The little rural town of Boyanup on the banks of the Preston River lies about 21km south-east of Bunbury, a large port and the major commercial centre for WA’s south-west.
It was near historic Boyanup Billabong that the first parcel of land was allocated in Boyanup on May 13, 1845 and the wetlands around the billabong still support numerous varieties of waterfowl.
The town of Boyanup was gazetted in 1984, taking its name from the Aboriginal term for the distinguishing feature of this area, 'place of quartz'.
Nearby Bunbury, about 190km south of Perth, is superbly located on a peninsula at the southern end of the extensive Leschenhault Estuary, where the Preston and Collie rivers meet.
So, from Boyanup, which has an interesting Transport Museum, it’s not far to the aquatic delights in and around Bunbury, which include fabulous beaches, sailing and boating, and some of the best and most varied fishing options in the state. The crabbing and prawning in the estuary and rivers round here are well worth the journey.