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Bunbury is a city in Western Australia. It's a little town with a big town attitude. Aimed at tourists this place can seem to be 'closed down' in winter.
Bunbury is around 90 to 120 minutes south of Perth by car - depending on the route you decide to take, coastal or inland. The "Old Coast Road" has a lot of two lane roadway in each direction now, with multiple 'overtaking lane sections' as well.
It can be a stopping point to or from the Margaret River, very popular with the surfing community and wine lovers alike. It is also a good base for exploring the beautiful south west region - the mining community of Collie, the spectacular wave rock, the giant trees of Pemberton (where you can still climb to the top of one of the highest tree based fire lookouts -the Gloucester tree.)
There is a bus service that runs around the city and surrounding suburbs, but do not expect regular (or even handy) transport. It's best to have a car or be prepared to shell out for a few taxis here and there if you have travelled down from Perth via the train service (which is very comfortable and reasonably priced!)
Koombana Beach is a modest beach on Koombana Bay. This has a view of the port. It is a protected beach with no surf. There are wild dolphins in Koombana Bay, which you may be lucky enough to see close to the beach. The best time to go is in the morning.
The Dolphin Discovery Centre is on Koombana Beach. There is not much to see inside the centre, only a few display boards with less dolphin information then you could find out in a minute on wikipedia. You may want to check if there are any dolphins around on the beach before you pay the admission, otherwise you get very little for your money. There are no captive dolphins at the centre. They also run trips out to where the dolphins are, but these need to be booked in advance.
There are lots of places to eat out on the Coffee Strip, and if you have a bit of spare cash the Silos have restaurants which are very nice but a bit of a splash out.
3 monkeys, Barbados, Exit & Fitzgerald's are the places to be on Friday and Saturday nights.
Accommodation is varied and can be a bit sparse in the peak times - especially around the horse racing carnival time. Plenty of the hotels and pubs offer basic accommodation - which is fine if you are only looking for a bed to sleep in and plan to explore the surrounds during the day.
The Lord Forrest Hotel is the largest commercial hotel and probably offers the higher end of the accommodation scale