BRIGHT and bustling, the City of Bunbury is Western Australia’s biggest regional city and a major tourist attraction in its own right. With trimmings of old world charm and the attractions of a major city, it is no wonder that Bunbury continues to grow and keep favour as an ideal holiday destination. The city is a mere two hours south of Perth and is linked by rail, air and road.
Bunbury provides great shopping, an active nightlife, some of our State’s best restaurants and the opportunity to get up close to nature. In a modern and vibrant city such as Bunbury, there is something to appeal to everyone’s taste. A variety of leisure pursuits, many of which utilise Bunbury's superb location - on a peninsula with clean water on both sides. Bunbury holds many events through the year including the Bunbury Show in April.
The city has often been called the dolphin capital of Western Australia, and for good reason, these friendly, loveable and graceful mammals make a point of playing with tourists whenever possible. Getting up close to nature has never been easier or more memorable than with the Bottlenose dolphins of Bunbury. They regularly visit Koombana Bay where visitors to the Dolphin Discovery Centre get a chance to interact with them on the beach. One of the best ways to watch them surf and play in their natural environment is to get out into the bay onboard a cruise or swim tour that operate from the centre. To maintain Bunburys natural attraction, the organisation Transition Bunbury has been formed with the aim to create an effective network in Bunbury to bring about and celebrate social change for a sustainable future.
Many of the adventures in the Geographe Wine Region are within an easy drive Bunbury. The towns that surround the city all have their own unique charm and history. Donnybrook, about a half hours drive from Bunbury is a rural town famous for its orchards, arts and crafts and growing wine industry. It is set amongst some of the prettiest fruit bearing countryside in the world. The produce from Donnybrook is delicious and some local orchards encourage visitors to pick their own fresh fruit direct from the tree (that's a favourite with kids!). The Ferguson Valley, on Bunbury's door step, is tipped to become the South West's next Margaret River.
Enjoy your West Australian holiday.
Barry Green, Managing Director, Western Tourist Radio.