Western AustraliaBusseltonHome to the longest timber-piled jetty in the southern hemisphere, Busselton is famed for its sheltered beaches, seasonal humpback whale watching and Underwater Observatory, that allows travellers a unique opportunity to experience a coral reef up-close.
In Busselton's calm turquoise bay you can take a 1.8-kilometre stroll or train ride over the Indian Ocean on the longest timber-piled jetty in the southern hemisphere. And below the waves, Australia's best artificial reef can be viewed by stepping into the Underwater Observatory or getting suited up for a diving tour. Twice voted Western Australia's Top Tourism Town, and just a short hop from the Margaret River wine region, Busselton gives you plenty of reasons to take the 2-hour-and-40-minute drive or 50-minute flight south from Perth. Its iconic, heritage-listed jetty was originally built in 1865, and a ticket to ride with the Busselton Jetty Experience takes you all the way to the end to get a glimpse of the colourful fish and tropical corals that have made it their home, thanks to the warm waters of the Leeuwin current. Along the north-facing shoreline, the tranquil waters, white sands, lush lawns and shady pine trees of the main swimming beach offer the perfect setting for a family day beside the sea. Here, and along a 30-kilometre coastline of immaculate beaches, you can try your hand at fishing, water skiing, snorkelling, scuba diving, windsurfing, kayaking or sailing in the calm waters of Geographe Bay. A short walk from the main beach brings you to Busselton's main street, where you can browse boutique fashion, designer homewares, surf gear and antiques. Take a detour down Fig Tree Lane and you'll find yourself in a quaint little retail enclave of fashion, beauty and refreshments. For a spot of culture, step inside the Busselton Museum, Old Courthouse or the beautiful St Mary's Church and be transported back to the 1800s, when Busselton was established as one of Western Australia's first settlements. Housed in the old prison and courtroom, the modern ArtGeo Gallery and Courthouse Arts Complex now celebrates freedom of expression, displaying the works of South West and Western Australian artists. All tastes and budgets are satisfied with a huge array of tours, restaurants and accommodation. And for the best views in the bay, be sure to check out Busselton's string of beachfront resorts.
Stroll Busselton Jetty
Busselton Jetty is a must-see! At 1.8 kilometres long, it the longest tourist jetty in the southern hemisphere and second longest in the world. Stroll or take a ride on the solar-powered Jetty Train over the Indian Ocean to the Underwater Observatory - one of only six in the world! Experienced guides lead you through the natural wonders that lie beneath the jetty where the piles create Australia’s greatest artificial reef, host to an awe-inspiring “forest” of vividly-coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates. Descend 8-metres beneath the water’s surface to view more than 300 individual marine species in their natural habitat through 11 viewing windows at various levels in the observation chamber. Explore the free Museum to learn about the colourful 154-year history of the Jetty through interactive displays. The gift shop is full of unique items and souvenirs for you to purchase.
Take a drive through Ludlow Tuart Forest
The Ludlow Tuart Forest provides a unique opportunity to enjoy a leisurely drive through the last remaining natural tall tuart forest in the world. Marvel at the beauty of these rare ancient giants that are estimated to be over 300 years old. Take a pleasant walk along one of several walk trails within the forest to experience the peaceful harmony of the natural environment. Look out for the intriguing native animals and birdlife that have made the forest their home. Enjoy lunch at the picnic facilities set against a picturesque backdrop of the magnificent giant Tuarts. You will be fascinated by one of the rarest ecosystems left on earth that has so far survived the test of time, and the threats of mining. The forest is located three hours drive south of Perth and just a short 10-minute drive to the charming coastal town of Busselton. Tourists are advised to check for alerts and road/park closures before commencing their travel on www.emergency.wa.gov.au and https://alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au
Soak up the atmosphere of Busselton Beachfront
The picturesque Busselton Beachfront is home to the longest timber pier in the Southern Hemisphere, Busselton Jetty. The beachfront has a vast array of attractions to keep you entertained. Visit the Interpretive Centre at the shore end of the jetty for an insight into Busselton Jetty’s history or make the 1.8 kilometre walk down the jetty to the spectacular underwater observatory. It is a unique experience not to be missed. For scuba diving and snorkelling enthusiasts, the Busselton Jetty is regarded as Australia’s best artificial reef and is an impressive sight to see. Fishermen will love the novelty of being able to fish 1,800 metres out to sea without having to take out a boat. If time permits let your hair down at the entertainment park and waterslide next to the jetty, take a dip in the crystal blue calm ocean and enjoy a meal or snack at one of the highly regarded restaurants on the beachfront. Busselton is located just two and a half hours drive south of Perth.
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