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Published December 17th 2016
When in Busselton, here's some things to do
Busselton is one of Western Australia's regional hubs about two and a half hours drive south of Perth. Whilst some people head down that way for a day trip to get away from the city, it's a nice place to spend a few days and look around, and here are some things you might want to check out whilst your down there.
1. Busselton Jetty Whilst you may be saying to yourself, "why?", the Busselton Jetty is worth at least having a look at. The jetty is the longest wooden jetty in the world, stretching 1.8km out from the shore. The first section of the jetty was opened for commercial vessels back in 1865, and it had many extensions right up until the last vessel in 1971. It has survived (mostly) through cyclones, fires and borers to become a major tourist attraction in the town. Near its end is the Underwater Observatory, which allows visitors to go 8 metres below sea level to see the vast marine life that call the jetty and its pillars home.
There is a small train that travels the length of the jetty to the observatory, or you can even walk it if you're keen. It's $3 for adults over 17 to walk the jetty, but if you want to ride the train, you can only do so by purchasing a ticket to the observatory (you can't enter the observatory by walking up) Train ride and Observatory tickets are $6.50 for kids 3-15, adults are $15. The jetty is open 8.30-5 September to April and 9-5 May til August
2. Whale Watching If you can get down to Busselton at the right time of year (September through December) you will be able to join a charter from the Port Geographe Marina for a whale watching tour. These tours will take you away from the shore and much closer to where the whales swim past.
Tour prices and times vary with each charter company.
3. The Beach This one's free, yay. Visit the beach along Busselton during summer for calm cool waters, perfect for swimming, fishing, paddling and snorkeling. If you're lucky, you may even be able to find the inflatable park on the water
4. Wineries You'll have to go a little out of Busselton itself for these, but if you have the time you can visit a wide variety of wineries throughout the area. You can just pop in for a tasting or pick the right one and hang out for a meal. Venture a little further again and you'll find yourself in Margaret River, the home of many of WA's award winning wineries.