Dolphin Discovery Centre

Star 4.4 (1586 Google reviews)

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.

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Dolphin Discovery Centre

Anchorage Cove, off Koombana Dr, Bunbury WA 6230, Australia

Reviews

Star 4.4 (1586 Google reviews)
G Singh 16 February 2022

Plenty of parking outside. Great place for a family to visit. Very educational for the kids to see and understand the marine life. They can watch a short video about dolphins. Can see live feeding at certain times. Overall nice place to see. You should definitely check this place out.

Vanessa Crump 13 June 2022

The aquarium was great place to go on a rainy day. The centre does a lot of great work with rescue western swamp turtles and loggerhead turtles they rehabilitate. Gives you great insight into the marine life off our shores. Only $16 entry if you’re concession too.

Bikendra Thapa 17 July 2022

We had interesting session at the dolphin discovery centre. Decent variety of fish there. We were on time for a fish feeding time in the afternoon. The staff on duty explained about various fish on the aquarium. She answered our questions happily. We also touched star fish and my child was excited and happy.

Kit Teguh 13 August 2022

I've been coming down to the Southwest since I was in primary school, and no matter how many times I've stopped by I've actually never seen a dolphin here. I guess I've always come in at the wrong time. Nonetheless, I've always had a good chat with the volunteers here who are always on the lookout for the dolphin. And they can tell you all the embarrassing anecdotes of the dolphins that come down here. The stories are pretty great. By this time, I've pretty much given up the idea that I'll probably won't see any of our bottle-nosed friends here. Will that stop me from coming here anytime I pass by Bunbury? Nope, I'm still gonna come here. Maybe in summer or when it's warmer when the dolphins come on a daily basis by the sounds of it. If you do get to see them, make sure you don't touch them, as they are protected and protect yourself from copping a fine. Just enjoy being in their vicinity. What more can you ask for?

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