The Old Bunbury Timber Jetty is located in Koombana Bay in Bunbury, Western Australia. Construction of the original jetty commenced in 1864 using convict labor. The jetty has been extended over the years to accommodate the increased shipping. The jetty was closed in 1982 following the construction of Bunbury’s Inner Harbour. Sections of the original bridge dating from 1864-1906 have all but perished. The sections were either demolished or left lying at the bottom of the harbour. Railway trucks were used along the railway line to transport goods for export.

1990’s Fire

Old Bunbury Jetty, Western AustraliaFollowing a fire in the 1990s there were discussions about demolishing the jetty, however public outcry saved the structure. A decking restoration plan was undertaken by the Bunbury Timber Jetty Environment and Conservation Society (formerly the Bunbury Timber Jetty Preservation Society) in 1995. The society is responsible for the maintenance of the jetty. In 1999 an engineers report on the condition of the jetty revealed that a third of the timber jetty piles were completely severed at the waterline.

Redevelopment and Restoration

Old Bunbury Jetty, Western Australia, restorationIn 2004 the State Government announced the Landcorp redevelopment project for the Outer Harbour which included the Bunbury Timber Jetty.
Currently, the jetty is supported on timber and concrete pylons and is 590m in length. However, following the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004 the jetty has been showing signs of ongoing deterioration with timbers from the end portion of the jetty falling into the ocean. With concerns raised about boat and ship safety in the harbour, plans are underway to demolish 200m of the badly damaged section.  Restoration of the jetty is expected to continue up to row 106. Access to the jetty is no longer permitted to the general public.