One of the great attractions in Busselton is the Busselton Jetty. Extending 1.8 kilometres over the protected waters of Geographe Bay, the heritage-listed jetty is the longest wooden-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere.
As one of the most popular tourist attractions in Western Australia, it is a must-see for any visitor to the Margaret River region. Find one of only six operating Underwater Observatory’s in the world, a solar-powered Jetty Train that takes you across the ocean, fisherman snaring their catch and welcoming staff happy to share their local knowledge. At the Busselton Jetty, there are multiple tour options available with something to suit everyone.
Board the train and travel 1.7km to the end of the Jetty to visit the Underwater Observatory. Descend 8 metres to the ocean floor via a spiral staircase to discover an awe-inspiring forest of vividly coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates. Eleven viewing windows at various levels within the Observatory allow visitors to look out on some of the 300 marine species that live beneath the Jetty. Provision of a lift within the Observatory ensures that this amazing experience is available to those with limited mobility.
There are also a wide variety of tours including Mermaid Tours, Evening Tours and Underwater Helmet Walks. Whilst at the Jetty visit the striking boat-shed style Interpretive Centre that warmly welcomes visitors and provides a relaxed and friendly environment. Browse the unique and stylish giftware on display as well as a vast array of souvenirs and mementos.
The Museum now features interactive technology with touch screens and a touch table offering an excellent insight into the Jetty’s colourful past. The Museum also provides information about the Busselton Jetty’s unique Underwater Observatory and the spectacular marine environment beneath the Busselton Jetty.
Address: Beach end of Queen Street, Busselton
Phone: 9754 0900
History buffs will enjoy one of the great attractions in Busselton, the Heritage Trail. In 1832 land in the vicinity of Geographe Bay was selected by English migrants. The Bussells, the Molloys the Chapmans, George Layman and the Turners were amongst these migrants. Queen Street follows the track from the beach where the Bussell party arrived from Augusta, to the banks of the Vasse River. ‘The Vasse’ town site, later to become Busselton, was originally surveyed in 1839.
The Heritage Trail walk begins at Railway House near the Busselton Jetty. This is culturally significant as an early WA timber structure and valuable relic of the City’s early past. It’s connections with the timber industry of the South West are significant. It is also important as a regional landmark and as a popular tourist and recreation facility. Take a trip on the Jetty train to the Observatory.
Discover the history of the City of Busselton as you walk along Queen Street. Upon turning left after St Mary’s Church of England, you’ll discover the Butter Factory Museum. The complex is situated on the northern bank of the Vasse River. It comprises the original brick and weatherboard two-storey building and the connected administration buildings. The Butter Factory stands as a good example of post-WWI industrial architecture. It is the oldest of only seven known in the State. The smokestack and boiler house also remain in the grounds. The museum now houses a number of non-related buildings. These have been relocated to the site, forming part of the museum’s collection. These include a machinery display shed, Group Settlement structure and a school. Take time out to explore them.
Return to the townsite past the Post Office in Prince Street. Enjoy refreshments at the Chapel Cafe, site of the former St Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Pick up the Busselton Heritage Trail guide book from the Busselton Visitor Centre.