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Bunbury

Bunbury, often named as the ‘City of 3 Waters’ is situated just 90 minutes from Perth and is one of the state’s largest regional cities. The laid back, seaside port city oozes a cosmopolitan edgy atmosphere, with a massive event calendar, boutique shops, street art and funky cafes dominating the CBD.

It is however, the waters that surround the city that are perhaps what Bunbury is best known for. Situated on a peninsula, the calm waters of Koombana bay and Leschenault Inlet contrast with the extensive waves of the Indian Ocean, to the west.

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The marine scene offers the perfect opportunity for water sports such as stand up paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking and boating, all of which are very popular for locals and visitors alike. The waters are rife with marine life and offer the chance to get up close with the majestically intelligent dolphin species through boating, snorkelling and diving tours.

Things to do

From water sports to music festivals, street art to heritage trails, there’s plenty to get stuck into within the region. See below a selection of 10 fantastic things to do in Bunbury:

  1. Watch a show at BREC, voted no.1 performing arts venue in Australia. WA’s leading venue for conferences, trade shows gala events and live entertainment has a huge array of events on offer throughout the year including Film festivals, comedy shows, dance performances, opera and live music.
  2. Explore the rich history and heritage of Bunbury and the surrounding areas on foot. The region is littered with meandering trails and hiking tracks for all ages and abilities. Pick up a map from the visitor center and immerse yourself in the stunning topography and wildlife on the Bunbury Heritage Trail.
  3. Take a cruise with one of the local tour companies to explore the stunning coastline. Don’t forget your bathers for that all-important swim amongst the dolphins.
  4. Enjoy a scenic stroll along the Mangroves Boardwalk where over seventy species of birds reside. If you’re lucky you may spot an adorable family of cygnets as the area is a favourite breeding ground of the Black Swan.
  5. Take in the views from Marlston Hill Lookout. Formerly a working lighthouse, this multi-level viewing tower boast 360 degree views of Koombana bay, hinterland and Bunbury Harbour.
  6. Pack a picnic rug, a few glasses and spend some time devouring the glorious local produce and wine. The Bunbury area has an abundance of farm gates, markets, cellar doors and restaurants, all offering delicious home-grown and fresh ingredients.
  7. Learn about the history of the region and browse the collection at Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre. It’s full of fun, personal and interactive displays that are suitable for all ages.
  8. Pick up a map from the local visitor center and make your way through the streets to uncover the multitude of hidden murals featuring amazing street art from some of WA’s best known artists. There’s plenty of coffee shops and eateries so take a pit stop along the way to refuel.
  9. Hire a snorkel or join one of the dive tours to experience the underwater wonderland surrounding the Lena dive wreck, situated just 3 nautical miles off Bunbury’s coastline.
  10. See some of Australia’s native animals at Bunbury Wildlife Park including wombats, emus, birds, reptiles and of course everyone’s favourite, the jovial jumping joeys.

Getting there

The Forrest Highway will get you to Bunbury the quickest – it is 172km, or a one-hour-and-45-minute drive – but it certainly isn’t as scenic as the picturesque South Western Highway, which is 186km or about a two-hour-and-ten-minute drive. Coaches run five times per day and there are two rail services from Perth to Bunbury.

Places to stay

Bunbury is known as the City of Three Waters with good reason – you’ll usually be on the beachfront or close to the beach when you stay in town. Out in the surrounding region, fresh country air and stunning views are plentiful. Lovely bed and breakfasts, bush retreats, cosy chalets and cottages blend well with the whole wine-region experience. The adventure camps and farm stays are awesome, especially if you are travelling in a group, or have kids in tow.

Image credits: Sunsets Huts Beach – Terri Sharp, Koombana Bay – Mark Bakers Photography, Bunbury Street Art – World of Travel with Kids

Guides


All Seasons Sanctuary Golf Resort

Offering recently refurbished contemporary apartment accommodation with views of the pool, landscaped gardens or 18 hole golf course - the resort is a great location for leisurely golf and relaxation.

