Brief History of Bunbury

Bunbury is a port city located 175 km south of Perth near the mouth of the Collie River. The first recorded sighting of Bunbury was by Nicholas Baudin in 1801 and French explorer Captain Louis de Freycinet in 1803, who named it Port Leschenault. In 1829 Dr Alexander Collie and Lieutenant Preston explored the area by foot and soon after settlers began arriving. Lieutenant Governor Sir James Stirling also established a temporary military post there and later, in 1836,  renamed the area Bunbury, in honour of Lieutenant Henry William St. Pierre Bunbury.


Dolphins – There are about 100 bottlenose dolphins living in the waters of Koombana Bay. The Dolphin Discovery Centre offers visitors a chance to get up close and personal with them.

Old Jetty – The Old Bunbury Timber Jetty is located in Koombana Bay and was constructed in 1864, using convict labor.

Bunbury’s Mini Giant’s Causeway – Did you know Bunbury has its own little Giant’s Causeway? The Basalt Rock Columns can be found at the Back Beach, Ocean Drive, Bunbury, Western Australia.

Public Art -Wandering through the city of Bunbury you will definitely come across some unusual statues and sculptures. All the info about them can be found on the Public Art Around The World – Bunbury website.

Things You May Not Know About Bunbury

Bunbury is known as City of Three Waters because it’s situated on a peninsula.

For The Sports Minded

Golf – Bunbury Golf Club – The Premier Golf Club in Australia’s South West. Bunbury Golf Club boasts a fully reticulated 18-hole golf course situated in a tranquil setting.

The Sanctuary Golf Resort –  A golfer’s paradise. Located just 8 kilometres from the heart of Bunbury, you will find the finest resort golf course in WA’s South West.