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MandurahWestern Australia
Tims Thicket Beach, February 2020 01.jpg
Tims Thicket Beach in the north-west of Bouvard
Population 821 (2011 census)
 • Density 411/km2 (1,060/sq mi)
Established 1980s
Postcode(s) 6211
Area 2.0 km2 (0.8 sq mi)
LGA(s) City of Mandurah
State electorate(s) Murray-Wellington
Federal Division(s) Canning
Suburbs around Bouvard:
Dawesville Dawesville Harvey Estuary
Yalgorup NP Bouvard Harvey Estuary
Clifton Herron Herron

Bouvard is the second southernmost suburb of Mandurah, Western Australia, and is 97 kilometres (60 mi) south of the state capital, Perth. Its local government area is the City of Mandurah.


Bouvard is named after Cape Bouvard some 5 kilometres (3 mi) to the west, which was named by Nicolas Baudin, who sighted the cape en route to Rottnest Island from what is now Bunbury in 1802-1803, either after Charles Bouvard (1572-1658), a French chemist, or Alexis Bouvard (1767-1843), an astronomer and director of Paris Observatory.

The Park Ridge estate was developed in the 1990s, and other estates have been built or proposed. Bouvard Coastcare, a volunteer group dedicated to maintaining the fragile coastal and dune environment, has won awards and grants for its work.


Bouvard consists of a narrow strip of land along both sides of the Old Coast Road, the main route between Mandurah and Bunbury and part of National Highway 1) between Yalgorup National Park and the Harvey Estuary. The western part consists of sparsely populated rural residential land with large lots separated by bushland buffers, while the eastern part follows more traditional coastal suburban development patterns along the estuary.

At the ABS 2011 census, Bouvard had a population of 821 people living in 483 dwellings, just under 20 percent of whom were elderly, and nearly all of whom were from Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, the Netherlands or South Africa. The 2011 figure represented an increase of 29 people from the 2006 census.


Bouvard has a boat ramp, tavern and accommodation (Park Ridge House and Yalgorup Country Lodge), as well as walking trails and a couple of small roadside shops and a fuel station along the Old Coast Road. There are no schools within easy reach of Bouvard, and the nearest shopping centre is at Falcon.


Selected 594 services from Mandurah Station started servicing Bouvard in May 2011, and a Transperth school bus stops at the Bouvard Tavern. Private operator South West Coach Lines stops upon request at the Bouvard Tavern on its Perth to Bunbury service operating several times a day.

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