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Dunsburough and Busselton have increased their dive fame when the HMAS Swan was scuttled in 1997.

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A popular dive destination on the western shores of Australia is the region around Dunsborough and Busselton. The area is blessed with tranquil bays, remote sandy beaches, quiet coves and very scenic walking trails. Both are popular tourist destinations with many family styled bungalows, a crowded art scene and great evening entertainment in the form of live music, cafes and theater. Other highlights in the area are the Margaret River Wine Region, which produces one of the best Australian wines in the world and the Tuart Forest National Park known for its many wildflowers.

The town Dunsborough is located at only 250km south of Perth offering many calm north facing bays such as Meelup Beach, Eagle Bay and Bunker Bay. Its name comes from Dunn Bay, named after Captain Richard Dalling Dunn. To the west of Dunsborough you will find Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse with its Maritime Museum and Sugarloaf Rock, which is a very popular dive area. Busselton was named by the Bussell family in 1832 and has been one of the fastest growing communities in Western Australia. The 2km long wooden Busselton Jetty has the honor of being the longest on the southern hemisphere, even provided with an Underwater Observatory and small passenger train to get you to the end. In town you can find the St Marys Church, Weld Hall and other cultural heritage from the 18th century.

If we talk about scuba diving in Dunsborough and Busselton, everybody refers to the sinking of the 113 meter long navy destroyer HMAS Swan in 1997. It sits just offshore in Geographe Bay and is nicely decorated in soft corals and surrounded with big fish. But there is more; its turquoise bays are home to many dolphins, there are beautiful rock formations and its rich waters have created a fish paradise.

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