  • Rating:4 star

Details

  • Facilities:Bar,Conference Facilities,Pool,Restaurant,Room Service,Tennis Courts,Room Spa,Wheelchair Access
  • Type:4 - 5 Stars,Apartments
  • Capacity:116,100+

Description

Situated on 37 hectares of rolling green lawns and tranquil lakes, The Sanctuary Golf Resort is nestled in the heart of the Geographe Wine Region and is a great location for leisurely golf and relaxation. 

Accommodation
Nestled amongst landscaped gardens, fairways and a multitude of local birdlife, the Sanctuary Golf Resort offers recently refurbished contemporary apartment accommodation with views of the pool, landscaped gardens or golf course.  All accommodation rates include continental breakfast plus free Foxtel and wireless broadband.

Golf
The Sanctuary boasts the premier resort course of the south west designed by Michael Coate and boasting 64 strategically placed bunkers and an abundance of man made lakes that come into play on 12 of the 18 challenging holes.  Open to the public seven days a week and complimented by an aqua driving range and pro-shop with hire equipment plus an excellent range of accessories and apparel - it is the perfect venue for social, competition and corporate golfing.

Facilities
Vittoria’s à la carte restaurant is on site for our guest’s enjoyment as well as a tennis court, swimming pool and heated spa, guest laundry and small play area.

Function Centre
The Sanctuary’s first-class function centre is unique and adaptable to a range of events ranging from exclusive meetings to large entertaining and weddings.  A team of dedicated event organisers will ensure any function will be just right and remain stress free.

Golfing Escapes
Why not think about the Sanctuary for a golfing break?  With the golf course, the driving range and the fully licensed bar and restaurant, the Sanctuary can cater to all requirements.   Choose from two stay and play packages designed for groups of golfers or for couples, speak to our dedicated golf coordinator today and let us take care of your escape to the Sanctuary.

Or why not simply enjoy the serenity of the Sanctuary and explore the beautiful South West?
 

Bunbury Backpackers Wander Inn

Bunbury's Best Value accommodation only within 3 minutes walk of beautiful beaches, city centre, coffee shops & fabulous restaurants.

    Details

    • Type:Backpackers/Hostels
    • Price Range:Under $50,$50-$100

    Description

    Wander Inn which is a travellers paradise in the heart of dolphin country. This warm, cosy friendly hostel is a traditional backpacking hostel, which offers travellers a unique experience. We have clean, quiet rooms and a fantastic outdoor garden and BBQ area. Only 100m from the beach and from the town centre, what more could you want!

    Bunbury Glade Caravan Park

    Bunbury glade is located 3Kms from the centre of Bunbury. Accommodation is available from luxury self contained cabins to lawn camp sites set amongst the trees.

      Details

      • Type:Caravan Parks
      • Capacity:51 - 100
      • Facilities:Pool
      • Price Range:Under $50

      Description

      Bunbury Motel

      Recently renovated and upgraded so we're even better value for money.

        Details

        • Type:Motel
        • Facilities:Pool,Restaurant,Room Service,Room Spa
        • Capacity:51 - 100

        Description

        Conveniently located to CBD, beaches, bowling club and race course - our 36 motel style units and our ten brand new, well appointed, self catering apartments with spa, kitchen and lounge, providing all your accommodation needs.

        You can enjoy the following facilities during your stay at the Bunbury Motel:

        * Free in-house movies * Single, double and family units * Self contained units * Air conditioning * Television with five channels * Direct dial telephone * Tea, coffee and toaster etc. * Breakfast - cooked or continental * Swimming pools * BBQ facilities * Dining room - room service available Monday - Thursday * Convenient parking

        The exciting city of Bunbury is a smooth two hour drive from Perth. Relax and enjoy the garden beaches, dolphins, vibrant cappuccino strip, cinema, wineries and galleries.

