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So What is Bunbury like?
Bunbury is located at the northern end of Geographe Bay, 187km south of Perth, in the Western Australian "South West" at latitude -33.3267 S and longitude 115.6300 E.
The Shire covers an area of 65.7 square kilometres (138 for the greater Bunbury area) and has much to offer visitors and residents, who can either enjoy the waters of the Indian Ocean, Koombana Bay and the Leschenault Estuary or explore the inland regions with its unspoilt bushland, wildflowers, country towns, orchards and vineyards.
The South West area of WA is one of the world's great places to live.
There's a Mediterranean climate, sandy-white beaches, beautiful native forests and all the infrastructure expected of a modern western society.
Western Australians are often humorously referred to as Sandgropers and the coastal area of Bunbury, like the capital city of Perth, gives some explanation to the nickname.
The pristine white beaches actually extend well beyond the beachside strip, with the coastal plains of the south west being made up of light, sandy soils. Further inland this will change to a loamy mix but digging holes (if this is your fancy) in the Bunbury residential areas is not a problem!
Bunbury is bordered by the Indian Ocean, Leschenault Estuary and Collie River and naturally enough water sports and a fast growing seafood industry, feature prominently in the local lifestyle and economy.
This outstanding Bunbury property sits right at the confluence of all three with sweeping views over Koombana Bay, the Bunbury port and the Indian Ocean.
The area also encompasses the towns of Harvey, Capel, Dardanup, Binningup, Myalup, Burekup, Boyanup, Peppermint Grove Beach, Stratham, Yarloop, Wokalup, Benger, Brunswick, Roelands, Leschenault and the Ferguson Valley.
Western Australia is Australia's largest state, comprising about one-third of Australia's land mass and occupying over 2.5 million square kilometres in area. WA is divided into 10 regional areas - the South West, Mid West, North West, Peel, Wheatbelt, Great Southern, Goldfields-Esperance, Pilbara, Gascoyne and Kimberley.
Bunbury and its neighbouring suburbs has a population of over 50,000 with an average annual growth rate in excess of 3%. Bunbury is regarded as the hub of WA's "South West", an area that is home to the Margaret River wine region and major coal, alumina and mineral sands industries; a region that boasts around 8,000 businesses and a GDP of over $5 billion. Presently it is about a 2 hour drive from Perth to Bunbury, but this will be reduced by 30 minutes on the completion of the new Bunbury Highway.
Overall Bunbury is one of those undiscovered jewels of the modern, western world. It has all the modern amenities and infrastructure one would expect, is free of disease and has first class medical services, a raft of education possibilities and is comparatively a very affordable place to live and is free of naturally occurring disasters.
But for those who enjoy the lack of excitement of earthquakes, mudslides or typhoons and the security of being in a safe, isolated retreat from world events mixed with a pristine natural backdrop, then Bunbury is the place to visit or make home.
Bunbury is the regional capital of WA's South West region, that is also home to other centres such as Busselton, Margaret River, Donnybrook, Manjimup, Augusta, Pemberton, Collie, Harvey and Bridgetown; and is a thriving modern, cosmopolitan city.
Bunbury is truly a water-lifestyle centre, situated right alongside the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean and Koombana Bay; making watersports such as sailing, water skiing, fishing, wind surfing, diving and snorkeling, boating, rowing, swimming and surfing extremely popular. You can even pay an online visit to the Bunbury dolphins by visiting our Virtual Bunbury interactive guide.
In the Bunbury area you are almost never far from a long stretch of white, sandy beach. There is an abundance of locally produced, often organic produce and artists and artisans producing distinctive "down south" Western Australian wares.
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 with information on all, available in our Bunbury Education guide.
There are several primary schools, 8 secondary schools, a TAFE (Tertiary and Further Education) College and a campus of Edith Cowan University in the central Bunbury area, several shopping centres, sporting grounds including 3 golf courses and public and private hospitals.
The South West Health Campus is located on the junction of Robertson Drive and Bussell Highway, on the southern side of the city, and is home to the most expansive medical facilities outside of Perth. The South West Health Campus is home to both St John of God Hospital and Bunbury Regional Hospital which runs a 24/7 emergency service.
