Bunbury has been renamed Funbury – It’s Official!
But the city is a fun place to visit and it is getting a whole lot more attention these days. Someone said, “It’s expanding like rabbits!” which made me laugh.
I think they’re right though. Everywhere I look or don’t look there seems to be another building going up, and the region is growing with new developments sprouting like mushrooms.
Despite the growth, it’s a great weekend destination only two hours from Perth. You could visit in a day if you wanted to, but that would be cutting things short.
Here’s a short video to give you an idea of what life’s like here on the Indian Ocean in a city surrounded by water – here ’tis … WA Weekender it’s only a few minutes long.
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Things to do in Bunbury
- Visit the Dolphin Centre (about 120 bottle nose dolphins live in Koombana bay and most mornings you can get up close to a few of them)
- Go to the Wildlife Park (it’s right in the city centre just about, but you wouldn’t be aware of that because it’s by the very scenic, Big Swamp).
- Walk around the pretty inlet (45 minutes to an hour)
- Take the kids for a swim at Koombana Bay, or go catch the waves at Back Beach
- Get nautical – Float a kayak on the inlet or on the bay. Maybe have a go on a dragon boat or an outrigger or go twilight sailing with the yachties on a Wednesday evening.
- Walk along Ocean Drive – the pavement stretches a very long way.
- Bicycle – just bicycle – there are so many places to get those wheels whizzing.
- Catch a show at the new Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.
- Go for a sundowner at one of the ocean front restaurants or cafes.
- Hit the shops – Apart from two malls, Victoria Street has a host of eclectic boutiques and Marlston Waterfront is showcasing art galleries.
Fast Facts about Bunbury
- Bunbury is WA’s third largest city, and the 18th largest regional city in Australia by size. It’s big enough to offer everything you need on a day to day basis, and yet small enough to be user-friendly.
- It’s less than two hours south of Perth and one hour north of the famous Margaret River wine region.
- About 70,000 people live in the greater Bunbury area which includes the 34,000 living in the city centre.
- Known as the City of Three Waters it’s situated on a peninsula surrounded by the waves of the Indian Ocean, the tranquil waters of Koombana Bay, and the calm Leschenault Estuary, which incidentally is a prime crabbing spot if you’re partial to a bit of free seafood.
- City lifestyle, world class restaurants and historical buildings such as the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery built in 1897 as a convent, go hand in hand with un-crowded beaches, al-fresco cafes and works of modern public art.
Weekend Getaway close to Perth
Cycle tracks span from ocean to forest and there are numerous walking trails around the city. Fishing, sailing, surfing, outrigging, dragon boating and kayaking are popular sports. Oh, and did anyone tell you there’s a fantastic library too.
Just imagine …Hahaha … if you lived here you could walk from the office to Back Beach for a surf or swim, have a coffee and sandwich along Bunbury’s cappuccino strip, or perhaps stroll to Koombana Bay and interact with dolphins at the Dolphin Discovery Centre– within the space of your lunch hour.
Too good to be true, right?
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So who’s coming to visit Bunbury then? If you live in Bunbury – what do you like the best about this eclectic West Australian city?