Increase in port activity
Bunbury boasts one of the biggest regional ports in Australia, with trade through the Bunbury port reaching a record of 15.6 million tonnes in 2013/2014.
Major commodities exported through the port continue to be alumina and woodchips, while the largest imports are caustic and mineral sands.
The port is used by a diversity of industries, and can count 10 types of exports and nine types of imports.
Located within the protected waters of Koombana Bay, the Bunbury port is well-equipped and capable of distributing a variety of products from the region world-wide.
It currently consists of seven berths, five located at the Inner Harbour and two at the Outer Harbour, with depths up to 12.2 metres and 8.5 metres respectively.
The Inner Harbour is serviced by a narrow gauge rail line and has road transport access linking to major transport routes, where as the Outer Harbour is serviced by road transport only.
The Inner Harbour Structure Plan (September 2009) provides guidelines for the future staged expansions of the Inner Harbour.
On October 1 2014, the Bunbury Port Authority amalgamated with Albany and Esperance port authorities to form the Southern Ports Authority. For details, visit www.southernports.com.au .