I love exploring our great state of WA and if you look closely enough, everything is right here in our backyards. That being said, it’s so easy to get complacent and just do the same thing over and over again, that’s why when I was offered an opportunity to explore the town of Bunbury I grabbed it with both hands. You see, my mum lives in Bunbury and has done so for many years and although I have been down countless times, I never thought to head down there as a ‘tourist’.
Bunbury is just a 2-hour drive south from Perth City. It’s also on the train line which makes it easily accessible for families. The kids and I had such a wonderful experience seeing a different side to the town of Bunbury, I’m excited to share it with you.
Where we stayed…
It was the perfect location to stay in Bunbury. It was close to everything the rooms were big and clean and they were so welcoming.
The Quality Hotel Lighthouse provides panoramic ocean views right across the Indian Ocean and is located just steps to pristine beaches.
What we did…
What an awesome addition to the town of Bunbury! The kids were able to see and learn all about the stunning marine life. From rescue turtles to the touch pool, feeding time and interactive movie rooms, this is a must-see for anyone heading to Bunbury. Just outside the entrance is a beach where wild dolphins like to come and play. You can get close enough to touch them (although you’re not allowed) but having them swim around your feet is such an incredible experience.
The Dolphin centre also offers tours where you get to go out and see the wild dolphins in their natural habitat. They travel in pods and they all have names! The kids and I loved this experience.
From there we headed to the Bunbury Wildlife park for lunch and land animal fun. The kids were able to feed Kangaroos, a Tawny Frogmouth owl as well as stunning birds in the managery that were not shy about getting up close and personal.
Walk along Koombana Bay
After the excitement or feeding some very lazy kangaroos, we headed for a stroll and a zip line down at Koombana Bay. As well as the stunning white sand there’s an awesome playground for the kids to run around and let off some steam.
The newly renovated Rose Hotel was the perfect stop for dinner. My seafood linguini was out of control and they have a dedicated kids area for a little downtime.
The next day we headed to Melo Velo, firstly because it has the reputation of making the best coffee in town and secondly because you can hire bikes and head off for a ride around town. It may have been one for the least relaxing experiences of our time in Bunbury because my super competitive kids couldn’t help themselves but compete the whole time! But when I managed to stop them on the bridge and take in the scenery we were able to appreciate the beautiful surrounds on our way.
The stunning pink building that is the Bunbury Regional was our next stop. They had an aboriginal art exhibition celebrating decorated aboriginal AFL players. Safe to say the boys were pretty happy with that although disappointed they couldn’t find a piece on their dad (hehe). They then participated in a guided art class full of pencil drawings, watercolours and crayons. They spent a whole hour in absolute concentration and totally loved it. Myself included!
The museum was a great way for the kids to get an understanding of the old town of Bunbury and how it was formed. We went on a tour and ended in an old school classroom making wind catchers.
The last stop on our way home was the Bunbury Farmers Market. I legit can’t go past this place without stopping and heading in. It’s foodie heaven! We started with sausage rolls, waffles and kombucha before embarking on the Ikea like food set up. I always stock up on meat and pre-made meals to freeze and use later as well as heaps of delicious fresh fruit and veggies. The cheese section is also to die for.