"Busselton is located 229km southwest of Perth and is
considered to be the gateway to and capital of the famous Margaret River Wine
Nestled on Geographe Bay, this coastal town is a popular holiday destination for many locals and tourists alike. The beaches are superb and the tranquil waters provide an aquatic playground for all sorts of water activities and family fun.
Accommodation is plentiful and most just a stone’s throw from the beach. Whether you’re after a casual caravan park atmosphere or wish to live it up in luxury at one of the many beachside resorts, this seaside town has it all and a great variety to suit all needs and budgets.
The Busselton holiday experience is predominantly focused around the pristine beaches, in particular the Geographe Bay foreshore, which is at the end of Queen St in town. Holiday makers flock to the foreshore as there is plenty to see and do and the protected beach is the best for swimming, snorkelling and diving.
The foreshore is also renowned for the famous Busselton Jetty, which stretches 1.8km in length out to sea. Recognised as the longest timber-piled jetty in the southern hemisphere, it is a historical icon of the town and of great interest to tourists. Details about the jetty’s history, such as closures, cyclonic damage, rebuilding and restoration can be found at the Interpretive Centre.
The Interpretive Centre at the start of the jetty also sells souvenirs and gifts and is the entry point and ticket outlet for jetty access and the Underwater Observatory. Jetty access for walking, swimming, fishing and sightseeing during Interperative Centre opening hours is $2.50 per person for a day pass. The centre is open 8.30am – 6.00pm September to April and 9.00am to 5.00pm May to August. Entry to the jetty is free outside these hours.
The train ride to the Underwater Observatory departs from the centre and travels 1.7km to the marine wildlife centre along the jetty. The train leaves every hour and ticket prices, including a return train ride and 40 minute observatory tour, are $29.50 per adult, $14 per child or $75 per family of four. One wheelchair per train ride is available and there is a disabled lift in the observatory. Bookings are recommended and tickets can be secured on credit card by calling the centre on (08) 9754 0900.
The Underwater Observatory is a 3 tiered viewing platform descending some 8 metres below the surface. There are several windows to view the surrounding ocean life as a tour guide explains the history of the jetty and the marine species living under it. Brightly coloured corals and sponges cling to the pile-ons and schools of fish swim around you. The viewing experience is interesting and the train ride is enjoyable.
Another of the town’s unique attractions is the Busselton Drive-In Outdoor Cinema, located on Bussell Hwy. The old slogan “come as you are in your family car” applies. You can enjoy blockbuster movies from the comfort of your vehicle in the open air cinema. The screen measures 20x22 metres and is open for viewing nightly throughout the Summer School Holidays (December – January). Tickets are $15 per adult, $8 per child, seniors and disabled are discounted at $10. Programs and times can be obtained from the local Visitor Centre or by calling (08) 9751 5638. Please take note this is a “cash only” venue.
The coastal drive to Dunsborough and Yallingup finds many more beautiful beaches. Eagle Bay Road, north of Dunsborough, accesses the popular Meelup Beach, which is calm, scenic and perfect for swimming and sunbaking.
Surf beaches are plentiful between Yallingup and Margaret River and you’ll also find wineries and breweries all around this area and more so as you venture south along Caves Road deeper into the magnificent Margaret River Wine Region.
Busselton is so close to so many scenic attractions in the Geographe Bay and Margaret River Wine Region. It’s a great town to base yourselves and explore further south.