The Geographe region of Australia’s South West is the closest region to Perth, just one and a half hours south. With its proximity to the Capital, Geographe is ideal for short getaways. Bunbury is the central hub of the region and as Western Australia’s second largest city, it has plenty of options for dining out, shopping and accommodation. Cafes and boutique stores sit side by side, and a recent street-art project has given the city centre an edgy feel.
Further inland, the region provides plenty of space for adventure, with numerous mountain bike trails in the national parks.
Food and Wine
The Geographe region is noted for its fresh local produce. Local specialities include dairy, beef and orange juice from Harvey, crabs from Bunbury, and crisp apples from the orchard town of Donnybrook. The Geographe Wine Region is fast developing into one of the country’s most exciting new viticultural areas, with new wineries and boutique breweries opening frequently.
Top 10 things to do in Geographe
Wade, cruise or swim with the wild bottlenose dolphins in Koombana Bay.
Pack a picnic and head for the hills. Harvey Dam & Wellington Dam offer great picnic spots.
Hire a kayak and explore the Leschenault Inlet in Australind. Teeming with bird life and native animals, it is a nature lover’s ideal outing.
Visit one of the Australia’s ‘big things’ at The Big Orange in Harvey.
Take the little people to visit a village of ‘little people’ at Gnomesville in Dardanup.
Discover the growing line up of galleries, wineries and breweries in the Ferguson Valley.
Try your hand at some water sports. Choose from water skiing at Lake Stockton, stand up paddle boarding on Koombana Bay, kite surfing, white water rafting, beach or river fishing, or swimming in rivers, pools or the ocean.
Dive the purposely-sunk Lena wreck.
Visit the replica home of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’s author, May Gibbs, in Harvey.
Enjoy a few hours of fun at the Donnybrook Apple Fun Park – Australia’s largest free entry playground.