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Dolphin Discovery Centre

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Lot 830 Koombana Drive | Lot 830, 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 | Lot 830, Bunbury, Western Australia 6230, Australia
+61 8 9791 3088
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Thank Pip S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Happened to be driving by. Went in to have a little look. $10 entry (other more expensive options for boat tours/swimming with dolphin available too) We didn't have long do opted for $10 entry. A few tanks with fab sea creatures in. Don't want to...More

2  Thank Nicola163
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We did the Eco Cruise and saw lots of dolphins. They were swimming right beside the boat at times and you could move around the boat so you could follow them. Well worth the trip, would recommend it to anyone travelling around the area. Staff...More

1  Thank daam289
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the Eco Dolphin cruise. Really recommend this if you want to see dolphins up close! Great service and friendly people running this organisation. We took back home alot of valuable knowledge about Dolphins. We will be back next time!

1  Thank Dean C
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Was here with the family and my sis' kids ...and I wasn't expecting to see more than 2 dolphins but we saw more than just a handful ! They were swimming close to our boat and there was one which even performed a dance flip...More

1  Thank Melissa O
Reviewed 25 September 2017

The place is a bit small but the aquarium was colorful and fun. You had good odds to get a dolphin visit. Which is what most people are looking forward to. The café has good staples and it isn't badly priced. The beach is nice...More

2  Thank SUPenthusiast
Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

I hit the DDC today, unfortunately didn't see any dolphins. However was told morning is the best time to see them. They have a beautiful Port Jackson Shark as well as several different species of fish, an eel, octopus and some turtles who are in...More

1  Thank janice78_au
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Since the Dolphin Discovery Centre is undergoing a major renovation, admission to the centre is free. The enthusiastic staff do a great job of explaining the exhibits and alerting you to dolphin sightings. The octopus feeding was fascinating. I wanted to take a cruise to...More

1  Thank Robert D
DDCBunbury, Manager at Dolphin Discovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2017

Hi Robert. Although we are thrilled to hear your positive comments about the Centre we are also sorry that the winter weather prevented you from enjoying the sightseeing cruise. Despite the dolphin numbers being a little down during the colder months, more than 30 remain...More

Reviewed 8 August 2017

The DDC is an awesome experience for all the family. Standing in the water with wild dolphins is the most fab experience. You can take an Eco cruise and also have wonderful time swimming with the Dolphins too. I highly recommend you a visit the...More

1  Thank silverjewel2017
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Start with the positives .... Very informative centre, staffed by mostly lovely volunteers .... Friendly man welcomed us, and said feel free to browse ... we ring a bell if we see dolphins ... so don't worry ... you won't miss out ! It is...More

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DDCBunbury, Manager at Dolphin Discovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2017

Thanks for your honest review and I am so pleased that our volunteer team were there to show you around the Centre and escort you down to the beach to see the dolphins. It is a rare delight to see them so close to the...More

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16 October 2017|
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Response from DDCBunbury | Property representative |
You can either leave the stroller with our staff at the centre and then just take your 4 year old on board, they are free to walk around - the vessel has high sides and is very stable. There is a short beach walk to board... More
16 October 2017|
Response from bandclavell | Reviewed this property |
Yes suitable for all ages and very family friendly. If you google Dolphin Discovery Centre Bunbury you can get all details. Operating hours, costs etc. It is undergoing renovations but understand still operating.
16 August 2017|
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Response from John V | Reviewed this property |
Enjoy your free visit. Obviously it is free because of the disruption but, if you can put up with that and know about it in advance, you should have a good time. I am sure, however, that they will appreciate a donation