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Bunbury Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where is it located?

Bunbury is located approximately 175 kilometres south of Perth.

What are some of the area's top attractions?

Some of the most popular attractions are Dolphin Discovery Centre, Bunbury Back Beach and Bunbury Wildlife Park.

What's the weather like?

Bunbury has a Mediterranean climate with warm summers and cool winters.

Exploring Bunbury

The coastal city of Bunbury is set upon the sunny, southwestern shores of Western Australia. This port city is only 175kms to the south of Perth, and is host to more than 68,000 citizens. Bunbury is quite a dynamic city, holding the title of Australia’s fastest growing city just a few years ago. Bunbury serves as the main port for southwest Western Australia’s farming, timber and mining industries. However, tourism is also an important economic source for Bunbury.

The beach, water and ample sunshine make Bunbury a popular tourist destination for local, domestic and international tourists. Koombana Bay is home to almost two dozen dolphins, which also interact with visitors who venture to the beach. Bunbury is also a great base for tourists to explore WA’s southwest, including places like Margaret River and plenty of local wineries. A variety of hotels that are hospitable and convenient for travellers are on offer in Bunbury.

Sights nearby

Bunbury welcomes thousands of visitors each year, particularly during the summer months. The exciting built and natural attractions within the city are only minutes from Bunbury’s major hotels.

- Dolphin Discovery Centre

Situated upon the beautiful shores of Koombana Beach, the Dolphin Discovery Centre is one of those attractions that can be ‘hot’ one day, and then ‘cold’ the next. This is because it largely relies upon the local wild dolphin population to be present, which is not every day. Inside the venue is an interesting array of information displays which depict more details about dolphins and the populations residing near Bunbury. When the dolphins are frolicking in the waters of Koombana Bay, guides from the centre can take tourists for a closer look. If visitors want to experience a boat trip to see the dolphins, then advance bookings must be made. Several hotels, like Quest Bunbury Serviced Apartments, offer comfortable accommodation within walking distance to the Dolphin Discovery Centre.

- Big Swamp Wildlife Park

Visitors must visit Big Swamp Wildlife Park when holidaying in Bunbury. Located in the southwestern districts of the city, this park is home to more than 60 species of Australian animals. These include fascinating mammals and birds like parrots, cockatoos, wallaroos, western grey kangaroos and the cuddly-looking wombat. The park is open daily between the hours of 10:00 and 16:00, offering an enticing yet inexpensive family day out.

- Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

Located within a former convent, the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries is only a few minutes on foot from the heart of the central business district. It not only contains the most endearing and exclusive regional art pieces in southwestern Western Australia, but it is also used as a thriving community hall. Both European and Indigenous Australian art works are housed inside the art gallery, so visitors are guaranteed a varied collection.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

The Coffee Strip is where many cafés and restaurants can be found. Most of these offer local and other Western cuisine. However, there are also plenty of restaurants located in Bunbury’s more up-market hotels, including the Mantra Bunbury and the Quality Hotel Lord Forrest. Inside these hotels are some relaxing lounges and bars, but most visitors head into the city centre to socialise in the local pubs and bars. Even though most visitors don’t come to Bunbury for its shopping scene, there are still several interesting malls to explore in the heart of the town. Parks Centre, Stirling Centre and Bunbury Forum Shopping Centre are the largest malls found in the city.

Public transport

The city of Bunbury is served by a public bus service which travels to most areas within the city and into the immediate districts surrounding Bunbury. It is operated by Bunbury City Transit, seven days a week, and is a reasonably cheap service. Plenty of the city’s hotels are situated upon or close to Bunbury’s bus stops. The nearest air gateway is in the capital city of Western Australia, Perth.