Butler is a centre for commercial activity and public services, secondary to the nearby town centres of Clarkson and Alkimos.
Kingsbridge Boulevard, one of the core distributor roads through Butler, contains a strip of shops, banks and public services, as well as a large Coles supermarket. Along this stretch is also a pub, The Cornerstone Tavern, opened in 2010, which provides nightlife and entertainment functions for the whole area from Butler to Jindalee. Most of Butler’s amenities are located at the western edge of the area, adjacent to Marmion Avenue, while eastern Butler remains strictly residential in character.
Butler contains three state K-6 primary schools, Butler Primary School, East Butler Primary School and John Butler Primary College. Senior Butler students who are special needs from Year 7 onwards attend Butler College. Butler students also have the option of private education.
Butler contains parks in various places throughout the area, including a lake and a strip of parkland running all the way down Kingsbridge Boulevard. Other great amenities include the Butler Community Centre and Kingsbridge Park tennis courts. The Butler train and bus station is located by the new Woolworths shopping precinct, and a growing commercial area.