When you buy real estate in Bunbury, you're surrounding yourself with some of Western Australia's greatest dive and snorkeling spots. Here are four of the best , all within a two and a half hour's drive of Bunbury.
WA's oldest marine park is located just over two hours north of Bunbury. This haven for divers is home to a whole host of tropical fish, sea lions, bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales. The wreck of AHS Centaur, an old hospital ship torpedoed by a Japanese submarine during World War Two, is also located here, and the park's many lagoons and islands are the perfect place for a well-earned rest after dives.
Getting to Rottnest Island consists of a two hour drive north to Fremantle, followed by a 25 minute ferry ride. The journey is well worth it, however, with these waters boasting 400 separate species of fish and 20 species of coral. For those who don't want to go underwater, there are several great snorkeling spots, including The Basin, Parakeet Bay, Parker Point, Little Salmon Bay and Little Armstrong Bay. During the winter migratory season, land-based whale watching is also available, making Rottnest Island a great choice for when you don't fancy a dip into the colder waters.
These incredible limestone islands are located 90 minutes north of Bunbury. Not only is the park home to both Penguin and Seal Island, where the Department of Parks and Wildlife announced the birth of a very rare southern elephant seal pup in November last year, it also boasts the Saxon Ranger, Perth's first purpose-sunk dive wreck.
This artificial reef is just a 45 minute drive south of Bunbury.- its greatest attraction is the underwater observatory. Located approximately 2km away from shore and 8m below the surface, you can see more than 300 different marine species, and you don't even have to dip a toe into the water.
Busselton Jetty is a great place for those who don't yet have their divers' license but still want to experience the underwater world, and it's a great family attraction. For those who do wish to venture below the surface, Geographe Bay's clear blue waters stretch to just below Bunbury, and its beautiful beaches make it an excellent spot for a post-dive picnic.
Make Bunbury your home so you can have all these great diving spots at your doorstep.