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Cruises to Bunbury

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About Bunbury

Long before the Margaret River region's meteoric rise to the top of many wine lists, Western Australia's third largest city, Bunbury, was a major centre. It remains an important port for this thriving agricultural region in the southwest of WA.

Just 175 kilometres south of Perth, its multi-water position -- bay, estuary, river and ocean -- makes Bunbury a popular destination. Aside from the cafes and bars, there is the opportunity to take a dip with wild dolphins, cruise the still waters of Koombana Bay, Leschenault Estuary and the Collie River, or learn more about the local flora and fauna at Bunbury Wildlife Park.

One of the most popular options is to head south for the coastal towns of Busselton, Dunsborough and beyond. With enough time in port you can spend the day at world-famous Margaret River wineries, where you'll definitely want to raise a glass to this stunning part of the country.

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DAY 1: Perth

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DAY 1: Athens

71 Night
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Athens
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Crete, Suez Canal ...
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DAY 1: Singapore

12 Night
Cruise to Bunbury

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Singapore
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Cruise Line:
Azamara
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Why go to Bunbury?

Pros:

Water lovers will delight in Bunbury, where they can swim with dolphins, hit the beach or hike along the bay

Cons:

Some of the area's wildlife can be quite dangerous, so always be aware of your surroundings

Bottom Line:

Scenic Bunbury is a hub for nature-intensive activities and sightseeing

Bunbury Cruise Port Facilities?

Because of the security required at commercial cargo ports, passengers going ashore at Bunbury are taken by free shuttle bus into the town.

Good to Know?

Have fun noticing local car number plates. Every council area in Western Australia has its own prefix for cars registered in that region. In Bunbury it is BY. Nearby Busselton is BSN, and Margaret River is AU as it is in the shire of Augusta.

Be careful collecting shells in shallow water or on the beach as they might contain live 'occupants'. The blue-ringed octopus is very dangerous. Not all beaches are patrolled or have flags so do watch out for 'rips' (strong currents) when there is a big swell.

Picking wildflowers is prohibited throughout the state. If bushwalking, be alert for snakes, and wear a hat and use sun-protection cream and mosquito repellent.

Getting Around?

By bus: The free regular shuttle bus service to and from the town centre of Bunbury takes only a few minutes. A local bus services the city and surrounding suburbs, but taxis are often better for out-of-town destinations.

By car: The Visitor Information Centre in the Old Railway Station has information on places to see and things to do, car hire and other transport, tours and dining.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

ATMs and currency exchanges may be found throughout the town at banks. ATMs are also found in some shopping centres as well as many hotels. Withdrawals will be in Australian currency, usually in $50 and $20 notes. For current currency conversion figures visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com. US dollars are not acceptable when shopping, but major credit cards are generally welcome.

Language?

English is spoken.

Where You're Docked?

Like many regional ports in WA, the port of Bunbury handles bulk loading of grain and other materials and is a busy working port. Cruise ships are usually allocated docking at Berth 1.


Bunbury Cruise Reviews

lindyloo59
Sail Date: Dec 2018
Bunbury is only 1 hour from our hometown so we visit here on a regular basis. This is only 1 hour from the Margaret River Wine region so well worth a visit. The new Dolphin Discovery Centre was fabulous and the... Read More
JC Norton
Sail Date: Dec 2018
Beautiful place to see on your own.... Read More
Bilgeboy30
Sail Date: Jan 2018
Met up with friends.... Read More
BOETIE
Sail Date: Jan 2016
Free shuttle bus service to and from Bunbury was modern, very efficient, very regular and very clean. No complaints at all!!... Read More
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