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4 Delightful Day Trips from Dunsborough

If you’re looking for an affordable and family-friendly holiday, go no further than Dunsborough.

Less than three hours’ comfortable driving south of Perth Airport lies Dunsborough, a beach town where all of your stress will just float away in the beautiful clear waters.

Here are four trips that you can do in your own car from your Dunsborough base:

1) Canal Rocks

Only 15 minutes’ drive from Dunsborough, you’ll find inspiration at the spectacular Canal Rocks.  Waves crashing against the granite coastline have caused this geological phenomenon – a narrow ‘canal’ between the rocks.  A timber walkway directly above gives you an impressive eye view and there is plenty to do.  We’re told it’s particularly exciting during storm season!

You can even take a picnic and some wine and enjoy the view even more. Remember to only let the driver have a glass though!

Stunning Canal Rocks

Stunning Canal Rocks

2) Yallingup Beach

Yallingup is a well-known surf beach only about 20 minutes away.  However, for those that don’t want to get out on a board and tackle the world-renowned barrels, more navigable surf can be found closer to shore.

Surfers will want to take reef shoes out to the waves because the access to the best breaks is over a large reef. Wearing shoes will prevent you from potentially getting hurt, and that means you are able to continue exploring the region around Dunsborough without a cut foot!

If you don’t want to surf, have no fear because the reef starts quite far out, and if you’re just wanting a dip in the incredibly clear water, you won’t come close to the rocks.

3) Busselton art galleries

Busselton is a quick 30-minute drive up a new bypass road and home to a number of fantastic art galleries.

The ArtGeo Galleries are located in the Old Courthouse and Agriculture building and house a number of local artists that showcase the region’s flavour perfectly. Jenny Taylor Designs is also close by, and she has a gallery that is sure to catch your eye. Jenny has art all over the world, and even if you don’t have the space to take an original work home, you can purchase a recreation of a larger piece on some hand-painted glassware or in a smaller print form.

Fusion Jewellers is another local favourite in Busselton, and the famous viewing window allows you to see the transformation of a bar of gold into an amazing and unique piece of jewellery that you could well be taking home with you.

Don't forget to check out the iconic Busselton Jetty while you're there!

Don’t forget to check out the iconic Busselton Jetty while you’re there!

4) Everything in Margaret River

Chances are you’ve heard about Margaret River if you’re planning a holiday in Dunsborough. Only 45 minutes away lies an incredible wine region, a world-famous surf beach, fantastic shopping opportunities and some amazing food.

Margaret River could well be a destination you visit more than once during your stay in Dunsborough, and there will always be something for the arty crowd. From live theatre to comedy and dance, Arts Margaret River keeps the region culturally pumping. The organisation makes sure that events are frequent and if you’re out for dinner in Margaret River, it would be worth checking out what arts events are on.

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Tribal Dreaming

See Australia through the eyes of the people who have been its custodians for thousands of years.

Australia is a land rich in magnificent landscapes and unique experiences, but there is nothing like seeing a place through the eyes of a knowledgeable Indigenous guide. You only have to walk a few metres into Mossman Gorge before your guide will have pointed out leaves, which can be used as soap because when rubbed with water they foam up and create a fragrant lather. Your guide will point out the trees that the make the best canoes, show you which berries are good to eat, which nuts can be lit like a candle and even leaves and berries that are highly poisonous.

With 20 Australian destinations to choose from, our Wyndham Timeshare Owners have a wonderful range of Indigenous activities and tours on offer with the chance to taste bush tucker, experience the healing powers of nature, immerse in music, dance, ancient traditions and hear stories of the land. You can even learn to throw a spear, collect wild mussels and catch mangrove mud crabs.

If you are seeking a unique and truly memorable experience on your next Australian holiday, why not add an Indigenous tour to your itinerary?

Melbourne

Even in the heart of busy Melbourne you can step back in time on a guided indigenous cultural interpretive walk. You can take these guided walks at Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens where you can discover the plant lore of traditional foods, medicine, tools and experience a ceremony on a site that was once a traditional camping and meeting place for the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung people.

Stay: Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Melbourne

Photos Courtesy: Melbourne Botanic Gardens.

Cairns

Tjapukai by Night is an award winning dinner and show experience at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, just outside of Cairns. Here you will be taken on magical adventure into the legends of Australia’s Dreamtime. Australia’s Aboriginal culture is brought to life through a series of award-winning performances while you feast on modern cuisine showcasing produce of the Tropical North. Highlights include a fire making ceremony, a 40 foot fireball, traditional face painting and a live dance performance.

Stay: Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Cairns

Port Douglas

Cooya Beach is a traditional fishing ground of the Kuku Yalanji Bama. This unique coastal place has three diverse ecosystems - beach, mangroves and coastal reef – that are connected to each other by the ever changing mudflats and tidal lagoons. Today, brothers Linc and Brandon Walker follow the traditions of their ancestors who, for thousands of years, educated visitors about their Kuku Yalanji culture. On a Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat tour you can learn how to throw a spear, hunt whilst stalking and observing wildlife and the environment, and learn how to track coastal resources as Linc and Brandon share some of their extensive knowledge of this special area and how they care for their country.

Stay: Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific at Ramada Resort Port Douglas

Photos Courtesy Tourism Australia.

Mossman Gorge

The Ngadiku Dreamtime Walks, conducted by the local Kuku Yalanji people are a must do for any visitor to Mossman Gorge. As you journey along private, gentle tracks, past the crystal clear streams and rock pools, your guide will take you to significant cultural sites, past traditional bark shelters and tell fascinating stories of the Kuku Yalanji people and their connection to country. Highlights include a traditional smoking ceremony, a natural soap and ochre paint making demonstration.

Stay: Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific at Ramada Resort Port Douglas

Sydney’s Blue Mountains

Awarded Australia’s best walking experience; Walkabout into the Dreamtime offers guests insight into the traditional, local Darug culture. The song line (story of place) leads you through bushland and rainforest to sacred sites of the Dreamtime. The six hour tour consists of two hours of walking coupled with four hours of relaxation and interpretive activities. During this time you will discover ancient art sites and artefacts, learn about bush medicine, taste bush tucker, see wildlife and stunning scenery, experience ochre bark and body painting and connect with the Dreamtime through story, art, ritual and dance. In summer, you can swim under a waterfall in a crystal-clear billabong. In winter, you can enjoy lunch in a sunny sandstone cave by a warm, crackling log fire.

Stay: Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Sydney

Dunsborough, Western Australia

Koomal Dreaming tours provide an opportunity for visitors to the spectacular Margaret River region to experience Wadandi and Bibbulman country through the eyes of the traditional owners. You will be given the opportunity to taste native foods, learn about bush medicine, and meet the animals, plants and Dreaming spirits sacred to the Wadandi and Bibbulman people.

Journey into Ngilgi Cave and be mesmerised by a live didgeridoo performance, deep inside the cave. Take a bushwalk and learn how to identify traditional plants, foods and medicines relating to the aboriginal six seasonal changes. Discover the art of traditional fire lighting and tool making, and participate in a Didgeridoo Music Session. This tour has all the highlights from the Ngilgi Cave Cultural tour plus and added food element with the opportunity to taste seasonal foods and flavours around the campfire.

Stay: Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Dunsborough

Photos Courtesy Tourism Australia.

By Angie Christofis

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