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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.

Bayshore Beachside Resort

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Private Properties Holiday Homes

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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.

Cape Executive Holiday Properties

A luxurious collection coastal and rural holiday rentals.

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

Ngilgi Cave is located on Caves Road between Dunsborough and Yallingup, around a 35-minute drive north of Margaret River. Take a journey through the native flora and interpretive installations of the Ancient Lands Experience to learn about the local Wadandi peoples connection to the land and the Noongar Nations’ six seasons, before descending into the heart of the cave. For a unique perspective join a Koomal Dreaming Aboriginal cultural tour to experience native foods, traditional tools or a moving didgeridoo performance within the cave.

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.

Wildflower Season

01 August 2024 - 30 November 2024
Witness an explosion of colour during spring, set against the stunning natural scenery of the South West.

Events

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

South West Japan Festival 2024

01 - 15 September 2024
Celebrating the art, culture, food and history of Japan, here in the south west!

Events

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

Margaret River Region Open Studios: Presented by Private Properties

07 - 22 September 2024
The biggest art event of its kind in Australia, showcasing the vibrant visual arts scene of the region.

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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Welcome to Australia’s South West!

Here you can easily enjoy natural beaches beautiful vineyards, forests, caves and more, all in a single day. More than 23,000km make up the south west corner of Western Australia, with 1000 of those kilometres consisting of awe-inspiring coastline just waiting to be explored.

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