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    Lakeside markets

    by aussirose Written Apr 5, 2010

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    After a nice swim in the lake we walked along the foreshore to the markets.

    Bunbury markets are on every weekend and a great place to take the whole family. It is very busy so we didn't stay too long.....but just enough time to savour the atmosphere before building up a thirst to visit the local pub :o)

    Bunbury markets
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    Check out the beach

    by aussirose Written Apr 5, 2010

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    The beach in Bunbury is gorgeous!! Pure white sand and calm water. We didn't swim because there was a surf carnival on at the time and the beach was crowded.

    But I did come back down early the next morning and had the whole beach to myself :o) Now that's something you don't see too often ;o)

    Bunbury beach
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    Shopping

    by aussirose Written Apr 5, 2010

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    I just loved the tree lined streets in Bunbury. This place has cute cafes, gift shops and quaint shopping malls. ....everything us ladies require on a little holiday ;o)

    We headed into a tiny shopping arcade where Janine bought a new eyebrow ring.

    Bunbury shopping arcade
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    Enjoy a walk along the main street

    by aussirose Updated Apr 4, 2010

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    I don't know about you, but when I first arrive in a town I like to walk down the main street and check it out :o)

    Well in Bunbury there is an interesting fountain in the main street with two unusual looking charactors :o) It certainly makes for a talking point and quite unique :o)

    Bunbury main street
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    Dolphin Discovery Centre

    by Kathrin_E Written May 12, 2009

    Koombana Bay is inhabited by many dolphins. The Dolphin Discovery Centre was opened in 1994 to give visitors an opportunity to see and interact with the wild dolphins of Koombana Bay. There is an interaction zone at the beach where people can stand in the water and get close to them. The centre also offers boat tours and swimming tours. Unfortunately we did not have enough time to join the boat cruise.

    These two websites have all the details and lots of photos (no need to repeat everything here):
    http://dolphins.mysouthwest.com.au/
    http://www.mybunbury.com/dolphindiscovery.html

    However: The dolphins come to visit when, and only when, they decide to. You never know when and for how long. They do not come every day. According to what I read on the board where the recent visits were listed, they come about two or three times per week. You need good luck to see them. So plan enough time to wait. Chances are said to be best in the morning but you never know.
    We were not lucky. We only saw one dolphin patrolling the beach from afar in the evening before.

    Address: Koombana Drive

    Koombana Bay without a single dolphin fin
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    Rotary Lookout Tower

    by sirgaw Written Mar 20, 2009

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    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.

    Address: Apex Drive, Bunbury

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    Bunbury Courthouse

    by robertgaz Updated Jun 12, 2008

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    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.

    Address: Cnr Wittenoom & Stephen Sts

    Directions: In the CBD

    Western side Eastern side South eastern side Northern side Plaque
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    Rocky Point

    by robertgaz Updated May 14, 2007

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    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.

    Address: Ocean Drive

    Directions: From the CBD head due west towards the ocean

    Rocky Point Rocky Point Rocky Point Rocky Point Rocky Point
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    Boat harbour

    by robertgaz Updated Aug 29, 2006

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    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.

    Directions: Outer harbour area.

    Bunbury Boat Harbour
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    Visual arts in the South West

    by robertgaz Updated Aug 29, 2006

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    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.

    Address: 64 Wittenoom Street

    Directions: Near the CBD.

    Phone: +618 9721 8616

    Website: http://www.brag.org.au

    Bunbury Regional Art Galleries Entrance to galleries Street view of art galleries Artist view of  art galleries Artist view of art galleries melting???
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    Boulters Height Lookout

    by robertgaz Updated Aug 29, 2006

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    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.

    Directions: Turn beside the Art Gallery and proceed up the hill following the signs.

    Looking east down Stirling Street Looking north toward Bunbury Tower & Marlston Hill Looking north east toward Koombana Bay Looking south east toward St Boniface Cathedral Splendid isolation
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    Marlston Hill Lookout looking north

    by robertgaz Updated Aug 29, 2006

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    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.

    Address: Fraser Street Bunbury

    Directions: At the northern end of town.

    Indian Ocean with Bunbury Lighthouse top  right Looking south with Bunbury Senior High School top Indian Ocean Looking south with Boulters Height at top right The Lookout from grassed picnic area nearby
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    Marlston Hill Lookout looking south

    by robertgaz Updated Aug 29, 2006

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    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.

    Address: Fraser Street Bunbury

    Directions: At the northern end of town.

    Lookin south toward Boulters Height Lookout at top Outer harbour with Jetty Baths in foreground Koombana Bay Koombana Bay with Inner Harbour in background Leschenault Inlet
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    Or better still... go for a swim

    by robertgaz Updated Aug 29, 2006

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    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!

    Address: Ocean Drive

    Directions: Were Hastie Street meets Ocean Drive.

    Last one in is a rotten egg! Looking toward Hastie Street Going... Going... Gone!
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    Go on... take off your shoes and walk in the surf

    by robertgaz Updated Aug 29, 2006

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    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.

    Address: Ocean Drive

    Directions: Where Hastie Street meets Ocean Drive.

    Take a seat and enjoy the scenery A shower with a view is provided Stay on the path please Sorry, no dogs allowed from October to April Anyone up there?
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