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Dolphin Discovery Centre

Monday: 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Sunday: 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM
Anchorage Cove, off Koombana Dr, Bunbury WA 6230
  • BBQ area
  • BYO
  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Cafe
  • Children's Menu
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Conference Facilities
  • Lunch
  • Private function or dining room(s)
  • Restaurant
  • Scheduled Demonstrations
  • Takeaway
  • Dine In
    Dine In
  • Open for Business
    Open for Business
  • Takeaway
  • Whale Watching
    Whale Watching

The Dolphin Discovery Centre is Australia's premier wild dolphin experience and the most ecologically aware. The organisation is not-for-profit and is committed to tourism, research, education and conservation.

An essential stop for any visitor to the South West region. The centre has a multitude of facilities that will ensure that your visit is both effortless and enjoyable including beautiful ocean views.

The Interpretive Centre showcases a range of themed fish and coral aquariums and the amazing 360-degree Digital Dolphinarium, as well as interpretation of the Koombana Bay environment and its history – geological, indigenous, marine and contemporary. It is an immersive experience, with activity centres, interactive displays, feeding programs and tours that appeal to all age groups. The aquariums tell the story of the region from the freshwater river to the offshore reef and feature the marine plants and animals of the temperate zone. The centre provides a unique experience that uses embedded technology along with natural displays to create a memorable experience for visitors.

With so many dolphins living along the coast, Bunbury and Koombana Bay offer the perfect opportunity for dolphins and humans to meet and interact. 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 Zone. Naturally, being a wild animal there is no set time, however, the most common visit times are in the mornings of the warmer months between 8 am – 12 noon!

The Dolphin Eco Cruise runs for 90 minutes within Koombana Bay. The vessel provides an excellent viewing platform designed to get you as close as possible to the dolphins – without getting your feet wet! The team will introduce you to the local Bottlenose Dolphins as they interact in their natural environment. Many of the Dolphins seen on the cruise call Koombana Bay their home. They can be seen frolicking, playing, sleeping and feeding during the cruise. The informative commentary from the skipper will keep you updated throughout. Available Thursday - Sunday, bookings essential with 7 days notice.

Google Reviews

Highly recommend to visit this place. We didn't expect to learn so much from the friendly volunteers and staff at the centre. Perfect for family with children, even my 15 year old had a great time. They also accept evening bookings for dinner. Thank you for a memorable visit and the staff are great spending time with us to impart their knowledge of the local habitat around the area. Sam H
Very average, limited breakfast menu and a bit expensive for food . Nice view jules
Stunning place to visit fr adults and children, lots to see and interact with. The Dolphin tour was great, plenty of dolphins to see and take photos of. The Captain Mel was very knowledgeable of the area. Highly recommend a visit if you're heading into Bunbury. Nathan Merritt
Magnificent scenery ,great coffee and good service. Monique Van Der Ing
We had a family dinner dining watching the fish in front of the main aquarium. It was like having our own personal documentary unfold. Food was great and service too! Very family friendly as children had access to all the activities. Highly recommend for a relaxing and fun night out! Holly Raudino
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