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Dunsborough - Cities, Towns and Localities
Dunsborough is a beach town located at the western end of Geographe Bay, at the entrance to Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park. Only 26 km east of Busselton the town has much to offer the visitor, from bush walks along coastal scenery, wildflower displays, beaches, rugged coastlines and a lighthouse.

Although the Dutch named the southern tip of the coast “Leeuwin’s Land” in 1622, there is no record of them having charted the coastline to the north. It wasn’t until the French Nicoholas Baudin in 1801 sailed up the coast, around Cape Naturaliste and then anchored in Geographe Bay did Europeans chart the coast. Both names come from his two vessels the Geographe and the Naturaliste.

Settlement of the area came about with the movement of settlers from Augusta to Busselton in the 1830s, with some settling around the Vasse River in the 1830s. By 1845, Castle Rock Whaling Station was in operation, just north of the township.

It wasn’t until 1877, when the town was proclaimed, although that was only a few shacks. The first general store in Dunsborough was not opened for business until 1925, with the first bakery opening in the 1930s.

There is still no clear evidence of how the town got its name, but it is said that the name came from an American whaler named Dunn, who settled in the area during the wet season. The area simply became known as “Dunns Burrow”, “Dunnsboro” or “Dunnsborough”. The second “n” was dropped in the 1940s.

Check out our listing of Dunsborough accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Dunsborough Visitor Centre
Shop 14, Dunsborough Park Shopping Centre
DUNSBOROUGH WA 6281
Ph: 08 9755 3299
Fax: 08 9756 8056
Email
Web: www.geographebay.com

Dunsborough Attractions

Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse
• Ph/Fax: 08 9755 3955
Just 13 km out of town, is the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and Maritime Museum. From here, you can get a great view over the bay and surrounding area. Take the time to rediscover the regions maritime history in the museum. There are a number of walk trails into the surrounding Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park.
Dunsborough Lakes Resort Golf Course
• DUNSBOROUGH WA 6281 • Ph: 08 9756 8733 • Fax: 08 9756 8711 • Email
18 hole championship golf course, resort, tavern and club rooms.
Meelup and Eagle Bay
The drive to Meelup is picturesque, with trees arching overhead, dappling the road with light and shade as it winds down to Meelup, a great safe, white sandy beach. When the weather is good, the turquoise water of the bay is breathtaking. If you take a walk and follow the creek inland, you will find yourself surrounded by tall tress and dense undergrowth, with only the sounds of nature.

‘Meelup’ is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘place of the moon rising’. It is on this eastward facing bay, where if the signs are right, and the night is clear, you will gasp at the beauty of the moon rising over the waters of the bay. And on those occasions when the full moon rises twice in a single month, it is called a ‘blue moon’.

To find out when the moon is rising and when the moon is full, check out the Astronomical Information at Geoscience Australia.


Sugarloaf Rock
A striking rocky outcrop, near Cape Naturaliste. The calm, tranquil bays surrounding the outcrop is popular for snorkelling, swimming and fishing.
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Dunsborough Events Western Australia Events
Whale and Dolphin Watching
• September to December
An ideal location for the annual whale-watching, when Southern Right and Humpback whales move along the coast. They can be seen at play in  Geographe Bay, either viewed from a charter tour boat or along a coastal vantage point. Bottlenose dolphins are also inhabitants of Geographe Bay.
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Dunsborough Tours

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Bay Dive & Adventures
• 26 Dunn Bay Rd, DUNSBOROUGH WA 6281 • Ph: 08 9756 8577 • Fax: 08 9756 7466 • Email
Daily dives on the HMAS Swan Wreck, Busselton Jetty and local reefs. Full range of PADI learn to dive courses Air and Nitrox fills snorkelling trips. HMAS Swan Wreck & Busselton Jetty Dives & Snorkelling trips. PADI Dive Centre.
Cape Dive
• Shop 3, 222 Naturaliste Terrace, DUNSBOROUGH WA 6281
• Ph: 08 9756 8778 • Mobile: 0418 923 802 • Fax: 08 9756 8669 • Email
Longest established dive store in Dunsborough, offering a number of dives or range of PADI diving courses.
SeaEco Yacht Cruises
• Centennial Park, DUNSBOROUGH WA 6281 • Ph: 08 9759 1441 • Email
Adventure sailing with an eye for nature. Geographe Bay at Dunsborough, Western Australia, offers calm clear waters; whale watching and an exceptional coastal vista from Dunsborough to Cape Naturaliste.
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