The Best Hotels to Book in Bunbury, Western Australia

Quest Bunbury, an easy 10 minutes on foot from the restaurants of central Bunbury, offers impressive modern apartments that are ideal for families
Quest Bunbury, an easy 10 minutes on foot from the restaurants of central Bunbury, offers impressive modern apartments that are ideal for families | Courtesy of Quest Bunbury /
Photo of Richard Bradbury
29 November 2021

If you fancy swimming with dolphins, you’ll be in the right place staying in Bunbury, on gentle Koombana Bay. Bunbury is famous for its sheltered waters and its friendly locals, including those with flippers and fins. Just two hours south of Perth, Western Australia, it has a bursting arts scene and a waterfront lined with outstanding restaurants pouring the best regional wines. The city is also the proud centre of indigenous Noongar culture, whose people have a remarkable story to share. Here are our inside tips on all the places to discover in the area, and the best hotels in Bunbury – bookable on Culture Trip.

Bunbury Glade Caravan Park, for the farmers' market

The daily Bunbury Farmers Market, famous for its local organic produce, is near this family-friendly park, which offers cabins (some with an ensuite bathroom) and a large campsite. Head to the market for some locally grown organic smashed avocado on freshly baked sourdough bread. Your kids will love the large lagoon pool and enclosed playground back at the caravan park, but be sure to make time to head to Bunbury Wildlife Park to mingle with kangaroos and pat a wombat. Back at the ranch at the end of the day, choose from multiple barbecue areas for an al fresco dinner.

Rose Hotel and Motel, to be at the heart of things

Exterior of the Rose Hotel and Motel, Bunbury, Western Australia
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The Rose is brilliantly located right in the heart of Bunbury. Check in to one of the modern motel-style rooms (there are twin and queen rooms, both with an ensuite and air conditioning), then head downstairs to the dining room, with a glorious timber floor, stained-glass windows and a stunning chandelier. There’s a huge range of vegetarian and gluten-free options on offer, as well as classic pub fare. The wine list is worth lingering over, as it features some of the best vino in the region. Cheers!

Wander Inn – Bunbury Backpackers, to learn about indigenous culture

Living room at Wander Inn – Bunbury Backpackers, Bunbury, Western Australia
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Travellers from all around the world love this centrally located hostel, where you’ll get a friendly welcome and a free daily breakfast. There are dorm, twin and family rooms available. Linen is provided, as are complimentary lockers (but bring your own padlock). Your meals are sorted, thanks to the much-appreciated shared kitchen and barbecue area. Learn about local indigenous culture by joining a local Ngalang Wongi Aboriginal Cultural Tour and visiting the spectacular Wardandi Boodja, a huge steel sculpture on the waterfront representing a proud Noongar man’s face. This is Bunbury at its most fascinating.

Dolphin Retreat Bunbury YHA, to swim with dolphins

Room at Dolphin Retreat Bunbury YHA, Bunbury, Western Australia
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Fill up on a free daily breakfast featuring the Aussie staple Vegemite savoury spread – it’s great on toast – then head out for the experience of a lifetime, as this friendly hostel is your base for a trip to Koombana Bay to swim with bottlenose dolphins. Tours run daily (from November to April); or you can board an educational dolphin spotting cruise with no swimming involved. The hostel has single, double, triple and family rooms, with free linen and a great shared kitchen. If you’re driving, you’re laughing, as there’s on-site car parking; if not, there’s a free shuttle bus to the train station.

Quality Hotel Lighthouse, for lighthouse views

Room at Quality Hotel Lighthouse, Bunbury, Western Australia
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The black-and-white-checked Bunbury lighthouse soars skyward next to this affordable modern hotel, with sweeping views from all the single and double rooms. Make the most of the indulgent indoor pool, spa and sauna, then towel off before heading to the on-site Basalt Restaurant and Bar to partake of a cocktail or two while enjoying the view over the ocean and city lights. After dinner, explore further, perhaps with a walk to Marlston Hill Lookout, the site of Bunbury’s first lighthouse, where you’ll get 360-degree views of the city.

Mercure Bunbury Sanctuary Golf Resort, for the golfing

Exterior and pool at Mercure Bunbury Sanctuary Golf Resort, Bunbury, Western Australia
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The relaxing Mercure Bunbury Sanctuary Golf Resort is just outside central Bunbury. Amid vast hectares of rolling fairways, gardens and lakes, self-contained apartments are arranged around a resort pool and heated spa. For more active sportspeople, there’s also a tennis court. Perhaps a long lunch by the 19th hole at the on-site Vittoria’s Restaurant is more your thing? We have to say we’re game.

Quest Bunbury, for the tennis

Living room at Quest Bunbury, Bunbury, Western Australia
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Families love these impressive modern apartments, built around a central resort-style swimming pool, with an outdoor barbecue and full-size tennis court. Staying here places you opposite Koombana Beach, and it’s just a short stroll to the Dolphin Discovery Centre, the launching point for an adventure swim with bottlenose beauties in Koombana Bay. An easy 10 minutes on foot from the central Bunbury restaurants, these 50-plus serviced apartments include studios with motel-style kitchenettes and apartments with full kitchens and separate living areas, perfect for longer stays.

Bunbury Village Caravan Park, for a pet-friendly stay

Pet-friendly holiday accommodation can be hard to find, but at the Bunbury Village Caravan Park, both you and your furry pal will receive a warm welcome. There’s a huge range of ways to stay here, including motel-style rooms, cabins and sites for vans and campers. Fido is welcome to join you in the deluxe two-bedroom cabin. Take your dog for a walk and discover the local arts and cultural scene. The Bunbury Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) has amazing exhibitions from local and indigenous artists, all housed in a wonderful bright-pink historic convent. That’ll get your tail wagging.

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