One of the most exciting features of Bunbury and the south west region of WA is the diverse flora found here. There are thousands of wildflowers seen nowhere else and some huge trees in the jarrah forests of the region. All of the parks have a wide range of native animal and birdlife with lots of different and interesting things to see.

Crooked Brook Forest

Just 10km from Dardanup is the Crooked Brook Forest that is accessible for everyone including those in wheelchairs. There are 4 walking trails here for you to explore the magnificent jarrah forest and wild flower displays. Take a quiet walk and discover birds and flowers unique to the part of Australia. There are BBQ facilities, toilets, picnic areas and room for parking including buses and caravans.

Wellington Forest

This is wonderful jarrah forest with self-guided walking trails, camping sites and many opportunities to see bird and animal life and the magnificent wildflowers that bloom in this part of the country. Wellington Dam is nearby for fishing and canoeing. This is a large jarrah forest with some of the world’s tallest trees. Visit Ferguson Valley and the Collie River valley to see these wonderful trees, wildflowers, birds and animals.

Tuart Forest

This is one of the world’s rarest forests and is on the coastal plains at the southern end of Ocean drive. Take the opportunity to see this forest and its wildflower displays in spring. There is also wildlife and birdlife to see here too.

Mangrove Boardwalk

This is a small but interesting 15 minute walk along the southern most mangroves in WA. It is a quiet and peaceful spot and you can see some bird and animal life.

Koombana Bay

On Bunbury’s door step is this wonderful bay and beach area with lots of things to do and see. Swimming beaches and lots of water for boating and fishing, water skiing and snorkelling and cafes nearby, this is a great family spot. This is a great place to see our local pod of dolphins and visit the Dolphin Discovery Centre, where each ticket is valid for 3 visits.

Leschenault Peninsula Conservation Park

This is a narrow area that has the Indian Ocean on one side and the Inlet on the other. There are walking trails here and a diverse bird and animal life to see and some wonderful local flora.

Walking trails

The area has a number of recognised walking trails through crooked Brook and Wellington Forests, through the sand dunes at Maidens Reserve, the bush reserve at Manea Park, Big Swamp Wetlands and the Eaton Foreshore walk. There are a lot of opportunities to see birds, animals and the wonderful wildflowers that grow only in this part of the world.

On the water

Try out 3 Water Cruises for a great ride on the Collie River and estuary system and see dolphins and lots of other marine and bird life as you explore the waterways.

Octopus Garden Marine Charters offers you a range of boat trips and diving experiences on coral reefs and shipwrecks.

For a whale watching adventure try Naturaliste Charters out of Australind and Dunsborough from June to September.