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How to spend a weekend in Dunsborough

By Kevin Kelly

Living in Bunbury is great for many reasons, but one that's sometimes overlooked is its proximity to other attractions in Western Australia.

The small town of Dunsborough is an hours' drive southwest from Bunbury. A great place to spend some time exploring, Dunsborough is the perfect weekend destination. Here are three things you shouldn't miss when you visit.

Sugarloaf Rock

As you approach Sugarloaf rock, the reason it's one of the region's most photographed natural elements becomes clear. Squatting in the water, the rock dominates the coastline. Depending on the weather, you might even spot a few rock fishermen on Sugarloaf. But be warned – unless you're experienced, it's recommended you don't try this yourself.

There's also a specially built lookout point for viewing Sugarloaf; park the car up and enjoy the serenity of the scene.

Meelup Beach

Crisp white sand, crystal blue waters and shady grassed areas make Meelup beach the place to visit in Dunsborough. Users of the travel rating website Tripadvisor have rated Meelup Beach the number one attraction to see in the area. 

If you get sick of lounging in the sun, you can take a walk along the track that winds its way around the coast. Follow it, and you'll be treated to exceptional views of the coastline and ocean.

Swandive Wreck

In 1997, just offshore from Point Piquet, the former HMAS Swan DE 50 was purposefully sunk and now serves as a diving attraction. It was one of the first of these kinds of wrecks in Australia, and set the path for all those that followed. Housed under 31 m of water, The Swan's now home to many a marine creature, with schools of bulls eye fish, King George whiting, brim, samson fish and more to be spotted.

The wreck is a 15 minute boat ride away from Meelup beach; a number of commercial operators run tours in the area, so working with one of them will be your best bet.

Ngilgi Cave

Discovered in 1899, Ngilgi contains everybody's favourite cave formations: stalactites, stalagmites, helictites and more.

You can choose to either explore the cave yourself, or take an hour long, semi-guided tour. For the more daring, adventure tours are run, where hard hats and head torches are required as you crawl your way through the deepest reaches of the cave.

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