There are many good reasons why the modern port city of Bunbury and its surrounds are some of the fastest growing areas in Australia.
Bunbury boasts all the bustling activity associated with its position as the commercial hub of the South West region of Western Australia, with approximately 70,000 people living in and around the city.
Located 180 kilometres south of the State Capital of Perth, Bunbury is a city where the superb Mediterranean climate allows year round enjoyment of beautiful beaches, state-of-the-art sporting facilities and the great outdoors.
It is little wonder that many of WA's fly-in fly-out workers, employed in the booming mining industry, live in Bunbury where families can enjoy excellent facilities for sport, entertainment, health and education.
The City of Bunbury is blessed to be surrounded by a wealth of minerals, an abundance of natural resources, outstanding agricultural and horticultural land.
A great many small businesses operate in the greater Bunbury area providing all the commercial amenities and services expected of Western Australia's major regional city. These and many larger businesses contract to the mining and industrial enterprises located outside the city such as modern alumina refineries and electricity generating plants.
Bunbury boasts a thriving harbour and Bunbury Port is one of the biggest exporters of alumina in the world.
Local production of alumina, plantation timber, coal, woodchips, tantalum, spodumene, silicon, mineral sands, titanium dioxide and a host of good clean food and wine gives Bunbury a broad commodities base.
With a solid industrial foundation based on mining, agriculture, horticulture, engineering and construction, the diversity of the city's economy keeps it in good stead through the ups and downs of business cycles.
Central Business District
The city boasts all the facilities and amenities of a major regional centre including the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, a City Library, Museum and the Grand Cinema complex.
The state government is in the process of spending $24 million on the infrastructure needed to open up new commercial land on the Bunbury Waterfront just north of the CBD.
While much of its economic wealth comes form the abundant resources that surround it, Bunbury's inner city has been transformed over the past few decades.
In the 1980's the old railway marshalling yards and industrial storage tanks were moved away from the CBD to make room for the Pat Usher Promenade around the Leschenault Inlet and the Marlston Hill residential area which is home to some of Bunbury's most exclusive real estate.
Overlooking the sheltered Koombana Bay is the Marlston Waterfront precinct with its mix of retailers and hospitality providers attracting locals and tourists who come to shop, eat and enjoy the nightlife.
One of the city's landmarks, the concrete wheat silos built in 1937, has been transformed into The Silos apartments and the adjacent Mantra Bunbury Hotel opened in 2008.
Bunbury CBD boasts several nearby scenic spots including Boulters Heights, the Marlston Hill Lookout and the 5 kilometre walk around Leschenault Inlet through the most southern white mangroves in Australia.
Bunbury's famous Dolphin Discovery Centre attracts visitors from all over the world to learn about and interact with these charming creatures living in Koombana Bay.
The dolphins frequently frolic alongside the many yachts and pleasure boats which use the sheltered bay and its marina for sailing, fishing and crabbing.
Attractions very close to the CBD include the Bunbury Lighthouse which was built in 1971 and features a distinctive and modern black and white chequered design.
The lighthouse is situated near the Marlston Hill Lookout which affords sweeping views over the city and harbour, east to the Darling Ranges, south to the Maiden's Nature Reserve and west across the Indian Ocean.
Bunbury has many Gold Plate and award-winning restaurants and cafes as well as a range of quality accommodation, from hotels and apartments to bed and breakfasts, hostels and caravan parks.
The area is well catered for in education with an Edith Cowan University campus, the South West Institute of Technology and an excellent selection of public and private education facilities for all ages, including Manea College and the Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School.
The South West Health Campus also offers a full range of hospital and ancillary health services, incorporating the private St John of God Hospital and the public Bunbury Regional Hospital in the region's major medical facility.
Bunbury is the gateway to the magnificent South West region which boasts famous wineries, beautiful beaches and majestic stands of tall trees.
Overlooking Geographe Bay and the Indian Ocean, Bunbury's Back Beach is a popular swimming and surfing spot which is home to the Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club and, just offshore, lies the scuttled wreck of the pirate boat 'Lena' which is a world class dive site.
Basalt rocks at the Back Beach, formed millions of years ago by volcanic lava, thrust out into the sea creating a spectacular sight as waves crash over them.
The boating industry is well patronised by locals and visitors who use the facilities at Koombana Bay Yacht Club, Bunbury Power Boat Club and Casuarina Small Boat Harbour. Not only is Bunbury surrounded by water, it is surrounded by wine!
The city is close to the world famous Margaret River Wine Region and the emerging Ferguson Valley and Harvey regions which all make a great day trip from the city.
Residents enjoy a variety of world class sporting facilities at Hay Park including the South West Sports Centre and stadiums for hockey, soccer and athletics.
Thee 18-hole golf courses at The Sanctuary Gold Resort, Bunbury Golf Club and Capel Golf Club are all within minutes of the city.
There are many thriving sporting associations including clubs for yachting, football, hockey, netball and soccer. There are lawn bowling and croquet greens, Bunbury City Speedway, Bunbury Trotting Club and Bunbury Turf Club which hosts the South West Autumn Racing Carnival in March.
Bunbury is a great place to live and work, as well as a great place to invest. You too could come and experience what Bunbury has to offer.
As the commercial hub of the South West region, the city has burgeoning industrial parks and property is available to suit most ventures at a number of locations in and around the city.
Go to our For Lease and For Sale sections to see all the properties we have available.
Statistics have been sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the South West Development Commission and other agencies.