HEMA Map reference 74/F2
33 19' 6' S 115 38' 2' E
|Climate data for Bunbury|
|Average Temp high C||29.6||30||27.7||24.1||21.1||18.4||17.2||17.5||18.3||20.8||24.3||27.2||23|
|Average Temp low C||15.2||15.8||14.2||11.6||9.4||7.9||7.1||7.5||8.4||9.1||12.1||13.3||11|
Mangroves, Dolphin Discovery Centre, Marlston Hill Lookout, Basaltic Rock, Big Swamp, King Cottage, Koombana Bay,
Buildings of note
Old railway station 1904, Leschenault Homestead, King Cottage Museum 1867, Lighthouse, Former Boys School - Stephen and Arthur Sts. 1885. Residency - Stirling & Moore Sts. 1896, Rose Hotel - Victoria & Wellington Sts. 1865. Old Police Station - Stephen & Wittenoom Sts. 1905, Prince of Wales hotel 1882, Burlington hotel 1900, Convent of mercy 1897, Morgan's Inn 1852, St. Marks Anglican church 1842.
Tuart Walk, Maiden's Walk, Manea Park, Big Swamp Walk, Mangrove Walk, Eaton Foreshore, Leschenault Peninsula, Crooked Brook, Bibbulmun Track.
January: Australia Day. February: Brookhampton outddor concert, March: Bunbury Cup, Viva Bunbury. April: Bunbury Show. May: Groovin to the Moo. September: Kids fest. October: Writers festival. November: Geographe crush. December: Christmas carnival, Carols by candlelight
Famous Sons & Daughters
'Bunbury is, in many respects, one of the most favoured spots in Western Australia. ' a charming and easily reached health resort, not merely for the denizens of the capital, but for the toilers on the goldfields, wearied of the dust and drought of the parched plains of the interior.'
Twentieth Century Impressions of W.A.
Just 49 years earlier Rev. Wollaston had written very differently:
'The whole aspect of the place to me most melancholy. My former house neglected and rapidly falling into disrepair. Garden, flowers, all done away with - tenanted by C. Ommaney alone - who keeps a daily school but in such a way that the government, I am sure, will not long continue to employ him, al things silent and neglected.'
Wollaston also wrote of James Stirling's huge land grant in the area which stifled development:
'...and so the government in its wisdom allowed all the good land at the back to an insensible extent to be monopolized by a single grant. How can this town rise and be supported''
The area was first sighted in 1803 by the French explorer
aboard the ship Geographe. A British party from the Swan River Colony
(Perth), led by
Dr. Collie, explored the area in 1829 and
a town plan was first
drawn up in 1836 with Thomas
Watson starting to survey the site in 1838. The town was named after
Lt. Henry William St Pierre Bunbury.
Bunbury described the area in his journal as follows:
A military outpost was established at the entrance to the Leschenault Inlet to protect settlers from attack by Aboriginal groups. As no settlers arrived the post was abandoned and the men transferred to Augusta.
Eventually there was a need to protect settlers from attacks by local
Aborigines, but if the transmission of disease,
that was unavoidable, is not
included in Aboriginal deaths caused by Europeans, then far more Aborigines
died at the hands of other Aborigines than died at the hands of the new
has been described as 'a place of grog selling, tobacco dumps and watered
down spirits. Fines for drunken behaviour, shooting unbranded cattle, death
be misadventure, a priest who performed marriages who had no license to do
so, the odd murder and even one man who sold his wife to another for ten
pounds.' This was the strange environment that was to produce a young
On April 23rd 1903 the Norwegian ship Langard dropped anchor off Bunbury and it was discovered that she was carrying bubonic plague. A quarantine station was eventually set up but reports indicate that several people died before the disease had run its course.
Terrorism comes to sleepy Bunbury
On July 19th 1976 two masked armed intruders crept in to the port area in the dark of night. They took the security guard captive and began planting explosives.
What had prompted this act' It turned out that these two rather disturbed individuals were protesting about wood chipping and the export of wood chips from the port.
Three separate charges were planted but thankfully only one went off. Even so it was enough to send debris hurtling through the air as much as 3 kilometres.
The two men were eventually tracked down and were sentenced to eight years in prison.
Self drive day tours from Bunbury
Bunbury is a good place to base yourself and take time to have a good look at the surrounding area. The following day trips can be done easily starting and finishing at Bunbury or Australind.
2. Bunbury - Dardanup - Wellington Mills - Forest Discovery Centre - King Jarrah - return to Bunbury.
3. Bunbury - Wellington Dam - Collie - Harris Dam - return to Bunbury.