Fantastic Family Holidays: Bunbury

Fantastic Family Holidays: Bunbury

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Posted 2018-10-13 by Suefollow
Bunbury is only two hours from Perth and is a lovely spot for a family getaway.

Bunbury is a gorgeous coastal city that is around a
two-hour drive from Perth. This relatively short drive, coupled with a huge array of family activities, makes it a fantastic place to head off for a holiday with the kids.

I must admit, I have a soft spot for Bunbury, given I met my husband there some 12 years ago. Having not been back for a visit in a long time, I decided to take my children for a short break over a recent long weekend. If you are considering taking a bit of a break with the family, here are some great reasons to consider Bunbury.

Budget-friendly accommodation options

  • Discovery Parks Bunbury Foreshore – also has an activity room and kids facilities, plus a playground and a bouncing pillow. There are sporting facilities, plus a swimming pool. Dogs are welcome.
  • Discovery Parks Bunbury Village – has an activity room and kids facilities, plus a playground and a bouncing pillow. There are sporting facilities, plus a swimming pool and a kiosk/store. Dogs are welcome.
  • Bunbury Glade Caravan Park – has a swimming pool, a games room, children’s playground, plus a kiosk.
  • Bunbury Riverside Caravan Park is located around 8km outside of Bunbury. It has powered caravan and camp sites plus cabins. It has a nature playground for the kids, a heated pool and games room.

  • The Mantra Bunbury

    Local hotels

  • Mantra Bunbury – we had a free night in a hotel to use up, so off we went and headed for the Mantra Bunbury, part of the Mantra chain of hotels. While it is not as child-friendly as the holiday parks, I found the staff accommodating with providing rollaway beds for my little girl, plus it has a pool, tennis courts and is located right on the beach!
  • Quality Hotel Lighthouse – has a games room for the kids, plus a children's pool and offers cots and rollaway beds.
  • Quest Bunbury Apartment Hotel – is located close to the Dolphin Discovery Centre, has an outdoor pool, tennis courts and a babysitting service!

  • Picnic on the beach

    Plenty of family activities

    There are absolutely loads of activities for families in Bunbury, including the below:
  • Dolphin Discovery Centre – at the time of writing the Dolphin Discovery Centre was closed for redevelopment and due for reopening in December 2018. At the centre, you can learn about the local Bottlenose dolphins who live in the Koombana Bay area. Just some of the activities include swimming with dolphins, the interactive zone and the Dolphin Eco Cruise.
  • Bike riding and walking paths – when we visited Bunbury, the waterside promenades and paths were full of families spending time bike riding, rollerskating and riding their scooters.
  • Skate Park – Bunbury has a small skate park, located at the end of the Pat Usher Memorial Promenade.
  • Parks and playgrounds including Jetty Park, Pioneer Park and Koombana Bay Foreshore Park, which has a double flying fox.
  • Grand Cinemas Bunbury – what better time to catch the latest flicks with the kids?
  • Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre attracts big-name and local artists, musicians and entertainment all year round.
  • Beautiful beaches – Bunbury is full of fantastic, family-friendly beaches including Koombana Bay, Back Beach and Hungry Hollow Beach.

  • Jetty Park on the beach

    Heritage and History

    Bunbury is absolutely packed with history and heritage, including plenty of places for history buffs to enjoy, such as:
  • Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre
  • King Cottage Museum
  • Bunbury Lighthouse
  • Marlston Hill Lookout
  • Anzac Park
  • Centenary Gardens

  • Image: Bunbury Museum Facebook page

    Family restaurants and spots to eat

    Below is only a tiny portion of the places to eat in Bunbury:
  • Back Beach Cafe has a play room for the kids and a children's menu.
  • Aristos Waterfront Bunbury serves delicious fish and chips on the waterfront.
  • Dome Cafe is a casual dining experience serving a range of breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
  • Bucks Diner serves fantastic burgers in a relaxed setting.

  • Close proximity to other south-western towns

    Bunbury is, of course, not too far from other south-western towns, including the below, making it the ideal spot to take some day trips from:
  • Margaret River
  • Busselton
  • Dunsborough
  • Augusta
  • Manjimup

  • For more fantastic ideas about where to go Down South, read on here .

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    [INTRO Bunbury is a relatively short 2-hour drive from Perth and has a huge array of family activities, making it a fantastic place to head off for a holiday with the kids.]
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