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Dunsborough

Dunsborough

Dunsborough lies on a culturally significant area of the South West to the traditional Aboriginal custodians, and is considered one of the oldest continually occupied habitats in the world, with a history dating back approximately 40,000 years.

Where to stay

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

Dunsborough Beach Cottages

Architecturally designed cottages on the beaches of Geographe Bay.

Pullman Bunker Bay Resort

5 star luxury beach hotel with 150 luxury villas, dining, spa and recreation facilities.

Four Seasons Holiday Park

This peaceful park is one of the largest accommodation locations in Busselton.

Bayshore Beachside Resort

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Cape Executive Holiday Properties

A luxurious collection coastal and rural holiday rentals.

Private Properties Holiday Homes

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Dunsborough is a popular holiday spot for West Australians due to its quiet sandy coves, surrounding national parks, great shopping precinct and proximity to the Margaret River region’s wineries and attractions. Beautiful homeware and fashion stores sit beside cafés, bakeries and restaurants in the townsite, while nearby beaches on the way to Cape Naturaliste are arguably some of the best in the south west.

You’ll notice many place names around Dunsborough which end with the sound ‘up’. This means ‘place of’ in the local Wadandi dialect. You can join a local aboriginal guide from Yallingup or Cape Naturaliste to discover more of the aboriginal history and significance of this region.

Cape Naturaliste

Take a drive to the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and Maritime Museum just 13kms out of town. Here, visitors can take a tour of the lighthouse and take advantage of the stunning views of the coast. There are several walking trails including the start of the Cape to Cape Walk which follows the coast to Cape Leeuwin near Augusta. These walk trails provide excellent viewing of the wildflowers in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, home to several rare species including the Naturaliste Nancy, Dunsborough Spider Orchid, Cape Spider Orchid and Meelup Mallee.

Cape Naturaliste is the perfect vantage point for spotting whales on their annual migration. Between September and December, southern right, humpback and blue whales are all commonly seen off the coast. Experience the magic of watching them bask and play in Geographe Bay from Cape Naturaliste’s purpose-built whale watching platform or from a cruise.

Caves

Formerly called Yallingup Cave, Ngilgi Cave is located on Caves Road between Dunsborough and Yallingup, around a 35-minute drive north of Margaret River. Discovered in 1899, it was the first cave in WA open to tourists and has remained one of the most popular destinations in the Margaret River region ever since.

It has a a number of different tours on offer, including the popular ‘Adventure Tour’ options that give thrill-seekers the opportunity to take a hard-hat and lamp and venture off the boardwalks.

Events

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

Crescendo – an exhibition of Argyle Pink Diamonds™

03 January 2024 - 31 March 2024
Nina’s Jewellery proudly presents Crescendo – an exhibition of West Australian Argyle Pink Diamonds

Events

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

Xterra Dunsborough

20 - 21 April 2024
Premier off-road triathlon series in Dunsborough’s pristine Meelup National Park.

Events

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

Whale Season

01 May 2024 - 31 December 2024
May to early December is the best time for whale watching and tours in the South West.

Events

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

Geo Bay Cool Water Classic

16 November 2024
Point-to-point open water swim following the sandy beaches of Geographe Bay.

Events

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

Geo Bay Cool Water Classic

16 November 2024
Point-to-point open water swim following the sandy beaches of Geographe Bay.

Things to Do

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Happs Wines & Commonage Pottery

Visit this self-serve wine tasting venue and art gallery.

Blue Manna Bistro

An Asian infused menu bursting with freshly caught seafood.

Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse

An easy climb of 59 stairs - this lighthouse is accessible even for small children.

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