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.
The Dolphin Discovery Centre is an educational attraction that is convemiently located near the Dolphin Interaction Zone at Koombana Bay in Bunbury.
The centre is open to visitors every day from 8.00am-4.00pm (Summer) and 9.00am-3.00pm (Winter).
They are closed for the Christmas break on the 25th December.
$9.00 Family of 2 Adults and All Children
If your accommodation is near the CBD you can easily walk there in about 15 minutes. But it may take a bit longer if you are tempted to gawk and dawdle along the beach.
During the summer months you could also catch the Bunbury Tram as the Dolphin Discovery Centre is along their Bunbury Tour.
These underwater picture were taken with a Canon A70 digital with a custom built underwater housing.
Unfortunately the conditions were a bit murky on the day they were taken and the dolphins only get close enough for a pose if they choose to.
So you will need to be very patient to take your underwater shots but as you can see the dolphins do get close enough eventually. But then you will need to be extra quick taking photo's because they won't sit still too long.
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.
There is plenty of time and opportunity for a close encounter with these friendly mammals of the sea.
There are plenty of volunteers who will shepherd you into formation so that everyone has an opportunity for an aquatic encounter of the dolphin kind.
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.
Each morning some inquisitive local Bottlenose Dolphins swim up to the Koombana Bay shore to check out the humans that have travelled from far and wide to allow themselves to be studied by these curious marine mammals.
After anywhere from a half to one hour the dolphins have generally satisfied their natural curiosity and swim away again to get themselves a feed of fresh fish that are plentiful around the bay.
If the beach dolphin interaction leaves you with a desire for more there is also the Bunbury Dolphin Tours which take you further out in Koombana Bay to their natural environment.
These tours are led by a marine biologist so expert commentary is guaranteed.
Two tours will depart in November commencing at 9.00 am and 12.00 midday. Two tours depart daily December to March at 8.00 am and 11.00 am. One tour departs during April commencing at 12.00 midday. All tours depart from the Dolphin Discovery Centre, Koombana Drive, Bunbury.
The tour cost is $115 for adults and children.
Skating for pleasure or for just for some much needed exercise is a fun way to spend an afternoon in Bunbury.
So put on you bladed boots and slip, slide and scoot!
4 TO 6 pm
Open to all skaters & a great birthday or party session with the coloured Lights - DJ - Games
$7 per skater
with DJ + Games - $7 per skater
10 am to 12 Noon
SPORT SAFE "SKATE SMART CLASSES"
12 to 1 pm -
1 pm to 3 pm
11 TO 1 pm
with DJ + Games - $7 per skater
2 TO 4 pm
with DJ + Games - $7 per skater
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
You have to get up early and find your way to Koombana bay. If your lucky the dolphins swim in and you can feed them and swim with them. Which is a wonderful experience. This place is much better than Monkey Mia. Check out the dophin centre if you want to learn more about dolphins. They have lots of staff who will happily answer any questions you have.