With major shopping centres, numerous department stores, home-maker precinct plus unique stores and boutiques, Bunbury is the South West region’s shopping capital. Hit the CBD where specialty boutique stores are combined with alfresco dining or go for convenience at the big shopping centres. For a more relaxed pace try the Marlston Waterfront. Stores are generally open from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Late trading is on Thursdays until 9pm.
There are many fantastic dining options in Bunbury. The city centre has a thriving cappuccino strip on Victoria Street with award winning restaurants and an array of cafes. Bunbury’s Marlston Waterfront is also worth a visit with everything from fish and chips to elegant fine dining, all with spectacular views over Koombana Bay. Many of the wineries and breweries in the region open for lunch and dinner offering a unique South West culinary experience.
To get your bearings and for 360 degree views over the city, ocean and inlet climb the Marlston Lookout. Connected to Victoria Street by a timber stairway it sits on the site of Bunbury’s first lighthouse.
For a less rigorous climb Boulters Heights between Wittenoom Street and Haig Crescent. It offers fabulous city views from a network of paths and boardwalks. While strolling the CBD keep an eye out for historic buildings and public artworks or relax amongst the greenery in one of the city parks.
Corner Prinsep and Wittenoom Streets
This beautiful garden was established in 1936 to commemorate the town of Bunbury’s centenary. A large floating granite stone gifted to the city by Aqwest is a feature of the area.
Pioneer Park is the site of cemetery used between 1842 and 1925. Many of the areas first pioneers were buried here. The park has been transformed into an attractive garden that provides interpretative signage about its former use.
This heritage listed precinct is used both as a park and a place of remembrance. It contains several memorials including the Bunbury War Memorial dedicated to lives lost in world wars one and two.
Curved around the Leschenault Inlet, the open grassed areas of Queens Gardens are perfect for a picnic.