Bunbury, is about a 90min drive south of Perth. Perth is between a 4hr and 5hr Jet flight from the major east coast city's of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne and is served by all three(3) of Australia's domestic airlines.
Perth is also an 'International Gateway' by air from Asia and Europe.(Mainly via Singapore)
Where to Stay?
Bunbury is a reasonably small town(pop: 65,000), and most accommodation is within a 5 min drive of the race start, but most 'Ocean Front/View' accommodation will be with in walking distance of the start. more information is available by clicking here.
The course is a double 'out and back course', with the 1st half of the course alond the road parallel to the coast, along the sand dunes(hence some undulations), then the course turns to the east(away from the coast), through a small suburban area, then out onto country roads to the turn.
There is generally no official pre or post race functions, but as always, things can change, so please double check this with the official webpage.
As with most Australian Marathons, there are "Associated Races", and Bunbury is no exception.
On raceday, you have the option of running either the Marathon, Half Marathon or extending the Marathon to 50km(about 30miles) inconjunction with the Marathon, you have the option of extending the distance to 50km(about 30miles).
The Half Marathon is on the same course as the Marathon, but is only one loop, not two.
In 2008, the Marathon had 38 Finishers
I've only run this race once(2006), and found the course scenic, and like all Australian country towns, you get that special 'country hospitality, where ever you go.
Several community groups and local business's help the Bunbury Road Runners make this race the success it is.
Again, I have resisted the temptation to indicate the degree of difficultly of the course, because as with beauty, its "in the eye of the beholder", but I found the course, 'Not Flat, but not very challenging, but on the 2nd loop, a Hill at the 22km mark got my attention, but the upside is, I had to run down it at the 41km mark!"
The following video is youtube video, taken by a 'friend of Bunbury', which gives an ariel view of Bunbury.
Other things to do!
While in Bunbury, take an extra few days and explore the 'South-western Corner of Western Australia'.
Besides the spectacular beaches(and climate), it is only a short drive south to both the the 'Margaret River', which is Western Australia's premier wine district and the last of the "Great Karri Forests.
The following youtube video gives an overview of the Margaret River Wineries(albiet, by a winery).
Where as this video is a drive through the Karri Forests.