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Things to do in Geographe & Bunbury


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Bunbury, often named as the ‘City of 3 Waters’ is situated just 90 minutes from Perth and is one of the state’s largest regional cities. The laid back, seaside port city oozes a cosmopolitan edgy atmosphere, with a massive event calendar, boutique shops, street art and funky cafes dominating the CBD.

It is however, the waters that surround the city that are perhaps what Bunbury is best known for. Situated on a peninsula, the calm waters of Koombana bay and Leschenault Inlet contrast with the extensive waves of the Indian Ocean, to the west.

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The marine scene offers the perfect opportunity for water sports such as stand up paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking and boating, all of which are very popular for locals and visitors alike. The waters are rife with marine life and offer the chance to get up close with the majestically intelligent dolphin species through boating, snorkelling and diving tours.

Things to do

From water sports to music festivals, street art to heritage trails, there’s plenty to get stuck into within the region. See below a selection of 10 fantastic things to do in Bunbury:

  1. Watch a show at BREC, voted no.1 performing arts venue in Australia. WA’s leading venue for conferences, trade shows gala events and live entertainment has a huge array of events on offer throughout the year including Film festivals, comedy shows, dance performances, opera and live music.
  2. Explore the rich history and heritage of Bunbury and the surrounding areas on foot. The region is littered with meandering trails and hiking tracks for all ages and abilities. Pick up a map from the visitor center and immerse yourself in the stunning topography and wildlife on the Bunbury Heritage Trail.
  3. Take a cruise with one of the local tour companies to explore the stunning coastline. Don’t forget your bathers for that all-important swim amongst the dolphins.
  4. Enjoy a scenic stroll along the Mangroves Boardwalk where over seventy species of birds reside. If you’re lucky you may spot an adorable family of cygnets as the area is a favourite breeding ground of the Black Swan.
  5. Take in the views from Marlston Hill Lookout. Formerly a working lighthouse, this multi-level viewing tower boast 360 degree views of Koombana bay, hinterland and Bunbury Harbour.
  6. Pack a picnic rug, a few glasses and spend some time devouring the glorious local produce and wine. The Bunbury area has an abundance of farm gates, markets, cellar doors and restaurants, all offering delicious home-grown and fresh ingredients.
  7. Learn about the history of the region and browse the collection at Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre. It’s full of fun, personal and interactive displays that are suitable for all ages.
  8. Pick up a map from the local visitor center and make your way through the streets to uncover the multitude of hidden murals featuring amazing street art from some of WA’s best known artists. There’s plenty of coffee shops and eateries so take a pit stop along the way to refuel.
  9. Hire a snorkel or join one of the dive tours to experience the underwater wonderland surrounding the Lena dive wreck, situated just 3 nautical miles off Bunbury’s coastline.
  10. See some of Australia’s native animals at Bunbury Wildlife Park including wombats, emus, birds, reptiles and of course everyone’s favourite, the jovial jumping joeys.

Getting there

The Forrest Highway will get you to Bunbury the quickest – it is 172km, or a one-hour-and-45-minute drive – but it certainly isn’t as scenic as the picturesque South Western Highway, which is 186km or about a two-hour-and-ten-minute drive. Coaches run five times per day and there are two rail services from Perth to Bunbury.

Places to stay

Bunbury is known as the City of Three Waters with good reason – you’ll usually be on the beachfront or close to the beach when you stay in town. Out in the surrounding region, fresh country air and stunning views are plentiful. Lovely bed and breakfasts, bush retreats, cosy chalets and cottages blend well with the whole wine-region experience. The adventure camps and farm stays are awesome, especially if you are travelling in a group, or have kids in tow.

Image credits: Sunsets Huts Beach – Terri Sharp, Koombana Bay – Mark Bakers Photography, Bunbury Street Art – World of Travel with Kids

Guides

Guides


Aristos Waterfront Bunbury

Bunbury's Leading Seafood Restaurant, Owned By Celebrity Chef Aristos Papandroulakis.

  • Facilities:Catering,Family Friendly,Private Rooms,Function Venue,Waterfront
  • Open Days/times:7 Days A Week - 11am to Late

Details

  • Type:Restaurant
  • Lunch:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Dinner:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Restaurants:Cafe Dining,Seafood Restaurant

Description

THE FAVOURITE DESTINATION FOR QUALITY LOCAL SEAFOOD AT AFFORDABLE PRICES
Aristos Waterfront Bunbury is one of the most popular restaurants in Bunbury, where locals come to enjoy lunch or dinner in a beautiful setting overlooking the spectacular Koombana Bay. A fully licensed restaurant on the Bunbury Waterfront with a varied menu to suit all tastes, Aristos Waterfront Bunbury is located just five minutes from the Forrest Highway, and is a tried and tested favourite for those looking to break the journey from Perth to the South West.

