The Bunbury Geographe is the closest South West region to Western Australia’s capital city, just a two hour drive south of Perth. The region boasts a mix of city-meets country experiences for you to discover.
Cafe and bar scene
Bunbury Geographe’s central hub – Bunbury – is one of the fastest growing regional cities in Australia. It’s here you’ll find a chasm of cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs and nightlife. Team that with boutique shops and seaside accommodation, and Bunbury becomes an easy choice for a day trip or weekend away.
An emerging creative community has transformed Bunbury Geographe into an urban playground bursting with vibrant street art, collective art spaces, pop-up events and festivals. Take the time to wander through the streets of Bunbury, where you’ll find splashes of colour thanks to local street art initiative by Six Two Three Zero. After some entertainment? The Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre hosts a year-long bill of music, dance, comedy and theatre acts, while events like CinefestOZ open unique spaces up to the public. Delve a bit deeper and you’ll find groups of artists calling each one of Bunbury Geographe’s towns home. See their works at galleries, in the forest and in their own studios.
Food and wine
Bunbury Geographe is a produce-rich region also known for its farm-fresh citrus, apple, dairy and beef produce. Filled with boutique wineries established by passionate local artisans, the fast developing Geographe Wine Region is turning heads with excellent Shiraz, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, making it the perfect place for a food and wine road trip. Wine lovers must visit the Ferguson Valley, a charming sub-region of Bunbury Geographe, home to more than 20 vineyards and wineries.
The great outdoors
You’ll find numerous mountain bike and hiking trails that weave through the region’s picturesque national parks and state forests. Inland lakes, waterways and camping sites can also be found dotted between scenic rolling hills and peaceful country settings. On the coast, Bunbury’s Koombana Bay is home to friendly bottlenose dolphins, while its generally flat water makes it a great place to learn stand up paddle boarding or to go for a swim. Prehistoric basalt rocks – the result of lava flow thousands of years ago – can also be found along Bunbury’s Back Beach.
Your Bunbury Geographe Bucket List
- Befriend and interact with wild bottlenose dolphins, join an eco-cruise and learn about marine life at the newly redeveloped Dolphin Discovery Centre, or enjoy coffee and cake at the seaside café.
- Wander around Bunbury’s streets and discover vivid street art on the city’s walls, before admiring budding displays at Bunbury Regional Art Gallery and exploring history at Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre.
- Pack a picnic and spend the day beside the picturesque Honeymoon Pool in Wellington National Park, where you can go swimming, canoeing and bushwalking.
- Dive or snorkel the purposely-sunk Lena Dive Wreck off Bunbury.
- Peruse Bunbury’s boutique shops and cafés during the day and enjoy vibrant nightlife in the evening at one of the many unique bars and restaurants on bustling Victoria Street.
- Hop on a mountain bike and adventure through the epic off-road trails around Collie and Wellington National Park.
- Sip your way through the wineries and breweries in the Ferguson Valley, stopping in at local galleries and taking in the sweeping views of the rolling hills along the way.
- Go apple picking with the family at one of the region’s many orchards or enjoy a few hours of fun at the Donnybrook Apple Fun Park – Australia’s largest free entry playground.
- Get up close with friendly native animals at Bunbury Wildlife Park.
- Stroll through the Golden Valley Tree Park, a 60 hectare landscaped park set in the picturesque hills of Balingup. Our tip: Visit in Autumn for some stunning golden colours.
Ferguson Valley Drive Trails
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Check out this WA Food and Wine Trail in Bunbury Geographe
Explore the towns that make up the Bunbury Geographe region.