A coastal city gem on the fringes of Western Australia, Bunbury may be a small community but don't be fooled - dynamite comes in small packages. Just 2 hours' drive away from the bustling city of Perth, Bunbury is an ideal getaway for families and friends looking for a bit of fresh air, strolls on the beach and time to relax. Bunbury has an enviable Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters, making it an ideal holiday destination all year round. A popular wedding venue destination, the city of Bunbury has all the charm and ambience of a small town, with the facilities of a large metropolitan area. Geared for families, there is plenty for kids to keep them entertained in the outdoors, and even some exciting things to keep a sullen teenager busy and out of trouble.
Public transport is somewhat unreliable in and around Bunbury, so if you travelled down on the train from Perth, you will need to hire a car to get around. Taxis are pricey, and although there is a bus service, the locals say you should not expect too much.
Bunbury Wildlife Park - Ideal for families with small kids. Feed the parrots, enjoy a personal kangaroo encounter, have fun on the playground, and eat lunch at the cafe or enjoy a family BBQ.
Bunbury Skate Park - Adventurous kids and teens will love the park, and with plenty of ramps ranging in size for the novice right up to the pro, kids will have a blast. Hire bikes, helmets and other gear, as well as skateboards.
Skydiving - Tick one off your bucket list as you hurl yourself out of a plane over the most incredible views of South Western Australia. Reward yourself with a nice glass of wine at the nearby wineries to celebrate after your big jump.
Balingup Lavender Farm - A true experience like no other, wander through the farm that was started with a small handful of lavender plants in the late 90s. Now boasting more than 35 varieties, roses and cottage plants, a trip to the farm must not be missed. You can have a light lunch at the cafe afterwards and buy lavender products from the shop on the farm.
HaVe Harvey Cheese - Check out a fully-fledged completely family owned cheese factory. Take a tour of the factory, see how the cheese is made, and enjoy a complimentary cheese tasting afterwards. Suitable for vegans.
Taffy's - See traditional salt water taffys being made in the same way since the 20s. Watch and see how each one is boiled, made and wrapped the old fashioned way, before taking some home to enjoy for yourself. There are preztels, peanut brittle, milkshakes, marshmallows and much more for those with a sweet tooth.
Dolphin Discovery Centre - Experience the dolphinarium and go on an exclusive dolphin encounter tour to see the dolphins as they frolic in their own natural environment.
Bunbury Ten Pin Bowling and Family Centre - Want a night of fun when you just don't feel like staying in with the family? Enjoy a game of glow bowls on a Friday and Saturday evening. You can even play air hockey and pool and grab a bite to eat at the cafe afterwards.
Old Coast Road Brewery - A fun day for the whole family under the shade of 1000 year olive trees. Let the kids play a game of ball on the rolling lawns, chase each other around in the playground, and enjoy a crisp glass of wine with your lunch later.
The Beach - Head on down to the beach with your surfboard, body board, or bucket and spades. Pack a picnic and make a day of it splashing in the soapy surf with your kids or relaxing under a beach parasol with a book, while dad builds sand castles with the kids.