The South West Health Campus is also home to Imaging the South, an Aboriginal medical service, pathology services, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy, specialist consulting rooms and many other health services and resource groups. Just north of the South West Health Campus you’ll find the Bunbury headquarters of the St John's ambulance service with the Silver Chain Nursing offices also on the same street leading into the Bunbury CBD area.
There are several Bunbury medical practices and we have a listing of emergency medical contacts on our Contact page. In addition, you'll find a whole section of Bunbury Online dedicated to Health and Beauty.
Some of the local quality woodcraft, pottery and other art works include Peppi Pottery and Glass Studio, The Forgery, A Touch of Silk, the Kevan Collett Studio, the Featured Wood Gallery ….. and the Newberry Gallery. You can access more information on these artisans in our Galleries section.
There's wine and food festivals and tours, boutique breweries, cheeses and local dairy products, chocolates, olive oil, galleries, workshops, craft demonstrations, arts and crafts centres, beach carnivals, triathlons, scenic flights, Capel Fest entertainment parks and fun centres, sporting grounds and activities, fishing, wildlife centres and animal farms, historic landmarks and buildings, tours above and below the ground and water and a wide range of accommodation choices.
Regular Market Days are also held throughout the Bunbury area, with the pick of these being the fresh produce on offer each fortnight at the Boyanup Farmers Market. You can check what's happening in the Bunbury region by going to our Bunbury Events Calendar. Bunbury boasts a bustling shopping and business precinct in the centre of town extending down to the developing Marlston waterfront.
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. Several shopping areas outside of the Bunbury city boundaries, have extended trading hours 7 days a week. In the city centre there are Coles, Woolworths and Action supermarkets and there are a range of smaller supermarkets dotted around the residential and neighbouring towns.
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 heading out of town, towards Busselton.
The Bunbury area is home to the Geographe wine region which extends from Harvey in the northeast to Yallingup in the southwest, producing a wide range of award winning wines, specialising in Chardonnay, Semillon, Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The area enjoys deep sandy soils covering a limestone bedrock. The soils drain well, but are deficient in certain nutrients, except in areas where the Capel, Collie and Ferguson rivers have deposited alluvial soils which provide key nutrients. Vineyards are to be found along the coastal strip on the shores of Geographe Bay as well as extending into the hilly terrain of the adjacent Darling Ranges.
The first vines in the area are reputed to have been planted in the late 1800’s by Ephraim Clarke at the Punch Bowl in Bunbury. However, it was the arrival of immigrants from Southern Europe in the years following the First World War that brought the greatest development of wines in the region. Sadly, many of these same immigrants were interned during the Second World War and many of the vineyards went out of production in those years. Fortunately, there has been a fantastic resurgence and growth in the number of vineyards and wineries in recent years.
Wineries are scattered across the region with a major concentration in the Ferguson Valley and Capel areas. Many of the wineries are to be found in Jarrah or Tuart forests or farm settings making for a very scenic drive between tastings. More and more wineries are providing meals, and there are many accommodation possibilities in the area.
The Geographe name is becoming better recognised as the wines of the region are collecting more than their fair share of medals at significant wine shows both at home and abroad. Many wineries make a significant contribution to Australia’s booming export drive.
The Margaret River Wine Region stretches from Vasse in the north to Augusta in the south. The boutique wineries that have developed throughout the region are acclaimed at both a national and international level.
Visitors will find vineyards dotting the countryside throughout the region. Each has its own style and ambience, and many have their own restaurant.
There are a host of small country towns close to Bunbury with a wide variety of small café’s, bakeries, taverns and restaurants, making a casual tour around the countryside an easy short or full day drive.
Typically, there is no tipping in Western Australia but often establishments may leave a jar at their counter for loose change or tips for the service staff. You will never feel pressured to pay more than your total account for food or drinks in Western Australia.
Bunbury Online also sees the inclusion of our new range of tourism modules with our flagship Bunbury accommodation booking service, restaurant bookings, wineries e-commerce, tour information, car hire and flight bookings.
Indeed, Bunbury caters for a tourist on any budget with a swathe of accommodation options available. Bunbury currently has 268,500 overnight visitors per year. Over 20,000 international visitors stay overnight in Bunbury, on average staying 4 nights.
