On a coastline renowned for the spectacular and the stunning, for it’s wild clifftops and long stretches of accessible beaches, Bunker Bay is arguably one of the most stunning sections of white, pristine beach that you could hope to find anywhere along the more than 20,000 km of the Western Australian coastline.
I’ve walked the Cape to Cape track and spent countless holidays in this south western corner of Australia but Bunker Bay is my favourite spot to go for a relaxing few days. No hiking, no trawling round wineries and no visits to the gourmet delights of this section of the state. Okay, so maybe a winery for lunch on the way home, but my time at Bunker Bay is spent solely in relaxation.
I just spent a long weekend there with a friend for her birthday so I thought I’d share with you what’s so amazing about this place. We stayed at the Pullman Bunker Bay Resort and really, if you want to feel special, this is the place to be.
That’s what you’re here for, to leave the work week behind, ditch your electronic devices and social media updates and relax the way you know is best for you.
If you’re staying here at the resort there’s often complimentary yoga on weekend mornings and there’s nowhere more beautiful to practice yoga than looking out over the ocean. If you’re new to yoga or not that confident (as I am) it doesn’t matter, this is for all levels and it’s a really great start to the day. Check with reception for availability in the classes.
There’s also a fully equipped gym so that you can keep up your fitness regime if you really can’t bear a couple of days away from it and a couple of tennis courts to keep you going.
You’ve got options here – there’s the heated infinity pool or the ocean.
With the view of the ocean you just have to use it and one of the best times is as the sun sets and you can look out at the glow on the horizon.
If you’re more of a salt water person (and you can be both) the ocean here is generally calm and inviting although like any beach you need to be sensible. There are also opportunities for surfing further up the beach and away from the swimmers.
Now this is what I like to do. I always, always take a book with me and I generally finish it over the couple of days I’m here. One of my favourite spots to sit and read is on one of the sun lounges overlooking the pool. In my definition of chilling there’s also generally a glass of something involved (not by the pool, we don’t want glasses near the water) and what better spot to sit and sip than the terrace. Once again overlooking the ocean and a perfect whale watching position. If you want a closer look you can borrow a pair of binoculars from reception.
I know, I said no hiking, and I meant it. The walking I’m talking about is more of a stroll. It’s a tradition that when we arrive we head straight to the beach and have a stroll up to Bunker Point. It’s also a lovely walk the other way towards Cape Naturaliste. If you want to be a little more adventurous you can walk to the Cape Naturaliste lighthouse, it’ll take a bit more effort but if you want to fill an afternoon it’s perfectly doable. Mind the weather though, if it’s hot make sure you have sun protection and water with you.
Eating & drinking
Now that’s what here for, it’s all part and parcel of the experience, so why not splurge at the Other Side Of The Moon restaurant. I ate there last year and had the most amazingly constructed and delicious sticky date pudding. This time around we had dessert and a nightcap in the lounge bar, and the After Eight creation was just as good.
Slightly further along the beach and accessible from both the ocean side and the inland road is Bunkers Beach House, a casual yet classy café where you can pick up a great breakfast or lunch or simply sit with a coffee and cake on the deck overlooking the ocean.
There’s also no lack of eating and drinking options within only minutes from the resort or you can go further afield towards Margaret River – world class wineries and fresh produce cafes and restaurants abound.