There’s nothing stuffy about the Aristos Waterfront Bunbury – its casual dining style and warm welcoming service has made it the go-to destination for couples, families and friends alike. Just come as you are for a light lunch and a beer, or enjoy a special evening out with fine food, a glass of wine and an ever-changing view out over the glittering coastline. If you are hungry for seafood in Bunbury, you are in for a treat.

Aristos Waterfront Bunbury is also an outstanding function venue in Bunbury offering catering for your next event. Why not try one of the best restaurants in Bunbury for your birthday party, engagement party, work function, sundowner or business lunch?

Backbeach Café And Restaurant

A seafood beachside restaurant in Bunbury offering a range of oysters, prawns and fish and chips.

  • Facilities:Family Friendly,Takeaway,Waterfront

Details

  • Type:Restaurant
  • Restaurants:Seafood Restaurant
  • Open Days:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Breakfast:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

The Back Beach Café and Restaurant is open from 7.00am every day of the week for coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their licensed venue offers you casual all day dining till late Wed-Sun. Featuring locally roasted coffee and highlighting local produce, all prepared fresh daily on the premises. The kiosk offers walkers, beachgoers and travellers takeaway coffee, drinks and ice-creams. And for all you coffee mums and dads why not bring the kids down and checkout the new playroom. Take in the sunset over the ocean whilst enjoying a drink on the large alfresco deck. We strongly advise making a booking at the weekends for breakfast and lunch. Bookings are also highly recommended for the family room due to popularity (particularly Mon & Fri). 

Try their seafood platter with with kilpatrick oysters, marinated octopus, szechwan squid, prawn cocktail bites, battered bronzy, chips, salad & slaw.

Benesse Coffee House

  • (08) 9791 4030

Fresh Roasted coffee daily, relaxed sidewalk chic in the heart of Bunbury's Cappuccino Strip.

  • Facilities:Wheelchair Access,Catering,Licensed

Details

  • Restaurants:Cafe Dining
  • Type:Restaurant

Description

Coffee is our passion. It's roasted daily to satisfy our customers in a 60 year old Austrian Probate Roaster. Our coffee house is located in central Bunbury. Enjoy the sidewalk atmosphere and our tempting lunch menu - with coffee!

Bird Cage Coffee Lounge

  • (08) 9721 7354

Casual café-style meals offered within Gelorup Shopping Centre.

  • Facilities:Wheelchair Access,Catering,Licensed

Details

  • Restaurants:Cafe Dining
  • Type:Restaurant

Description

Popular with tourists and locals, it's a great place to enjoy a simple sandwich, foccacia or more elaborate Caesar salad. Fresh coffee and quick snacks also available.

Bread and Butter

  • 9721 8222

With some of the best baked goods in Bunbury, you will definitely be back for more!

  • Facilities:Takeaway,Alfresco
  • Open Days/times:Monday to Friday: 7:00am - 5:30pm, Weekends: 7:00am - 3:30pm

Details

  • Restaurants:Cafe Dining
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday
  • Breakfast:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Baking fresh bread, donuts, sausage rolls and pastries. 

Bushshack Brewery

Whatever you are looking for, we’re sure you will enjoy a visit to the Moody Cow Brewery.

  • Open Days/times:Mon: 10am til 5pm, Tue & Wed: CLOSED, Thurs: 10am til 5pm, Fri, Sat & Sun: 10am til 6pm
  • Facilities:Family Friendly,Function Venue,Licensed

Details

  • Type:Restaurant,Bar with Restaurant
  • Restaurants:Gluten Free
  • Breweries & Distilleries:Brewery,Light Food,Restaurant,Cider
  • Lunch:Saturday,Sunday
  • Dinner:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
  • Open Days:Monday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

We are a family run business located in the heart of the picturesque Ferguson Valley just 8 kms from Dardanup township. We served our 1st beer on 28th May 2010 and cater for individuals, families and both large and small groups.

The limestone and western red cedar building utilises 8 different timbers in it’s construction. The use of Marri, Jarrah, Tuart, Wandoo and American Oak timbers create a warm and inviting environment. You can watch the brewing process from close quarters, sit round the log fire or enjoy a meal on the large decked area or grassed terraces.

