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From Ocean Drive at Rocky Point/
Wyalup, you can see black basalt
rocks believed to be part of a lava
flow dating back 150 million years.
At Big Swamp Wildlife Park on
Prince Philip Drive, you can see
over 60 species of native birds and
marsupials. In spring, Manea Park
on Winthrop Avenue is a showcase
for wildflowers. In warmer
months, when the water’s clear,
take an eco-boat cruise to discover
dolphins in the bay, or venture
further afield to dive on the Lena
wreck 3nm off the coast.
Tuart Walk | (Southern end of
Ocean Drive) This 1.2km walk
is situated in a protected area of
pristine tuart forest (less than
2000ha remain in the world),
home to a variety of wildlife
including kangaroos and ring tail
possums. In spring, look out for
fairy orchids, donkey orchids,
purple tassels, false boronia,
cotton heads, common buttercup
bush, blue squill and hibbertia.
Maidens Walk | (Maidens Reserve,
Ocean Drive) One of a network
of walk trails leading through
the dune systems to a stunning
ocean lookout, this is a 3km walk.
In spring, look out for hibbertia,
climbing hovea, purple tassels and
false boronia along the Peppermint
Trail or the Coastal Walk trail.
Manea Park | (College Grove,
Winthrop Avenue) Bunbury’s
premiere bush reserve is home
to several threatened species of
flora and fauna and more than
30 varieties of orchid. Take the
Pultenaea Loop walk trail to
see kangaroo paws, blue squill,
slender sun orchids, blue enamel
orchids, running postman,
common buttercup bush, milk
maids, salt and pepper bush,
hibbertia and mignonettes.
Katherine Chauhan Reserve |
(Parade Road) Here you’ll see
mignonettes, pink fairy orchids,
kangaroo paws, wattle, purple
tassels, milk maids, blue squill,
running postman, cotton heads,
false boronia, buttercup bush and
salt and pepper bush. There are no
paths provided, however, so watch
where you walk.
Mangrove Walk | (Start at
Mangrove Cove, Koombana Drive,
or Queens Gardens off Austral
Parade) A 5km circuit around the
Leschenault Inlet, passing by the
most southerly mangroves in the
world. Along the boardwalk, you’ll
find interpretive displays to tell
you about the flora and fauna you
might see on your way. Cafes and
eateries on Austral Parade offer
a welcome cappuccino for those
ready for a rest.
On the water
With so many waterways and
beaches to choose from, jet-
skiing, windsurfing, canoeing,
sailing and swimming are
all popular in the warmer
FUN FOR FAMILIES
Make a date for the Bunbury Kidfest in October, when there’ll be
loads of hands-on activities for kids.
‘Swim’ with dolphins without getting wet at the brand new digital
dolphinarium at the Dolphin Discovery Centre. See a dolphin calf
being born, a shark attack and a dolphin feeding frenzy or, when the
sun’s out, interact with them for real on the beach.
For toddlers, there’s a special playground at Prince Philip Drive
and Jetty Baths Playground in Casuarina Drive.
Older kids will enjoy the skate park or, if you’re looking for
indoor fun, there’s rollerskating, ten-pin bowling or indoor cricket
to keep them amused.
Everyone loves feeding the kangaroos and parrots at Big Swamp
Wildlife Park, as well as wandering along the paths and boardwalks.
months from October onwards.
Depending which way the wind’s
blowing, swimmers can choose
from beaches on Koombana
Bay, or the ‘Back Beach’ on
Ocean Drive which is patrolled
by surf lifesavers during the
summer months. Canoeists can
paddle among the mangroves or
around the bay.
Give golf a go
Beautiful weather, stunning
landscapes and world-class
courses make Bunbury an ideal
spot for a golfing weekend where
you can choose from three popular
courses set among bushland,
parks and unique wetlands in and
around the town.
Marlston Waterfront (Photography Cynthia Dix)
Bunbury’s waterways are popular with boating
enthusiasts (Photography Australia’s South West).
Swimming with Dolphins at the Dolphin
Discovery Centre (Photography Tourism WA).
Temperature (max 39o- min 30o)
Rainfall (max 200mm - min 0.4mm)
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