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Dolphin Discovery Centre

#1 of 10 Tours in Bunbury Features Animals
Lot 830 Koombana Drive, Bunbury, Western Australia 6230, Australia
+61 8 9791 3088
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In May 2017 the Dolphin Discovery Centre began its redevelopment to improve and add to their existing facilities. Construction work began and our volunteer building and research room has been moved off its existing site to the block next door in preparation for our building the new Café/Restaurant. At the same time that this is happening the City of Bunbury is constructing a Coastline Revetment Wall for coastal protection, Department of Parks and Wildlife are building across the road and the Waterfront Project has begun with new landscaping and bridge work along Koombana Bay. So our area looks like an industrial zone BUT in fact we are still operating full steam throughout this whole process. Our Dolphin Eco Cruises will operate year round subject to weather and our Swim with Wild Dolphins will be operating next summer as usual. Much of the disruption will be finished by December and there will be new assets along Koombana Bay including a substantial playground, additional parking , a kiosk and a beach auditorium. The entire process for the DDC redevelopment including the new interpretive experience will be completed by November 2018 however elements will be progressively delivered. Entry to the DDC will be free over the winter months where most disruption is likely to occur so pop in and see what is happening. At times we might have alternate access to the beach for any dolphin visits and boat departures over the next 8 months. There are a lot of exciting times ahead and we appreciate your support through the process of building our new Café and Discovery Centre. The Dolphin Discovery Centre in Bunbury WA is 90 minutes south of Perth. Koombana Bay is home to local wild Bottlenose Dolphins who regularly visit the interaction zone at peak times during the year. Swim with Wild Dolphins or Dolphin Eco Cruises are a great opportunity to interact with the dolphins in their own environment. The philosophy behind the centre is to promote research, conservation and education of the Bottlenose Dolphins and other native marine life. The centre operates October to April 8am - 4pm (closed Christmas Day) and May to September 9am - 2pm.
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Lot 830 Koombana Drive, Bunbury, Western Australia 6230, Australia
+61 8 9791 3088
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Reviewed 6 days ago

One of the most wonderful days of my holiday! The staff and volunteers care so much about the pod of dolphins that have made this bay home!!

Thank Pat F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was a little difficult getting into the parking area because of the huge reconstruction of the foreshore area. A volunteer from the Dolphin Discovery Centre helped us find our way. What a wonderful centre! The volunteers are so passionate and knowledgeable and the displays...More

1  Thank Anita T
Reviewed 18 June 2017

This is undergoing a major facelift and renovation so it was quite limited. But in saying that there was no entry fee charges. The volunteers were amazingly friendly and well informed about the exhibits. Well worth a visit especially when the work is finished.

1  Thank YLisette
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Fantastic Tour Guide who was very considerate and informative about the dolphins in the bay. Found lots of dolphins for us to photograph and video.

2  Thank VickiWilliamson
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

Great to learn about the Dolphins and other oceanic creatures. Kids loved it and fantastic for all ages

1  Thank trueblueskip
Reviewed 4 June 2017

Loved this place. First time my family were able to see dolphins up so close and personal. Was an awesome experience. Just there right on the beach! Lots of interesting exhibits inside the building for kids to see and touch. Fantastic place to learn about...More

1  Thank Brenda R
Reviewed 23 May 2017

This is the first place we visited after we touched down at Perth Airport. We saw alot of dolphins and truly had a great time just looking at them playing in the sea ! The guide was great, sharing alot of knowledges and facts with...More

1  Thank sabbieLOVE
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Enjoyed my visit very much. Talk most informative. Look forward to seeing the new upgrades. Lovely location. Enthusiastic and dedicated staff.

1  Thank bandclavell
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Visited a second time and still missed the dolphins that come into the interaction zone but we decided to take a cruise out to view the dolphins. I highly recommend the eco cruise if you want to see dolphins as you are almost a guaranteed...More

2  Thank tg0dmw
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

We had a nice day and there were plenty of dolphins. The centre is staffed by volunteers and there were quite a few volunteers on hand so it's easy to get assistance or find out information. If you have young kids I would say it...More

1  Thank whereverdeb
DDCBunbury, Manager at Dolphin Discovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

We agree, our staff and volunteers are definitely very knowledgeable and passionate about the dolphins and the environment, the kids always love the Centre and the aquariums and the burgers are definitely the best in town! Our redevelopment which is due for completion in late...More

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3 July 2017|
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Response from doug m | Reviewed this property |
Sometimes you can see Dolphins near the beach but you are far more likely to see them up close in a boat. The sea is very calm and protected in the bay.
Paige B
21 June 2017|
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Response from Guru652015 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The weather at that time of year in Bunbury is changeable. however a visit to the centre at anytime is worth while and seeing the dolphins from the beach if they come in is a bonus, or if you take a boat trip out from... More
4 May 2017|
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Response from Peter G | Reviewed this property |
It's also largely manned by volunteers so no way they could offer a shuttle service!