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Bunbury, Eaton & Australind

 

 

Bunbury is 180 kilometres south of Perth.

 

Bunbury is situated on the west coast of Australia's South West tourist region. Bunbury faces the Indian Ocean and is on the shores of Koombana Bay and Leschenault Inlet. Bunbury is the largest regional city in Western Australia and acts as the major commercial centre in the local area. 

 

 

 

 

Check out these great things to do:

 

Shopping & Dining


Wander down one of Bunbury’s most-loved streets, Victoria Street known for cute, independent shops, restaurants, small bars.  Check out Wombat Lodge for all your tourist souvenirs.   Centrepoint is the CBD shopping centre and has a variety of stores, wander through the Sterling Centre adjacent to Centrepoint.  

 

Head up into the Marsden Hill Area and stop in at Taffys (Shop 1, 15 Bonnefoi Blvd, Bunbury) Watch salt water Taffy being pulled and wrapped the old-fashioned way and enjoy a vast array of unique candies my favourite must be the turtles.  There are plenty more great Bars, Restaurants and Cafes in this area nestled on the Koombana Inlet for great water view dining. 

If you're looking for that more café dining recommend Corners on King (2 Austral Parade, East Bunbury).  Parade Hotel also out this way nestled on the inlet.  If you're still looking for inlet dining check out Waters Edge 42 Cobblestone Drive, Bunbury close to the CBD.

 

Bunbury Forum Shopping Centre is the other major shopping centre located at 60 Sandridge Rd, East Bunbury a variety of great stores and home of Big W.

 

With shopping out of the way check out more of what the area has to offer

 

Tram It


If physical exertion isn’t your style, jump on a Bunbury Dolphin City Tram Tour. The beautifully restored tram spends 1.5 hours touring the City, so sit back and relax as you listen to stories about Bunbury’s colourful past, maritime history and plans.

 

Beach Fun


The serene Koombana Bay is one of the few north-facing Australian beaches.  Our resident dolphins love it too!  Spend time and check out the Dolphin Discovery Centre, let the kids play on the new adventure playground and soak up the sun beside the calm waters of Koombana Bay.  The Mantra Hotel, Quest Apartments are all nestled on the inlet and for that caravan park check out the Discovery Parks Bunbury Foreshore.

 

The Back Beach located on Ocean Drive is one of the most popular beaches in Bunbury. Located on the Geographe Bay this pristine white sandy beach are an excellent place for walking, swimming and surfing.  The Back-Beach Café and Restaurant is located right on the beach.  There are well-kept picnic facilities and barbecues available.

Cycle along the bicycle path which hugs the coastline or takes a gentle stroll to revel in the beauty of the surrounds.   The beach offers a magnificent backdrop for a spectacular sunset viewing.

 

Mindalong Beach also on Ocean Drive is for those who like clothing optional

 

Koombana Bay Dolphins

 

An exciting feature of Bunbury is the local dolphins which frequent Koombana Bay. A group of around 100 to 150 dolphins are regularly seen in the bay and surrounding waters. Approximately 20 to 40 of these are considered residents of Koombana Bay.

 

Visitors are encouraged to swim with these wild creatures in front of the Dolphin Discovery Centre. Accompanied by an experienced guide and trained volunteers you will venture into the open waters of Koombana Bay. Depending on dolphin sightings you will be guided into the water where the dolphins may elect to initiate interaction with you and your fellow swimmers. As they are wild dolphins interaction cannot be guaranteed. You’ll be supplied a wetsuit, mask, snorkel and fins. Bring a waterproof camera.    If you prefer not to get your feet wet, join the 10.30am Dolphin Discovery Centre’s Dolphin Eco Cruise tour in Koombana Bay. Dolphins can be seen frolicking, playing, sleeping and feeding. The informative commentary from the skipper of the boat will also keep you updated throughout the cruise.

 

For all bookings and information check out the Dolphin Discovery Centre Lot 830 Koombana Drive, Bunbury.

