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The Dolphin Discovery Centre is a non-profit organisation committed to dolphin research, education, conservation and tourism. The Centre was opened in 1994, and is the first Centre in Australia dedicated entirely to dolphin research.

The Centre is located in Bunbury, a thriving city approximately 180 kilometres south of Perth in Western Australia. Facing Koombana Bay to the North, the Centre enables people to interact with Bottlenose dolphins in a variety of ways.

There are over a 100 dolphins living in the Bay and groups of them regularly visit the shallow waters in front of the Centre.


In Koombana Drive, Bunbury. Travelling from Perth ... As you approach Bunbury there is a very large roundabout, take the third exit, this is Koombana Drive. We are 2.1 kms along on the right hand side. Travelling from the south ... it is a more direct approach if you take the Bunbury By-pass road which is Robertson Drive. Continue through the traffic lights until you come to the large roundabout, then take the second exit. Once again we are 2.1 kms along on the right hand side.

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Dolphin VisitsEdit

Over 10 dolphins close-up to the interaction zone feeding for over an hour today! Great sight for the school group!

Visits usually occur between 8am and 12noon


  • From Perth - allow 2 hours
  • from Busselton & Dunsborough - 1 hr
  • from Margaret River - 1½ hrs
  • from Augusta - 2 hrs.

Dolphin Discovery Centre is Australia's Premier Dolphin Interaction Experience


The Dolphin Discovery Centre relies on the assistance of volunteers to manage the Interaction Zone, answer questions, and advise people on what happens here in Koombana Bay. In many ways they are the backbone of our organisation.


We have two types of volunteers at the Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre:

Long term volunteers are usually those who live and work in the Bunbury region. They must spend a minimum of four hours at the Centre each week for a minimum of six months, although they are welcome to spend much more.

Short term volunteers are usually visitors to the Bunbury region and/or those who want to be involved for a short time only. To become a short term volunteer you must be able to spend a minimum of six weeks at the Centre and be available to come in at least five days a week. There is a standard minimum of 4 hours per day.

Activities of a volunteer:Edit

  • Talking to visitors on the beach - explaining what the Dolphin Discovery Centre does
  • Assisting in the management of the Interaction Zone during dolphin visits
  • Participating in "Coastcare" activities and assisting with current research projects
  • Assisting with dolphin observations in the Bay and monitoring of dolphin visits to the zone
  • General maintenance and cleaning
  • Tour guiding through the Interpretive Centre for the general public, tour groups and school students
  • Generally assisting with various tasks around the Centre Volunteer Application Form (1100 KB)

VOLUNTEER BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN RESEARCH ASSISTANTS needed from now (August 2010) to December 2010 or more.Edit

The bottlenose dolphin population (Photo-Identification) research program is accessible to you even if you have never been on a boat before; have never participated in a research program; if you are alone or with friends; whatever your situation, we can provide you an experience you will likely never forget! Contributing to dolphin’s research and conservation.

Where: Bunbury, South Western Australia (180 km south of Perth.

When: From now to December or more. The work is not full-time but requires being available at least from Friday to Monday (weekend included) Duties:

- Assisting with boat-based photo-identification surveys of bottlenose dolphins, including operating small vessel during surveys, collecting environmental, location, and behavioural data for dolphin groups.

- Photo-identification of dolphins in the lab


- Enthusiasm for field work on a boat is essential

- Positions are available from now to December 2010 (can be longer) with a minimum 4-week commitment. People able to commit for longer periods will be preferred. Preferred, but not mandatory: - Undergraduate degree in the biological sciences

- Field research/small boat operation experience preferred but not required If interested:
Please submit resume and cover letter specifying how long approximately you would like to do it via email:


Research Assistant, Dolphin Discovery Centre

447 Koombana Dr

Bunbury WA 6230

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