Swim with wild dolphins, purchase unique pieces of regional art and hike through forested areas when you visit this port city.

Bunbury is the third-largest city in Western Australia and a popular holiday destination. The port city is surrounded by water on three sides and is a magnet for lovers of the outdoors as well as providing a wealth of cultural activities. Tour museums, galleries and heritage attractions, and go swimming, surfing and hiking.

A nice place to start your visit is at the Marlston Hill Lookout Tower. This is the site of the original Bunbury lighthouse. From here you have sweeping views of the city, Bunbury Harbour and Koombana Bay.

Head down to the bay for a refreshing dip in the water, which is home to more than 100 bottlenose dolphins. You can swim with the marine mammals in programmes organised by the nearby Dolphin Discover Centre. Other popular beaches in the area include Myalup Beach and Peppermint Grove Beach. Take part in such watersports as kayaking and surfing when you are there.

Bunbury's beautiful scenery extends to more than its seafront. Hike through the Manea Park bush reserve and follow the walking trail through the eucalyptus forest where you may see kangaroos and bandicoots.

In addition to your outdoor adventures, plug into the city's cultural scene. Study the work of regional, national and international artists at Bunbury Regional Art Galleries. Visit some of the city's historic buildings, including the 19th-century St. Mark's Church, which was once a cottage. Learn about Bunbury's original Aboriginal inhabits when you visit Wardandi Memorial Park. This open space is the reburial site of 26 sets of ancestral remains, once held at the Western Australian Museum.

For your evening's entertainment, watch live music, comedy or theatrical performances at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.

Bunbury is approximately 170 kilometres (106 miles) from Perth. Fly into the capital of Western Australia and make the rest of the journey by car, bus or coach. Stay for the beaches, cultural attractions and magnificent scenery.

Accommodation in Bunbury

Securing a booking for a nice accommodation is is of the essence for those after a truly care-free vacation. You can compare the best and the cheapest Bunbury hotel prices on Expedia's lodging deals page.

The Mantra Bunbury, at 1 Holman Street, and the Quest Bunbury Apartment Hotel, at 14 Lyons Cove are two of the higher-quality hotels in Bunbury. Stay at either and you'll be guaranteed to have the best guest amenities and hotel features in town. Alternatively, The Mercure Bunbury Sanctuary Golf Resort, at Lot 100 Old Coast Road, and The Clifton & Grittleton Lodge, at 2 Molloy Street, are some choices worth considering if you're traveling on a budget.

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