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.
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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 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
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!
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.