Bunbury, south of Perth, March 2016

I have finally gotten my act together to jot down the key highlights of our roadtrip last March, to Bunbury, which is about 2 hours drive south of Perth City.

Clear blue skies and wide open Aussie highways were a constant feature as we drove.

Although some people were certainly more excited about it than others.

Lake Clifton’s Thrombolites

We drove past the Yalgorup National Park on our way to Bunbury, and decided to stop by Lake Clifton, which is famous for its thrombolites. Thrombolites are ‘living fossils’, which are formed by micro-organisms that continue to exist on the surface of these rocks.

These are ancient stones which were formed apparently since the dawn of time, and are therefore are very significant to the earth’s natural history. What a privilege to gaze upon them up close! It was quite fascinating so we lingered there for quite a while just to soak it all in.

Scientists know little about the thrombolites and why they form at Lake Clifton, but one theory is that they form because the lake is associated with upwellings of fresh groundwater that is high in calcium carbonate. The micro-organisms living in this environment are able to precipitate calcium carbonate from the waters as they photosynthesise, forming the mineralised structure that is the thrombolite.

Lake Clifton’s thrombolites are very fragile, so an observation walkway has been built for visitors to enjoy these incredible formations while protecting them from damage.

It was very convenient to get there too, just a 10 minute drive there from the main highway.

Bunbury

Some parts of Bunbury resemble a rich retiree’s village, with ornate homes with docks lining the river…

Quality Hotel Lighthouse Bunbury

We booked a stay at the Lighthouse Bunbury for some variety after our Harvey Hills Farmstay 3 years ago.

Apart from the lovely sunset views and a pleasant walk around a small lighthouse nearby, the 3 star hotel had a small indoor jacuzzi and swimming pool from which we had lots of fun practicising taking hilarious slow-motion videos of our jumps into the pool.

 

Joe’s Pizza House in Bunbury

The pizza was one of the most delicious we had ever tasted. Freshly made, our kids could watch as they put the pizza together. They were certainly very generous with the ingredients (scattering ham like it was free of charge), with friendly service to boot.

We also tried a ‘pizza dog’ for the first time, and it was wonderful too. The style keeps the pizza hot (it’s rolled into a pizza dough covered tube). We had a great meal there.

Nothing quite like freshly made, piping hot pizza.

 

Dolphin Discovery Centre Bunbury

We visited the Dolphin Discovery Centre as before, but the dolphins did not come to shore on the first day. So on the second day, as a wedding anniversary treat to all of us, we decided to go on a Dolphin Discovery Boat Tour. And we were so glad that we did! No regrets at all!! The dolphins were out in full force, and we managed to catch them in the midst of a feeding frenzy too, since it was mealtime.

And here we are, on the boat!

I was so excited to see so many dolphins! There must have been more than 20 that we sighted that morning.

The best part was that the boat ride is helmed by biologists and conservationists, so they were very careful not to disturb the dolphins, and made sure that we kept a safe distance away. The guide also made a strong case against keeping dolphins in captivity, and told us of how dolphins commit suicide in captivity. I gained a whole new appreciation for Dolphin conservation once again.

After a while, K & B got really bored though. I couldn’t believe it! They were like enough dolphins already, mama!

We also spent another morning hearing a ‘live talk’ on the two resident octopi (three hearts each!) and watching them squirt water and try to escape from their tanks. Very “Finding Dory”. We also saw this really pretty sea star at their interesting rock pool.

Wonderful times at the Dolphin Discovery Centre, as always.

 

Corner’s On King

We treated ourselves to a nice lunch at Corner’s on King, which is #1 on TripAdvisor for Bunbury Restaurants. It had a very relaxed ambiance, and the food was good, though expectedly a little pricier than usual.

Bunbury Wildlife Park

We decided to visit the Bunbury Wildlife Park en route back to Perth instead of carving out another day to visit the Caversham Wildlife Park, which we had been to before.

This was a much simpler (and thus much cheaper) park but we had just as much fun if not more! We fed a peacock by hand, and later many kangaroos!

Spot my two baby roos.

We had a great time – K is journaling about her day as we drive back, and B is all knocked-out. Till next time, Bunbury!

 

p.s. Read about our adventure to the Pinnacles (north of Perth) here.

 

  10 comments for “Bunbury, south of Perth, March 2016

  1. February 10, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    I love your trip photos. The pizza looks awesomely delicious but I think I love the dolphin watching most! Did it once when we went to Bohol in Philippines and It was so exciting!
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  2. February 10, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    The sky, the food, the animals! Gosh, it really is a worthwhile trip, especially for the children. A great exposure for them.
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  3. February 11, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Hmmm, I wonder how dolphins commit suicide?
    Nice n relaxing trip… I’m sure the kids enjoyed feeding the kangaroos the most!

    Jamie Chaw
    (http://karmie080808.blogspot.sg/)

    • February 11, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      Oh the guide told us that they can force themselves to sink and not emerge again… 🙁

  4. February 11, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Love the dolphins, they are meant for the big open sea, not captivity 🙂
    And all the animals/birds activities, my kids will always remember the animal encounters long after their holidays.

    cheers, Andy
    (SengkangBabies.com)

  5. Dee
    February 12, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Wow, love the gorgeous sky, scenery and relaxing environment! Looks like Perth makes a good holiday spot for families – such a lovely experience for the kids and having the experience with nature. Btw, those pizza and benny looks yummy!!
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  6. February 13, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Vibrant, bright, beautiful photos! Those ancient stones really look so mystical.
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  7. February 13, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Oh how I miss the wide open spaces and blue skies of Australia! My parents and sis were in Perth during the CNY break.. kinda kicking myself now for not following haha
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  8. February 13, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Wow! Nice! We’ve not been back to Oz for awhile now…looks like here’s a place to consider! Thanks for sharing!

  9. February 14, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Ooh we stayed at Bunbury years ago and visited the thrombolites. That was where Little E learned to walk independently!
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