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.
Its central hub – Bunbury – is one of the fastest growing regional cities in Australia. An emerging creative community has transformed this South West destination into an urban playground bursting with vibrant street art, collective art spaces, pop-up events and festivals. A bustling cafe scene and plenty of options for dining, shopping and accommodation make Bunbury an easy choice for a day trip or weekend away.
Head further inland and you’ll find numerous mountain bike and hiking trails that weave through the region’s picturesque national parks and state forests. Tackle the Bibbulmun Track, one of the world great walks, or beat the Munda Biddi on your mountain bike. Inland lakes, waterways and camping sites can also be found dotted between scenic rolling hills and peaceful country settings.
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. Venture through wineries, breweries, orchards and farm gates – this is real farm-to-fork, paddock-to-plate country. Bunbury Geographe is known for its farm-fresh citrus, apple, dairy and beef produce, so pack a picnic basket and get ready to indulge.
Explore the towns that make up the Bunbury Geographe region here:
Top ten things to do in Bunbury Geographe
- Wade, cruise or swim with the wild bottlenose dolphins in Koombana Bay. The star of Bunbury’s waterways are the wild bottlenose dolphins who frequent the shores to interact with visitors.
- Pack a picnic and head for the hills. Wellington National Park, Honeymoon Pool and Black Diamond Lake offer great spots for bushwalking, canoeing and mountain biking.
- Go on a farm-to-fork adventure. Much of the State’s citrus and apple production occurs in the inland Geographe region, and guests can pick their own at some orchards.The first Granny Smith apple tree was planted in Donnybrook, and the town is now considered the apple capital of the west, while Harvey is renowned for their oranges and beef.
- Explore the region's burgeoning cafe and bar scene, and don't forget to try a local drop. The Geographe Wine Region is fast developing into one of the country’s most exciting new viticultural areas, with new wineries and boutique breweries putting the region on the map.
- Take the kids to visit Gnomesville in Dardanup, or visit one of Australia's 'big things - the Big Orange, in Harvey.
- Discover the region's rich art scene, which features amazing urban street art; and historic sites, including Kings Cottage and the Rose Hotel. The Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre showcases the unique history of the South West, from the development of the regional centre, to shipwrecks and early settlers. Meanwhile, Dardanup has more than 15 historic sites within the small town site, including the impressive Dardanup Heritage Park. Collie was built on coal mining, and there’s a replica mine to explore, as well as the town's old railway station.
- Get out on the water. Choose from water skiing at Lake Stockton, stand up paddle boarding on Koombana Bay, kite surfing, white water rafting, beach or river fishing, or swimming in rivers, natural pools or the ocean. Surfers can sometimes catch a swell at Bunbury’s Back Beach, and further afield in Peppermint Grove, Binningup or Myalup, the relatively untouched beaches are great for an off-grid getaway.
- Dive or snorkel the purposely-sunk Lena wreck off Bunbury.
- Visit the replica home of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’s author, May Gibbs, in Harvey.
- Enjoy a few hours of fun at the Donnybrook Apple Fun Park – Australia’s largest free entry playground.