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There is great shopping in the city, as well as big shopping centres
further afield. On the culinary front, with more than 80 cafes and
restaurants, you’ll definitely find something to take your fancy.
Marlston Waterfront | From good coffee to up-market dining, the
Marlston Waterfront is a great eating destination. Try the micro-
brewery, or simply buy an ice-cream and just wander along the
boardwalk. The view over the bay on a sunny day is spectacular,
even more so at night with the lights sparkling over the water.
Victoria Street | Dubbed the Cappuccino Strip, there is great
debate among the locals as to whose coffee is best (although the
establishment on the corner of Stirling Street is getting plenty of
votes). Starting there and strolling down to Clifton Street you’ll
pass the Brother and Sister sculpture by Russell Sheridan on the
roundabout at Wellington Street, and The Gateway by Mary Knott
on the Symmons Street roundabout. As you wander along you’ll
pass a couple of great gourmet food outlets. One even has game
in the freezer. You’ll find banks, bakers, curiosities, cafes and
homeware shops. You might even think you’ve been transported
to a Middle Eastern bazaar after seeing the amazing shop halfway
between Symmons and Wellington Streets.
Centrepoint Shopping Centre on Haley Street | Major supermarkets,
department-store shopping, electronic games, cafes and a chemist.
Stirling Centre on Stephen Street | Fashion, home, hair and beauty.
Bunbury Forum on Sandridge Road | About 3km from the city
centre, this houses two major supermarkets, and a big discount
department store, along with another 52 shops including popular
fashion, food and gift shops.
he nexus of city, country
and sea, in Bunbury you
can sip a cappuccino at a
cafe while the kids play
on the beach just metres away.
Sometimes called the City of Three
Waters, Bunbury is surrounded on
three sides by tranquil Koombana
Bay, Leschenault Inlet and the
Indian Ocean, and the town’s
seafaring history is everywhere. Let
the kids discover real shipwrecks
from the wild days of sailing in
Koombana Bay. Get up close and
personal with dolphins in the bay
or meet furry fauna at the wildlife
park at Big Swamp Reserve. Dive
the Lena wreck, 3km off the coast
or wander through prehistoric
white mangroves on the inlet.
Art and culture lovers can take
in a show at the Entertainment
Centre, or the largest (and only)
A-class regional gallery in the state,
and follow the trail of public art
sculpture as you wander through
the town. Enjoy a pub lunch in an
historic hotel in the centre of town,
or head for the new waterfront
eateries where fine food meets
fish and chips. Stay in luxury in a
swanky new hotel, a quaint B&B or
budget holiday park. Wherever you
are, you’ll be close to everything.
Drive | Just two hours from Perth via Forrest Highway, Old Coast Road
and the Australind Bypass. The South Western Highway route takes a
little longer, but there’s more to see along the way.
THE NAVIGATORS | This
stainless steel sculpture by Jon
Tarry is on display at the
roundabout of Koombana Drive
and Wellington Street
ST PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL |
Destroyed by a storm in 2005 this
has now been rebuilt with stunning
stained glass created by renowned
artist Robert Juniper
Train | The Australind travels twice daily each way from Perth to
Bunbury in an all-stops journey of two hours and 30 minutes. It might
take a bit longer than going by car, but it’s a lot easier.
The interaction zone at the
Dolphin Discovery Centre
Look for shipwrecks
Play golf on Pelican Point
Walk through ancient mangroves
Big Swamp wetlands
Coffee in Victoria Street
Wednesday night sailing on
St Patrick’s Cathedral
Citified comfort meets country hospitality in this
bustling seaside city, especially in summer
Photography City of Bunbury.
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