We Cruise All Of These Waters And More ..
Bunbury is surrounded by some of the most diverse and accessible waterways anywhere along WA’s expansive coastline – meaning that one of the very best ways to explore Bunbury, is from the water!
The original inhabitants of Greater Bunbury are the Indigenous Noongar people who hunted and fished throughout the sub-region prior to the first European settlement in the 1830s. The area was originally known as “Goomburrup”.
Named ‘Bunbury’ in 1836 after Lieutenant Henry Bunbury, the coastal city is nestled approximately 175 kilometres south of Perth. The population in the Greater Bunbury Region is now approaching 90,000, taking in the urban centres of Australind, Leschenault, Eaton, Gelorup, Dalyellup and Stratham.
The natural sheltered waters of Koombana Bay are almost 2.4 km across at its widest point. The Bay provides a calm water sanctuary where marine life (including abundant dolphins) enjoy the clear warm waters as much as Bunbury locals and visitors do. Families take advantage of the north facing beaches with adjacent park lands that provides easy access to the CBD and all that Bunbury has to offer.
Aboard Bunbury Exclusive Cruises you’ll get a close up experience of the expansive Koombana waters from ‘The Cut’ in the North East (which gives access to the Leschenault Estuary & Collie River), arcing southwards past the Bunbury Inner Harbour, the beautiful Bay Foreshore and the high-rise hotels & café’s in the South West section of the bay.
For those warmer days, there are many safe anchorages where you can cool off with a swim… where you may be thrilled by an inquisitive Dolphin – up close and personal!
The Inlet is a long, narrow body of water directly adjacent to the Bunbury CBD and is sounded by public parklands. At the north eastern end, an ancient mangrove community thrives which represents the southernmost occurrence of the white mangrove anywhere in Western Australia.
Because of our low bridge clearance and shallow draw, Obsession 1 is one of the largest vessels that can access this peaceful body of water via the manmade channel known locally as ‘The Plug’.
This takes us under the architecturally designed Koombana Foot Bridge, whose shape is designed to evoke the image of a ship’s hull, paying tribute to the shipwrecks that are buried under the shores of Koombana Bay.At night the foot bride it lit in a soothing display of coloured lights.
As part of your cruise, we can tie up at a jetty where you can safely disembark and explore the nearby parks, shops and cafes. Or we can venture down the inlet to the lively Parade Hotel where local beers, wines and on-water dining is on offer.
This Harbour is Obsession 1’s home berth where the nearby Fuel Jetty provides safe and easy boarding of our guests. The Casuarina Harbour is part of the WA government’s ‘Transforming Bunbury Waterways’ project where millions of dollars are earmarked for upgrades to provide new and improved marine facilities, cafes, shops and more. The recently completed Jetty Road provides vehicle and foot access to the marina precinct.
Your cruise can include a circuit of this waterway where we wind our way through the moored yachts to provide views of the recently upgraded playgrounds, walkways and sheltered white-sandy beach. All adjacent to the renowned Vat 2 Restaurant.The calm waters off this beach are an ideal place to drop anchor and enjoy a swim or a drink… or why not both!
Leschenault Estuary & Collie River
Just north of The Cut is your best chance to see pods of local dolphins feeding, frolicking and generally showing off!
Once inside, the waters instantly flatten off and provide stunning views of the Estuary and the Collie River mouth. Whilst much of the Estuary’s waters are too shallow for us to venture into, we can readily access the southern end which provides easy passage through the marked channel and into the Collie River.
The Estuary is the perfect sheltered location when westerly winds are blowing, providing an option for anchorage and swimming with easy access to The Leschenault Peninsula Conservation Park.
Your Cruise can take in a significant length of the Collie River where you’ll pass the urban areas of Pelican Point, Eaton and Clifton park.
Cruising this beautiful tree-lined river is an idyllic way to spend your time aboard with opportunities to see more dolphins and abundant bird life including White-bellied Sea-Eagles, Ospreys, Whistling Kites along with diving gannets and other water & shorebirds.