Dunsborough is located west of Busselton and is an alternative base if you are visiting the wine growing areas to the south west.
The HMAS Swan was sunk just off the coast and provides an excellent dive site for diving enthusiasts.
The town has experienced unprecedented growth in the last few years and is all but unrecognisable to those who have not been there for some time.
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 just so much to see
and do in this area.
The origins of the name are unclear but old marine charts list a 'Dunn Bay' in the area. Dunn Bay was named by
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.
It was declared a town in 1877 (another source quotes 1879) but land was set aside for a town site as early as 1830.
The Aboriginal name for the area was Quedjinup.
Initially a whaling station was started there by Messrs Viveash and Co.
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.
TALL TALES AND TRUE
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Bunker Bay, Eagle Bay, Cape Naturaliste, Sugar Loaf Rock, Bannamah Wildlife Park and Greenacres Shell Museum, Shelly Bay, Meelup Trail.
BUILDINGS OF NOTE
Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse.
State : Vasse
Federal : Forrest
Postcode : 6281
Local Government : City of Busselton
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