The Port City of Bunbury is the third largest in Western Australia after the State Capital Perth and Mandurah. The city is located about 92 miles from the Central Business District of Perth and is popular for its farming, mining and timber industries as well as extensive rail network. A French explorer known as Captain Louis de Freycinet was the first person to sight the city from his ship the 'Casuarina' in 1803. The city was named by Lieutenant Governor Sir James Stirling in recognition of efforts of Lieutenant William St. Pierre Bunbury who developed the Inland route from Pinjarra to Bunbury. Below are a few cool facts about the town that may induce you to travel there.
1. The tag city is nice and good, but Bunbury is more of a regional town - easy to get around, warm people, beautiful beaches and colonial buildings. In fact, there is zero crime and zero traffic jams...It is one of the best places to stay and vacation in Australia.
2. Bunbury is one of the few places in the world where you can swim with the dolphins, mingle with kangaroos, kookaburras, parrots and pelicans, watch the whales as they come up for air and cycle in woodland trails.
3. The town is home to a regional port that does not have as much cargo traffic as Perth. If you are a businessman, you will find less red tape here than in Perth. The port is just two hours away from Perth on the new Kwinana Freeway.
4. And yes, the town has waterfront restaurants, cafes and bars that present your best romantic dinner setting yet.
5. The shallow waters on the Koombana Bay are ideal for swimming and amateur surfing. Trust me; you will get as good winds as you get in Puerto Rico's waters - if not better.
Bunbury is an idyllic town with townsfolk who always welcome visitors. It is one of those places you wish you could afford to visit every summer for at least two weeks. In fact, the life here is slow enough for those who want to retire into a good neighborhood where they do not have to worry about being mugged or stuck in traffic gridlocks.