        Comfort Inn Admiral

        Spacious rooms complete with free in house video and some with spas. Quality accommodation, food and business facilities. Centrally located.

          Details

          • Facilities:Restaurant,Bar,Room Spa,Conference Facilities,Pool,Room Service
          • Type:4 - 5 Stars,Hotel/Resort,Motel
          • Price Range:Under $50
          • Capacity:51 - 100

          Description

          Perfect for conferences, meetings or weddings. The rooms are tastefully furnished and the establishment has an ongoing commitment to update it's dTcor and appointments to maintain the high standards of the hotel.

          Discovery Holiday Park Bunbury

          Bunbury Accommodation Village is the perfect base to visit the spectacular ranges from the luxury chalets with spa baths to shaded caravan sites and facilities for camping.

            Details

            • Facilities:Tennis Courts,Pool
            • Price Range:Under $50
            • Type:4 - 5 Stars,Caravan Parks
            • Capacity:51 - 100

            Description

            The Park has an enormous range of facilities including 18 hole mini golf course, pool, tennis courts, trampoline, playgrounds, campers kitchen and disabled facilities.

            Discovery Holiday Park Koombana

            Want to be able to relax and let the world pass you by, but also explore the beauty of Mother Nature when it takes your fancy. Introducing sensational Bunbury and Koombana Bay.

              Details

              • Capacity:51 - 100
              • Type:Caravan Parks,Chalets,4 - 5 Stars
              • Facilities:Pool,Restaurant,Tennis Courts
              • Price Range:$50-$100

              Description

              Beautiful 3 bedroom waterfront chalets, cabins, drive through ensuite, powered and unpowered grassed sites. Swimming pool, cafT, shop, tennis/basketball court, games room, function room. Opposite world renowned Dolphin Beach.

              Dolphin Retreat Bunbury

              Dolphin Retreat Bunbury is located 150m from beautiful Bunbury beach and lively city centre.

                Details

                • Type:Backpackers/Hostels
                • Capacity:100+
                • Price Range:Under $50

                Description

                Dolphin Retreat has recently been renovated and is colourful, vibrant, clean and welcoming. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable about Bunbury to help you get the most out of your visit. The beds are comfy and are provided with linen. Dolphin Retreat is great value. This character home has double, twin and dorm rooms. Dolphin Retreat offers weekly packages. Families and groups are welcome.

                Dolphin Retreat Bunbury

                Bunbury's best value and friendliest accommodation and only 2 minutes walk to beautiful beaches, city centre, shopping coffee shops and amazing restaurants.

                  Details

                  • Type:Backpackers/Hostels
                  • Price Range:Under $50,$50-$100

                  Description

                  Dolphin Retreat is a very friendly, clean and safe hostel and is close to everything. Prices are great value and include all linen, free toast & jam breakfast daily, free use of games room, boogie boards, bike hire, theme nights, genuine help, smiles and lots more so all our guests can really enjoy their time in Bunbury!

                  Everything is so close for your convenience. It is only 5 minutes walk to the beach, cafe strip, bus station, visitor information centre, shopping centre, night life and main street. Dolphin Retreat has the best value beds and facilities!

                  Guests enjoy free toast & jam breakfast, free use pool table, table tennis, BBQ, bikes, boogie boards, tea and coffee, movie nights, parking, unique visitor guide and help, smiles, helping you have a great time in Bunbury. We have all the information you need to be able to see, swim and work with the famous Bunbury Dolphins, finding work as well as all the other things to do in and around Dolphin City.

                  The things to do in Bunbury include swimming at the sandy beaches, snorkeling, watching the friendly dolphins, bush & forest walks, learn to surf, fly a plane, swim or kayak with the dolphins, feed kangaroos and more at the wildlife park, fishing, sky diving, diving on the ship wrecked Lena, visit Gnomesville and leave a gnome. Find out about these attractions and much more from the unique Bunbury visitor guide we give to all our guests.