You'll find super-budget accommodation via youth hostels and backpackers right through to executive short-stay apartments and upmarket hotels and resorts. In the middle there's budget motels, self catered apartments, private homes for rent on a short stay basis, romantic cottage hideaways, beachside villas, health spas and retreats, winery cottages and even farm stays.
According to the Bunbury Visitor Centre, there are 1500 visitor beds in Bunbury and they estimate there are around 100 private homes or cottages also available for visitor accommodation.
Bunbury Online features a full-scale Bunbury real estate search and listing module, superior to any of the major east coast players.
There are about 37,000 homes in the Bunbury shire and the current median price is approximately AUS$238,500. In the last 12 months Bunbury homes have increased in price an average 36.3% which makes Bunbury real estate some of Western Australia's fastest appreciating property.
Over the last 5 years, Bunbury property prices have increased 12.1% on an annual average basis which is good news for any Bunbury property owner or investor.
Typically the highest priced Bunbury properties will be on the harbourside and beachside properties at Marlston Hill, immediately north of the Bunbury CBD. You can check these prices on our Bunbury real estate and properties guide.
All the major Australian banks (Westpac, Bank West, Commonwealth, ANZ and National) have offices in Bunbury and these are open 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 and the surrounding suburbs and towns.
Overseas visitors can withdraw cash from their savings accounts or get credit card cash advances from these ATM's in Australian dollars which greatly reduces the need for travellers' cheques or carrying large sums of cash whilst travelling.
Most retailers will accept Visa, Mastercard (or equivalents) and Bankcard credit cards and some will also take American Express and Diners Club. In Australia it is possible to link credit, savings and cheque accounts onto a single card, so armed with a plastic card you should be both able to withdraw cash, pay bills and deposit cheques at automatic teller machines or retail outlets.
Be warned that some establishments may (quite legally) add a credit card surcharge to their account although this is quite rare but do remember that your total bill does include Australia's 10% Goods and Services Tax. Almost always, the price quoted or advertised will include GST, but to be sure please ask the supplier.
If you are visiting Australia for the first time, one of the first things you'll notice is our "plastic" money. The Australian currency notes are designed to be 'almost' indestructible and obviously make counterfeiting of the currency extremely difficult. Do be warned though, they have a habit of sticking together, especially in hot weather.
To get around Bunbury there are taxis and a public bus transport service (a timetable for which is in the Shire of Bunbury Community Directory) but we'd recommend hiring your own vehicle or bringing your own car as many of the attractions are out of town. The Bunbury Visitor Centre in Carmody Street, just north of Centrepoint Shopping Centre, will also assist with additional maps and local knowledge.
To drive a passenger vehicle in Western Australia, you must be aged 17 years or over and possess a Western Australian driver's licence.
If you are a visitor to Western Australia you may drive for a period of twelve months if you hold a valid driver's licence issued in your country of origin or a state/territory of Australia of which you are a permanent resident. You must carry your licence when driving and comply with any conditions (where reasonable) that are endorsed on the licence.
An International Drivers' Licence is also acceptable and these can generally be obtained from your national automobile organization.
You will need to obtain a Western Australian driver's licence after this time. Residents from other Australian states only need to transfer their details, whilst overseas visitors will be required to pass a theory test on the road rules. A practical test may also be required.
Should you become a permanent resident (even for only tax purposes) of Western Australia, you have three months in which to transfer your driver's licence and like most government registrations there are pensioner or seniors' discounts.
If you are flying into Bunbury, you'll probably already realise that Bunbury has a first-class regional airport - the only major airport in the south west area (although there are numerous landing strips throughout the south west area). The Bunbury Regional Airport is located 6.5 kilometres from the Bunbury Post Office and is 220 kilometres south, south west from the Perth International Airport. Access is from Vasse Highway.
There is no landing charge at the Bunbury airport for aircraft under 2 tonnes takeoff weight, that are not Regular Passenger Transport. The sealed runway is 1800m with a 100 x 35 metres apron. There is an Automatic Weather Station (AWS), Non-Directional Beacon (NDB) Frequency is 386 MHz (information transmitted to National Centre), there are two Illuminated Wind Indicators (IWI) and the Air Radio Frequency is124.9 MHz VHF. There is a pilot activated strip and apron lighting (PAL) with the frequency for switching being 119.6 MHz VHF.
