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Bunbury | July to December 2010.
Preserving much of its old-world charm,
while exciting us with the new, Bunbury
is the third-largest city in WA. It’s an
easy 170km-drive south of Perth along
the Forrest Highway, and forms a
convenient base for trips throughout
ENJOY... stunning natural assets;
local wildlife; family-friendly beachlife;
great shopping and cafes; art and
entertainment; pubs, bars, breweries and
award-winning restaurants; fun nightlife.
• 90 local bottlenose dolphins
• 119 restaurants and cafes
• 6 fishing beaches
• 13 walking trails
• 30-plus parks and playgrounds
• Home to Essendon AFL
player Kyle Reimers.
• Home to international
supermodel Nicole Trunfio.
• Australia’s ninth-largest
port by volume.
CLIMATE Bunbury has cold, but mild,
winters that make it pleasurable to visit
between July and December.
City of Bunbury size: 65.3sqm
Distance from Perth: 173km
There’s no doubt about it:
watching brooding skies over the
dramatic Back Beach coastline
with a glass of Geographe red in
hand is one of the best ways to
experience Bunbury on her fiercer
days. We love the washed-out
feel of the cafe strip when rain
has arrived, and the warmth of
eating in a Marlston restaurant
while overlooking a port that’s
cloaked in grey. We love the
perfect winter conditions that
Bunbury waterways afford wind
and kite surfers, especially around
the Australind Jetty and The Cut
between July and August. In
September, we love it when the
dolphins come in to Koombana
Bay after migrating for the season.
And when colour explodes with
the exquisite range of wildflowers
blooming at Manea Park (behind
College Grove) and the Tuart
Forest (on Ocean Drive) between
September and mid-November.
The lighthouse by the sea in all its
nautical glory is worth seeing in
this winter-spring period, as is the
Bunbury townscape from the top of
the Marlston Lookout Tower. We
also love the lushness of Big Swamp
in the wetter months, immersed
in green and overflowing – it’s the
perfect area for afternoon walks and
wildlife spotting through misty air.
Waterfront is one of the area’s
many must-see attractions.
REASONS TO GO
There’s something therapeutic about
being in the company of dolphins, and
come September right throughout
spring and summer, they’ll be showing
off in herds in Bunbury’s waterways.
Swim with them at Koombana Bay,
join a sightseeing tour from the
Dolphin Discovery Centre or take
your own boat out through The Cut
and spot them yourself.
CAFES + RESTAURANTS
Bunbury punches way above its weight
when it comes to quality food, with a
number of award-winning restaurants
and cafes perched along Victoria Street
and around the Marlston Waterfront.
With waterside settings, chic interiors,
fresh produce and five-star, affordable
meals, check out our Bunbury food
and wine guide (on page 162) to get
a feeling for what you’re after.
Only a 20- to 30-minute drive out
of Bunbury town will lead you to
one of the State’s most isolated
and picturesque wine regions:
the Geographe. With plenty of
accommodation, and the convenience
of great food and shopping, Bunbury
makes a great base for daytrips to
Donnybrook, Harvey, Ferguson Valley
and Collie River Valley.
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