The city of Bunbury is the third largest in Western Australia and is located south of the Perth, the state’s capital. It is 175km south of Perth on the Leschenault Inlet where the Collie and Preston Rivers meet and on Koombana Bay. The area fronts a larger bay called Geographe by Captain Freycinet who saw the area by boat in 1803.
The area has a Mediterranean style temperate climate with warm to hot summers and mild winters. The colder months are the wettest with summer typified by late afternoon storms. The force from the Indian Ocean is stopped from battering the area by a breakwater that protects the Harbour from the more violent waters thrown up by the weather.
The harbour is an ideal spot for water skiing, fishing and boating and yachting. The harbour is also visited by a pod of dolphins who seek protection from the open ocean. Up to 90 dolphins swim around the harbour and are one of the main attractions in Koombana Bay. The town has a very maritime feel to it with a lot of maritime history to be seen up and down the coastal area.
The City of Bunbury is aiming to make the entire area accessible by all people from all walks of life including those with physical disabilities. There are a range of disabled parking areas across the city and also disabled access to public toilets and many of the town’s, accommodation, attractions and sights.
There are a variety of places to shop and many different boutiques and specialty shops. The Cappuccino Strip is a collection of cafes, restaurants and shops to have a pleasant wander around and then have a cuppa and watch the rest of Bunbury go by. There is also shopping at the Silos and a range of art galleries, historic buildings, museums and a first class entertainment area. The entertainment centre gets national and international acts from comedy to opera so the entertainment is very diverse.
Bunbury is the starting point for a trip to Margaret River, the most southern mangroves in the state and a stand of jarrah forest, one of the tallest trees around. There are national parks, orchards, wineries, wildflowers and wild life and lots more to see in the Bunbury and the south west region. You can see the amazing Wave Rock, a surfing wave frozen in time, Tuart forest, mangrove boardwalk and many of Western Australia's famous wildflowers all in this magical area around Bunbury.
There is plenty of accommodation here from a simple camping area at a caravan park to 3 and 4 star luxury accommodation. You stay in bush cabins, spa suites with views over the city and out to the Indian Ocean. The range here for singles, couples and families is enormous and you can stay right in Bunbury or in a quiet area away from the city, stay on the golf course for golf lovers, a cabin by the lake, the choice is yours.
Bunbury is a busy cosmopolitan city with something to offer everyone from city life, bush escapes, wild life and wild flowers, historical buildings and modern art galleries to a dolphin experience, swimming and surfing.