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Swim With Dolphins-Perth Local Tour

If you??ve ever dreamed of swimming with dolphins, now??s your chance to turn the dream into reality along the stretch of coastline between Perth and Bunbury. Have a splash with an aquatic companion as you enjoy a weekend away, in the dolphin-friendly towns of Rockingham, Mandurah and Bunbury. 

Only 45 minutes from Perth to Rockingham by car, it??s the ideal escape.

Day 1: Perth ¨C Rockingham - Mandurah


Head south from Perth to the coastal town of Rockingham to begin your dolphin discovery journey. Just 45 minutes from Perth, Rockingham has safe and beautiful beaches, numerous water sports, environmental parks and of course, interactive dolphin experiences.

The region??s clear waters have been home to the same group of dolphins for more than 50 years and the local community is understandably proud of its 150 plus bottlenose friends. Swimming with these intelligent creatures on a tour as they frolic in their natural environment is an amazing experience, and one you won??t forget in a hurry.  Swimming tours depart from the jetty early in the morning ¨C so make sure you plan ahead and give yourself enough time to get there.

Swimming in Rockingham waters is not essential in order to see these beautiful mammals. Specialist tour charters with
Rockingham Dolphins leave Rockingham??s yacht club jetty daily, taking visitors within metres of the dolphins. The best time for dolphin spotting is between September and May so if you??re in Western Australia during this time, a trip to Rockingham is a must. Viewing platforms and microphones ensure you get the whole dolphin experience without getting your feet wet.

Grab some lunch at one of Rockingham??s many cafes before making the 20-minute journey to Mandurah, where you??ll discover a unique blend of coast, bushland, industry and inner-city living.

The town??s crabbing season draws visitors from far and wide and the surrounding beaches are ideal for swimming, diving, sailing, boating, windsurfing and fishing.

There are plenty of places to sample local seafood and wine, or take in a local theatre production.

Dine out at a waterfront cafe or restaurant, or in true local style, grab some famous fish and chips to eat on the manicured lawns of the Mandurah foreshore.

Choose from a variety of accommodation including resorts, motels, villas, caravan parks and even houseboats on the Murray River.

Overnight: Mandurah

Day 2: Mandurah ¨C Bunbury ¨C Perth

Fuel up with a hearty breakfast before beginning the one hour and 15 minute journey to Bunbury. A pretty port situated South of Mandurah, Bunbury enjoys dolphin visits all year round.

The
Dolphin Discovery Centre in Bunbury??s Koombana Bay offers a particularly magical experience. The interaction area allows visitors to float and snorkel with dolphins, or cruise out to watch them swim in open waters.

Spend the afternoon strolling through Bunbury??s town centre to see a combination of attractive pubs, art galleries and contemporary boutiques. Check out the black and white checkered lighthouse that dates back to 1959 and the old railway station for a glimpse into the town??s history.

The ??cappuccino strip?? on Victoria Street is the perfect place to recoup energy expended on a fun-filled day. Sit, relax and take in the surroundings at the new waterside caf¨? area, before heading back on the two and a half hour journey to Perth.

Extend the weekend dolphin experience with a journey further into Western Australia??s South West region. The Margaret River food and wine or Secret Southern wineries itineraries offer a perfect combination.