The City of Bunbury has opened its doors to fully self-contained recreational vehicle (RV) travellers by offering up three locations to use as free overnight rest areas.
The City have decided to allow this on a trial basis only in the hopes it will bring more visitors to our city and that those that do use these areas, do so with little to no impact on our community.
All overnight rest areas within the City of Bunbury have a maximum stay limit of 48 hours and require the users to obtain a permit from the Visitor Information Centre at Haley Street, Bunbury.
If you arrive in Bunbury outside of the Visitor Information Centre opening hours, a City of Bunbury staff member will attend the rest areas each morning to provide permits.
Visitors must meet the definition of fully self-contained to utilise these areas. To be considered fully self-contained your vehicle must be fitted with on-board facilities such as toilets and sinks. These on-board facilities cannot be a separate item; they must be manufactured as part of the vehicle and plumbed in. If your vehicle does not meet these criteria, you will need to use established caravan parks.
A list of alternate accommodation options for those who do not meet the criteria of fully self-contained can be found here.
Please note, camping in tents or sleeping in cars is not permitted at any of these locations.
If you are in need of further assistance, please see the friendly staff at the Visitor Information Centre or contact them on (08) 9792 7205 or via email email@example.com.
Overnight Rest Areas are designated at the following locations:
1. Wyalup-Rocky Point
Maximum of four vehicles at any one time
Corner of Ocean Drive and Upper Esplanade, Bunbury
Latitude: -33.322290 Longitude: 115.631637
This location provides visitors with a beachside stay that is within walking distance to the Bunbury CBD and Victoria Street which is home the city’s cappuccino strip and many unique retail options.
Parking in this area is restricted to the embedded parking bays along Upper Esplanade and is not recommended for RV’s that have expandable sides.
Parking not permitted when public events are occurring.
Up to four vehicles permitted at any one time.
2. Ocean Drive (at Scott Street)
Maximum of five vehicles at any one time
Ocean Drive, opposite Scott Street intersection and adjacent to 65 Ocean Drive, Bunbury
Latitude: -33.329653 Longitude: 115.629084
This location provides visitors with a beachside stay that is partially protected from the sea breeze by a vegetated dune.
The Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club and Back Beach Café are just a short stroll away with the Bunbury CBD.
Also located in this area is an elevated look out over Bunbury’s beautiful Back Beach where visitors can enjoy WA’s amazing sunsets.
3. Maidens Reserve
Maximum of two vehicles at any one time
Maidens Walk Car Park Ocean Drive, Withers
Latitude: -33.369170 Longitude: 115.623160
This overnight rest area is unique in that it offers visitors a nature based setting. Surrounded by mature tuart trees this area offers a shaded place for visitors to rest.
The car park is the entrance to the Maidens Reserve walking trail which is characterised by a series of high sand dunes offering extensive views of the city from several lookouts.
This location is suited to smaller RV’s due to the size of the parking area. It is not recommended for vehicles towing caravans.
Please remember to leave no trace of your stay and be mindful of other users to the area.
Thank you for visiting Bunbury and we hope you enjoy your stay!
For more information on the Bunbury Geographe region, visit www.visitbunburygeographe.com.au.