Don’t miss these five unexpected experiences in our very own City of Bunbury.
Bunbury is often referred to as the coastal city of creativity, and a visit here will tell you why. Just two hours south of Perth will land you in the heart of Bunbury, where you’ll find an abundance of art and cultural experiences that make for the perfect getaway – some we bet you didn’t even know existed!
1.Visit Bunbury Regional Art Gallery
Bunbury’s favourite pink building is iconic and a must-add to your itinerary. The foundation stone of the BRAG building was laid in 1897 and today it is one of Bunbury’s most historic sites. Once it was a convent, but today it is a home for stunning works of art and travelling exhibitions. Don’t miss the latest exhibition while in town.
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2. Discover hidden street art
In Bunbury you’ll find an outdoor gallery that is always open – the streets! Bunbury is home to the largest collection of street and public art in regional Australia, so don your walking shoes and hit the streets to discover the city from a colourful point of view. From small creations in hidden alleys to large scale murals by local and international artists, you’ll find more than 40 street art pieces dotted around the city. Our tip: pick up the ReDiscover Street Art Map by Six Two Three Zero from the Bunbury Visitor Centre before you head out exploring.
3. Delve into history at Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre
Once the 1886 Bunbury Boys School, the Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre now houses state-of-the-art exhibition facilities which tell the unique stories of this vibrant port city and how it has come to be. Open from 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Sunday, there’s always something new to see at the museum so make sure you check what’s on. In 2022 there will also be an exhibition celebrating 35 years of Bunbury Regional Art Gallery (BRAG), one you won’t want to miss.
4. Enjoy the nightlife in Bunbury’s CBD
You might not know, but Bunbury is brimming with budding local bars and trendy restaurants which make for an exciting evening out. Start with a rooftop cocktail overlooking the inlet at Brooklyn32 before heading for a feast with local wine at one of the city’s fan favourites. Head to Market Eating House for charcoal and wood-fired delicacies, Mojo’s Restaurant for alfresco dining in an outdoor sea container and a quirky local bottleshop filled with craft beer and small batch wines, or Yours or Mine for a small bar with South American food and an eclectic wine list. End your night at the ultimate hipster hang-out, Lost Bills– a tiny cocktail bar with a banging craft beer list, local spirits, and some excellent wine.
5. Pick up quirky artisan creations from the local boutiques
Bustling Victoria Street in Bunbury’s CBD is full of boutique shops with local creations and handcrafted gifts. Spend a while strolling the streets exploring the boutiques hidden in old warehouses, downside streets, alleyways and arcades. Immerse yourself in 'Aladdin’s Cave’ at Afez – a quirky store brimming with unique items hand-picked from India, Turkey and Morocco, or find locally produced arts and crafts at artisan stores and seek handcrafted jewellery, designer cushions, baby clothes and much more from speciality shops. After a morning shopping, you’re bound to have picked up some excellent finds – from cool vintage to high-street brands and trinkets to take home.
This article was sponsored by City of Bunbury.