Situated on Marlston Hill, which over looks the city of Bunbury, is a spectacular tower where from the top, there are great views over the city and suburbs, as well as the port, harbour and the inland waterway of the Leschenault Inlet. The Dolphin Discovery Centre on Koombana Bay is also visible.
The tower was opened in 1988 and one of many Australian Bi-Centenial projects. Although not particularly tall as towers go, it is never-the-less worth the climb to take in a great view.
Built in 1855, the limestone and shingle Bunbury Courthouse remains the oldest building in the Bunbury CBD and it is still in use today.
The building has been used as a courthouse, post office, bond store and police quarters before being used as a court administration building. Its role as a court finally ceased in 1984 when construction of the current courthouse was completed.
Rocky Point is a basalt rock formation from an ancient lava flow with natural channels that allow the sea to surge creating fascinating wave formations.
It's particularly spectacular during stormy weather but please be careful near the edges. Unless you're a strong swimmer you don't really want to get a dunking here.
With so much water surrounding Bunbury it is hardly surprising that you will find a fine collection of boats, big and small, pleasure or business.
Bunbury's Boat Harbour is well sheltered from those wild WA wild winter storms and there is also a well equipped marina for longer term moorings.
The Bunbury Regional Art Galleries is the largest regional art gallery in WA.
Their vision is to be recognized as the leader in the pursuit of excellence for visual arts in the South West (of W.A.).
The building was previously a convent for the Sisters of Mercy from 1897 until sometime during the mid-1980's when the sisters moved out.
The galleries are open daily between 10:00am - 4:00pm
Admission is by way of a gold coin donation which are the $1 or $2 coins.
An excellent view across Bunbury is from the Boulters Height Lookout.
It is named after A. H. Boulter who established a rotunda on the site in the late 1920s. In 1966, to coincide with a visit from the Queen Mother, the local council built a 26m waterfall.
The waterfall is now completely turned off as a result of local high school students continually adding washing powder at the top of the falls. This created mountains of soap suds at the base much to the chagrin of the city council.
The view from the lookout was dominated by St Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral built in 1920 and completely destroyed by a mini tornado during May 2005 (see my Warnings or Dangers pages).
The lookout underwent a complete landscape during 2005 which included upgrading all the walkways and gardens. This was done in conjunction with a new streetscape for Stirling Street and has given this part of town a revamped look.
There is a small park with good viewing areas over town if you don't want to make the long climb up the tower.
There are plenty seats there and a well kept grassed area where you can have a picnic and enjoy the view in solitude.
The Marlston Hill Lookout Tower isn't all that high but certainly more than enough to deter the acrophobic.
Built in 1988, the lookout looks directly over the harbour beach, the small boat harbour and the breakwater reaching out from casuarina point.
It was built by local builders, Devaughs, at a cost of $150,000 of which $100,000 was contributed by the State Bicentennial programme and the remaining $50,000 was donated by the builders as a bicentennial gift to the city of Bunbury.
Local architect, Sasha Ivanovich designed the lookout, and the Bunbury Leschenault Rotary Club were the project organisers.
When you get here find yourself a piece of beach and go swimming. snorkelling, surfing or whatever... it's never busy so finding your own bit of beach is easy.
I like to go body surfing which involves paddling as fast as you can with the wave to catch a ride... but do be careful of "dumpers"... which are those waves that pick you up and crash you toward the beach at an alarming speed with uncontrolable force... and you end up with a snoz full of water and your bathers full of sand!
A short 15 minute walk from my home is Hastie Street beach which is so called because it is situated where Hastie Street meets Ocean Drive. It is part of a 60km unbroken stretch of golden beach from Bunbury down to Dunsborough.
There are many other fine beaches along Bunbury's coastline and Hastie Street isn't necessarily the best of them. But it is one of the most convenient for me so I swim here as often as I can during summer.
Conditions vary from clear and calm in the morning to rough and choppy when the sea breeze comes in the afternoon. The water temperature can be chilly in winter but very refreshing during those hot summer days.
When you enter the dolphin discovery centre you will find a museum with some interesting stuff about the dophins and the local aquatic area. There is also a small theatre showing some movies about different aquatic animals. When we visited there was one on whales. You entry ticket is valid from one year, as they can't promise that you will see any dolphins. Unfortunetly for us both times we visited no dolphins came into the bay, but the volunteers were more than happy to have a chat and tell us about some of the dolphins that do come in.
The dolphins aren't just seen at this bay, but we were told it's the most common place to see them, so that's where we went bright and early at 8 am...the beach in front of the Dolphin centre and its cafe.
We had to wait about an hour, but just as I was about to give up hope, they arrived, and the call went up and everybody on the beach (about 20 people) began to gather at the water's edge.
It's controlled, so you can't actually touch the dolphins, but then that's for the best, as they are still wild creatures.
Viewers had to form a line, in a little over knee deep in the water, with a volunteer in a half wetsuit at either end of the line, to make sure nobody stepped forward and tried to touch the dolphins.
Even in my shorts, I still got quite wet (too busy taking photos to notice some biggish waves coming in!) but it was just such an entrancing experience that I really didn't care.
The dolphins swam around us for about 15 minutes or more, and occasionally came within about 4 feet of one of the volunteers. We saw 3 dolphins in all.
A very special experience.
At the Dolphin Discovery Centre you can discover more than you have never seen before! At random times of the day a dolphin or more will come into the bay to feed. While in the bay a member of the Dolphin Discovery Team will tell you as much as they know about that dolphin. Also you can buy tickets to dolphin watching which is simply magical!
Bunbury is a great place to really get a look at the delightful dolphins. I took a cruise on board a new Yacht named "Wild Side" the tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and includes complimentary tea and coffee Departing from the PUMP Jetty, opposite the Bunbury Visitor Information Centre, Pat Usher Promenade.
Myself and a few others hired out a Limo for the day and took in the wineries of the South West, including the Ferguson Valley and Margaret River Region. True comfort and it was amazing the limo comes with a chauffeur (of course) who was also our tour guide. We took in Caple vale, which is a very nice wine, Leenwin estate, Evans and Tate and finally a chocolate factory. The price was $85 each per person for the day...