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Dolphin Discovery Centre

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Lot 830 Koombana Dr | On the Koombana Bay Foreshore, 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 Dr | On the Koombana Bay Foreshore, Bunbury, Western Australia 6230, Australia
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+61 8 9791 3088
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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

We stopped off on the way down to Margaret river but there were no tours running that day so we booked a tour for later in the week on the way back to Perth. Fantastic cruise. Johnny was a great guide. Loads of dolphins in...More

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DDCBunbury, Manager at Dolphin Discovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

Thankyou for making to change to come back, fantastic that you enjoyed the Dolphins, it really is a privilege to see them in the wild.

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Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

Today, I supported a person with a disability on a swim tour through the discovery centre. I was dreading the experience as I didn’t know how my person would be able to handle the boat and water. The professionalism, the encouragement, the support from everyone...More

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DDCBunbury, Manager at Dolphin Discovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

What a fantastic day for you! we do try our best to accommodate everyone! Love that you had the opportunity.

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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

We had a top morning out and what a fantastic time it was. Seeing dolphins up close in their own habitat is something else. Would definitely recommend it that's for sure. The volunteers at the centre were extremely informative and helpful. Thanks for a wonderful...More

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DDCBunbury, Manager at Dolphin Discovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

We are very happy you had such a fantastic time, our volunteers are amazing! we would be lost without them.

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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

We arrived at 8am and within 10-15 minutes a dolphin had come into shore. Shortly after another two came in. We were fortunate to get the opportunity to meet the dolphins prior to the centre closing in May for redevelopment. They’ll reopen later in the...More

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DDCBunbury, Manager at Dolphin Discovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

Thankyou for your lovely review. You did have an extra special day to get visits twice in one day! How exciting! It never gets old for us either. We are excited to showcase our new facilities in December, I hope you get an opportunity to...More

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Fantastic experience today doing the meet the dolphins tour. The boat guide Shane was full of facts and kept all ages amused with interesting facts and unknown detail - without being repetitive or too deep. Recommended for any age, even the toddlers were amazed and...More

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DDCBunbury, Manager at Dolphin Discovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

Our Skippers are all fantastic and they really do make the Cruise fun and interesting. It's great the kids had such a lovely time too. We will see you again when we reopen.

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Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

Quick visit in the rain today. Dolphinarium was a big hit and all the exhibits were wonderful. The turtles were so cool! Volunteers and staff were lovely and so passionate. Look forward to coming back on a warmer day when we have more time.More

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DDCBunbury, Manager at Dolphin Discovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

It's great that you made the most of a rainy day. We are looking forward to having our New Facilities in December so that rainy days are extra special with all our new interactive displays. You will really need a full day then ;) Thankyou...More

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

We visited Bunbury to stay with friends. At the Dolphn Centre we did the Eco cruise and went into the water with the dolphins – the cruise was excellent, and the “dolphin experience” even better. On the cruise we saw numerous dolphins (I appreciate this...More

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DDCBunbury, Manager at Dolphin Discovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

Thankyou for your review, It's not unusual at all to see lots of dolphins on the Cruise, majority of cruises are indeed full of dolphins interacting in different ways. It's great that you got to see so much, it really is a bucket list experience....More

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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

Was so impressed with all the volunteers we met at the dolphins discovery centre. Noelle, Ivan and John were amazing just to name a few. They really care about the dolphins and love what they do. We were fortunate to have 3 dolphins (Cookie, Eclipse...More

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DDCBunbury, Manager at Dolphin Discovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

Thankyou for your review. Our volunteers are amazing and we have over 20 years of data collected about the Bays Dolphins. Our future projects will all revolve around our Education and Conservation messages. It's exciting that you got to meet our favourite dolphins.

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Nicola G
31 July 2018|
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Response from DDCBunbury | Property representative |
Hi Nicola, yes the swim is fine for your 8 year old. We offer buoyancy devices to everyone if they are needed. We average about 3.5metres in depth. The Dolphins don't touch you. You can also get out of the water whenever... More
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ChhaviSudip
23 July 2018|
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Response from DDCBunbury | Property representative |
Thankyou for your enquiry. Yes we have a lot of dolphins in the bay in winter. We don't see them at the beach consistently but out in the bay on an Eco Cruise we still see them. :)
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Jazy J
29 May 2018|
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Response from DDCBunbury | Property representative |
Thanks for your enquiry. The DDC is currently closed for redevelopment we are due to open in December. We do have Eco Cruises still operational just weather dependent at this time of year.
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