Busselton, Dunsborough & Bunbury
Busselton Dunsborough and Bunbury are only a couple hours south of Perth and are the place to be for summer fun. Scuba diving, stunning beaches, music festivals and sporting events, see the south west come alive every summer.
Bunbury is the biggest of the three for sure, I think it might even be the second biggest city in WA. They have their own music festival “Groov’in the Moo” which features a lot of popular and up and coming musicians and happens every year in May. You can camp there overnight and its heaps of fun. Check out their website to see this years dates and lineup https://www.gtm.net.au. The other big draw for Bunbury is their Dolphins. Visitors are invited for guided swims with the Bunbury dolphins who love to interact with people and choose to do so naturally without being fed. You can start by visiting the Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre where you can learn about dolphins through interesting presentations and book your swim with them.
Busselton is about half an hour drive south of Bunbury, when you drive down you can turn off the highway to the right and try take Tuart drive, check maps.me. This street goes through the forrest for some beautiful scenery and you can also take Ludlow road right at the roundabout off Tuart drive which will take you down to the less crowded northern beaches of Busselton. In December Busselton also have their own summer music festival with camping which is really cool to go to, theirs is called Southbound and equally as good as Groov’in the Moo if not better. Check out their website for info http://southboundfestival.com.au.
The Busselton foreshore is the place to be during summer, they have playgrounds and restaurants, theres also plenty of free BBQs and water, lots of seating and shade on the grassed area and plenty of calm water beachside to cool off in. They also have kayak hire, an aquatic obstacle course, rock climbing wall and markets on the weekends all during summer.
The pride of Busselton is it’s Jetty. Being a scuba diver my favourite part of the jetty is underwater, there are beautiful pilons covered in coral surrounded by seagrass beds and sandy bottom, there is so much life here you’ve got to see it. Luckily you have a lot of options when it comes to seeing the underwater side of the jetty. There is an underwater observatory at the end where you can take a tour downstairs below the surface and see the marine life through glass like a big natural aquarium. There are interpretive touch screens in the jetty entrance shop with plenty of information and interactive video of the lots of the jetties inhabitants. My personal favourite you can snorkel or dive anywhere along the jetty all by yourself if you have your own gear. If you don’t have your own gear you can rent it or take a guided dive from the Dive Shed in Busselton’s town centre, they have great staff and owners and will organise everything for you. I highly recommend going for a scuba dive at the Busselton Jetty, on a good weather day in summer it’s a must do.
Half an hour further south is Dunsborough, Just outside of Dunsborough you can find some of the most beautiful beaches in WA, one of my favourites is Meelup beach just up the Cape Naturalist road. This beach is great the water is usually calm and turquoise blue, there are big sandy sections perfect for sun baking and sections with rock pools as well. Further north up the beach are some nice big rock sections which are great for rock climbing and bouldering and even have some bolted sections.
Thanks again for reading guys, remember to check out the rest of the blog for other cool road trip ideas. Only a little further south you have some amazing coastline around Margaret River and Yallingup so check out the blog and make a plan to go visit.