Dunsborough WA is a pretty seaside town that overlooks the crystal clear waters of Geographe Bay and is one of the most popular family holiday spots in Western Australia.
An easy three hour drive from Perth, it's a haven of secluded coves and coastal walking trails where you can watch bottlenose dolphins frolick in turquoise water.
Take a drive along the coast to some of WA's best swimming beaches - Meelup, Eagle Bay and Bunker Bay. Facing north to the Indian Ocean, these beaches boast calm, sheltered water and, like many of Western Australia's beaches, are refreshingly uncrowded. Pack a picnic or crank up the free barbeques and make a day of it.
The HMAS Swan, located in Dunsborough, is a top spot for diving as it is the largest accessible dive wreck in the Southern Hemisphere.
Proclaimed as a town in 1877, Dunsborough was no more than a few beach shacks until the mid-1950s. Today, it's got a vibrant arts scene, with live music and market days in summer and a plethora of well-respected art galleries. Nearby, award-winning restaurants offer sweeping bush and coastal views. What's more, there are an impressive 220 vineyards and 80 wineries in the Margaret River Wine Region, quite a feat considering wine was first produced here just 30 years ago. Make sure you take time out to savour the fruit intense chardonnays, rich semillons, robust cabernets, soft merlots and locally brewed beers at nearby breweries. Or indulge yourself at an ice cream or chocolate factory.
Other activities include photography, wine, canoeing, camel and cave tours. Or you can drive to Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse to soak up some maritime history at the museum and watch whales cruise the coast.