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Published: April 11th 2014
Marlston hill lookout giving 360deg view over the city and surrounds
Bunbury a sea port 130ks south of Perth is a bustling town surrounded on three sides by water,Koombana Bay,Indian Ocean and Leschenault Inlet.A deep water port allows large merchant ships to load grain and other products for export. On a guided walk through the city we learned the the city was trying to reinvent itself by shifting the profile to more of a visitor friendly city with lots of tourist attractions as well as making this a city where people wanted to settle in an live.The recently constructed( and still being constructed) water side esplanade is a great example of this with up market restaurants and high rise living.A particular innovation was to construct high rise apartments out of three obsolete grain silos right on the water front.
History records that the area around Bunbury was inhabited by indigenous people some 38,000 years ago and this is acknowledged at various points around the town including an ancient burial ground as well as a memorial park.The first European to land here was a French explorer Nicholas Baudin in 1803 however the land was not settled until 1841 and is named after Lt Henry William St Pierre Bumbury who was in charge
of the Pinjarra settlement and headed a force to blaze an overland trail to the coast to meet Governor Sterling in 1836.
Many changes have been made to this city over the years and and care has been taken to preserve much of its heritage as well as to develop into a modern regional city with many attractions and activities for both visitors and residents alike. these include an interactive experience with the dolphins of Koombana bay,fishing in many of the great fishing spots around the many bays as well as surfing on some of the more exposed waters. Bunbury boasts a regional entertainment centre as well as a regional arts centre plus many more attractions.
Our time spent in Bunbury was taken at a leisurely pace visiting several beaches,walking a mangrove boardwalk,visiting a nature reserve just out of the city and exploring the city itself. Our prime reason for visiting Bunbury was to join in the festivities for our friends birthday which was a great experience culminating with a a celebration meal on the waterfront with many of her family and friends.
We now head back up the coast to Perth electing to stay on a
caravan park 8ks out of the city and close to the airport so Jackie can catch a flight to Brisbane for an appointment in the city.Before the flight we explore some of Perth but more of Fremantle, on her return we will continue our journey up the coast.
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