365 days of history, culture and entertainment in Bunbury
Bunbury and its surrounding regions are alive with a spectacular mix of music, theatre, dance and visual art.
There is plenty to see, do and explore. Visit one of our galleries or museums, take a walking tour to discover some of Bunbury’s best street art and public art, or enjoy an open-air arts and crafts market.
A rich tapestry of cultural experiences is on offer the whole year round in diverse locations across Bunbury and its surrounds.
Indigenous Cultural Attractions
Bunbury is a region rich in Aboriginal culture and history, with many opportunities to experience both traditional and contemporary stories and art of the original Noongar inhabitants.
For a fascinating insight into Bunbury’s Noongar culture, visit Wardandi Memorial Park at Back Beach. This is a significant Noongar meeting place, which acknowledges the original inhabitants of Bunbury and commemorates
past generations. The Park is a traditional burial site and the location for the reburial of 26 sets of ancestral remains previously held at the Western Australian Museum.
Museums and Galleries
Bunbury’s museums and galleries will excite your imagination, provoke thought and discussion, and immerse you in the past and present of this diverse and dynamic city. Draw inspiration from the South-West’s rich art scene with Bunbury Regional Art Galleries’ continually changing program of WA, Australian and international exhibitions, and delve deep into the history of places far and near at the Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre. (Opening in Dec 2015)
Bunbury Regional Art Galleries (BRAG) also houses the City of Bunbury art collection, which includes significant works from noted Indigenous, South West and Western Australian artists. Through its diverse and stimulating programme of exhibitions, and its extensive range of public programmes, events, functions, classes and workshops BRAG offers a unique and exciting experience of historic and contemporary Australian artists, and brings the art of the world to the South West.
Discover Bunbury’s rich history through its fine heritage buildings and architecture on a self-guided walk, or a tour leaving from Bunbury Visitor Centre. The city has a number of significant historic buildings worth visiting, including King Cottage Museum, The Rose Hotel, St Mark’s Church, The Convent of Mercy (BRAG) and some intriguing examples of the art deco style.
Music and Theatre
Music lovers are in for a treat, with plenty of live music on offer, ranging from rock bands at trendy pubs to chilled-out jazz at local wineries. The Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre is the region’s home of live entertainment, with music, theatre, comedy and dance for all ages. BREC hosts local, national and international performances from intimate cabaret events to big stage productions The Bunbury Eisteddfod runs in June each year, with dance, bands, instruments, speech and drama, vocal, choirs and more on offer for the community to enjoy.
Community and Culture
Stirling Street Arts Centre is a hive of activity for artists and arts enthusiasts, with a range of classes, workshops, art groups and events. Visit on Open Day and browse their local art, craft and produce market or enrol in the Bunbury Summer School and pick up a new skill
Make the most of the sunny blue skies and balmy coastal climate by discovering the remarkable public art works around Bunbury at your own pace. From fountains to monuments, from sculptures to street art, the many permanent and temporary works dotted throughout Bunbury are integral to the life and character of the city. In January each year, the Re.Discover walking street art festival takes over Bunbury’s CBD with internationally renowned artists painting murals in the streets of the city.
Enquire at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries for a guide to the public art in Bunbury.
Public and Street Art
Delve deep into Bunbury and you will discover it’s urban cool. From fountains to monuments, from sculptures to street art, the many permanent and temporary works dotted throughout Bunbury are integral to the life and character of the city.
In January each year, the Re.Discover walking street art festival takes over Bunbury’s CBD with internationally renowned artists painting murals in the streets of the city. The result is an impressive collection of street art for you to explore hidden in the laneways and byways. Take a wander today with the Six Two Three Zero Mural Map
Outside The Box
In Bunbury, our creative characters think outside the box. Leading Western Australian artists and Six, in collaboration with locals students, have painted and transformed more than 20 electrical boxes scattered through Bunbury’s CBD into whimsical characters. The created art can be viewed by using this self-guided walking tour map SixTwo Three Zero Outside the Box Map