Just a 2 hour drive south from Perth will land you in the heart of Bunbury; a seaside city that offers protected beach bays mere minutes from budding local bars, trendy restaurants, boutique shops and alluring coffee houses and cafés dotting street art corners and hidden alleyways. One minute you can be walking down the main street, and in the next hit the water where wild bottlenose dolphins can be spotted close to shore.

Where to stay

Take a look at these places to stay when planning your next visit to Australia’s South West.

Bunbury Seaview Apartments

Ocean view apartments overlooking Geographe Bay in Bunbury.

The face of Bunbury has changed in an incredible way. Once seen as just an industrial port, the City has received an injection of edgy boutiques, intimate wine bars and top-notch restaurants, mostly thanks to a group of hip, young entrepreneurs who decided to transform their city into a place they wanted to work and play.

Situated on a peninsula, Bunbury is known as the City of Three Waters, making it an aquatic playground. There’s rumbling surf of the Indian Ocean to the west, the calm waters of Koombana Bay and the tranquil Leschenault Inlet. Surfing, stand up paddle boarding, canoeing and boating are all very popular.


Don’t miss out on these great events happening in the region.

Dolphin Season

01 November 2023 - 30 April 2024
November to April is the best time of year for spotting this friendly local.


Don’t miss out on these great events happening in the region.

South West Art Now

16 March 2024 - 21 July 2024
Featuring artwork by the South West’s finest artists.

Things to Do

Looking for some inspiration on what to do in the South West? Here are some of our top picks!

Dolphin Discovery Centre

Meet the wild, friendly dolphins of Koombana Bay.

Bunbury Wildlife Park

Interact with wildlife right in the heart of Bunbury! With over 260 varieties of birds, reptiles, mammals, amphibians, marsupials and farm animals you're sure to find a favorite animal friend.

Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre

Uncover the history of Bunbury through this extensive collection.

Bunbury Bucket List

2. Hunt out the largest collection in regional Australia of street and public art and visit the Wardandi Boodja; a five-and-half-metre steel bust sculpture representing a Noongar face.
3. Wander down Victoria Street known for its unique shops, cafes, restaurants and small bars.
4. Get a new perspective of the City of 3 Waters from the top of Marlston Hill Lookout or the Koombana Park Lookout.

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Bunbury Bucket List Itinerary

Just 2 hours drive from Perth, get to know the seaside city of Bunbury on this 3 day itinerary.

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  • What are the top tourist attractions in Bunbury?

    The top tourist attractions in Bunbury are the Dolphin Discovery Centre with its Interpretive Centre and Aquariums, the Dolphin Interaction Zone in the calm waters of Koombana Bay Beach and the Wardandi Boodja sculpture on the Koombana Bay foreshore. Other popular attractions include the Bunbury Wildlife Park, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre and the many cafes, restaurants, boutiques, and nightlife on bustling Victoria Street.

  • How far is Bunbury from Perth?

    Bunbury is just under 170km by road from Perth. The drive south to Bunbury from Perth takes roughly 2hrs by car.

  • What is Bunbury known for?

    Bunbury is known for being the coastal city of creativity, with colourful street art trails and a family friendly town with a foreshore frequented by wild dolphins. Bunbury is also known for having a vibrant nightlife scene with quirky cocktail bars, destination restaurants and heritage pubs.

  • When is the best time to visit Bunbury?

    The best time to visit Bunbury is during dolphin season from November to April each year. These months span the Aboriginal Six Seasons of Kambarang (late spring), Birak (summer), Bunuru (late-summer and early autumn) and Djeran (autumn).

  • What are the best things to do in Bunbury?

    There are lots of things to do in Bunbury. The best things to do in Bunbury include the Dolphin Swim Tour at the Dolphin Discovery Centre, tasting locally distilled spirits at Cuprum Distillery, dining at award-winning restaurant Market Eating House, meeting friendly animals at the Bunbury Wildlife Park and marvelling at street art around town, as well as the latest exhibition at the pink convent building: Bunbury Regional Art Gallery.

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