                  The covered BBQ area with large gas barbecue, outdoor seating and tables is a great area for relaxing, talking and making new friends.

                  Off street parking is available at the rear of the hostel.

                  We look forward to seeing you soon!

                  Please note:
                  “GROUP BOOKINGS - Bookings for more than 10 people will be considered a group booking. The accommodation must be paid in full at least 28 days prior to check-in or your reservation will be cancelled. You must agree to all Group Booking terms and conditions that can be forwarded to you for acceptance by contacting us.”

                  Accommodation Information

                  Dolphin Retreat offers accommodation for singles, couples and groups. Bedrooms are arranged in a variety of combinations including dormitory style, single, twin, triple, family and group rooms. (Family rooms are for 2 Parents & Children). Included free you will get all bed linen, pillows and doonas/blankets so you can get comfortable nights sleep.

                  All bathroom and toilet facilities are conveniently located in the hostel and in close proximity to the bedrooms.

                  A well equipped kitchen (stoves, ovens, microwave, pots and pans, crockery and cutlery) is available for guests use. Coin operated laundry facilities and outside clothesline is also available for guests use.

                  Drink and food vending machines are available for use 24hrs. The Lounge Room offers comfortable seating, TV and books to read. Coin operated high speed internet kiosks are available 24 hours a day.

                  Location Information

                  Bunbury is the gateway to the South West of Australia and is surrounded by wineries and nature and is only 90 minutes away from Perth! Dolphin Retreat is lcoated 5 minutes walk to the beach, cafe strip, bus station, visitor information centre, shopping centre, night life and main street.

                  Ferguson Farmstay

                  Beautifully appointed rammed-earth chalets near the wineries and ocean.

                    Details

                    • Type:Farm Stay
                    • Capacity:100+

                    Description

                    The kids will love the farm activities like pony rides, tractor rides, lamb and calf feeding or milking the cow.

                    Lighthouse Beach Resort

                    The Lighthouse Beach Resort has panoramic ocean views and is located on the beach in Bunbury.

                    • Rating:3.5 star

                    Details

                    • Type:1 - 3 Stars
                    • Capacity:up to 180 guests,100+

                    Description

                    The Lighthouse Beach Resort is situated a leisurely 5 minute walk from the City of Bunbury’s popular cappuccino strip. The  Resort has the finest location, with 360-degree views of the Indian Ocean, Leschenault Inlet, Koombana Bay and the City Lights.

                    Enjoy a drink at our bar while experiencing stunning sunsets, before dining in our award winning Restaurant, which uses the finest of local produce. Wake each morning to a fresh cooked breakfast in the Restaurant or in your room, while enjoying the views over the ocean.

                    Our Accommodation ranges from Standard rooms with City Views, to Executive Spa Suites with Ocean Views.

                    All our rooms are equipped with: Ensuite, Reverse A/C, Foxtel, Mini Bar, Free Wireless Broadband Internet, Tea.Coffee/Toaster facilities, Iron and board, Radio alarm clocks. Spa Suites: Spa Bath, Private balcony, Bathrobes and LCD TVs.

                    We also boast an Indoor Heated pool, Spa, Sauna, Games area and directly across the road, a pristine beach.

                    FREECALL 1800216226

                    [email protected]

                    www.lighthousebeachresort.com.au

                     

                    Mantra Bunbury Hotel

                    Located in The Silos, a heritage-listed precinct on the historic Bunbury waterfront, Mantra Bunbury Hotel boasts an absolute beachfront position.

                    • Rating:4 star

                    Details

                    • Facilities:Bar,Day Spa,Family Friendly,On the Water,Pool,Restaurant,Room Service,Tennis Courts
                    • Type:4 - 5 Stars,Apartments
                    • Capacity:120,100+

                    Description

                    Located in The Silos, a heritage-listed precinct on the historic Bunbury waterfront, Mantra Bunbury Hotel is conveniently located opposite the Bunbury Entertainment Complex and within five minutes walk of Bunbury’s CBD. Mantra Bunbury Hotel features stunning rooms, each featuring contemporary furnishings and designed to maximize natural light and outdoor ambience of life beside Koombana bay.

