Situated about two hours south of Perth, Bunbury is Western Australia’s second largest city. Although it is a reasonably large town with plenty to keep you busy, its main attraction is the dolphins at Koombana Beach. Every day several dolphins swim up to shore and you can watch them in much the same way as at Monkey Mia.
Bunbury also makes a convenient base for exploring the nearby Wellington National Park.
Corner Carmody Place & Haley Street, Bunbury
Tel (08) 9721 7922
Open Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 9.30am-4.30pm
Bunbury’s proximity to Perth ensures relatively convenient transport connections.
It lies at the southern extremity of Western Australia’s rail network with a couple of daily train services to and from Perth. The train station is 3km north of town in Wollaston, and local buses meet with the train to take you into the town centre. One-way fares for the Australind train from Perth are $25.60.
Transwa (tel 1300 662 205) coaches terminate at the tourist information centre on Haley Street.
Bunbury City Transit runs Bunbury’s local bus network. The most useful bus is the one between the train station and the city centre, which is free when you present your train ticket.
14 Wellington Street, Bunbury
Tel (08) 9792 4690
16 Clifton Street, Bunbury
Tel (08) 9721 3242 or 1800 039 032
Big Swamp Wildlife Park has the usual collection of native wildlife including kangaroos and birds.
Prince Phillip Drive, Bunbury
Tel (08) 9721 8380
Open 10am-5pm daily
The Dolphin Discovery Centre features interactive exhibits and a small theatre although the best thing is that you can wade in the water and let the dolphins swim around you.
Koombana Drive, Bunbury
Tel (08) 9791 3088
Open 8am-5pm daily