There is a 270 square metre terminal building with seating for 40 passengers along with baggage handling, toilet and car hire facilities. There are 32 car parking bays plus room for overflow and a set-down area. Unfortunately regular, commercial passenger flights from Perth did not prove economically sustainable and now the airport is used only for charter flights, emergency services and by the Bunbury Aero Club.
How do I phone Bunbury?
If you are outside of Australia, you will need to consult your national directly for the international dialling code, such as 015 or 0011. After entering your local international dialling code, enter 61 (the code for all of Australia) and then 8 (for Western Australia) followed by the number you wish to call. (8 is also the prefix for South Australia and the Northern Territory.)
For example if you wanted to call WA Online Pty Ltd, after selecting the international call code for your country, you would dial 61-8-97915556. But don't forget, to check the current Bunbury time above as in Bunbury it may just be in the middle of the night !
From the Australian east coast you dial 08 and then the number, so for WA Online that's 08-97915556.
Despite its size, almost all populated areas of Australia receive mobile (or cell) phone coverage. You can join a mobile plan with many providers including a free mobile (cell) handset or if you bring your own phone, you'll find many retail outsets selling prepaid cards. There are some gaps in the GSM mobile coverage in some parts of the Bunbury area and coverage may vary depending on your network provider. For the most part, the best mobile coverage in the south west area of WA is with Telstra MobileNet.
The Telstra 4G network coverage below which takes in pretty much all the tourist areas.
Generally you can determine you are receiving a call from a mobile in Australia as the number will have a 4 digit prefix such as 0408 or 0419 and a 6 digit number. Landline calls are a 2 digit prefix and a 8 digit number.
The main Post Office is at the southern end of Victoria Street, and postage stamps can also be purchased at local newsagencies. Postage for a standard letter, anywhere in Australia, is 50c. There are also Post Offices at most of the local towns and suburbs with a full Australia Post outlet being also located in Harvey.
The Bunbury, Dalyellup, Pelican Point, College Grove and Gelorup postcode is 6230, Yarloop 6218, Harvey and Myalup 6220, Wokalup 6221, Benger 6223, Brunswick 6224, Roelands 6226, Burekup and Boyanup 6227, Eaton 6232, Australind, Leschenault and Binningup 6233, , Dardanup and Ferguson 6236, Stratham 6237, Argyle 6239 and Peppermint Grove Beach and Capel 6271.
Boyanup, Peppermint Grove Beach, Stratham, Yarloop, Wokalup, Benger, Brunswick, Roelands, Leschenault and the Ferguson Valley
Overseas visitors to Australia may be surprised that a single postcode will generally cover an entire town in Australia.
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. You can check the local Bunbury TV guide here at Bunbury Online. There is a wide choice of local radio stations, commercial and ABC on both AM and FM bands.
The electricity supply in Bunbury, like the rest of Australia, is 240v. Adapters and transformers can be purchased at airports on arrival to Australia or in many local department or electrical stores.
While you are travelling you can be updated on Bunbury, Dunsborough and the South West region by turning to Western Tourist Radio. In Bunbury turn to 98.4FM. You can visit their website and there is a downloadable Station Guide and WA number plates explained, available from here or their Western Tourist Radio Website. Apple iPods and iPod accessories are widely available.
The Bunbury Library is located in Parkfield Street just behind the park and opposite the main Post Office. There are also public libraries in most towns surrounding Bunbury including Australind and Withers and these are typically open Monday to Saturday with membership not only available to residents but also to visitors to the Bunbury area. Importantly for visitors, the Bunbury Library provides internet access including web based email. Bookings for informational and research purposes may be made free of charge in 1 hour blocks.
Western Australia is on the same time zone as Singapore and Taiwan being +8 hours GMT.
Australia is split into 3 time zones where Western Australia is WST (Western Standard Time), South Australia and Northern Territory is CST (Central Standard Time), and Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania are on EST (Eastern Standard Time).