                    Guest Facilities

                    • art gallery
                    • business services
                    • day spa
                    • heated indoor pool & spa
                    • laundry service
                    • licensed bar
                    • parking (limited)
                    • 24 hour reception
                    • room service
                    • tennis courts

                    Room Facilities

                    • air conditioning
                    • heating
                    • in-house movies
                    • kitchenette
                    • spa (deluxe studio)
                    • wireless internet

                    Room Types

                    • studio
                    • deluxe studio

                    Ocean Drive Motel

                    Ocean Drive Motel is situated right on Bunburys beautiful back beach. We are within minutes walk from the town center, close to popular tourist attractions and entertainment venues.

                      Details

                      • Type:Motel
                      • Capacity:100+
                      • Facilities:Room Service

                      Description

                      Facilities include private ensuites, remote control TV, phones, Internet connection, reverse cycle air conditioning, radio/alarm clock, guest laundry, non smoking rooms, queen size beds, microwave, tea and coffee, toaster, kettle, fridge, BBQ, continental or cooked breakfast served to your unit.

                      Quality Hotel Lord Forrest

                      Bunbury’s only International standard holiday and business hotel delivers a high standard of accommodation, entertainment and dining options. Whether it’s a relaxing few day break or overnight stay, the hotel’s CBD location, panoramic views of the ocean, city and harbour, make it the perfect venue for the leisure, corporate or conference traveller.

                        Details

                        • Capacity:51 - 100
                        • Type:4 - 5 Stars
                        • Facilities:Bar,Conference Facilities,Gym,Pool,Restaurant,Room Service

                        Description

                        Located just 2 hours south of Perth, The Quality Hotel Lord Forrest Hotel features 115 guest rooms including spacious executive suites, all with their own balcony, Alexanders restaurant, Scotts cocktail bar, The Rat & Parrot late night Irish themed bar and Area 1 The Club Nightclub.````A heated indoor pool, spa, sauna and gymnasium complement the facilities, together with convention facilities to cater for 5 to 350 guests.````Easy access to exciting tours and activities such as the Dolphin Discovery Centre and Ferguson valley Wineries, great beaches, good shopping, the Victoria Street cappuccino strip, Entertainment centre, Art Gallery and golf closeby, make it an ideal location for a great getaway, and the ideal base to discover some of the further delights of the region.

                        Quest Bunbury Serviced Apartments

                        Self-contained accommodation located 500m from the city centre of Bunbury, ideal for nightly, weekly and long term stays. Studio, One, Two & Three Bedroom Apartments, set in landscaped surrounds, with swimming pool, BBQ and tennis court. Quest properties are owned and operated by franchisees who take pride in providing a personalised service and quality accommodation.

                        • Rating:4 star

                        Details

                        • Price Range:$200-$300,$300 - $600,$100-$200
                        • Capacity:112,100+
                        • Facilities:Family Friendly,Pool,Room Service,Tennis Courts,Wheelchair Access
                        • Type:4 - 5 Stars,Apartments

                        Description

                        Our two storey property offers a range of Studio, One, Two & Three Bedroom Serviced Apartments and is conveniently located 500m from the city centre across from Koombana Bay Beach.

                        Take the time to relax around our outdoor swimming pool and BBQ area or take a game of tennis on our full-sized tennis court with our compliments. Alternatively you may like to take the 5-10 minute walk to explore Bunbury's numerous cafes and restaurants, the rapidly expanding Waterfront area or visit the Dolphin Discovery Centre.

                        Broadband internet access (cable & wireless), Digital TV and Foxtel and 2 free movie channels is available in all apartments. We offer complimentary parking for one vehicle per apartment, business services and no booking fees when booking direct through our website.

                        Whether for business or for families requiring serviced apartment accommodation, our property is ideal for nightly, weekly and long term accommodation.

