It is an exciting time for Bunbury and the region. The potential for growth and development are at an all-time high. The City of Bunbury’s intent is to continue to nurture the city’s growth by enhancing the quality of life for our community by constantly improving opportunities in health, education, essential services, public transport, housing recreational facilities and culture and heritage issues. - Andrew Brien, Chief Executive Officer
Data obtained from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011 Census Data.
Bunbury, located about 180km south of Perth, is a hub for business, industry, culture and shopping, all situated on a pristine coastline. It is one of the fastest growing regional cities in Australia, and is Western Australia’s third largest capital city. Bunbury's population is estimated at almost 32,000 (ABS Statistics 2011) and this continues to grow steadily at an annual rate of 2%.
The Greater Bunbury region includes the City of Bunbury and Shires of Harvey, Dardanup and Capel and has a population of about 80,000 residents while the South West region, to which Bunbury acts as a hub, has a total population of 130,000.
It is likely the first ship to anchor near today’s Bunbury was the Elburg a Dutch East India Company ship which left Holland on her maiden voyage in December 1658. The ship’s log was lost but a report about the voyage identifies an anchorage behind a projecting point at a latitude comparable to Bunbury.
On 11 March 1803 the corvette Geographe commanded by Post-Captain Nicolas Baudin anchored behind a rocky point at the northern tip of Geographe Bay from where Midshipman Bonnefoi was sent ashore in charge of a small boat. This has been the generally accepted first instance of a European ship anchoring off Bunbury.
This cosmopolitan regional city has a buoyant and varied economy, with a larger average income than Perth residents. Bunbury offers a number of natural and tourist attractions, and is coupled with a Mediterranean climate, making it an ideal holiday destination.
Bunbury offers a range of shopping and dining experiences including over 80 cafes and restaurants, many Gold-Plate winning, as well a great selection of pubs, clubs and late night bars. It provides you with the quality, value and variety without the hustle and bustle of large cities.
Bunbury is a beautiful place to live, work and visit and has something for everyone. The quality of life is one of its biggest attractions and has everything a family needs including public and private schools, tertiary educations, and a range of health services.
Bunbury is rich in its art and culture, showcasing its multi-faceted heritage. Home to the distinctive pink historic building Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, the largest ‘A’ class regional gallery WA, Bunbury has a range of international and local exhibitions as well as a public art collection throughout the city. It is also the region’s cultural and entertainment hub with its newly renovated Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.