Winter in the Bunbury Geographe region has it all. It is a place of romantic misty mornings, fresh sunny winter’s days and cosy nights by the fire with a robust red, BunGeo is the perfect place for a winter escape or to explore in Spring. We love winter here in the South West! The landscapes are dramatic, green and lush, lambs are frolicking, and the wildflowers are starting to make an appearance. We have more time on our hands and love to spend it chatting to our guests. Bunbury is a great place to base yourself while you are exploring the Bunbury Geographe Region. Make a visit to the Dolphin Discovery Centre to find out all about the friendly dolphins and other creature that make their home here and meet Inky and Lego the resident octopuses. The café also serves great coffee and meals and has a million-dollar view. Along the waterfront you can find some fabulous places for lunch or dinner including Vat 2, Mash Brewery and make sure you try the homemade goodies at Taffy’s where they make authentic American salt water taffy, caramel and brittles from family recipes. A walk through the City centre will delight you with so many amazing places to eat including Market Eating House, Mojos, Froth Craft Brewery, Bunbury’s newest kid on the block or Lost Bill’s for a cheeky cocktail, or a bevvy and a bite at Yours or Mine. There’s so much choice!! You’ll also find wonderful street art in secret places, and our Regional Art Gallery always has something amazing to explore. For more inspiration check our blog. Six Two Three Zero Bunbury Mural Trail Harvey Region is to the north of Bunbury and has so much to offer. It covers an area from the ocean at Binningup to the hills of the Darling Scarp. It has wonderful wildflower walks, mountain bike and hiking trails as well as some amazing food and drink experiences. The region is home to award winning cheese makers Robert and Penny St Duke who make Harvey Cheese. They have also recently branched out into gin making and using the left-over whey from the cheese making process. The gin is getting rave reviews! Harvey also has Harvey River Estate http://harveyriverestate.com.au/owned and operated by the Sorgiovanni family which is also behind Harvey Fresh. Taste their wonderful wine and climb up the Big Orange to get a bird’s eye view of the orchards and vineyards. Vineyard 28 has created a taste of Italy at their place specialising in Italian grape varieties. The region also boasts two breweries Brugan and Old Coast Road and the most popular pit stop on the route from Perth to Bunbury, the Crooked Carrot https://crookedcarrot.com.au/. There is so much more to discover check out our blog. The picturesque Ferguson Valley is a wine and food lover’s dream. Take a drive through this beautiful lush green valley and explore wines made from alternative grape varieties including Grenache, Temperanillo, Touriga, and Graciano as well as the favourites of Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Valley has some beautiful cellar doors you can visit including St. Aidan’s, Talisman, Green Door , Hackersley Estate and Willow Bridge are all worth visiting. If wine isn’t your thing the Bush Shack and Wild Bull Breweries are sure to have something you like. You can pick up your free copy of the Ferguson Valley Trails brochure at the visitor centre in Dardanup to find more inspiring places to visit. No trip to the Ferguson Valley is complete without a trip to Gnomesville, home to thousands of garden gnomes. Look here for more inspiration. Collie River Valley is the adrenaline capital of Bunbury Geographe with kilometres of newly opened Mountain Bike Trails in the Wellington National Park and Arklow Forest. The area also has heaps of places where you can indulge your love of the water with lakes and rivers galore. Don’t have any equipment with you? Don’t worry we can help. Fore mountain bikes contact Crank ‘n’ Cycle in Collie and for Kayaks or SUPs Simone at Traaverse can help. If you are looking for a tour Collie has you covered. Check out Adventure Connections for a range of immersive experiences for your mind, body and soul. Outback Horse Trails \can give you a whole new view of the world on their horse riding adventures. Alison at Forest Explorers is passionate about Collie and the local natural environment and would love to show you the cCollie Mural trail or help you discover the wonderful wildflowers in Wellington National Park and other local nature reserves. Collie River Valley also has an epic approach to art. In addition to the Collie Art Gallery, there is the Collie Mural Trail which includes 40 art works both in town and out at the Wellington Dam. Don’t miss the Jade Dolman artwork at the Dam Wall Lookout and of course the monumental art work by Guido Van Helton on the Wellington Dam Wall. While you are in the area make sure you visit Harris River Estate for its lunch and wonderful wines and local botanical gins. There are also plenty of places in Collie Town site for a great coffee, snack or meal. Find more inspiration here. Donnybrook Balingup is beautiful all year round but really shines in winter. Donnybrook is WA’s apple capital and has orchards and fresh fruit in abundance, check out the Fruit Barn to pick up some of the freshest produce.. Donnybrook is very family friendly and the Apple Fun Park is a welcome rest stop for families travelling through the region. There is also the lovely Park Café for refreshments or venture into town to Café Tiffany and the Donnybrook Family Bakery open 24 hours because you never know when you will need a pie! There is also the Donnybrook Artisans outlet on the main street, which is full of the most amazing arts and crafts, all locally made. Donnybrook is also home to many amazing wineries in the Preston River Valley including Coughlan Estate, Barrecas Winery Thomson Brook Wines and Oakway Estate. Balingup is nestled in the valleys and it’s steep hills, lush pastures and misty mornings are a delight. The town is known for its quirky approach to life and you can find wonderful natural skin care products at the Tinderbox, arts and crafts at the Old Cheese Factory and lots of wonderful places to eat such as The Mushroom at No.61. The area has spectacular drives with breath taking views and make sure you check out the Golden Valley Tree Park, a great place for a picnic and the Racecourse Reserve in spring for wonderful wildflowers. For more inspiration look here. Capel sits south of Bunbury and is home to the last remaining Tuart Forest In WA at Tuart Forest National Park. It is also home to the stunning Peppermint Grove Beach where you can wander along the pristine beach and dip your toes in crystal clear waters. This is a great place to spend time with the family at the Peppermint Grove Beach Holiday Park. Ironstone Gully Falls is also a wonderful place to explore, why not take a picnic and spend the day. Capel also has some beautiful country towns to visit including Capel and Boyanup. Check out the Capelberry Café in Capel and Coffee Joy drive through in Boyanup for a morning pick me up! There are some great wineries in the area including Kellivale Estate and Capel Vale a great place to kick back and relax over lunch or just for a wine tasting. For more inspiration check here.