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Dolphin Discovery Centre

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Published March 30th 2014
See the dolphins
Located in Koombana Bay in Bunbury is the Dolphin Discovery Centre. It is open from 8am daily and it is well worth your while to get there early.

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One of the locals

From 8am the Discovery Centre volunteers are out on the beaches looking out into the Indian Ocean for their daily visitors. Dolphins regularly come up for a swim within one metre of visitors. Once a dolphin enters the interaction zone, a bell is rung so if you are inside the discovery centre you can quickly come out to the beach for a look.

As you head to the beach, you will be instructed by the volunteers to form a straight line. The dolphins will then swim up and down the line and you can actually see them eyeballing you with interest as they swim past. Visitors are not allowed to touch the dolphins as this may tame them too much and they are only fed a small amount of food so that they don't become dependent on humans and can still forage for their own food in the ocean. Of course, there are no set times for the dolphins visits. They could stay from 5 minutes or an hour depending on their mood.

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Up close and personal

You will be standing in water that is over knee deep, so wear your bathers and prepare to get wet. The interaction zone is also on an open beach, so you could spend the day down at the beach while waiting for the dolphins to arrive.

The inside of the discovery centre is like a dolphin museum. As you enter there are numerous displays about dolphins as well as a few aquariums. These are not large but enough to see what is inside. There are also 7 minute 3D movies to see if you are interested. My favourite though was the 360 degree cinema. As you walk into the dome shaped room. You are immersed into the dolphin world. Standing in the centre of the room, you can only be impressed by the dolphins that are projected onto the screen around you. Watching them feed and play in their natural surroundings from a bottom of the ocean. The view is truly amazing.

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Discovery Pool

Feeding of the fish within the aquariums occur at different times of the day and there are also tours run. Be sure to check the timetable to see what is being fed and when.

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Resident turtle

The exit of the discovery centre of course is an obligatory walk throught he gift shop which is full of marine paraphernalia. Kids and adults will both love the range of souvenirs available for sale.

Your ticket is valid for three visits and never expires. Which is the pefect reason to visit again in the future.
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Why? See the dolphins up close
When: All year round
Phone: 9791 3088
Where: Koombana Bay, Bunbury
Cost: $10.00 Adults, $5 Children. There are also family passes available.
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