Historic Walks & Trails

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Historic Walks & Trails

Take a meander through time and place…

Explore the rich and interesting history and heritage of BunGeo on foot. You can pick up informative maps from visitor centres for you to follow on your own or join a free guided walking tour offered by various community groups and volunteers.

    Unravel some of the city’s most inspiring and intriguing buildings on the Bunbury Heritage Building Trail Walk. A must stop is the Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre – it’s brimming with the history of Bunbury in fun, personal and interactive displays. Moreover, a visit will make you smarter, which is great for your next highbrow dinner table conversation.

    Uncover the grave sites of past leading people of Bunbury.  Visitors are invited to visit the Bunbury Cemetery to undertake a self-guided tour, or a fully guided tour with a local historian. View an online map and further information here. 

    Australind was one of the first settled locations in the region; its name coined by its founders, the West Australian Company, from a contraction of Australia and India. The Australind Heritage Trail passes by historically important cottages, parks, cemeteries and churches. Sites include St Nicholas Church, believed to be Australia’s smallest place of worship, and the John Boyle O’Reilly Wetland Trail and Monument, which celebrates the well-known humanitarian, poet, writer and orator.
St Nicholas Church
    From the 1830’s, the Harvey area was known as Korijekup; the Aboriginal word meaning The place of the Red Tailed Black Cockatoo. Early explorers named the Harvey River and, by the 1890’s, the Korijekup Estate become known as Harvey Estate. As the township took shape near the turn of the century, it became known as Harvey. Harvey Heritage Trail map is available online or from the Harvey and the Australind Visitor Centres. Your journey will take you past the Railway Station built in  1893.  The Station now houses the Harvey Museum which is open to the public on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of every month, 2pm – 4pm.
    This delightful 2km walk around the Collie CBD offers a glimpse into Collie’s past whilst celebrating many of the modern new facilities in the town. Pick up a leaflet from the Collie Visitor Centre and set off for a meander through past and present. Or Leaflet also available for download here.
    Established by Thomas Little in 1838, Dardanup oozes history. While in the Dardanup townsite, enjoy a relaxing 2km walk following in the footsteps of our early pioneers on the Heritage Trail. Start at the Ferguson Valley Visitor Centre and pick up a map. This historic walking tour will take 1 to 2 hours depending on your pace!  A must stop is the Dardanup Heritage Park with its world class collection of working agricultural and industrial machinery (open Sunday and Wednesday, 9:30am to 4pm)
    Boyup Brook is steeped in pioneering farm historic and was settled by some of Western Australia’s most promient families including Sir James George Lee Steere. Walk the streets for an interesting view of the town’s history on the Boyup Brook Heritage Trail. Plinths mark the sites of original buildings and business premises. Located on the site of the old Masonic Lodge, the Boyup Brook Pioneers Museum houses some fascinating masonic memorabilia and agricultural machinery. Maps are available from the Boyup Brook Visitor Centre.

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Follow South West Working Life Heritage Trail and be transported to a magical era of steam engines, working lighthouses and pioneers. Stops in BunGeo include, the Harvey Heritage Precinct (Harvey), Yarloop Workshops (closed), White Rocks Farm (Brunswick), Alverstoke (Brunswick), Featured Wood Gallery and Museum (Australind), King Cottage Museum (Bunbury), Coalfields Museum (Collie), Collie Historical Rail Precinct (Collie), Collie Replica Underground Coal Mine (Collie), Wellington Dam (Wellington National Park), Dardanup Heritage Park (Dardanup), South West Rail and Heritage Centre (Boyanup), Boyup Brook Pioneers Museum (Boyup Brook), Bunbury Museum & Heritage Centre (Bunbury), and the Donnybrook Historic Railway Precinct (Donnybrook).