Paddle away in Bun Geo. There are so many paddling options to choose from in the region.
CANOEING & KAYAKING
If river paddling is more your style, the Honeymoon Pool Kayak Trail is a 3km loop perfect for tackling in a weekend. Need some equipment? In the Collie River Valley you can hire kayaks, roof racks and more from Traaverse.
For wide river paddling, head to the Collie River at Eaton. Launch at Pelican Point and paddle upstream to some open farmland areas. Take a fishing rod to see whether there are any bream around.
In the Capel Region, go canoeing up and down the Capel River from Mallokup Bridge – canoe up to the Capel Vale Winery (where you can have a sneaky wine) or down to the mouth of the river at Peppermint Grove Beach.
Closer to the ocean again is the magnificent Leschenault Estuary and Inlet, surrounding Australind, Eaton and Bunbury. The Estuary is 13.5 kms in length, so there is plenty of protected (though the wind can pick up – kite surfers love it) open water to get your stroke in.
If the swell is up, head for paddle-surf at Koombana Bay and a play with the local dolphins (please remember wildlife interaction distance restrictions). In Summer, you can also hire stand-up paddle boards direct from the beach from WATSUP Hire.
ROWING & DRAGON BOATING
Leschenault Inlet in Bunbury is the place to row.
Staying a while? We suggest you visit the Bunbury Rowing Club. Rowing was first publicly recorded on the estuary in Bunbury around the turn of the 20th century. Bunbury had a rowing club before the Great War that distinguished itself on Perth and Fremantle waters. The West Australian Rowing Association recognised the strength of Bunbury in 1930 by allocating it an annual pennant regatta. The Easter regatta was held for the first time that year and continues today as one of the feature events on the rowing calendar.
Likewise, Bunbury is also home to a strong Dragon Boating scene.