Functions at the Moody Cow

Looking for an amazing venue for your Wedding or Work function?  Moody Cow Brewery set in the heart of the Ferguson Valley (15 mins from Bunbury) is the ideal place. Beautiful function menus are available or we can cater to your needs.

All our beers are handcrafted on the premises using the finest of ingredients. We use only malt, hops, yeast and Ferguson Valley water to create 6 different mouth watering beers. We don’t filter any of our beers and believe in largering them for as long as necessary before putting them on tap for consumption. Once you taste them, I’m sure you’ll approve of the method we use to make them.

 

Cafe Bean

Cafe Bean is Bunbury’s popular locally owned cafe with true cafe style meals fabulous breakfasts, patisserie cakes and our own special blend of coffee and leaf tea.

Details

  • Type:Restaurant

Description

A modern, stylish, casual cafe – come and relax. You’ll find Cafe Bean right in the centre of the Bunbury Cappuccino Strip in Victoria Street.

Open 7 days from 7am.

Cafe Tiffanys

  • cafe.tiffanys@mybelle.com.au
  • 9731 2488

Air conditioned comfort and friendly service, Rubra coffee, delicious home-style meals, a variety of gluten free food, enticing cakes and slices.

  • Open Days/times:Monday - Thursday 8am - 3pm, Friday 8am - 8pm, Saturday & Sunday 8am - 3pm
  • Facilities:Catering,Takeaway

Details

  • Restaurants:Cafe Dining,Australian - Modern
  • Breakfast:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday
  • Lunch:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Dinner:Friday

Description

Situated right opposite the carpark in the heart of Donnybrook's main street, Cafe Tiffanys offers a warm friendly atmosphere where guests can enjoy coffee and fresh food made on the premises from locally produced ingredients. They are a family run business with local staff. 

Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and takeaways, they are also open Friday & Saturday evenings from 5.30pm - 8pm for takeaway fish and chips and burgers. 

Casella's Wine Tapas Bar

Casellas Wine-Tapas-Grill is chic, classy and contemporary….. enjoy the Spanish delights of tapas from the south west’s only authentic tapas lounge or from our award winning modern Australian and light fare menus.

Details

  • Type:Restaurant

Description

“Food is but the best expression of a place and personality”- Anthony Bourdain

Casellas is Bunbury and the South West regions latest modern dining experience. With flawless attention to detail and unique character, our acclaimed Modern Australian menu will let you experience something truly special that will change your understanding of restaurant dining. We pride ourselves on high quality local and international produce to create a menu that will raise your standards of restaurants.

At Casellas we specialise in authentic Spanish Tapas, remaining true to the traditional appetizers. Our char-grill prepares the perfect steak, with the succulent Wagyu Beef, arguably the finest in the world, available exclusively to Casellas.

Our unique menu also offers a terrific range of dining options for whatever your tastes may be. Casellas is also proud to offer Bunbury and the South West one of the most unique and largest wine menus available. With a range of local and international selections, there is something to suit the unfamiliar and the connoisseurs, as well as offering something new and special.

With good food, good wine and good company, Casellas can make sure you have the perfect meal.

With two private function rooms, Casellas can cater for either private dining, or the more social cocktail parties. Our private dining room, with alfresco area overlooking the water is also available, which comfortably seats up to 65 guests. Casellas is also proud to announce its new private Lounge, complete with private bar and alfresco area, ideal for those special cocktail events or corporate functions, this room can comfortable fit 90 – 100 guests

Dardanup Bakery

Come in and enjoy a coffee and treat yourself to a delicious selection all hand made and baked on site.

  • Open Days/times:Wed-Fri 8:00am-3pm, Sat-Sun 8:30am-2pm

Details

  • Breakfast:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Lunch:Sunday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
  • Open Days:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Restaurants:Cafe Dining

Description

John and Laine welcome you to their bakery where you can select from a wide range of delicious cakes, pastries, pies and much more along with a wide range of bread options including their Artisan woodfired sourdough bread in a sole baking style.

Dardanup Butchering Company

For nearly 70 years, Dardanup has been supplying Western Australians with the very best food from WA’s best farmers in the pristine South West region.

Details

Description

 

DBC Talk About Taste provide quality wholesale meat in Perth WA. To see our range of bulk meat packs visit our website today

 

Dôme Café Bunbury

Whatever the time of day, whoever you’re with, you will feel right at home at Dôme in Bunbury.

