When you decide to visit Western Australia, make sure you book a hotel in Bunbury. An easy two-hour drive down the astounding coastline from state capital, Perth, Bunbury is in the perfect position to offer you the ultimate seaside holiday, with plenty of animals and walks to entice you further.
Weather in Bunbury
The average temperatures of Bunbury are fairly representative of the mid-western coastline. December through to March brings glorious highs that regularly sit above 25 degrees Celsius, with minimal rainfall during summer to keep that humidity down.
What to do in Bunbury
Before you take to the beach, situate yourself properly within the township itself by downloading a free walking or cycling map from the Visit Bunbury website. These documents include a variety of safe routes, titled Walk it Bunbury and Bike it Bunbury, to showcase the town under the power of your own speed.
Next get a chance to meet the locals by checking out the Dolphin Discovery Centre, open daily on the opposite side of the Leschenault Inlet to Bunbury's CBD. There is a wide range of dolphin activities available here starting with an Eco Cruise where you can spot dolphins without getting wet, and finishing with an interactive experience where you get to stand in the same waters as they swim!
You should also get on board the yacht, Selene, on a chartered sea-fairing adventure with Ocean West Charters. Locally owned, this company run cruises around Bunbury Bay with the local bottlenose dolphins, or overnight excursions to farther afield places such as Bussleton, Mandurah or Rottnest Island. Alternatively, Ocean West Charters offer internationally recognised sailing lessons.
The beaches of Bunbury
After you've soaked in the sights of the town and surrounding area, it's time to hit the beach.
One of the most popular beaches of the town, Back Beach runs - as you might expect - behind the town along the shores of Geographe Bay. It features regular summer life guard patrols so you can swim, go for a surf or just lay down on a towel and sunbathe for a while. Another cherished area of the town is the Leschenault Inlet. This park area is popular amongst locals for quiet walks, fishing or crabbing, jogging and bird watching, as well as swimming.
You should also investigate Peppermint Grove Beach to the south and Myalup Beach to the north for more swimming options.
Accommodation in Bunbury
If you're looking for an all-in-one Bunbury hotel then book into the luxury Mercure Bunbury Sanctuary Golf Resort, just 10 minutes from the CBD. On top of its 38 opulent semi self-contained apartments, this luxurious resort also features two swimming pools, on-site fine dining restaurant, Vittoria's, and the Sanctuary Tavern. However, what you'll really love is the 56 hectares of pristine fairways and lakes that form the resort's gorgeous 18-hole golf course.