Bunbury’s picturesque satellite suburb of Australind is about 160 km to the south of Perth and 12 km from Bunbury’s city centre. Its population is now estimated to be over 9,000. Australind’s name was taken from a blend of the words ‘Australia’ and ‘India’. In the 1800s it was anticipated that the British Indian Army would use this area to breed horses, but it never materialised; however, the name Australind remained. Bunbury, Binningup, Parkfield and Wellesley are surrounding suburbs.
Close to the Leschenault Inlet, real estate in Australind provides ample accommodation for both residents and visitors. A range of private homes and apartments can be bought or rented with several hotels and bed and breakfasts available to suit all tastes. Camping enthusiasts will find plenty of caravan parks in both Australind and nearby Bunbury.
Fishing enthusiasts flock to the Leschenault Inlet, especially when the blue swimmer crabs are in season. However, in order to protect the stock of crabs diminishing, each person is only allowed ten crabs per day. Although small boats are allowed in the estuary, it is too shallow for larger vessels. The Leschenault Waterways Discovery Centre attracts many sightseers. They can learn about the flora and fauna that are found in the estuary or take leisurely walk on the jetty. The Australind Memorial also attracts visitors who enjoy interesting historical sites. This monument was erected to commemorate an account of the 1841 pioneers
Australind has its own shopping centre, which caters not only for Australind’s residents and visitors, but also for the families in the surrounding small suburbs. Its supermarket stocks everything for daily needs and numerous speciality shops cater for everything else.
Property management in Australind indicates that the price of homes and apartments vary according to the types and sizes of the properties. Although the average price of houses is in the region of $360,000, prices vary between $100,000 and $900,000. Several homes are also rented out as an investment for the owners.
Schools cater for all ages in the area; there are at least three primary schools and two high schools. After school care is also available for working parents. Australind’s location and unspoilt landscape makes it a popular choice for residents and travellers.
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