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Published 12 June 2023, updated 17 October 2023

The best things in life truly are free, especially if you are driving to Bunbury in your fully self-contained caravan.

It is no secret that Bunbury is surrounded by some of the very best waterways – think stunning, glassed-off inlets, a beautiful bay inhabited by charming dolphins, and white sands and ocean that stretch for miles.

So, imagine unfolding your camper chair, pouring a glass of your favourite Geographe wine, and having a front row seat to the best sunsets in the world.

Your only worry is extracting yourself from said chair and that gloriously free view to walk the couple of steps to your caravan when ready to call it a night.

Or if you are more of a morning person, envisage waking to the sound and smell of the ocean before propping open that caravan door and seeing beautifully blue water that stretches seemingly beyond the horizon.

It is easy, accessible and did we mention, free?!

After a super successful two-year trial, the City of Bunbury is now offering its two overnight rest areas on an ongoing basis.

The initiative allows those travelling in self-contained vehicles or caravans to stay up to 48 hours at one of two locations on Ocean Drive at Wyalup-Rocky Point and adjacent to the beachside basketball courts.

Both locations were purposefully chosen for their stunning views and surrounds along with walkable distance to the vibrant Bunbury CBD where visitors can grab a coffee or bite to eat, shop at a selection of boutique stores or stock up on necessities.

It is a concept gaining momentum across the country and is yet another reason to stop in Bunbury.

Travellers must obtain a permit from the Bunbury Visitor Centre, temporarily re located to the Administration Building at the City of Bunbury, 4 Stephen Street Bunbury.

For more information, check out the City’s website here.

The City, obviously, also has a plethora of other caravan and camping options for those who might not meet the criteria of being fully self-contained.

Check out some other options here.