                        Quest’s properties are owned and operated by franchisees just like us. In many cases we’ll be the person who checks you in or recommends the best places to eat around town. We take great pride in offering you a personalised service, quality accommodation and making sure you have everything you need for a comfortable stay.

                        Apartment Types

                        A Quest Serviced Apartment is your home and office away from home. At Quest, space is abundant and all properties offer a variety of accommodation configurations to suit singles, couples, families and large groups, from suites to three-bedroom apartments.

                        Studio
                        When you are staying for a night or two, a studio apartment is perfect for your needs and includes a kitchenette. Our Studio Apartments are similar to a hotel room in style, and feature a queen bed or 2 single beds, ensuite bathroom, reverse cycle air conditioning, television, microwave, sink & mini fridge. Broadband internet access and Foxtel TV are also available. These apartments are not fully self contained.

                        One Bedroom Apartment
                        One Bedroom Apartments are fully equipped for those longer term stays. Plenty of space with full kitchen and laundry facilities provided. Guests can entertain in privacy as the living and dining area is separated from the bedroom.

                        Two Bedroom Apartment
                        Our Two Bedroom Loft Apartments have a ground floor bedroom, bathroom with laundry facilities, fully equipped kitchen, dining and living area. The second bedroom is located upstairs, above the main living area on a mezzanine floor. This apartment is fully self contained. Ideal for families with older children who can negotiate stairs.

                        Two Bedroom Executive Apartment
                        The Two Bedroom Executive Apartments (Twin Key) consist of a Studio Apartment and One Bedroom Apartment interconnected through a small foyer. The foyer door acts as the main door to the two bedrooms. They have two bathrooms, two televisions, a fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, living & dining area and a small kitchenette in the Studio.

                        Three Bedroom Executive Apartment
                        Our Three Bedroom Apartments comprise a Two Bedroom Loft Apartment and a Studio Apartment interconnected through a small foyer. The front door to the foyer acts as the main door to your Three Bedroom Apartment.

                        The Two Bedroom Loft Apartment contains a ground floor bedroom with queen bed, ensuite bathroom with spa bath and laundry facilities, fully equipped kitchen, dining & living area with a flat screen television. The second bedroom is located upstairs with either 1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds. The third bedroom is accessed through the foyer and has a queen bed, TV, ensuite bathroom and kitchenette facilities.

                        These rooms are situated around our outdoor swimming pool and BBQ area. Great size for those large families.

                        Dining Options
                        Whether you’re travelling for work or a holiday, Quest Serviced Apartments offers a range of dining options to suit your needs. The majority of apartments contain a combination of an oven, hotplates, microwave, fridge, glassware, crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils and dish washing facilities. This allows you to cook for yourself in the comfort of your apartment. Otherwise, there are a number of local restaurant options you can try and charge the bill back to your accommodation account.

                        Pantry Shopping Service
                        If you would like to cook for yourself, and don't have time to do your shopping, Quest's pantry shopping service offers a comprehensive and convenient alternative. Simply fill out your shopping list and notify us before you arrive and we have your items delivered to your apartment.

                        Restaurant Chargeback Facilities
                        If you’d like to dine out, Quest offers a restaurant chargeback option at selected local restaurants. Restaurant charges will automatically be added to your Quest accommodation account and settled on check-out.

                        • Bianco Cafe & Gourmet Pizza
                        • Dome Cafe
                        • Josephine's Restaurant
                        • L'Amour de la Femme
                        • Mojo's Restaurant
                        • Indian Ocean Lounge Bar & Bistro
                        • Vat 2
                        • Nicola's Ristorante

                        WINNER: AAoA National Accommodation Industry Awards for Excellence - 4 Star Deluxe Self Contained 2011
                        WINNER: WA Regional Small Business Awards - Best Franchise Business 2011
                        WINNER: Quest Serviced Apartments - West Australian Franchise of the Year 2010
                         

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