Located on Australia’s south west coast, Bunbury is the state of Western Australia’s second largest city and is 180km and a 2 hour drive via Mandurah, south from the state capital of Perth.
Bunbury is a modern city possessing all the westernised infrastructure requirements sought by someone looking to establish a new home or business. Most government and national commercial operations are represented and there is a wide variety of social opportunities on offer, making Bunbury an ideal potential home.
Bunbury is part of the South West region of Western Australia, an area once inhabited by the Aboriginal Noongar people. Today many place names are derived from the Noongar language and the Noongar people have an arts and craft store located near Bunbury in the fruit growing town of Donnybrook.
For many, Bunbury is the gateway to the more famous tourist and wine centres of Busselton, Margaret River, Dunsborough, Augusta and Yallingup that occupy places around the Naturaliste and Leeuwin Capes south of Bunbury. Indeed at Augusta, the Indian and Southern Oceans meet.
The Margaret River region is famous not only for it’s great surf but also for it’s world class wines. The area is widely known as one of the world’s premium, boutique wine growing regions.
Almost all vineyards and wineries in the area are open to the public with sample tastings and cellar door purchasing available. One of the bigger Margaret River wineries, Leeuwin Estate, hosts one of Western Australia’s major cultural annual events, the Leeuwin Concert.
Bunbury is the regional capital with a large business and government services community both within its CBD area and various commercial centres scattered around the city. The CBD has a swathe of restaurants and cafés, making it a great place for a streetside meal or coffee.
More recently a new urban renewal project at the city’s northern edge has opened up a new and vibrant waterside area for the city. Dubbed Marlston Hill, this area is home to not only to upmarket restaurants and other eateries but also to the city’s newest and most expensive real estate development. Recently a property on the waterfront street “The Strand” fetched $1.2 million, a record residential housing price for the Bunbury area.
Outside Perth, Bunbury is Western Australia's next largest city. It boasts a thriving CBD shopping and business area that is these days more famous for its many restaurants and cafés, or as it is referred to locally - The Cappuccino Strip a restaurant and café precinct in the middle area of Victoria Street, as well as the fast developing Marlston waterfront area that already includes the upmarket Vat 2 restaurant, Taffy's "live" confectionary outlet, Barbados tavern and nightclub, Jiving J's waterfront bar and eatery and "Surprise Chef" Aristos's own seafood boardwalk.
Many restaurants are open early and close late, with the remainder open in the evenings from around 6pm and for lunch around 12-2pm. There's a bevy of fast-food options both within the city area and in the Bunbury suburbs, and Bunbury is famous for its family-owned pizza stores in the city area.
Thousands of years ago Bunbury was subject to lava flows which resulted in both the unique basalt rock formations on the city beach as well as the present Marlston Hill and Boulters Heights, where today some of Bunbury's most exclusive residential real estate is located. Bunbury is also home to Australia's southernmost mangroves and the world's last native Tuart forest is just south of Bunbury.
There are numerous property choices in the Bunbury area ranging from trendy cosmopolitan apartments to traditional suburban family homes and from beach retreats to rural or semi-rural properties.
The Marlston Hill area is today’s premium residential area in Bunbury but there are very affordable real estate buys within walking distance of the Bunbury beaches and many attractive, highly affordable, semi-rural properties only minutes from the city.
Whilst at a national level, Bunbury property is still relatively cheap, there has been a solid growth in Bunbury property prices and demand fuelled by major infrastructure developments and also by substantial growth in the expat community from the USA, Canada, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
In that the city is bordered by an ocean, a bay, rivers, an estuary, farmland and native forests and reserves, there is an inordinate choice of varieties of Bunbury property and real estate.
There’s also a wide variety of attractions. The city is gearing up to host a round of the Formula Nippon motor racing circuit, there is an indoor skate centre, ten pin bowling, the Grand Cinemas complex within the CBD area with the Bunbury Entertainment Centre alongside. Bunbury boasts a major aquatic and fitness centre with a smaller indoor pool located at Australind. You can get a good view of Bunbury and the surrounding areas from the Apex Lookout Tower at Marlston Hill or at Boulters Heights, right alongside the city centre
Bunbury is home to up to 90 bottlenose dolphins and visitors can wade in Koombana Bay while dolphins swim amongst you or you can take one of the Dolphin Discovery Centre's "Swim with the Dolphins" cruises. Bunbury is one of the few places where wild dolphins freely visit the beach and interact with humans and the Dolphin Discovery Centre provides a wide range of educational and interactive material so that visitors can go away having not only seen dolphins but increased their knowledge of this marine mammal.
Bunbury is a great place to live, and especially so for families. There's plenty to do and there's a wide range of education options, with government and independent pre-primary, primary and secondary schools as well as a TAFE College and a campus of Edith Cowan. There are several shopping centres, sporting grounds and major private and public hospitals as well as a number of medical practices.
Shops are normally open 8.30am-5.30pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am-5.00pm Saturdays with late night shopping until 9pm on Thursday. The Eaton Fair Shopping Centre in Bunbury's north-eastern suburbs has extended trading hours 7 days a week. Banks only operate 10am-4pm Monday through Thursday and until 5pm on Fridays, although credit and building societies normally also open on Saturday mornings. There are a host of automatic teller machines and bank agencies dotted in and around Bunbury.
To get around Bunbury there are ample modern taxis, a public bus transport service and more recently a tourist "tram" that will carry you about the city areas and give you an explanation of the local sites as you go. The Bunbury Visitor Centre in Carmody Street near Centrepoint Shopping Centre will also assist with additional maps and local knowledge.
Bunbury Tram Tours provide a regular tourist transport and sightseeing service around Bunbury operating on a 1 hour shuttle basis. You'll see Tram Stop signs right around Bunbury. Tickets are sold on a multi use basis with tram users being able to board and exit the tram at any of the tram stops during the day of issue. Tickets are available for sale from the Dolphin Discovery Centre, Tourist Information Centre and on the tram.
There are a number of Post Offices in the Bunbury area and postage stamps can also be purchased at local newsagencies. Postage for a standard letter, anywhere in Australia, is 50c.
Free to Air TV channels in Bunbury are the ABC, GWN, WIN and SBS but many homes also receive the Perth networks 7, 9 and 10. Foxtel pay TV is also available in Bunbury. The electricity supply in Bunbury, like the rest of Australia, is 240v. While you are travelling you can be updated on Bunbury and the South West region by turning to Western Tourist Radio. In the Bunbury region turn to 98.4 FM.
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