Australind is an aquatic paradise - a place virtually surrounded by water with the Brunswick and Collie Rivers to the east and south and the Leschenault Estuary to the west. It's a great place for boating, sailing, windsurfing and fishing, that puts you within easy reach of an unforgettable encounter with wild dolphins.
Just 11 kilometres north of Bunbury, you can reach Australind in one and a half hours along the Forrest Highway south of Perth, making it an ideal day trip or weekend escape.
Its waterways are dotted with top spots for boating, sailing, windsurfing, fishing and prawning. Silver bream and whiting regularly make the catch of the day, while the estuary offers the opportunity to scoop blue swimmer crabs (in season) - a fun activity for all the family.
Just to the south, Bunbury's Koombana Bay is famous for being the only spot on Australia's coast where close encounters with wild dolphins can be found at the shoreline, or on a dolphin watching or swimming tour, with bonus dolphin insights provided by an award-winning Interpretive Centre.
Terrestrial activities for nature lovers aren't lacking either. The Leschenault Peninsula Nature Reserve is a haven for native flora and fauna, such as kangaroos and black swans, with many bushwalking trails showcasing Australind's natural beauty.
For history buffs, the Australind Heritage Trail is a must as it passes by historically important cottages, parks, cemeteries and churches, including the St Nicholas Church, believed to be Australia's smallest place of worship.
Accommodation options in Australind are budget-friendly and no-frills bed and breakfasts and caravan parks. For a wider range, check out nearby Bunbury.