Just to make matters a little confusing though, some states operate a Summer Time, where the clock advances 1 hour, but otherwise CST is 1.5 hours ahead of WA, and EST is 2 hours ahead so as an example in Alice Springs or Ayer's Rock. Western Australia does not operate a summer time or "daylight savings" clock change.
In addition to browsing the various Bunbury accommodation and tourism options, Bunbury real estate listings and building blocks by location, price and style, you can now also directly contact Bunbury real estate agents, check the local TV guide, look up postcodes, get today's fuel prices, vote on local issues, search for Bunbury businesses, organisations, trades people and suppliers, and advertise totally free in our online classifieds pages.
It's important to also be aware what you can carry with you or bring into or take out of Australia duty free as a traveller.
When departing or entering Australia you must declare amounts of $A10,000 or more in foreign or Australian currency.
When entering Australia you can carry $A900 worth of duty free or tax free goods ($A450 if you are under 18), 2.25 litres of alcoholic beverages and 250 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco. If you are travelling into Australia for the first time you should also be aware that there are inbound duty free stores on arrival in Australia.
Be aware that it is very likely that souvenirs made out of animal or plant material may be prohibited; and you must declare all food items, plant and animal material you bring back to Australia. This is a very strict policy conducted by the Quarantine authorities and the Customs Service with an aim to keep exotic diseases and bugs from entering Australia and damaging otherwise isolated flora and fauna. There are also restrictions on importing fresh produce into Western Australia from other states of Australia.
If you need Australian Customs information while in another country you can contact Customs representatives in Bangkok + 66 2 287 2680 Extn 4407, Brussels + 32 2 286 0583, Tokyo + 81 3 5232 4078 or Washington +1 202 797 3189. In other countries general information is available from Australian missions or you can call Customs in Australia on +61 2 6275 6666.
As a visitor to Australia, you are also eligible to claim on the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) which enables you to claim a refund, subject to certain conditions, of the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) that you pay on goods you buy in Australia.
To claim a refund you must spend $300 or more in the one store and get a single tax invoice, buy goods no more than 30 days before departure, wear or carry the goods on board and present them along with your tax invoice, passport and international boarding pass to a TRS facility.
The refund only applies to goods you take with you as hand luggage or wear onto the aircraft or ship when you leave Australia. It does not apply to services or goods consumed or partly consumed in Australia, such as chocolate and perfume. However, unlike other tourist shopping schemes, most of the goods, such as clothing and cameras, can be used in Australia before departure.
The TRS is open to all overseas visitors and Australian residents, except operating air and sea crew.
The GST refund is calculated by dividing the total amount of the purchase by 11. The WET refund is 14.5 percent of the price paid for wine. For example, if you buy goods for a GST-inclusive price of $660 you will receive a refund of $60. If the $660 is made up of a camera ($460) and wine ($200), you will receive a total refund of $89 (total GST refund of $60 and $29 WET refund on the wine).
The refund will be paid on goods totalling $300 (GST inclusive) or more, bought from the same store, no more than 30 days before you leave Australia.
You may purchase several lower-priced items from the one store, either at the one time or over several occasions within the 30-day period, provided the total purchase amounts to $300 (GST inclusive) or more. You will have to ask the retailer to consolidate these lower-priced purchases onto a single tax invoice. Be sure the retailer will do this before buying the goods.
You may buy goods from several stores, provided each store's tax invoice totals at least $300 (GST inclusive).
You can collect your refund by cheque, credit to an Australian bank account or payment to a credit card.
Remember, if you wish to claim a refund, you must get an original tax invoice from the store where you buy the goods. All stores registered for GST will be able to give you a tax invoice. A refund cannot be given without this tax invoice.
A tax invoice prominently states the words 'tax invoice' and the Australian Business Number (ABN) of the retailer, the purchase price including the GST paid, a description of the goods, the name of the supplier and the date the purchase was made. Tax invoices for purchases of $1000 or more need additional information, such as the name and address of the purchaser.
You will need to present the following at the Customs TRS when you are leaving Australia - your goods (to prove you are taking them out of the country), the original tax invoice from the retailer (to provide information for Customs officers), your passport and your international boarding pass or other proof of travel. Be aware that it is a legal requirement that the person who purchases the goods must be the person who makes the claim for a refund of GST.
