Dunsborough

 

 

DUNSBOROUGH

 

GPS 33 37 35 S 115 07 17 E

 

 

 

 

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Busselton

Yallingup

Cowaramup

 

 

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STATISTICS

Distance from Perth

255 Km

Population

4005

Average Rainfall

916.5mm

Mean Max Temp

20.7C

Mean Min Temp

12.7C

 

SERVICES

Police

08 9781 3030

Fire and Rescue

08 9756 8605

Medical

08 9746 3300

Visitor Centre

08 9752 5800

 

CARAVAN PARKS

Dunsborough Lakes

08 9756 8300

 

HOTEL / MOTEL / B and B

Central Motel

08 9756 7711

Newberry Manor

08 9756 7542

Bay Village Resort

08 9755 3397

Whalers Cove Villas

08 9755 3699

Regency Beach Club

08 9759 1117

Beach Cottages

08 9756 8885

 

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DESCRIPTION

 

Dunsborough is located west of Busselton and is an alternative base to the larger town if you are visiting the wine growing areas to the south west.

Located at the northern end of W.A.'s best known wine growing area, Dunsborough is close to some extraordinarily beautiful beaches and coastline.

Bunker Bay, Eagle Bay, Meelup and Cape Naturaliste are the closest attractions but there is a great deal more to see within just a few minutes drive.

The destroyer HMAS Swan was scuttled in December 1997 just off the coast and provides an excellent site for diving enthusiasts.

The Swan is one of the largest easily accessible dive wrecks in the southern hemisphere.

 

HISTORY

 

Land for a town site was set aside as early as 1830 and whaling operations by Messrs Viveash and Co. were based in the bay around 1850.

It wasn't until 1879 that the town site of Dunsborough was formally declared.

The origins of the name are unclear but old marine charts list a 'Dunn Bay' in the area. Dunn Bay was named by James Stirling after a fellow naval officer Capt. Richard Darling Dunn. The original spelling was Dunnsbro. Another suggestion is that the name comes from a small town in Scotland and yet another source claims that Dunn was an American whaler who used to anchor in the bay.

The Aboriginal name for the area was Quedjinup.

In 1907 the survivors of the Carnarvon Castle came ashore in life boats after the ship had caught fire and was abandoned far out to sea. A number of people lost their lives during this tragedy.

Development in the area was fairly slow with a general store opening in 1925, a bakery 5 years later, a hall in 1957 and a primary school in 1963.

As surfing became popular in the 1960s the area began to become more important as a tourist destination and more major development took place from the 1970s.

 

TALL TALES AND TRUE

 

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OTHER INFORMATION

 

ATTRACTIONS

 

Eagle Bay Brewing Co., Whale watching (in season), Bunker Bay, Eagle Bay, Cape Naturaliste, Sugar Loaf Rock, Shelly Bay and the Meelup Trail.

 

BUILDINGS OF NOTE

 

Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse.

 

ELECTORAL ZONES

 

State : Vasse

Federal : Forrest

 

OTHER INFO.

 

Postcode : 6281

Local Government : City of Busselton

 

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