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.
Top 10 things to do in Bunbury Geographe
- Learn about, and interact with, wild bottlenose dolphins at the Dolphin Discovery Centre.
- Pack a picnic and spend the day swimming, canoeing and bushwalking around the picturesque Honeymoon Pool.
- Snap an oh-so-instagrammable shot of the turquoise-coloured Black Diamond Lake.
- Wander around Bunbury and discover vivid street art on the city’s walls.
- Meet the friendly gnomes that inhabit Gonmesville, located in Wellington Mill, and add your own to the village’s growing collection.
- Explore Ferguson Valley’s budding lineup of galleries, wineries and breweries.
- Try water skiing at Lake Stockton, stand up paddle boarding along Koombana Bay, or kite surfing, white-water rafting, fishing and swimming in the region’s rivers, natural pools or the sea.
- Dive the purposely sunk Lena Wreck, located off the coast of Bunbury, where you’ll find an abundance of underwater creatures and plants.
- 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.
- Taste some great South West cheese, produced in the pristine pastures of Harvey.
Explore the towns that make up the Bunbury Geographe region here: