Thursday, February 17, 2005

Bunbury Western Australia Weather & Climate

Bunbury’s climate can best be described as Mediterranean.

There’s a hot summer with cooling afternoon sea breezes and a winter bringing cooler temperatires and rain that supports diverse agricultural industries.

Whilst summer officially runs December to February, you can generally expect the hot months to be January and February with lovely warm and sunny days October to December and March through April. The official summer temperature averages are 14º Celsius to an average daily maximum of 28º.

In winter the average daily temperatures range from a 9º minimum to a maximum 19ºC.

There’s an average 900mm of rain each year and the number of “wet” days will run somewhere between 120 to 150 days per year, usually from May through September.

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 beaches 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!

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. There are no regular natural disasters likely to occur and perhaps a criticism is that maybe it lacks some excitement.

But for those who enjoy the lack of excitement of earthquakes, mudslides or typhoons and the security of being in safe, isolated retreat from world events mixed with a pristine natural backdrop, then Bunbury is the place to visit or make home.