Bunbury has been a favourite holiday spot for families for a long time, and for good reason. It’s one of the biggest towns in the south west of WA and provides the perfect base to explore many of the smaller towns and surrounding attractions.
Bunbury has everything families can want – beautiful beaches, several large shopping centres, lots of takeaway and eating options, attractions and playgrounds.
Bunbury Seaview Apartments is one of the beachfront hotels in South Bunbury. The quieter location makes it perfect for those of us that prefer to be away from the busyness of Bunbury, and it certainly does get busy at times. The location may be a drawback for families who prefer to be closer to kid’s beaches and playgrounds but we found most places were about 15 mins drive away.
The 2 bedroom apartments are great for families with two kids (they also offer larger apartments) with the option of either two singles or a king in each room. The master bedroom is located upstairs with its own ensuite complete with spacious bath. The only downside was that without a door at the top of the stairs it wasn’t as dark in the morning as I would prefer and the noise from the TV downstairs travelled up quite a lot.
The second downstairs bedroom also has its own bathroom. Sharing the ground floor were a well-equipped kitchen, dining and lounge area with a massive TV. The couch was supremely comfy, I think I fell asleep on it at one point (!) and we loved the bifold doors opening up to the balcony with sea views and the beautiful breeze. If there wasn’t so much to do in Bunbury, I could have easily relaxed on the couch and just watched the waves for hours. Included in the apartment is also a laundry with washer and dryer.
We travelled down to Bunbury with my Mum and two sons so we needed to find activities that would suit a wide age range. Here is what we got up to:
Bunbury Museum: this is a gorgeous, free museum located right near one of the shopping centres. It has some great interactive features, a lot of local history and an old school room with lots of fun stuff for the kids.
Bunbury Wildlife Park: we loved it here! There were lots of animals to see and they all seemed to be very well cared for. We were fortunate to catch a talk about the dingoes and all the keepers were super friendly and chatted away about their animals. There are also a cafe and small shop on site. The other bonus is there is an amazing playground right outside the door. The Wildlife Park is reasonably priced at less than $30 for a family. Be sure to grab some food to feed the animals as you go.
Koombana Bay Foreshore, Anchorage Cove: if you are looking for a good spot to swim, this is it! Even on a windy, rainy autumn day, I had to drag the kids away from playing in the waves. There is a playground with some fun features right next to the beach. The water play area here is super cool, and The Dolphin Discovery Centre is next door. According to locals, there are often dolphins in the bay, so keep your eyes peeled.
Bunbury Farmers Market: one of my pet hates of holidays is the kids loading up on junk food because there is nothing better on offer. The Farmer’s Market is a bit reminiscent of Ikea, but as you weave your way through its one-way aisle, you will find so many delicious, healthy offerings.
Gnomesville: about half an hour out of Bunbury is Gnomesville, perfect for a day trip or bypass on the way home like we did. It’s literally a stretch of road that has been littered with any Gnome you can possibly think of, it’s huge! My kids absolutely adored it, I was a bit bored after about the 156th Gnome. It’s quirky – and you can take your own Gnome to leave there if you are so inclined.
Dardanup, Boyanup and Donnybrook: these three towns are located quite close to Gnomesville. We checked out of our hotel and took a detour down south to check them out before heading back to Perth. Donnybrook is particularly lovely for a stroll down the main street to check out the shops and parks.
The Apple Fun Park is huge and a big attraction with families but you will also find another park at the other end of town which is quieter and has a lovely suspension bridge over the river. In the centre of town, you will also spot an Indigenous garden with a beautiful Serpent statue weaving through it.
It’s a great idea to head into one of the many Visitor Centres at any of the towns in South West; the volunteers are your best guides to the local area and you will find some treasures you wouldn’t otherwise see.
Bunbury is ideal for families because of its amenities and attractions, but you will also find it helpful as a central base to explore many of the smaller towns in the area.