Claims can be made after you have passed through Customs and Immigration outward processing at the TRS facilities at international airports at Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Cairns, Adelaide, Darwin and Gold Coast, cruise liner terminals at Circular Quay and Darling Harbour in Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Fremantle and Hobart. If you are leaving Australia from another port you should contact Customs to find out if you can make a claim.
In the meantime though, here's some other useful Bunbury information. The Bunbury Library also offers regular activities for children during the school vacations. Programmes of activities offered and any charges involved are advertised through the library just prior to each holiday period, and these are open to both residents and visitors alike.
Bunbury also has a skate park located opposite Centrepoint Shopping Centre and next to the Bunbury Rowing Club.
Bunbury enjoys a Sister City relationship with Setagaya in Japan and many residents host Japanese families and are involved in other Sister City activities. Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School hosts a number of Japanese students each year.
There are numerous property choices in the Bunbury area ranging from small cottages to traditional suburban family homes and from beach retreats to rural or semi-rural properties. You'll find a complete update of the Bunbury real estate market in our Bunbury property guide.
Bunbury has since 1988 its own professional and business women’s group, the Zonta Club. Members meet for dinner meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at 6.30pm at various venues.
Guest speakers have included members of parliament, medical professionals and representatives from groups pertaining to women's health and well-being, representatives from prominent welfare groups such as families in crisis and advocacy groups as well as motivational speakers who encourage members to improve their lives, both professionally and personally.
Zonta has donated the money to the South West Women’s Refuge, South West Foster Carers’ Group, Waratah Support Centre, In-Town Lunch Centre, Young Women in Public Affairs Award and Val Lishman Health Research.
There are a number of surrounding towns in the vicinity of the city of Bunbury – so here’s a quick summary.
AUSTRALIND Latitude 33 17 Longitude 115 43
Australind is located on the shores of Leschenault Eastuary, 165 km south of Perth and 12 km north east of Bunbury. Whilst, technically in the Harvey Shire it is viewed locally as a suburb of Bunbury.
In 1840 a company named the Western Australian Company was formed in England with the objective of purchasing lands in Western Australia and applying certain principles of colonisation and emigration as laid down by one of the Directors, Edward Gibbon Wakefield. This group purchased 103,000 acres on Leschenault Inlet, and named the settlement proposed there "Australind", a combination of Australia and India. A town of 1,000 acres was planned and surveyed in 1840 and 1841, but through causes beyond the control of settlers and despite the labours of the chief Commissioner, Marshall Waller Clifton, the scheme was largely viewed as a failure as an agricultural area.
Within a few years most of the original settlers had drifted away, and the Western Australian Company was wound up in 1846. Little of the planned town was ever developed, and most of it was eventually re-subdivided.
BINNINGUP Latitude 33 09 S 115 41E
Binningup or Binningup Beach is a south western coastal townsite located 153 km south of Perth and 27 km north of Bunbury. The townsite actually takes its name from "Binningup Beach Estate", a name used by a syndicate of Harvey people who subdivided the area in 1953. It is apparently an Aboriginal name, but not necessarily traditional.
By 1962 there was only one resident in the area, but many homes were built in the following few years. At the request of the Shire of Harvey Binningup was gazetted a townsite in 1963 and in recent years has grown rapidly as an alternative Bunbury residential area.
BOYANUP Latitude 33 29 Longitude 115 44
The townsite of Boyanup is located in the south west agricultural region, 195 km south of Perth and 18 km south east of Bunbury. Boyanup was first settled by Europeans in the 1840’s by Dublin lawyer James Bessonnet who named his farm “Boyanup.
In 1888 a railway was built between Boyanup and Bunbury, and in 1891 the government opened up land in the area by declaring the Boyanup Agricultural Area. Land was set aside for a townsite in the agricultural area, lots in the townsite surveyed in 1893, and the townsite gazetted in 1894.
Today Boyanup is popular as a rural residential area with a close location to Bunbury and is the gateway to Donnybrook and home to one of the region’s outstanding taverns.
