Bunbury is a cosmopolitan regional city that is full of life and offers a diverse range of holiday experiences. Situated on a peninsula, Bunbury is known as the City of Three Waters and is an aquatic playground. The rumbling surf of the Indian Ocean, the calm waters of Koombana Bay and the tranquil Leschenault Inlet provide a range of water based activities.
Bunbury is famous for the wild, but friendly, dolphins that interact with people in Koombana Bay. These gentle creatures, visit the shores in front of the Dolphin Discovery Centre, delighting visitors from around the world. Wade into the water, go on a swim tour (November-April) or a cruise to experience these intelligent creatures. Be sure to check out the new ‘Digital Dolphinarium’.
Lena Dive Wreck
The Lena dive wreck off ers a fascinating view of its marine life, and is suitable for snorkelling and diving. Caught fishing illegally, the vessel was sunk as a dive wreck just 3 nautical miles off Bunbury in 2003.
Visit the prehistoric basalt rock, which resulted from lava flows thousands of years ago.
At Mangrove Cove you can take a trip along the boardwalk to get close to the 25,000 year old Leschenault mangroves. There is also a walk trail and viewing platform at the Big Swamp Reserve, which allows interaction with a diverse range of wetland flora and fauna, including over 30 species of birdlife.
The Maiden’s Reserve is a must if you enjoy scenic walks. Here you will discover natural tuart forests
where kangaroo paws, tuart spider orchids, ringtail possums, bats, echidnas, bandicoots and kangaroos reside.
Arts, History and Culture
Bunbury is a community steeped in culture. The area has a number of significant historic buildings worthy of a visit. Venture into the King Cottage Museum (1880), Rose Hotel (1865), and St Mark’s Church (1842) - the second oldest church in Western Australia. Admire the 1860’s architecture and workmanship evident in the Old Post Office and Courthouse. Bunbury is known as the cultural and entertainment hub for the region with a comprehensive program of local, state and national performances at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre. Housed in a distinctive pink historic building, the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries is the largest and only ‘A’ class regional gallery in Western Australia. It houses international and local exhibitions of sculpture, painting, woodwork and blown glass along with a wide range of arts and craft. There is also an extensive public art collection scattered throughout the city.
With over 80 cafés and restaurants, Bunbury boasts excellent coffee, fine dining and a number of Gold Plate winning restaurants. You can enjoy the spectacular views and ambience with a meal on the waterfront, or a casual coffee and cake on the cappuccino strip. There is also great choice when it comes to pubs, clubs and late night bars.
As the shopping capital of the South West, Bunbury offers the quality, variety and value of city shopping in a relaxed setting. In addition to the larger retail chains, there are a number of specialised stores and boutiques.