Bunbury in Profile


Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016 Census Data

The Census in Australia collects key characteristic data on every person in Australia, and the place they are staying in, on a particular night and is held every five years.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Australia’s national statistical agency, is legislated to collect, hold and disseminate Census data.

The ABS provides summaries of Census data for selected areas, including individual suburbs.

For a summary of Bunbury suburb Census information, please click on the suburb you wish to enquire about.



Carey Park

College Grove


East Bunbury 

Glen Iris  

Pelican Point  


South Bunbury  






About Bunbury

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 32,000 (Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, October 2017).

The Bunbury-Geographe region includes the City of Bunbury and the Shires of Boyup Brook, Capel, Collie, Dardanup, Donnybrook-Balingup and Harvey and has a population of about 108,000 residents. The South West region, to which Bunbury acts as a hub, has a total population of 176,330. (Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, October 2017)

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. 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 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 offering residents a variety of amenities, schools, shops, beaches and nightlife, all within easy reach. It has everything a family needs including public and private schools, tertiary education, and a range of health services, not to mention an extensive and diverse events calendar.

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 Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.​​​