 

Marlston Hill Lookout

 

This former lighthouse has been superbly converted into a multi-level viewing tower which gives panoramic 360-degree views of the surrounding area. Only a short walk from the city centre, marvellous views of the Bunbury Harbour, Koombana Bay and hinterland can be seen.

 

Mangroves Walk

 

Bunbury’s Mangrove Walk is a great way to stretch your legs.  Over seventy species of birds inhabit these wetlands located remarkably close to the Bunbury city centre, which is a favourite breeding ground of the Black Swan. Walk along the wetlands boardwalk or utilize the bird hides to observe the natural Australian wildlife up close and first hand.

 

Scenic Flights

 

A scenic flight with the Bunbury Aero Club is a guaranteed boast-worthy trip. It’s the best way to see the coast and surrounding areas, with 30 min or 1-hour options. Contact the Aero Club   08 9725 4377 

 

Cruising


Set sail for a day on Ocean West Charters – they have a range of options including short bay cruises with the dolphins of Koombana Bay, to weekend holidays. Anchor for lunch, take a swim, or relax on the deck and soak up the sun.

Cruise the Koombana Bay and the Leschenault Estuary on the Elandra by Three Water Cruises. Have a truly memorable undersea experience, diving on Lena Ship Wreck with Octopus Garden Dive Charters.

 

 

Bunbury Farmers Market

 

A one-stop shop for everything yummy.   The produce here – much of it sourced from surrounding farms – is incredible and explodes with flavour. Grab gourmet pies, the most amazing local and French cheeses, hand-pressed juices to go, and oh so much more. The onsite bakery and kitchen creates all those great on the go meals, all freshly prepared on site. The café a favourite with locals and travellers alike.  Located 2 Vittoria Rd, Glen Iris WA 6230 you can’t miss it open 7 days turn left at the lights…

 

 

Leaving Bunbury,  take time to visit the suburbs of Eaton and Australind.  

 

Eaton

Eaton Fair is the largest of the Shopping Centres in the Bunbury Region.  Great shopping and local cafes, Restaurants and Bars.  A one-stop place to go in the area, located just off the Highway at 2 Recreation Drive Eaton.   Check out the Riverside Cabin Park, 5 Pratt Rd, Eaton for camping and great Cabins for that overnight stay.  Located on the Collie River it is a great location for families and lovely walks along the Collie River.  The Sanctuary Golf Resort, 100 Old Coast Rd, Pelican Point, is a great place to stay for motel and apartment accommodation and onsite Restaurant. 

 

Australind

 

Located on the Leschenault Inlet and only 5 minutes from Eaton, a world away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD you can relax and enjoy the walkways and slower lifestyle of this village.  The Australind Shopping centre has all you will need for that overnight stay.  Australind Fish & Chips is a local favourite and the lovely Benesse Cafe is exceptional for a light meal or catch up for a coffee.   

 

Treendale shopping centre is in the Treendale Estate with some lovely cafes and shops.  While you are out this way make sure you check out the Featured Wood Gallery, 12 Piggott Drive, Australind.  This gallery is incredible, locally owned by John & Helen Ablett.  showcasing a variety of craft and furniture pieces. Make sure you visit his museum at a small $5 entrance, well worth looking at this amazing history.  

 

The Leschenault Estuary is great for fishing and crabbing.  Follow the Estuary out to Cathedral Drive and head out to Buffalo Beach.  Excellent fishing and 4-wheel driving on the beach.  

 

Accommodation in this area would be the same as Eaton Area, Sanctuary Gold Resort or Riverside Cabin Park.

February 6, 2019

WA Beaches must be guaranteed some of the best I have been on in Australia.  We are so lucky to have them so close.  We ventured out to Buffalo Beach just 15 minutes from Australind.

Located just off Forest Highway (see map) easily accessible by 2 wheel drive a beautiful beach location without the crowds.   4-wheel drive accessible, good beach fishing and swimming.  There are toilets located at the car park.  Camping is al...

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