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.