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!
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.
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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