Dunsborough, Western Australia

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Western Australia
Dunsborough is located in Western Australia
Coordinates 33°37′0″S 115°6′0″E / 33.61667°S 115.10000°E / -33.61667; 115.10000Coordinates: 33°37′0″S 115°6′0″E / 33.61667°S 115.10000°E / -33.61667; 115.10000
Population 3,371 (2006 Census)[1]
Established 1879
Postcode(s) 6281
Elevation 10 m (33 ft)
LGA(s) Shire of Busselton
State electorate(s) Vasse
Federal Division(s) Forrest

Dunsborough is a coastal town in the South West of Western Australia, 254 kilometres (158 mi) south of Perth on the shores of Geographe Bay.

Dunsborough is a popular tourist destination for Western Australians; in 1999 it was voted the state's best tourist destination and in 2013 awarded the Top Tourism Award for Population Under 5,000. During the last decade the town has grown quickly and become quite affluent; consequently cafes and boutique stores have popped up everywhere. The town's location in Margaret River Wine Region provides easy access to many wineries and breweries. The town is a favoured destination for annual school leavers in WA, the other frequent choice being Rottnest Island.


The town is named after the nearby Dunn Bay, which was named after Captain Richard Dalling Dunn under whom Governor James Stirling had served in the Hibernia and the Armide in 1810-11. Land for a townsite was set aside here in the late 1830s, and there is a recorded whale fishery at "Dunsbro" in 1850. When Dunsborough first appeared on a map in 1839 it was spelt "Dunnsbro" but the extra "n" seems to have disappeared by 1850, and the spelling of "bro" was amended to "borough" when the name was gazetted in 1879.[2]

Present day[edit]

Dunsborough is the older settlement near to Cape Naturaliste while the closer settlement Bunkers Bay is much more recent - having evolved from a group of holiday shacks to the local Millionaires Row community.


Dunsborough is serviced by Busseltons public bus service route 903 run by South West Coach Lines. South west coach lines and Transwa coach services also run service to Dunsbrough for connections to other south west towns and Perth.

Annual events[edit]

  • Jetts Fitness Adventure Race
  • Dunsborough Arts Festival and Sculpture By The Bay
  • Dunsborough Bay Fun Run
  • Dunsborough Lions Easter Fair

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Community Profile Series : Dunsborough (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names". Retrieved 2007-06-08. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Jack, J. and Robertson, R. (editors) (2001) Cape Of Contrasts/Stories of Cape Naturaliste, Western Australia Dunsborough ISBN 0-9579601-0-7