Bunbury: Escape the City Craze
Located 175 kilometres south of Perth, Bunbury is the perfect retreat for city dwellers. That is not to say that the holiday destination does not have a great deal of hustle and bustle on its own. While there is plenty to do to keep visitors and residents alike busy, the vibe throughout Bunbury is relaxed. This town is known as the City of Three Waters and is surrounded by the Indian Ocean, Koombana Bay and Leschenault Inlet. As such, much of the livelihood of the area is focused on the water. The area itself is expanding rapidly, and with the large population increase, new developments, brand-new construction houses and fantastic hotel and rental options abound.
Dive with Dolphins
Bunbury is extremely well-known for its high population of friendly dolphins. From the shore of Koombana Bay, visitors have the perfect setting to watch the dolphins frolic about in the water. Conversely, there is little better way to experience the gentle creatures than to get in the water with them. Guide-led swim tours offer an invaluable way to interact with the marine life while seeing some of Bunbury's off-land sites. Scenic dolphin cruises are also a great way to explore the bay. Check out the Dolphin Discovery Centre in Bunbury for interactive exhibits, great information about dolphins and much, much more.
Bunbury's high value on culture sets this holiday destination apart from similar towns. There are numerous art galleries throughout Bunbury, with one of the most popular being Bunbury Regional Art Galleries. This gallery is one of the only Class A art galleries in the western portion of Australia and houses a great diversity of artwork. For art of another type, admire the architecture of the city. There are a great number of historically significant buildings, with some dating back to the mid 1800s. Some of the most well-known structures include the post office, a museum, a hotel and one of the oldest churches in Western Australia. Throughout the city, there are places to see artwork being made, and there are public artworks throughout Bunbury.
Commune with Nature
Marvel at the breathtaking scenery that surrounds Bunbury by travelling up to the Marlston Hill Lookout Tower. The tower provides 360-degree views and is a fantastic place from which to watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean. Below, the beaches are picturesque. Long stretches of white sand pair with sparkling azure waters. Back Beach has lovely rock formations and steady surfs. The beach is great for experienced swimmers and for water sports. Hungry Hollow Beach is much calmer and includes a reef right off the coast, so bring along snorkelling or diving gear. One of the must-sees in this town, however, is Mangrove Cove. Here, a long boardwalk makes it possible for visitors to walk near 25,000-year-old Leschenault mangroves. There is a high wildlife population in the area, includes many species of bird.
Spend the Day in Town
The dining scene in Bunbury is impressive, to say the least. There are well-over 80 dining establishments to choose from. Pubs, bars, cafes, waterside eateries and Gold Plate-winning restaurants are scattered throughout town to give holidaymakers plenty of dining options while in Bunbury. After you hunger is satisfied, there is a great mixture of local stores, boutique establishments and even national retailers to explore. Lush gardens, well-maintained parks and paved walkways make the in-town experience in Bunbury just as pleasant as being outside of town.
Holidays in Bunbury
The Mediterranean climate of Bunbury means that not only is summer travel possible, but even the off-season holidays are never a problem. Getting to the town could not be easier, with scenic drives and even rail lines leading from surrounding towns. The great diversity of the holiday destination and the natural beauty of the area makes this one locale not to miss.