The Busselton Jetty stretches almost 2km out to sea and is one of the longest timber-piled jetties in the world. You can walk it or catch a miniature train to the end where you will find a fascinating Underwater Observatory 8 metres below sea level (wheelchair accessible). Beneath the glimmering surface of the ocean there is also a world-class dive site.
You can have a close encounter of a natural kind on a whale watching tour out of Busselton. Marvel at these “monsters of the deep” as they migrate through South West waters between June and December. It’s an unforgettable adventure!
Take a day trip to one, or both, of the historic lighthouses in the region – the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse (on the northern end of Cape Naturaliste) and the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse (at the southern end near Augusta). Be rewarded with breathtaking ocean views and hear tales of shipwrecks and life as a lighthouse keeper.
For the ultimate underground adventure, discover an ancient wonderland below ground in one of the region’s caves. Marvel at the huge stalactites in Jewel Cave and see the fascinating fossils in Mammoth Cave. There are different caves and different tours – some are guided and some are self-guided. Some are run by the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association and some by WA’s Parks and Wildlife Service. Take your pick!
There’s something really thrilling about reeling in a big fish! Try your hand at catching a highly prized Dhufish or Pink Snapper on a fishing charter in Geographe Bay. Or wander down to the sandy shores of local beaches for herring and whiting. You can catch squid from the Busselton Jetty or ask a local angler where to go in search of salmon (in season – around April).
There’s plenty for the history buffs to see and do in and around Busselton.
Take a short drive to the historic Wonnerup House, less than 10km north of Busselton nestled between a majestic Tuart forest and the Vasse Estuary wetlands.
Or stroll into Busselton town to the heritage-listed Old Courthouse Complex in the ArtGeo cultural precinct. Wander through the Courtrooms, Magistrates Room, Bond Store, Police Station, Gaol Cells and Exercise Yard and learn about the colourful law and order history and notorious characters that frequented these buildings.
Step back in time at the Busselton Museum in the Old Butter Factory precinct nestled on the banks of the picturesque Vasse River. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in the scenic grounds.
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