Thursday, February 17, 2005

Bunbury Western Australia

The initial WA Online site is Bunbury Online.

Bunbury is located on Australia’s south west coast and is the state of
Western Australia’s second largest city and is 180km and a 2 hour drive
via Mandurah, south from the state capital of Perth. Bunbury is nested
between the Collie and Preston Rivers, Koombana Bay, Leschenault Inlet
and the Indian Ocean.

Throughout its history Bunbury's port has been central to its economy,
with exports of mineral sands and alumina being shipped from Bunbury.
The WA Government property arm Landcorp is presently negotiating
relocation of much of the existing port facilities that will enable the
freeing up of existing port areas for recreation, tourism and housing.

Bunbury is part of the South West region of Western Australia, an area
once inhabited by the Aboriginal Noongar people. Today many place
names are derived from the Noongar language and the Noongar people have an arts and craft store located near Bunbury in the fruit growing town
of Donnybrook.

Bunbury is the gateway to the more famous tourist and wine towns of
Busselton, Margaret River, Dunsborough, Augusta and Yallingup that
occupy places around the Naturaliste and Leeuwin Capes south of
Bunbury. Indeed at Augusta, the Indian and Southern Oceans meet.

The Margaret River region is famous not only for it’s great surf but
also for it’s world class wines. The area is widely known as one of
the world’s premium, boutique wine growing regions.

Almost all vineyards and wineries in the area are open to the public
with sample tastings and cellar door purchasing available. One of the
bigger Margaret River wineries, Leeuwin Estate, hosts one of Western
Australia’s major cultural annual events, the Leeuwin Concert each

Bunbury is the regional capital with a large business and government
services community both within its CBD area and various commercial
centres scattered around the city. The CBD has a swathe of restaurants
and cafés, making it a great place for a streetside meal or coffee.

More recently a new urban renewal project at the city’s northern edge
has opened up a new and vibrant waterside area for the city. Dubbed
Marlston Hill, this area is home to not only to upmarket restaurants
and other eateries but also to the city’s newest and most expensive
real estate development. Recently a property on the waterfront street
“The Strand” fetched $1.2 million, a record residential housing price
for the Bunbury area.

Overall Bunbury is a modern city possessing all the westernised
infrastructure requirements sought by someone looking to establish a
new home or business. Most government and national commercial
operations are represented and there is a wide variety of social
opportunities on offer, making Bunbury an ideal potential home.