  • Facilities:Takeaway,Family Friendly

Details

  • Breakfast:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays
  • Dinner:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays
  • Lunch:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays
  • Type:Restaurant
  • Restaurants:Australian - Modern,Cafe Dining

Description

Whatever the time of day, whoever you’re with, you will feel right at home at Dôme. The armchairs are big and welcoming, the Wi-Fi is free and the newspapers and magazines are plentiful. Our all day menu is made up of café favourites and seasonal classics. While some of our restaurants are BYO and others are licenced and either way 60+ serve the expertly made coffee we’re renowned for.

Dôme restaurants are relaxed, welcoming and a great place to get together for bookclub, mothers’ group or a business meeting. You can drop in for a cup of satisfying coffee, meal or just soak up the ambience in one of our big leather armchairs.

Their all day menu will keep you nourished and refreshed. It is full of classic favourites like pizzas, burgers, soups and salads but make sure you leave room for dessert; our cake cabinet is a celebration of the most popular cakes of all time. Our food is accompanied by an impressive array of hot and cold drinks. In addition to our espresso coffees, you can enjoy a wide selection of loose-leaf teas, fresh fruit smoothies, milkshakes, sparkling drinks and our signature blended ice chocolate and coffee Espreskis.

To feed your mind, we have a selection of complimentary magazines, newspapers and free Wi-Fi for those of you wanting to study, work or play. While you relax, we’ll keep the kids entertained with our activity sheets and crayons that they are welcome to keep – there’s even a Junior version of our menu especially designed for those little rumbling tummies.

Come and discover why there’s no place like Dôme.

Dôme Café Bunbury Forum

Whatever the time of day, whoever you’re with, you will feel right at home at Dôme in Bunbury.

  • Facilities:Takeaway,Family Friendly

Details

  • Breakfast:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays
  • Dinner:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,Monday,Tuesday
  • Lunch:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays
  • Type:Restaurant
  • Restaurants:Australian - Modern,Cafe Dining

Description

Whatever the time of day, whoever you’re with, you will feel right at home at Dôme. The armchairs are big and welcoming, the Wi-Fi is free and the newspapers and magazines are plentiful. Our all day menu is made up of café favourites and seasonal classics. While some of our restaurants are BYO and others are licenced and either way 60+ serve the expertly made coffee we’re renowned for.

Dôme restaurants are relaxed, welcoming and a great place to get together for bookclub, mothers’ group or a business meeting. You can drop in for a cup of satisfying coffee, meal or just soak up the ambience in one of our big leather armchairs.

Their all day menu will keep you nourished and refreshed. It is full of classic favourites like pizzas, burgers, soups and salads but make sure you leave room for dessert; our cake cabinet is a celebration of the most popular cakes of all time. Our food is accompanied by an impressive array of hot and cold drinks. In addition to our espresso coffees, you can enjoy a wide selection of loose-leaf teas, fresh fruit smoothies, milkshakes, sparkling drinks and our signature blended ice chocolate and coffee Espreskis.

To feed your mind, we have a selection of complimentary magazines, newspapers and free Wi-Fi for those of you wanting to study, work or play. While you relax, we’ll keep the kids entertained with our activity sheets and crayons that they are welcome to keep – there’s even a Junior version of our menu especially designed for those little rumbling tummies.

Come and discover why there’s no place like Dôme.

Donnybrook Family Bakery

Providing Donnybrook and visitors with the freshest breakfast and lunch every day.

  • Open Days/times:24/7
  • Facilities:Alfresco,Family Friendly,Takeaway,Wheelchair Access

Details

  • Breakfast:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays
  • Open Days:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday
  • Dinner:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays
  • Lunch:Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday
  • Restaurants:Cafe Dining

Description

With great customer service and a lovely family vibe, this bakery serves every pastry, and baked dessert you can think of! They also make gourmet chocolate and homemade ice-cream. 

Donnybrook Riverside Restaurant & Cafe

An Italian restaurant located in Donnybrook, serving up traditional Italian food by the Preston River.

  • Open Days/times:Monday - Sun, 10.30am - 2.30pm, 5-9pm
  • Facilities:Function Venue,Live Music,Waterfront

Details

  • Type:Restaurant
  • Restaurants:Italian,Cafe Dining,Coffee Roaster
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Breakfast:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday
  • Lunch:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Dinner:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Serving up traditional Italian food on the edge water of Preston River. 

Open breakfast, lunch and dinner for a meal out in the town. Donnybrook Riverside Restaurant & Cafe are most notable for dinner dining, their menu offers all those Italian favourites from pizza to pasta, as well as a variety of meat and seafood dishes. 

Occasionally they also have live music to enjoy while spending quality time with friends and family. 

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