Port History


Bunbury is the second-largest city in Western Australia and is an important industrial, tourism and commercial base outside of the state capital Perth.

Initially named 'Port Leschenault' by French explorer Captain Nicolas Thomas Baudin in 1803, the town-site was declared in 1836.

An Act of Parliament in 1909 established the Bunbury Harbour Board to control the port. More than half a century later in 1967, the name was changed to become the Bunbury Port Authority.

Today the operation of the port is guided by a Board of Directors who are appointed by the Minister for Ports under the Port Authorities Act 1999 and is part of Southern Ports.

Gain a unique insight into the Port of Bunbury's history by visiting our Ports Historical Timeline

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