One of the many reasons Bunbury is a great place to live is all the nature walks in the area. Unlike many other metropolitan areas, all of the places on this list are within 30 minutes' drive of the city – some are even within it! New owners of real estate in Bunbury will love these top three nature walks.
Found within the city itself (one kilometre from the centre), the Big Swap Walk is a leisurely 2.5 km stroll through a conservation wetland. There's a wide variety of plants and animals to be spotted, with over 60 species of bird alone. One of the more interesting animals you can see is the long-necked turtle – they use the swamp as a breeding ground.
A family friendly walk, the track is accessible to walkers, bikers, wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Wooden boardwalks along certain sections make it easy-going and also allow for access to the middle of the lake.
Named after the species of tree that composes it (Eucalyptus gomphocephala), the Tuart forest National Park is about a 30 minute drive south from Bunbury. It is the only remaining pure tuart forest in the entire world, according to Parks and Wildlife Service WA.
The forest is packed with wildlife, including kangaroos, bush rats and bandicoots. But the star attraction of the Tuart forest is the western ringtail possum. The forest protects WA's largest remaining population of the fuzzy creatures. There's a 1.5km, easy-going trail that's designed to be walked at night with a spotlight. If you do so, you're very likely to see both the rare ringtail possum, as well as the more common brushtail possum.
A 5 km circuit around the Leschenault Inlet, Mangrove Cove is right in the heart of Bunbury. The boardwalk weaves its way through the mangroves, giving you plenty chance to spot some of 60 water bird species that call the inlet home. The trail is accessible to walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users.
Interestingly, the white mangrove that populates the inlet is usually found at least 800 km north of Bunbury. This makes their presence here rare, so they're a conservation priority.
There you have it – three of the best ways to experience nature in and around the city. Give the team at Ray White a bell if you're looking for houses to rent in Bunbury.