Margaret River - A very special place

Dunsborough

The wreck of the HMAS Swan is a haven for marine life - a must-see for diving enthusiasts
The wreck of the HMAS Swan is a haven for marine life - a must-see for diving enthusiasts

The wreck of the HMAS Swan is a haven for marine life - a must-see for diving enthusiasts

Meelup Beach - postcard perfection
Meelup Beach - postcard perfection

Meelup Beach - postcard perfection

Take a scenic drive along the picturesque Geographe Bay
Take a scenic drive along the picturesque Geographe Bay

Take a scenic drive along the picturesque Geographe Bay

Welcome to Dunsborough!

Dunsborough is the northernmost town of the Margaret River region, located on the picturesque Geographe Bay.  Originally the location of a whaling station and a few beach shacks, Dunsborough has now become a popular family holiday destination and is well known for its beautiful beaches, great shopping and contemporary, yet relaxed vibe.  Facing north, the beaches of Geographe Bay are sheltered from the strong trade winds from the south west making them perfect for swimming, snorkeling and watersports - with a stunning selection of accommodation to match!  Cape Naturaliste is the starting point of the Cape to Cape Track, and home to a working lighthouse which is open to visitors.

What to do

  • Eat and shop: Dunsborough is well known for its trendy food scene and boutique shopping.
  • Watch whales: jump on a charter boat and watch the whales frolick in Geographe Bay.
  • Dive: the calm waters; spectacular reefs and the HMAS Swan wreck all make for great diving.
  • Beach it:  Meelup, Eagle Bay and Bunker Bay are great for swimming and snorkelling, and are all accessible by road, boat, kayak, or walk trail.
  • Take a trek: explore the great walk trails around Cape Naturaliste - some are even wheelchair and pram accessible.

We love 

  • Winery and brewery experiences with an ocean view. Wine tours in the Dunsborough leave you spoilt for choice!
  • How family friendly it is – calm beaches, picnic areas and barbeques, and kids’ activities galore.
  • The shopping … it’s amazing!

Useful to know

  • Whale season in Dunsborough is from September to December.
  • The wreck of the HMAS Swan is the largest accessible wreck in the southern hemisphere.
  • Dunsborough was originally spelt “Dunnsbro”, but the named changed to “Dunsborough” in 1879.

How to get there

Dunsborough is located 50km north of Margaret River, on Geographe Bay.  Caves Road is the most scenic route – from Margaret River, take Carters Road then head north on Caves which leads to Dunsborough (about 45 minutes).  Alternatively, take Bussell Highway and cut through any of the roads which lead to Dunsborough – we recommend Wildwood Road then Chain Avenue.

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