Visitors create a buzz as Bunbury’s population swells

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times

A WAVE of visitors is predicted to stay in Bunbury until after New Year’s Eve celebrations with caravan parks almost fully booked.

Yesterday was tipped as the day that most Bunbury holiday-makers — both new and returning guests — would be checking into their accommodation.

Koombana Bay Caravan Park assistant manager Nic Ford said the beachside park was “practically” booked up until late January.

“About 95 per cent of guests are return guests — after their stay every year they come and re-book for the following year then and there,” Ms Ford said.

A Bunbury Glade Caravan Park spokeswoman said bookings were keeping staff “quite busy”.

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said a number of exciting projects, including the transformation of the city’s waterfront, was starting to attract more visitors to the city.

“More and more people are discovering our city and that’s a credit to the people who operate businesses here,” Mr Brennan said.

“Visitors generate income and they create jobs, so that’s great for our locals.”

Bunbury City Council upgrading infrastructure and businesses investing in upgrades was attracting tourists.

“You’re seeing all this innovation and it makes the whole visiting experience great for people who don’t reside in the area, but also people who work and come into the CBD regularly,” he said.

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