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Focussing mainly on Western Australia and Australia, I am seeking to preserve images and memories of the beautiful world in which we live and the people in it.



Monday 17 June 2024

A walk along Koombana Bay and the Bunbury waterfront, Western Australia

Hi everyone, I hope you and yours are doing well. 

The last few weeks, I have shown you some of the walks near where I live. Today I will share another. 

Back in 2017 I shared a walk around a walk around the Leschenault Inlet in Bunbury - the city near where I live. On the map below you can see the Leschenault Inlet which I wrote about in that post. 

The last few days we have had beautiful sunny winter days - perfect for walking. Last Thursday we went into Bunbury and walked along Koombana Bay from the Dolphin Discovery Centre to the old gantry crane. When I looked it up on the internet the distance showed 2.5 kilometres, but that was via the roads. We walked along the beach front. You can see the route on this map. The blue line shows the drive route - but look closer and you can see where the land meets the water - this is where we walked along the walking paths. 

We parked at the Dolphin Discovery Centre and walked west. Opened in 1994, the not-for-profit Dolphin Discovery Centre was established to allow tourists and locals to interact, learn about and enjoy the local wild bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) that regularly visit the area. There is a dolphin interaction zone on the beach, interpretive centre, swim tours, as well as a cafe. You can learn more about their work here: Dolphin Discovery Centre

You can't see the dolphins very well in these pics below, but as you can see people have gathered to see them. You should not interfere with them or feed the dolphins. 

Here is a previous post I wrote about the dolphins around Bunbury: A magical dolphin experience. No I wasn't in the water with them to take this photo. 

Koombana Bay beach is very popular during summer, especially with those staying at the caravan park across the road. It is a safe beach for children. These shade sails are taken down in the winter (this is an old photo) and the lookout tower was unfortunately uprooted and blown across the path during recent storms. A bit further along is where they play beach volley-ball during the summer. 

Along here there is also a very popular playground and picnic area, very popular with families. 

Next stop is the Wardandi Boodja - a five and a half metre corten steel sculpture located in the park on the foreshore. The sculpture represents a Noongar face, created by sculpture artists Nicole and Alex Mickle of Safehaven Studios as well as the local indigenous community who played a significant role in helping to create the artwork. The messages around the base of the sculpture encourage us to slow down and listen, and step gently. 

From here we walk past the 62-Thirty Cafe and the Koombana Bay Yacht Club. Many of the boats are parked up in the yard for the winter. 

Then we walk over a bridge that takes us over the channel that links Koombana Bay to the Leschenault Inlet. Locally called "the plug" there are gates that can been closed during big storm surges. Along here you can learn about the many ship wrecks that litter this part of the coast from years ago. 

On the other side of the bridge are big new high-rise residential apartments, a hotel and many cafes and restaurants looking out over the bay. There is a new little bar that we sometimes stop at if we are walking along here during the late afternoon in summer. There is a new little Asian cafe along here - Flow 36 - which is a great place for lunch. I need to take a photo next time we are there. 

From here we just keep walking around past all the restaurants until we reach the breakwater going out to the old gantry crane. In this photo below you can see where we have just walked by. You can see the walk bridge where we walked over "the plug" on the left hand side.

It is a pleasant walk out to the old crane. Big boats are moored in this sheltered waterway I think some people live on them. In the second photo below you can see an overall view of the boat harbour with the walk out to the old crane on the right and the land-backed wharf of the outer harbour on the left.  This photo was taken a few years ago - I need to take a new one. 

The old jetty is gone now, replaced with this rock breakwater causeway jutting out into Koombana Bay.  The original jetty was constructed by convict labour employed by local contractor, William Forrest in 1864. Previously people and goods were transferred by boat from ships anchored offshore.   The jarrah and karri decking was supported on piles of jarrah, blackbutt and wandoo. The jetty was decommissioned in 1982 and despite an intensive campaign the jetty fell into disrepair and its demolition was completed in June 2013.

Today only the electric ship loading crane remains. The crane was built in 1911 by Sir William Arrol & Co Ltd in Parkhead, Glasgow. Arrol was a civil engineer who also built the Forth Rail Bridge in Scotland and the Tower Bridge in London. He also built the Arrol Gantry at the Harland and Wolff Shipyards in Belfast which were used to construct the Titanic and her sister ships. 

From here we turn back down the causeway, passed another restaurant and the Jetty Baths playground and picnic area. 

And the Australian Darter drying his wings after diving for fish, and the white egret posing.

Then back the way we had come, past the restaurants, over the footbridge, back past the yacht club, to the Koombana Bay 62-Thirty Beach Cafe for coffee and a muffin before heading back to the car. Please don't feed the seagulls! The don't need any encouragement. 

That's it from me today. I hope you have enjoyed this walk along Koombana Bay and the Bunbury waterfront. Do you have a favourite waterfront walk? Perhaps you would like to tell us about it in your comments. 

Thank you so much for stopping by. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. I will try to visit your blogs in return. Have a wonderful week. 
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  1. The last time I went there was before pandemic. I spent a lot of time along the wineries and geography coast

    1. yes we live in a beautiful corner of Western Australia

  2. A pleasant walk to take under those blue skies.

  3. Previous comment from Fun60

  4. ...the Wardandi Boodja is impressive!

  5. Thanks for joining us this week at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2024/06/philadelphias-city-hall.html

  6. Jill - if I didn't know better (and you didn't mention it in your post), I would think these are summer photos! The beautiful skies and water sparkling .... birds posing. Boats bobbing! Glad you have been able to get out and about for a winter walk! A favorite waterfront walk for me? Along the River Wear in Durham, England, near where my in-laws live. You can see a castle and the cathedral towering above the river, nestled among the trees. So picturesque!

  7. Wintertime? Looks like summer here. What a wonderful trip, dear Jill. Of course I understand that you will live on it for a long time. Watching the dolphins along the coast, relaxing ... lean back. Yes, I can well understand that. We live inland, but Lake Chiemsee is easily accessible.

    Thanks for sharing with MM.
    Greetings and hugs from Heidrun

  8. That was a great beach walk Jill -- I enjoyed every minute (and my legs aren't even tired). It really is perfect though and I'd love to do this walk in real life -- beautiful scenery, interesting history, the dolphin experience (probably just once and again only when I had company) -- and enough places to stop for a bite and/or beverage. I love walking on a beach. Thank you for being such a good tour guide.

  9. WOW! Such brilliant photography. You have a real gift. They are very professional photos and truly amazing. You captured all of your various subjects incredibly from birds to dolphins. You really caught a sense of place in the landscapes. I was in awe of your work.

  10. Thank you for taking us on your beautiful walk, which is so diverse, nature, culture, playgrounds and the wonderful aquatic animals. Thank you very much.
    I'm looking forward to coming to the sea again... when the vacation comes... otherwise I'll be out in the forest. We don't live on the coast. I love sea and mountains.
    A hug for you.

  11. Aren't we lucky to have such beautiful ocean and watery walks around our lovely city. Love your walking directions and descriptions and of course your dreamy photography :)


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