Koombana bay, Bunbury was exposed to north and north-west winds, from which the worst gales blew. As a result, at least 13 ships, including three North American whalers, were wrecked while anchored in Koombana Bay between 1840 and 1903. Following the construction of rock breakwaters to make Koombana Bay safer for shipping, sediment built up inside the port and the ship wrecks gradually became swallowed by sand. Over time the wrecks were largely forgotten and now lay buried beneath Koombana Park.
Koombana Park, Bunbury has transformed a significant area of the largely cleared and degraded area of land into a landscaped parkland setting. The site is very rich in history, both cultural heritage as well as natural / environmental heritage, making it an ideal location for the establishment of an interpretive landscape recreation node. Koombana Park Stage 1 includes a lookout structure, interpretive signage, walk trails, visitor parking, and an outdoor education and recreation facility.
The dominant feature of the site is the large bespoke lookout tower which site a top of a recreated sand dune. This 10m tall lookout tower provides views across the Leshenault Inlet, Bunbury Port, Koombana Bay and surrounding land uses.