When the sun is shining and the day is long, what better way to while away an hour or so than sitting at a waterfront restaurant in Western Australia and watching the world go by?
Western Australia by Jo Castro
He Himself dragged my sorry carcass out of bed at an unreasonably early hour this morning to make the most of the first rays of the dawn sun, well before the heat of the day had set in.

And the world was still new.

Bunbury, Western Australia by Jo Castro
Watching the world go by. Top left near Vat 2, Top Right at Casellas, Middle Right Barbados, Bottom Right Ex-tension, Middle Bottom looking across to Vat 2, Bottom left the view from World Kitchen and The Happy Wife

After a 40 minute bike ride, our first stop was at Dome  in Bunbury – for a frothy cappuccino and some fruit toast. Tables inside and outside, and a wonderful view across to Koombana Bay. Anchored yachts bob in the harbour, pleasure boats skim the water and dolphins, if you’re lucky, might come right up to the wharf.

Today we chose Dome, but we could have stopped at five other waterside venues on the bike ride today.

The Happy Wife

Situated on Stirling Street right on the inlet opposite Leschenault Keys – they do fabulous home baked pies and quiches and all sorts of breakfast and lunchtime snacks.Parking on the roadside or at Leschenault Keys.

World Kitchen

Also on the inlet  at Cobblestone Drive, closer to Bunbury by the rowing club, and just a hop skip and jump away from the town centre. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner it’s casual dining here and the tables spill out onto the verge right by the waterside. Plenty of parking.

Ex-tension on the beach

This is situated at Back Beach on Ocean Drive. Eat, drink and make merry at breakfast or lunchtime and sit inside or outside on a deck that juts right out over the sand. Love watching the beach world go by; surfers, paddlers, swimmers, nippers and the life saving club are all active here. Lots of parking.

Vat 2

Fine dining. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Right on the beach at Marlston Waterfront. Close to play area for children. Dine inside or outside. Plenty of parking


Tapas style menu or fine dining Australian cuisine. Sit under the coral trees at lunchtime or dinner, sip a glass of wine and watch the watery world go by.

Where’s your favourite waterside restaurant?

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  1. We certainly have a great collection of restaurants in Bunbury Jo. And I certainly love one with a view over water. My favourite of the ones you mention would have to be The Happy Wife. Another great post Jo, promoting our little corner of the world.

  2. Thanks Jill, we also enjoy visiting the Happy Wife on bike rides around the inlet.

  3. I didn’t realise there were so many options in Bunbury for cafes by the water. One day, we must stop on our way south and try one out!

  4. Hi Jenny, yes we have a good selection on the waterfront, well worth a stop rather than bypass 😉

  5. I didn’t know these restaurants were available, thanks for the help planning my trip there.

  6. Rachel England-Brassy

    Hi Jo, next time I’m in Bunbury on Saturday with Mathilda where would you recommend for lunch? We are usually there to go to Dan Murphys and the cinema…..

  7. If it’s a girlie Mother and Daughter lunch, then I’d recommend either The Happy Wife or World Kitchen for watery views (you can walk to the latter from the cinema). Casellas is perfect under the trees by the waterfront but pricey. For casual brekkie or lunch in town we often go to Sears in Victoria Street, or Bianca cafe which does great pizzas and quiches. Oh gosh, but I also like Cafe Fez and 1forty by the post office. Try Bianca though, it’s quite new .. I Hope this helps you 🙂

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    I am surprised that I was unaware of this happening place. I have been to many places in Bunbury but missed this one. Thanks for sharing. I would love to visit The Happy Wife and World Kitchen.

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