The Corella Tree
A huge fig tree on the beach promenade, about 200 m west of the jetty, is home to a large flock of corellas. Follow the noise and you can't miss them.
The corella is a medium size cockatoo of white/pale yellow colour. It can be recognized by the characteristic naked, pale blue area round the eyes.
These birds belong to the subspecies of the Western Corella, which is confined to the far southwestern corner of the continent and isolated from other corella populations because of the large inland deserts.
My Favourite Beach
Wonnerup Beach, just past the marina east of Busselton, is one of the best beaches in Geographe Bay. I walk my dog there every morning, even in winter and there is always something to see. The estuary meets the sea here and carves a different path nearly every time they join. There are heaps of different birds and I quite often see dolphins and stingrays close to shore. In summer it is a popular spot for locals to set up for the day. We usually take the BBQ, esky and sun shade, put some crab pots in, go for a skurf and sit back and relax. It is the only beach in Busselton that allows 4wds and access is via either Wonnerup or Forrest Beach boat ramps. If you do want to drive on the beach please read the signs before you drive on it and follow the rules.
- Water Sports
If you follow the Caves Road south to Margaret River you will find some of the prettiest Karri (world's tallest species of trees ) forest in the Western Australia. In the heart of the forest is the Great Boranup Maze. It has been described as a 'leg-stretcher and a mind-bender for travellers weary of the open road'.
Location : Follow Caves Road south
War Memorial - Anzac Park
The memorial is dedicated to the World War I armed forces and is made of Donnybrook sandstone. There are three marble plaques, the smaller two on either side shows the names of the 70 who died during the war. Alongside is a memorial to John and Helen Scott, the first farmers in the Bunbury District.
Location : Stirling & Parkland Sts, Bunbury.
This was the original lighthouse which sat where Marlston Hill Lookout not sits. The lighthouse was in operation for 33 years until 1903. In 1971 the lighthouse was moved to its present location just down the road and is now a landmark in Bunbury.
Location : Bunbury
Marlston Hill Lookout
This was the original lighthouse site which was used by the early whaling fleet as a vantage point for spotting whales. From up the lookout you can get a 360 degree view of Bunbury which extends as far as the Darling Scarp to Koombana Bay and from Geographe Bay to Cape Naturaliste in the south. Open Daily
Location : Frazer Street, Bunbury
Bunbury lies at the western end of the Leschenault Inlet North of Busselton. The area was first sighted by Nicholas Baudin in 1803. Bunbury is the regional capital and gateway to WA’s south west. There are historic walks, local art and craft studios, the Dolphin Discovery Centre and plenty of galleries and museums.
Caves Road Tourist Drive
Caves Road is very aptly named. This tourist drive follows the line of the coast in almost its entire length from Dunsborough to Augusta. You will travel through Karri forests as well as the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. You will also pass by many vineyards, lookouts, coastal walking trails, picnic areas and arts and craft stores to name but a few attractions.
The caves were discovered in 1899 by Edward Dawson when he was looking for stray horses. Dawson started to give guided tours the following year and in 1903, electric light was installed. The cave was originally called Yallingup Cave after the town nearby but was later renamed because of its association with an Aboriginal legend which described the battle between a good spirit Ngilgi and an evil spirit Wolgine.
Entry to the cave is every half hour. You will see wonderful displays of stalactite, stalagmite, helicitite and shawl formations. There are semi guided tours as well as a range of adventuring caving and torchlight tours.
Aside from the caves there is a café, childrens playground, bbq facilities and walk trails.
Location : Off Caves Road, 2km East of Yallingup. 34km from Busselton
Busselton and Dunsborough lie on the shores of Geographe Bay which is protected from most of the prevailing winds that hit the coastline. There is more than 30kms of white sandy beaches which is bordered by natural bush and forests.
A great area for fishing, water sports, diving and snorkelling and swimming. If you go around this region be sure to check out Simmo's Ice Creamery & Fun Park. Buy an ice cream for free entry and really, that is just about the only reason you would go there unless you had little ones, that ice cream is to die for. You will see flavours here you never imagined and feel like you had died and gone to heaven. Worth the detour.
(Commonage Road, Dunsborough).
The lighthouse was opened in 1904 and it still is in operation today. There are strong currents and dangerous reefs which life off the point of Cape Naturaliste and at least 12 ships have come to grief there. In the 1840's American whalers frequented the coast in large numbers, 3 of them were wrecked in a gale on July 8 1840. Cape Naturaliste is part of the Margaret River wine region and well known for its natural beauty.
At the information centre there is also a small maritime museum as well as souveniers, drinks and ice creams.
There is an admission to the lighthouse and night tours are available for groups by appointment.
- Historical Travel
Quindalup Fauna Park
The Quindalup Fauna Park is north of Margaret River. The park features Australian wildlife which includes kangaroos, wallabies, quokka, wombats and dingoes. There is also a butterfly enclosure and a natural light marine aquarium featuring local fish from Geographe Bay. Aside from the usual arts and crafts shop, you can also enjoy a Devonshire tea or use the bbq facilities.
Location : 962 Caves Road, Quindalup
Gracetown is a small community of around a few hundred people only about 15-20 mins from Margaret River (or 10 mins from Cowaramup). Initially the hilly little area was built as a holiday destination with inexpensive housing but over the years the homes have been replaced by large and expensive designs and the value has gone up tremendously. The population multiples during the holiday season. The bay faces north and therefore the beach is sheltered which makes it a favourite for swimming
Location : South East, on the coast
Cape Lavender describes itself as a 'slice of heaven - a unique blend of lavender gardens and a quality wine producing vineyard. The idea was created in 1999 by owner Jeff Clarke who had the vision to develop something very different in the Margaret River area. That vision has grown and produced a picturesque estate with the most wonderful aroma of lavender whether you be in the gift shop or out strolling around the grounds. There is a trout filled lake which is surrounded by a lavender lined walk just inviting you to stroll around or just sit on the carefully positioned benches just to take it all in.
Open 10am - 5 pm 7 days a week (except Christmas eve and Christmas day)
Location : Carter Road, (off Metricup Rd) Wilyabrup
Wise Winery is north of Margaret River inbetween Dunsborough and Yallingup. This winery was started in 1991 when both the Eagle Bay Estate and Geographe Estate were combined. The winery sits with a 180 degree view overlooking the vineyard, the Meelup Valley and Geographe Bay. Their wines have won numerous awards over the years Australia wide and all are available for tasting.
Wise Winery also has 5 delightful and very different chalets in secluded bushland on their property which can accommodate anything from 2 to 10 people. The chalets are a 20 min walk through bush to Meelup Beach. Linen & towels are provided in all chalets. No pets are allowed on the property.
Location : Eagle Bay Road, Eagle Bay