Old Bunbury Timber Jetty
The Old Bunbury Timber Jetty is located in Koombana Bay in Bunbury,
Western Australia. Construction of the original jetty commenced in 1864 using convict labour. The jetty has
been extended over the years to accommodate the increased shipping. The jetty was closed in 1982 following the
construction of Bunbury's Inner Harbour. Sections of the originally bridge dating from 1864-1906 have all but
perished. The sections were either demolished or left lying at the bottom of the harbour. Railway trucks
were used along the railway line to transport goods for export.
Following a fire in the 1990's there were discussions about
demolishing the jetty, however public outcry saved the structure. A decking restoration plan was undertaken by
the Bunbury Timber Jetty Environment and Conservation Society (formerly the Bunbury Timber Jetty Preservation
Society) in 1995. The society is responsible for the maintenance the jetty . In 1999 an engineers report on
the condition of the jetty revealed that a third of the timber jetty piles were completely severed at the
Redevelopment and Restoration
In 2004 the State Government announced the Landcorp redevelopment project
for the Outer Harbour which included the Bunbury Timber Jetty.
Currently the jetty is supported on timber and concrete pylons and is 590m in length. However following the Boxing
Day Tsunami in 2004 the jetty has been showing signs of ongoing deterioration with timbers from the end portion of
the jetty falling into the ocean. With concerns raised about boat and ship safety in the harbour, plans are under
way to demolish 200m of the badly damaged section. Restoration of the jetty is expected to continue up to row
106. Access to the jetty is no longer permitted to the general public.
Links To Other Well Known Jetties in WA
One Mile Jetty
Flinders Bay Jetty
Hamelin Bay Jetty