Brunswick or Brunswick Junction is located in the south west between Harvey and Bunbury. It was founded around 1898, when the Brunswick railway station was opened at the junction of the Perth-Bunbury line and the newly completed Collie-Brunswick line. The town is named after the nearby river. The Brunswick River was discovered by J S Roe in 1830, and named after the House of Brunswick. The Aboriginal name is Mue-De-La.
The name Brunswick was most likely chosen by Governor Stirling, as in 1813 whilst in command of the "Brazen" (a 28 gun sloop) Stirling was sent to cruise the Atlantic Ocean along the coast of Holland, and whilst in this position was under the command of the Duke of Brunswick. (Brunswick, Duke of (Frederick William). Born at Brunswick 1771, Killed at Quatre-Bras, Belgium 1816).
BUREKUP Latitude 33 19 S 115 48E
Burekup is a townsite located in the south west, east of Bunbury. In 1910 the Railways Department requested to name a new siding on the Pinjarra-Picton line as "Boorekup", stating this was "the Aboriginal name of a wildflower that grows profusely in the locality". The spelling was altered to Burekup according to the rules of orthography used by the Department of Lands & Surveys, and the name was approved by the Minister for Lands in 1910.
Land in the vicinity was privately owned, the first development of the area occurring in 1914. Burekup was gazetted a townsite in 1973, following a request from the Shire of Dardanup.
CAPEL Latitude 33 33 S Longitude 115 34 E
Situated 17 miles south of Bunbury on the Capel River after which it is named. The Capel River was discovered by F Ludlow in 1834, but no name was applied, and it was not until Lt Bunbury on the 17th December 1836 quotes crossing a considerable river with steep banks, hitherto unknown to colonists which he says was afterwards named the "Capel" by Mr Bussell after a cousin, Miss Capel Carter.
Plans to establish a townsite here were first noted in 1844, and the place was given its Aboriginal name "Coolingnup". The townsite was surveyed in the 1870's, but lots were not sold until 1897. The townsite name was changed from Coolingnup to Capel in 1899.
Captain James Stirling and later his successor Governor John Hutt, took up land in the region following the rich coastal strip and the Capel River Valley. Early prosperity also came from the fledgling timber industry in the State’s Forest No 1 and 2, when the tuart was used for railway sleepers and wagons.
On the western side of Capel is the beautiful beachside retreat, Peppermint Grove Beach. “Peppy” Grove is perfect for anyone seeking a secluded getaway on the beach, where the white sand meets the crystal clear water of Geographe Bay. This peaceful seaside community is the perfect base for day trips around the region or a secluded holiday destination. Peppermint Grove boasts several holiday chalets for rent and a holiday/caravan park and is home to some of the Bunbury regions most spectacular real estate.
The Capel Shire takes in the towns of Boyanup, Gelorup, Dalyellup and Stratham and is going through significant growth with significant residential housing developments at both Dalyellup and Peppermint Grove Beach.
DARDANUP Latitude 33 24 S Longitude 115 45 E
Situated about 10 km south west of Bunbury, the Dardanup area was first settled by Thomas Little around 1852. Little built a homestead named "Dardanup Park", the name believed to be a variation of the Aboriginal word "Dudingup" the meaning of which is not known. Little gave land to the Catholic Church and attracted other settlers to the area, and a small community soon developed.
Land at Dardanup was privately owned and developed, but in the 1920's the government acquired and subdivided land here for closer settlement. The townsite of Dardanup was gazetted in 1923, and is the gateway to a rapidly growing winery and tourism area in the Fergusson Valley.
DONNYBROOK Latitude 33 35 S Longitude 115 49 E
Gazetted in 1894, Donnybrook is located 210 km south of Perth and is well known as WA’s main fruit growing area. Donnybrook was first settled in 1842 when George Nash and others took up land here and named the place "Donnybrook" after the suburb of Dublin, Ireland from where they came. The eastern portion of this townsite was formerly known as Minninup.
Donnybrook is a picturesque area surrounded by stunning old growth forests, winding rivers, rolling hills, vineyards and lush orchards, whilst being only a 39 minute drive from Bunbury and a one hour drive from Busselton. The population of the Shire of Donnybrook/Balingup is currently 4,300. There are three townsites within the Shire, Donnybrook locality has an estimated population of 3393, Balingup/Mullalyup 800 and Kirup 270.
