Australind

Australind

Discover History, Hip Cafes, Endless Waterways.

Toe-dippers, anglers and skippers find themselves in Australind. Water virtually surrounded Australia’s fastest growing regional locations, Australind, including the localities of Treendale and Kingston. With 14 kms of Estuary at its door, the Collie and Brunswick Rivers running through it, there’s no better place than Australind for water lovers.

Established in 1840 and steeped in history, Australind is one of the earliest Western Australian settlements. The name is a combination of Australia and India, chosen to the belief the land could be used for breeding horses for the British Indian Army. Prior to European settlement, the area was and remains the home of the Wardandi Noongar (Saltwater) people. The Elaap are Wardandi Noongar people who lived around the Leschenault Inlet and Estuary.

Australind adjoins Eaton, Bunbury and Dalyellup to form the Greater-Bunbury area, and is the place to head for cafes, a shopping spree and one of Australia’s largest pubs. 

Must Dos in Australind

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    Catch a Blue Manna Crab

    If you like catching your food, over summer, beautiful Blue Swimmer crabs are easily scooped up into a net in the Leschenault Estuary. The Estuary is nearly 14kms in length. Blue Swimmer, or as locals call them, Blue Manna crabs can grow up to have a carapace up to 25cm wide and a claw span up to 80cm. (Note: fishing regulations apply). Once cooked, savour with a glass of local Harvey Region wine.

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    Eaton Australind Historic Walk Trail

    The Eaton Australind Historic Walk Trail is a dual-use (walk and cycle) path that follows the Leschenault Estuary foreshore between Eaton and Australind. For a caffeine pick-me-up along the way, stop at Christina Street Reserve where you’ll find a very popular coffee van most mornings. Pure serenity to start your morning.

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    Spoil Yourself with Coffee & Cake

    Benesse Australind offers a rare combination of great coffee, food and service in a light and bright venue. Instagrammers will love the communal, tiled centre table. From buttermilk waffles, green bowls and cider pork salads, to brekky burgers, they have the food spectrum covered. If you arrive for lunch, a must-try is their panko-crumbed red emperor with cucumber salad, citrus, wonton crisp, lime mayo and yuzu dressing. Still hungry? Other local foodie favourites include Camille’s Deli Social and Asian Kitchen, both in Treendale.

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    Watersport Fun

    The protected waters of the Leschenault Estuary are perfect for kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding. When the winds up, kite surfers descend on Ridley Place Foreshore for some fast-action water adventure. Those who love a bit more horse-power will find boat ramps at Ridley Place Foreshore and nearby Eastwell Road. On your water adventure, please beware of our unique wildlife. The Estuary is home to more than 50 species of waterbirds and is a major breeding ground for Western Australian Black Swans.

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    Discover the Karragarup Play Space

    Have kids in tow? Then Karragarup Play Space at the Ridley Place Foreshore, Australind is the place to visit. The Noongar word Karragarup translates as ‘place of the crabs’ and you can’t miss the crab in this playground! Kids can scramble over a balancing rope course, a crustacean discovery area, a mangrove tree maze and more.

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    Hike the Australind Jetty

    Extending about one kilometre over the protected waters of Leschenault Estuary (Derbal Elaap), the Australind Jetty is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Australind. On the foreshore is the Leschenault Waterways Eco Museum where you can learn about one of Western Australia’s most significant migratory bird wetlands, including many Black Swans (Cygnus atratus). It is also home to a resident pod of dolphins.

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    Seek Natural Serenity

    Find picturesque river trails starting at Collie River Bridge or Paris Road Bridge in Australind. From the Collie River Bridge at the Clifton Community Reserve walk the trail along the beautiful Collie River. At the Lower Brunswick River Bridge continue south along the Brunswick River, passing through the paperbark boardwalk.

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    Uncover Our First Settler Pioneers

    History buffs, did you know that Australind is one of the first settled areas in Western Australia and was founded by the Western Australian Land Company to breed horses in 1840? Delve into the past along the Australind Heritage Trail, including a visit to Henton Cottage, built in 1841 by William Dacres Williams as the “Prince of Wales Hotel” and now home to the Australind Artisans Collective.

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    Find Fabulous Art

    When visiting Australind, don’t miss the Heart & Home Sculpture, a beautiful new public artwork by Nic and Alex Mickle of Safehaven Studios. The Ridley Place Foreshore sculpture represents our culture, history and connection to the environment and is one of seven signs installed at each entrance to Australind. A visit to Featured Wood Gallery & Museum is a must visit too. Nestled in Treendale’s industrial area, Featured Wood is a surprising oasis of stunning quality timber artworks, furniture, showroom spaces, gallery and museum.

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    Finish with Drinks

    Check out the epic Treendale Farm Hotel. At 10,000 sqm, it’s massive, with a spacious front bar plus an expansive family restaurant, including three separate outdoor terraced dining areas, and no less than three dedicated children’s play areas amid landscaped lawns.

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