BunGeo an AWOL Awesome Day Trip
02 June 2019
Find 4 Awesome Day Trips That Are a Stone’s Throw From Perth with AWOL.
Need Day Trip Inspiration in WA? Two out of four of their favourite destinations are in BunGeo!
“Bunbury is the Rocky of the south west. Always overshadowed by beachside towns further to the south, the city is finally breaking through and making a name for itself. At just under two hours’ drive from Perth (or a 2.5-hour train ride), WA’s second biggest city is totally worthy of a day trip. Instead of bypassing Bunbury for Margaret River and beyond, make a beeline for it.
Love art? Bunbury has you covered. The CBD is home to 31 pieces of street art, discoverable with the help of a downloadable map on a self-guided tour. Ironically, there’s even a Beastman piece on the back of the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery. Time permitting, the gallery is also worth checking out.
But before you head off on the trail, make sure you grab a coffee and a filled doughnut from Café 140 for sustenance.
Art isn’t all Bunbury has going for it, either – it’s also home to a 200-strong superpod of bottlenose dolphins. You can forget the nine-hour road trip to Monkey Mia to see the dolphins and go for a day trip to Bunbury instead. The Dolphin Discovery Centre has three options for getting up close – an interaction zone in the shallows, an eco-cruise, or a guided swim further out in the bay.
#4 BLACK DIAMOND LAKE
“Pack your swimmers, floating flamingo and GoPro; you’re heading inland. Yes, you read that right, inland.
Drive for two hours in a south-east direction towards the mining town of Collie, and you’ll hit Black Diamond Lake – the region’s hidden jewel. Collie locals have been swimming in the decommissioned-mine-turned-swimming-hole since the ‘50s, but it’s only recently that anybody else has started to take notice of it.
In the last few years, Black Diamond Lake has become Insta-famous. The water here is an insane aqua colour and people from all over are obsessing over it. The #nofilter hashtag has never had such a workout. But don’t worry, the lake isn’t getting anywhere near “Croatia in the summer” amounts of traffic yet. There’s still plenty of space to pull out the paddle board, float around on your pink flamingo, or set up an area for your esky and chairs.”
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Image: Matt Blakers Photography