Western Australia is world renowned for its natural beauty, but if you dig deeper there’s still a few spots that don’t always come up in headlines. Filled with beautiful beaches and bountiful bites along the way, the stretch of road between Bunbury and Busselton is the perfect short break getaway.

Bunbury: Dolphins, beaches and more

Back Beach is a blissful beach that constantly captures the magic of a picturesque sunset. Standing on the bay, you’ll take in the great stretch of the beach, and if you look hard enough out into the ocean, you might even spot dolphins swimming beyond the shore. With white sand beneath your feet, and the cool clear water splashing at your side, Back Bay is the definition of perfection. With the recent launch of  Dolphin Discovery Centre, discover fun interactive displays, aquariums, eco- cruises and swim tours. Another great reason to visit the area is WesTrac Bunbury Geographe Gift that drives athletes from across the country to chase a share in the $78,000 prize pool.

Grabbing a bite to eat? Head down to Corners On King for delicious breakfast and brunch options. From muffins and mango slices, to veggie wraps and vegan dishes – you’ll be salivating the moment you enter the door. A must try – The King’s Vegan Brekky – toasted gluten free sourdough topped with king oyster mushrooms, asparagus, avocado, cherry tomato with a balsamic glaze.

No trip would be complete without stopping by the Bunbury Wildlife Park! If you’re a bird lover, try the walk-in aviaries or head out into the open parkland to see Kangaroos up close and personal – they’ll even let you feed them. We recommended bringing a picnic rug and setting up shop here for the day, kicking back and enjoying the company of these cute critters.

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From Bunbury to Busselton

(52 km / 40 min)

If there’s one thing you absolutely must do while you’re in Busselton it’s taking a ride on the Jetty Train. Jump aboard and travel 1.7km across the crystal clear waters of Geographe Bay – and keep an eye out for dolphins! At the end of your ride, head down to the Underwater Observatory that delves eight meters under the sea. Hailed as the “greatest artificial reef”, catch a glimpse of over 300 unique individual marine species through the observation chamber.

Looking for something to satiate a sweet tooth? Gelato Buonissimo will do the trick! The hand-made ice cream shows off inventive flavour combinations and they’ve also extended their range of desserts to include waffles and hot chocolate. Must try – Honey and rosemary gelato.

Fancy some extreme activities? The Forest Adventure is fun for both kids and adults and is a great place to hike, climb, swing and fly! Zip line through the trees and take in a bird’s eye view of the lush green forest below you. Get that adrenaline pumping as you climb ladders and swing through trees – this adventure park offers obstacles for every strength and activity level.

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