"Of Dolphins and Gnomes" Top 5 Page for this destination Bunbury by sirgaw

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Some years ago we had driven through Bunbury returning to Perth, but had stopped at the Dolphin Discovery Centre in the hope of getting to see dolphins in the wild rather than in an aquarium. We were disappointed because we were told the dolphins generally only come to the beach in the mornings, so we vowed to return "one day" and get to see what we had missed.

Here's where being a member of VT has its real advantages - I asked for some help from members in Western Australia on what to see and do in Bunbury and local VT member buffybird (Heather) really helped out. We got to meet Heather and her husband Chris a few days later when we visited Gnomesville and then went on to their home in nearby Burekup (see my Burekup page for the hilarious adventure we had).

We arranged accommodation at a motel in the city and after checking in, drove to a local pub - The Parade Hotel - for dinner in a spectacular setting right beside a waterway. It was at that pub that my mind was transported back home to Melbourne on the first Tuesday in November (Melbourne Cup Day) when all the ladies appear dressed to kill - it was Bunbury race day and the local lass's - and some slightly older - were a match for their Melbourne counterparts in the well-dressed department. We enjoyed a steak each while watching the sun set over the waterway with the moon rising in the opposite direction.

After a sleep at the motel an early start (for us) and we got to enjoy the experience of wading in the Indian Ocean at 8 am with a mother and baby dolphin swimming as close to 2 metres away from us. We then learnt more about dolphins at the centre through their excellent information panels and displays.

Time to leave, but breakfast first and we happened to find the best place for an excellent starter in the form of one of the biggest egg and bacon rolls I've ever had. Not the sort of place that a visiting tourist would stop at, but knowing local workers flock there like seagulls - a yummy start for their day and ours too.

We went back to the motel for a quick shower and then checked out, but were called to a large cage where "Harry" the corrella (Australian parrot) kept saying 'Hello' and off course we just had to scratch the birds head.

We had noticed a spectacular tower on a hill overlooking the city of Bunbury and glad we took the time to climb the Rotary Lookout Tower and snap off a few photos.

Although our visit to Bunbury was short, we were very impressed with the city and its amenities - maybe we'll return one day and do it all again.

NOTE - I have included Gnomesville in tips below - and a seperate travelogue. Although its not really part of Bunbury, the famous resting place for so many Gnomes (love them or not) is easy to reach from Bunbury - so long as you don't get too lost.

Next stop in our trip, spectacular Margaret River and more adventures.

  • Last visit to Bunbury: Mar 2009
  • Intro Updated Mar 22, 2009
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