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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 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.
    Australind was one of the first settled locations in the region. The name Australind was coined by its founders, the Western Australian Company, from a contraction of Australia and India. Learn about its history through the Australind Heritage Trail. The trail incorporates the John Boyle O'Reilly Wetland Trail and Monument. John Boyle O’Reilly was one of 62 Irish Political prisoners among 279 convicts who arrived at Fremantle in 1868. He was a member of the Fenian Movement, an organisation dedicated to achieving an independent Irish Republic. O’Reilly escaped from this area whilst working as a member of a convict road crew near Bunbury. He hid in the dense peppermint woodland with the help of a local family. O’Reilly made his escape aboard an American Whaler, the ‘Gazelle’ on 3 March 1869. Before settling in Boston he assisted 6 Fenian political prisoners in their escape from Fremantle Prison aboard the ‘Catalpa’. He became a well-known humanitarian, poet, writer and orator.
    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. Download the Harvey Heritage Trail brochure and map. Also available from the Harvey Visitor Centre and the Australind Information Centre.
    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 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 Memorial Rose Gardens. This historic walking tour will take 1 to 2 hours depending on your pace! Follow the Heritage Trail using the map available from the Visitor Centre or download a copy at the bottom of the page.
    Walk the streets for an interesting view of the town's history. Plinths mark the sites of original buildings and business premises. Maps are available from the Visitor Centre.