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Mangrove Walk | This 5km walk takes you around the ancient white
mangroves (said to be the most southern population of mangroves in
Australia), along Koombana Drive, around Mangrove Cove, and along
Austral Parade, where you’ll find a great cafe and outdoor pub dining as
you head back towards the city centre.
Maidens Walk | A few kilometres south of the city centre, this 1.8km
walk from Maidens Reserve car park on Ocean Drive takes you
through the high sand dunes of the reserve with spectacular views
of the ocean and city.
Big Swamp Walk | The 2km walk around the wetland features
interpretive signage telling about the more than 60 species of
birds that make the park home. Access is from the car park off
Prince Phillip Drive.
FOR THE KIDS
Family-friendly beaches | Jetty
Baths is right next-door to the
Apex playground, which has
a grassed area and shelters. At
Koombana Bay, the kids can see
dolphins at play.
Wildlife | Meet kangaroos at the
wildlife park at Big Swamp.
Big Swamp Playground | Located
across the road on Prince Philip
Drive, this boasts beautiful
grounds, barbecue facilities
BEACHES AND WATERWAYS
The unique coastline and estuary leave you spoilt for protected places to
enjoy water activities and have a refreshing swim.
Swimming | The Back Beach on Ocean Drive is on the weather
side of the Geographe Bay and Indian Ocean, and waves come
through for body boarders and surfers. In summer, the beach is
patrolled by WA’s second-oldest Surf Lifesaving Club. Wyalup-
Rocky Point, along the same stretch, is famous for its ancient basalt
rock formations. Koombana Bay is a sheltered beach popular with
families, and has a cafe, toilets and parking along Anchorage Cove.
Jetty Baths is a lovely tranquil family beach with a playground,
tucked away on the north-western end of Koombana Bay between
Jetty Road and Casuarina Drive.
Canoeing and kayaking | Take a gentle paddle on Koombana
Bay, through the mangroves on Leschenault Inlet or the
Leschenault Estuary. For the more adventurous, the Collie
River rapids are just a short drive away.
Boating | Boat ramps can be found at Austral Parade, the
Bunbury Power Boat Club, Koombana Drive and Casuarina
Drive in the Outer Harbour.
Sailing | Wednesday night sailing takes place on Koombana Bay.
Contact the sailing club for details.
Jet-skiing | This was prohibited in Koombana Bay at time of
publishing, due to floating debris, but that could change, so check
locally for more information.
Fishing | The Back Beach, Wyalup-Rocky Point, The Cut and
Bunbury Jetty are all popular fishing spots.
Cycling through the bush
(Photography City of Bunbury).
• Old Time New Vogue Dancing
January 21, then every third
• State Series Beach Volleyball
Round 4 Januar y 28-29 Bunbury
• Summer Film Festival 2012
Januar y 4-26 Bunbury
• The Rock Show starring
Jon English February 1 Bunbur y
• Alcoa Tour February 3, then
every first Friday of the month
Willowdale and Wagerup
• Harvey Lions Family Fishing
Comp February 6 Harvey
• Concert at the Cottage
February 5 Harvey
• SW Autumn Racing Carnival
March 4, 11 and 15 Bunbury
• Viva Bunbury! March 14 Bunbury
• Harvey Harvest Festival
March 18 Har vey
• Men in Pink Tights
March 16 Bunbury
• Capel Fest 2012 April 1 Capel
• Apple Festival Ball
April 7-8 Donnybrook
• Harvey Agricultural Show
April 13-14 Harvey
• Harvey Show
April 27-28 Harvey
• Bunbury Horse & Country
Music Show & Sunday Market
Carnival April 14-15 Bunbury
• Bunbury Agricultural Show
April 21-22 Bunbury
• Bunbury Marathon
May 13 Bunbury
• Groovin’ the Moo
May 19 Bunbury
• Melbourne International
Comedy Festival Roadshow
June 1-2 Bunbury
Big Swamp playground.
Basalt rock formations
near Rocky Point.
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