EATON Latitude 33 19 S Longitude 115 42 E
Eaton is a suburban area located on the banks of the Collie River, 6 kilometres from Bunbury. In 1949 the island in the Collie River opposite Eaton was named Eaton Island, because its original name, Alexander Island, was duplicated. Eaton was nominated by the Bunbury Road Board in honour of Mr Foster Eaton, the late fisheries and game inspector for this area. The name was given in recognition of work he had done in the area. When urban development was commenced in the area in 1951, it was at first referred to as the Collie River Estate, but was soon changed to Eaton due to its proximity to Eaton Island. Despite officially being part of the Dardanup Shire, Eaton is one of Bunbury's major suburban areas.
HARVEY Latitude : 33 05 S Longitude : 115 54 E
Harvey townsite is located in the south west 140 km south of Perth. It derives its name from the nearby Harvey River, which was named by Governor Stirling in 1829, soon after the river's discovery by explorers Collie and Preston in 1829. Although not positively known, the river is most likely named after Rear Admiral Sir John Harvey RN, Commander in Chief of the West Indies Station in 1818. Stirling was in command of the "Brazen" in those waters at the time, and Harvey recommended him for promotion. Stirling named a number of Western Australian features after his former navy colleagues.
Harvey was developed as a private town in the 1890s following the opening of a railway station there in 1893. In 1926 the Harvey Road Board sought the declaration of a townsite, but this did not occur until 1938. Today Harvey is the centre of the South West's beef industry.
The Shire of Harvey is bordered to the north by the Shire of Waroona, to the north-east along the Murray River with the Shire of Boddington, to the south-east by the Shire of Collie, to the south along the Collie River with the Shire of Dardanup, to the south-west by the City of Bunbury, and to the west by the Indian Ocean. Its boundaries cover an area of 1,766 square kilometres and includes about 43 kilometres of coastline, virtually uninterrupted coastline.
MYALUP Latitude : 33 06 S Longitude : 125 42 E
The townsite of Myalup is located on the coast 149 km south of Perth and 31 km north of Bunbury. The townsite was gazetted in 1972 following demand for beachside blocks in this area. Myalup is an Aboriginal name derived from a nearby swamp. The name was first recorded by Lt. Bunbury in 1836 as Miellup, and then in 1849 by a surveyor as Myerlup. Not as popular as Binningup, but another beach alternative to Bunbury.
ROELANDS Latitude : 33 17 S Longitude : 115 49 E
The townsite of Roelands is located in the south west agricultural region, 166 km south of Perth and 20 km east of Bunbury. It is named after a property of the same name granted to the Colony's first Surveyor General in 1830, John Septimus Roe. In 1893 when the railway line from Pinjarra to Picton Junction was opened, a railway station was established at Roelands, but named Collie, after the nearby Collie River. It was changed to Roelands in 1899, because it was confused with the new town in the coalfields (now Collie). In 1909 a school was established at Roelands, and in 1916 a private subdivision was undertaken surrounding the schoolsite. In 1963 the subdivision was gazetted a townsite at the request of the Shire of Harvey.
WOKALUP Latitude : 33 07 S Longitude : 115 53 E
The townsite of Wokalup is located 144 km south of Perth and 4 km south of Harvey. A railway siding of this name was opened in the late 1890's, and a small private town developed. This was gazetted a townsite in 1963 at the request of the Shire of Harvey.
YARLOOP Latitude : 32 57 S Longitude : 115 54 E
Yarloop is located in the south west agricultural region, 126 km south of Perth and 16 km north of Harvey.
The townsite began as a timber siding on the Perth-Bunbury Railway in 1896, but spelt Yailoup, and later Yarloup, before being spelt Yarloop in 1899. Yarloop was an important timber town, mainly as a rail centre, in the late 1890's, and there is still a timber mill operating in the townsite. It was also a private town, and was not gazetted a townsite until 1962.
The name Yarloop is said to have originated from the words "yard loop"; the rail loop into the timber yard there. However, the name is more likely Aboriginal in origin. Yalup Brook is situated only about 5km north of Yarloop and there is similarity in pronunciation of the word and the early spelling variations of the siding support it being Aboriginal.
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