In Bunbury, Western Australia, a two-hour drive from Perth, you can go wine tasting, golfing, play tennis, or interact with wild dolphins. The first three activities are found at many resorts around the world, but few can brag about the presence of wild dolphins.
The All Seasons Sanctuary Golf Resort has 30 apartments on 37 hectares of rolling green lawns and tranquil lakes. Each unit has a full kitchen with views over-looking either the golf course or landscaped gardens. A freeform resort pool is a refreshing treat after your day’s activities.
The resort is situated in the heart of the Geographe Wine Region, one of the state’s most exciting wine districts, with a large selection of restaurants and wineries to choose from. And a must-see is the nearby Dolphin Discovery Center in Bunbury’s Koombana Bay.
The magic of seeing dolphins swim and frolic in the ocean never diminishes. These playful, silver clowns thrive on entertaining with their back-flips, keeping a watchful eye on their audience as they resurface. The bottlenose dolphins that frequent the west coast of Australia are known for their short beaks with a protruding lower jaw and up-turned mouth that gives the effect of a constant smile—an endearing quality that makes them so lovable. Well trained volunteers point out each individual dolphin, identified by scars on their dorsal fins caused by boat or shark encounters. This eco-center is conscientious about keeping the dolphins wild. They closely regulate human activity to insure safety and good health of the dolphins.
A perfect weekend getaway from Perth is a trip to All Seasons Sanctuary Golf Resort. Enjoy the Sanctuary Restaurant’s fresh local cuisine with a wine list that pays tribute to the local wine region. Drive 6 kilometers to see the dolphins early in the day, play a game of golf, visit a few wineries, then take your favorite bottle of wine back to your private apartment and enjoy the warm summer evening surrounded by serene beauty.
Life could get better, but I don’t know how.