Overlooking the idyllic clear waters of Geographe Bay, Dunsbourough is one of Western Australia’s most popular vacation destinations Pierdom. Only three hours from Perth, the town boasts scenic coastal walking trails that lead you to quiet beach coves. You’re also apt to encounter bottlenose dolphins playing just off the coast if you’re lucky. Within a short drive’s distance are some of the Western Australia’s best beaches, including Meelup, Eagle Bay, and Bunker Bay.
Each of these beaches face north into the Indian Ocean, resulting in gentle waves. Best of all, you’ll have these beaches virtually to yourself. The solitude you’ll enjoy make these beaches a perfect place for a picnic. With the HMAS Swan, Southern Hemisphere’s largest accessible wreck dive, Dunsborough also qualifies as a great scuba diving destination.
Dunsbourough has been around since the 1870’s, but up until the 1950’s it was little more than a few shacks on the beach. You’d hardly believe it today, with its lively arts and music scene. The restaurants aren’t bad either, with several winning national awards in recent years.
You’ll also love the wine, as 220 vineyards and 80 wineries make their home in the nearby Margaret River region. That’s pretty impressive, considering the first vines were planted only 30 years ago. With intense chardonnays, impressive cabernets, gentle merlots and rich Semillons, every wine enthusiast can find a variety to suit their palate.