Australind ranks among the best sea change destinations in Western Australia and is, with a population of nearly 8000, one of the state’s fastest growing regional towns.
At the south-western end of the Harvey Shire, Australind is virtually surrounded by water. The Brunswick and Collie Rivers are to the east and south, and the Leschenault Estuary to the west. This unique environment creates an aquatic paradise where boating, sailing and fishing are some of the activities to enjoy.
The waters around Australind are abundant with silver bream, whiting, tailor, flathead, flounder and herring. When in season, there are also large populations of prawns and Blue Manna crabs in the estuary. The great fishing and crabbing create hours of fun for the whole family.
With the Australind Village Shopping Centre, full of specialty stores and a supermarket, and the 18 hole Bunbury Golf Club, Australind is a vibrant, modern community enjoying a wonderful, relaxed lifestyle.
The Leschenault Peninsula Nature Reserve, at the northern end of Australind, is abundant with native wildlife. Incredibly, 60 species of birds have been recorded in this area. At dusk, a stroll through the reserve will be rewarded with magnificent views of great flocks of native birds converging on the inlet to settle at the water’s edge. Watch the dolphins play on the southern and western sides of the peninsula while taking in a spectacular sunset.
The Leschenault Discovery Centre, south of the town centre on Old Coast Road, is a great place to learn about the plants and animals within the estuary environment. Armed with your new found knowledge, you can take a relaxing walk on the jetty over the tranquil waters of the estuary to see which species you can spot. This area is a great place to fish, to gather for a barbecue or to simply relax with a good book.
Cathedral Avenue, the original Old Coast road, makes a pleasant, shady scenic drive along the estuary foreshore. It has stretches of paperbark trees that arch over the road; reminiscent of a cathedral ceiling. This is a favourite place for kangaroos and black swans, especially at sunset. BBQs and picnic sites are located along this drive, so pack a rug and something to eat and make a day of it.
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