The jewel in the crown for Bunbury is its unique waterfront, surrounded by the Indian Ocean to the West, the magnificent Koombana Bay to the north, and Leschenault Inlet to the east.
Recognising the enormous potential of the waterfront, the State Government and local authorities have been investing heavily in the rejuvenation of the area, transforming it into a world-class destination and community hub.
The dramatic transformation of the waterfront to a sought-after coastal destination has already given Bunbury more choice for cafes and restaurants, retail and commercial offerings, tourism accommodation, and of course residential housing diversity including apartment living.
Ongoing planning and development is providing better connectivity to the CBD and all precincts within the waterfront, picturesque family beaches (the Ski Beach has wheelchair access), and fantastic landscaped public open space with barbecue facilities, seating and viewing platforms over the magnificent Koombana Bay. Development has introduced more choice of cafes and restaurants, retail and commercial offerings, tourism accommodation, and of course residential housing diversity through apartment living.
Bunbury Waterfront is set to attract substantial investment for Bunbury over the next 30 years and generate significant employment.
In August 2011, the State Government announced approval of a $20.3million funding strategy for Stage 1 of the proposed Bunbury Waterfront development. This stage is referred to as Koombana North (Stage 1A) and Marlston North (Stage 1B).
The first site to be developed under the funding strategy is Koombana North, a total 1.3ha area located right on the Koombana Bay foreshore. This location is one of two main gateways into the CBD.
Structure Planning for Koombana North allows for 5 buildings, between 4 and 6 storeys, which will offer a mix of apartment living or short-stay on the upper floors and retail/hospitality/commercial space on the ground floor.