Go for a stroll along the huge Jetty at Bunbury, Western Australia
Bunbury St, Collie WA 6225, Australia
Bunbury WA 6230, Australia
Don't wait until you can afford to travel, it may be too late. Make time to enjoy visiting and sighteeing your own country before visiting abroad.
If you would like to get away from the stop start traffic hazards for a relaxing holiday then why not take a trip down to the south of Western Australia. Relax; put your feet up after a day of testing out the new wines from a variety of vineyards and your problems will soon disappear.
Bunbury is a pleasant 173 km drive south of Perth and is one of Western Australia's biggest centers for tourism. Bunbury is a major port and business centre and is a great place to take short tours to visit other scenic places. This busy city has beautiful beaches for swimming with access to fishing and boating close by.
If the fish have disappeared then there are many other attractions and places to visit during your stay:
Bunbury's Miniature Railway track
Visit Forrest Park and take a ride on the 800 meter track which can carry 50 passengers on the miniature railway as it winds its way through the trees. Originally this was located at the old Capel Railway Station.
The Old Timber Jetty
This old jetty was built in 1864, and it was initially built by convicts spanning 420 metres in length. If you like to walk then take a stroll in the sunshine along this now extended nearly 2 km jetty. It's a great place to go fishing or catch crabs for your dinner. If you are lucky you may even catch site of the dolphin playing nearby.
Enjoy a Swim with the Dolphins at the Discovery Centre.
If you would love to get up close with these beautiful dolphins in their own environment then this is your chance. You will need to book ahead so as not to be disappointed. These tours are professionally run as the welfare of the dolphins is paramount. Take your own diving equipment although mask, fins, snorkel and wetsuit is available if not. Tours are from October through to May.
If you are interested in visiting a winery then you can take a tour or drive yourself to many in the surrounding districts.
Contact your local tourist centre for accommodation bookings.
Take a Pleasant drive to Collie
Collie was named after Dr Alexander Collie who discovered the Collie River. Collie started out as a pastoral area as there was an abundance of tall timbers in the area.
Coal soon became the major resource for the railways and contributed to the generation of electricity throughout the South West region. Collie is situated two hundred kilometers south of Perth and sixty kilometers inland from the City of Bunbury. At present it has a population of approximately 9000 and offers great accommodation options from motels, farm-stay, Caravan parks, and free camping sites beside the Stockton Lake or the Glen Mervyn Dam.
Stockton Lake is an old disused open cut coal minewhich is now used for skiing on this beautiful man made artificial lake. It is situated 5 kilometers east from the town. The water is acidic so if you have sensitive skin, avoid swimming in the lake. This is a great camping site with limited facilities.
Glen Mervyn Dam is 20 kilometers south of Collie. Camping is only permitted on the western shore with a boat ramp and picnic sites. Great place to catch fish or marron, go water skiing and swimming.
There is something for everyone to do in Collie, like horse riding, mountain bike trails or walk trails. You can visit the Namastey Lavender farm which boasts over 20,000 lavender plants.
Gnomesville is a wonderful place to stroll with the children. You will be enthralled at the thousands of gnomes on display from around the world. If you happen to have a lonely gnome in your home then feel free to leave him with the other gnomes at Gnomesville so he won't be lonely any more.
Bibbulmun Track starts in Kalamunda which is east of Perth and stretches approximately 980 km's through Collie right down to Albany on the south coast. For those people who love to walk this track has campsites with hikers huts with toilets and water tanks spread approximately every 20 km's for their use along the tracks. You can enjoy a short or long walk through the tall marri trees, and over rivers and streams depending on the rainfall for that area. It is advised to wear stout shoes or walking boots for your protection.
Wellington National Park and Wellington Dam is well worth a visit. Pets not welcome. Take a leisurely stroll along the Collie River.
If your are enjoying your trip then continue on to Wagin and then up through York and back to Perth.