There’s nothing we like better than to jump in the car at the weekend and follow our noses with little agenda to travel around the south west of Australia.
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What to do in Bunbury and the Geographe
And I’ve been really lucky to be tasked with the job of writing a series of articles for Australia’s South West tourism about what to do in Bunbury and the Geographe Region, which means we’ve been out and about discovering the best of the south west recently.
The Geographe Region, for those of you new to these parts, surrounds Bunbury, and many people will miss great chunks of Wonderful because the trend is to whizz on through this area in a quest to get from Perth to the tourist spots further south.
Don’t do that! Take your foot off the gas, turn off the highway and find out what to do in Bunbury instead.
Having lived in the south west for nearly 10 years we can vouch for the amazing things to do all within a stone’s throw of Bunbury’s CBD, and many experiences are achievable over a weekend (if that’s all you have available.)
I’ve written quite a few posts about my home town and you can find out more about what to do in Bunbury and the surrounding Geographe region here:-
What to do in Bunbury and People who make Bunbury Great
You might like this post by blogging friends who visited from the East Coast – It’s the People who make Bunbury Great – Paula and Gordon are veteran travel bloggers we first met aboard the Golden Princess cruise ship on a press trip in Melbourne a few years ago. They travel extensively. Read what they thought about Bunbury 🙂
The Ferguson Valley
After discovering something about the arts, culture and history of Bunbury my tips would be to drive 15 minutes east to take in the rolling hills of the Ferguson Valley with it’s family run wine farms and restaurants like Hackersley .
Then there are quaint artist run galleries such as The Lyndendale.
Taste some freshly produced cheese at Ferguson Falls and stay for a wonderful lunch with a view, or take the kids to pet the animals at Ferguson Farmstay then perhaps overnight at the lovely Peppermint Lane Lodge
I’ve written more about the Ferguson Valley here …
Then it would be a short drive on to Collie to discover how and where coal was first discovered in the region, and to visit the interesting museum and brand spanking new art gallery.
If I were you I’d head to Donnybrook to discover the history behind its famous stone, taste some locally grown produce (think Pink Lady apples) and perhaps visit either Oakway Estate and Smallwater Estate for a wine tasting or slap-up weekend lunch.
What to do in Donnybrook
You can read more about Donnybrook in my posts here : –
Refreshed and replete (but with a designated driver) I’d head on to the country town of Boyanup and check out the antique shops such as Rustic French and perhaps pop into The Old Bull and Bush Tavern for a coffee, snack or glass of beer.
You might like to read about the interesting history of Rustic French Living in my blog post here: French Country Style at Rustic French Living in Boyanup
My last stop before heading back to Bunbury would be at Dardanup where we’d walk the heritage trail and pop into the visitors centre housed in a delightfully curious little cottage surrounded by roses and gnomes.
Have you visited Bunbury or the Geographe Region?