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Dolphin Discovery Centre

Koombana Drive, Bunbury WA 6230

DOLPHIN DISCOVERY INTERPRETIVE CENTRE
The new Discovery Centre opened in December 2018 which included a $12million upgrade to our interpretive experience with an expanded range of larger and professionally themed aquariums as well as interpretation of the Koombana Bay environment and its history – geological, indigenous, marine and contemporary.
It is a immersive experience that includes activity centers, interactive displays, feeding programs and tours that appeal to all age groups.
The aquariums tell the story of our region from freshwater river to offshore reef and feature the marine plants and animals of our temperate zone.
It provides a unique experience that uses embedded technology along with natural displays to create a memorable experience for visitors that compliments the wild dolphin experience of our beach interaction zone and dolphin tours.
Interpretive Centre open 8am -4pm 7 Days a week.
Cafe / Restaurant open 7am – 10pm 7 Days a week.
TOUR INCLUSIONS
• Day Entry to the Dolphin Discovery Interpretive Centre
• Café
• Beach Interaction Zone
• Souvenir Display
FEATURES
• Learn about the Bottlenose Dolphins
• Explore, touch and visually immerse yourself in our local marine environment
• Enjoy marine animal feedings by our volunteers
• As an Advanced Eco Tourism attraction we do not have captive dolphins on display but work with the wild dolphins of Koombana Bay to provide a window into their natural behaviors.
LOCATION
The Dolphin Discovery Centre is located just a five minute drive from the CBD or a 15minute walk along the waterfront.
WHAT TO BRING
Camera
PRICE PER PERSON (Gross) including GST
Adults: $18
Concession: $12
Children: $10
Family: $46

DOLPHIN ECO CRUISE
This one and a half hour cruise is a great experience for the whole family. The boat is child friendly with a flat bottom and high sides, there are seats and toilet on board. View the dolphins and their interactions from all sides of the vessel.
SEASON
We run the tours every day at 12 noon, we add additional times in peak season. All tours are weather dependent.
TOUR INCLUSIONS
• One and a half hour Eco Cruise in the calm waters of Koombana Bay.
• Commentary from our Skipper on the Bottlenose Dolphins.
FEATURES
• Learn how we ID all the dolphins.
• The dolphins are wild, which makes it extra special as they aren’t performing, they are behaving naturally.
• You may see examples of feeding, socializing, jumping, sleeping & curiosity.
LOCATION
The Dolphin Discovery Centre is located just a five minute drive from the CBD or a 15minute walk along the waterfront.
WHAT TO BRING
Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, warm clothes and your camera.
PRICE PER PERSON (Gross) including GST
Adult $54
Child $40
Concession $45
Family $168

SWIM WITH DOLPHINS
This 3 hour tour is a bucket list item. Swim with wild Bottlenose Dolphins in the sheltered waters of Koombana Bay. See their social, inquisitive and feeding behaviours as well as mothers and calves.
You will enter the beautiful waters of Koombana Bay while patiently waiting for wild dolphins to interact with the group. As the welfare of the dolphins is our priority, the experience will consider the activities and behaviour of the dolphins at all times and allow the dolphins to choose their level of interaction. For this reason there are no guarantees and conditions apply. Once the dolphins are happy to interact you will experience seeing the dolphins play and socialise within your group and with the other swimmers in the water. We often see the dolphins jumping the small waves and showing off.
The beauty of our tours is that the dolphins are not trained in any way so their interactions are genuine and they choose how long they want to visit with us. Juvenile dolphins are seen on most tours and are often most playful around the swim group.
TOUR INCLUSIONS
• 3-4 hour Swim with dolphins in the sheltered waters of Koombana Bay.
• Commentary from our Skipper on the Bottlenose Dolphins.
• Cold Drink and snack on board
• Wetsuit, Mask, Snorkel and Fins
• Buoyancy Vest if required
• Photo and Certificate
FEATURES
• Learn how we ID all the dolphins.
• The dolphins are wild, which makes it extra special as they aren’t performing, they are behaving naturally.
• You may see examples of feeding, socialising, jumping, sleeping & curiosity.
• Feel the buzz of the dolphins Echo Location checking you out
LOCATION
The Dolphin Discovery Centre is located just a five minute drive from the CBD or a 15minute walk along the waterfront.
WHAT TO BRING
Bathers, towel, suncream, hat, warm jumper, camera & any medications
PRICE PER PERSON (Gross), INCLUDING GST
Swimmers $165.00 (age 6+),
Observer Adults $85,
Observer Child/Conc $65

DOLPHIN DISCOVERY INTERACTION ZONE
With so many dolphins living along the coast, Bunbury and Koombana
Bay offer the perfect opportunity for dolphins and humans to meet and
interact right. The Interaction Zone has been designated as a special
dolphin protection area for this very purpose. Under strict license
conditions set out by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and
Attractions (BDCA), the Centre has been able to offer a unique
interactive experience on the beach right in front of the Centre since
1989. Dolphin Volunteers have been trained to ensure the interaction
guidelines are followed and they will always be present on the beach to
answer your questions and manage the interaction should dolphins visit
the IZ. Naturally, being a wild animal there is no set time however the
most common visit times are in the mornings between 8am-12 noon!
Interaction Zone Rules
DO NOT ENTER THE WATER WITHOUT DOLPHIN VOLUNTEER SUPERVISION
REMAIN WITHIN THE DESIGNATED AREAS OF THE INTERACTION ZONE
FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN TO YOU BY OUR DOLPHIN VOLUNTEERS
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FEED OR TOUCH THE DOLPHINS
DO NOT CHASE OR FOLLOW THE DOLPHINS , LET THEM APPROACH YOU
DO NOT SWIM WITH THE DOLPHINS AT ANY TIME
ALLOW THE DOLPHINS TO SWIM FREELY
REMAIN KNEE TO WAIST DEEP AT ALL TIMES UNLESS INSTRUCTED
OTHERWISE
NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY
AVOID SUNCREAM ON THE LEGS WHEN IN THE WATER
LOCATION
The Dolphin Discovery Centre is located just a five minute drive from
the CBD or a 15minute walk along the waterfront.
WHAT TO BRING
Camera
PRICE PER PERSON (Gross) including GST
FREE

Sunday: 7AM – 10.00PM
Monday: 7AM – 10.00PM
Tuesday: 7AM – 10.00PM
Wednesday: 7AM – 10.00PM
Thursday: 7AM – 10.00PM
Friday: 7AM – 10.00PM
Saturday: 7AM – 10.00PM

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