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Busselton - Cities, Towns and Localities
Busselton is one of Western Australia’s premier seaside resort towns, located just over 230 km south of Perth and within a leisurely drive north-east of Margaret River. Busselton is sheltered from most prevailing winds and offers a fantastic aquatic playground in the waters of Geographe Bay and about 30 km of beautiful white sandy beaches. The region is enjoyed by water skiers, windsurfers, snorkellers, scuba divers, fishermen, as well as the more leisurely beach activities.

Check out our listing of attractions and tours for Busselton and surrounding region.

Busselton Attractions

Ballarat Engine
Western Australia’s first steam locomotive which ran between Yoganup and Wonnerup from 1871-1886, hauling timber over 20 km for the primary purpose of constructing the Busselton jetty. The engine is now on display in the park opposite the Busselton Tourist Bureau.
Busselton Historic Museum
Located in the Old Butter Factory (1918-1974), the building was originally constructed as a creamery and supplied ice to the town and local fishermen. Butter production ceased in 1954, and the building is now a museum. There are many items of historical interest including photographs, furniture, clothing, farm machinery, butter and cheese making equipment, an old Group house fully furnished and a school.
Busselton Jetty
• Beachfront, Queen St, BUSSELTON WA 6280 • Ph: +61 8 9754 3689 • Email
Built over a 95 year period starting in 1865, this is billed as the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Timber and whaling were the main sources of income for the region in the earlier days and jetties for this purpose were built at Wonnerup, Busselton and Quindalup. Of these, only the Busselton Jetty remains.

The jetty stretches two kilometres into Geographe Bay and is a mecca for snorkellers and scuba divers who come to view the huge variety of marine species, as well as the stunning array of coloured soft corals.

You can take a casual walk down the jetty, smell the tangy salt air and delight in the tales of the local fisherpersons. You can also ride the train nearly 2 kilometres out to sea.

  • Interpretive Centre Opened in April 2001, built 50 metres offshore, the centre allows visitors to glimpse the Jetty’s rich past and equally exciting future. In the Interpretive Centre Museum there are changing exhibits of history, the marine environment and art. You can also purchase some unique souvenirs, including timber products crafted from recycled native jarrah decking and piles from the Jetty. You can also view the underwater marine life from here on the MarineCam.
  • Jetty Train Since 1995, the Jetty Train has carried more than 200,000 passengers. With a capacity of 40 passengers and weather permitting, it is an ideal way to travel out along the Jetty.
  • Underwater Observatory Opened in spring 2003 the Underwater Observatory is the culmination of 10 years of planning and fundraising. Located 1.8 kilometres from shore at the end of the Jetty and has been designed to accommodate up to 40 people at one time. At 8 metres below the surface of the water, you will be amazed at the corals and fish life viewed through eleven viewing windows, all at various levels within a 9.5 metre diameter observation chamber. There is also a lift enabling wheelchair bound people access to the unique natural wonders.

Courthouse Arts Centre
Built in 1854-1856 and extended in 1873, the building was utilised as a courtroom, gaol cells, stable, post office and bond store (for customs). Whilst the original gaol cells remains, other parts of the building are now used as a gallery, cafe and also houses artists working on a variety of crafts.
Golf ‘n’ Fun
• 95 Causeway Rd, BUSSELTON WA 6280 • Ph: 08 9754 2596 • Email
18 hold Australian themed mini golf course and fun park. There is a driving range, children’s rides, ferris wheel and more. There is picnic and BBQ facilities.
Heritage Park and Trail
 
Take the time to visit the Heritage Park and Trail which commences at the corner of Peel Terrace and Causeway Road, opposite the Tourist Bureau. The trail includes a range of contemporary sculptures which aim to link the past and present and includes the acclaimed ‘Aboriginal Interpretative Garden’ as well as a number of historic landmarks such as the Ballarat Steam Engine, Saint Mary’s Church and Pioneer Cemetery. A map is available from the Tourist Bureau.
Jetty Train
The daily relaxing train rides the length of the jetty, weather permitting. A delightfully way of seeing Geographe Bay and the township.
Water Corporation
• Marine Cam Co-ordinator, Corporate Affairs Branch,
629 Newcastle St, LEEDERVILLE WA 6007 • Email
MarineCam provides live images of the Busselton Jetty 24 hours a day, with the best cam images stored in the Daily Archives on the Water Corporation site. One camera is located on a Jetty pylon, underwater, 2 km from shore. The other camera is located in the Interpretive Centre at the start of the Jetty.
The Nautical Lady Entertainment Park
• 480 Caves Rd, BUSSELTON WA 6280 • Ph: 08 9752 3473 • Email
Great family entertainment that includes giant water slides, the Whistle Stop steam railway, archery park, extensive foreshore cycle ways, a cinema, one of the state’s few remaining drive-in theatres, power boat and jetski hire, Fun-O-Rama, mini golf, and the Broadwater Par 3 Golf Course.
Pioneer Cemetery
Located on the corner of Marine Terrace and Stanley Street, the cemetery contains over 1,000 graves of many of the district’s early settlers.
Port Geographe
Located only 7km, on the eastern side of Busselton, along Layman Road is Port Geographe. Catering for both locals and visitors, Port Geographe encompasses an impressive canal and marina development, offering an enviable lifestyle.

There are boat and yacht charter operators, diving and fishing tour operators, tavern, restaurant, holiday accommodation, cycle paths, marina, marine industry services, boat ramps, and more to be discovered in even a days visit.


St Mary’s Anglican Church
The oldest stone church in WA, St Mary’s is built of limestone and jarrah with a sheoak shingle roof. Built by the early settlers, with financial assistance from friends in England, under the leadership of John G Bussell, with the foundation stone laid in 1844, and the church was consecrated on 4 November 1848. There are many pioneer graves in the churchyard, including that of John G Bussell.
Tuart Forest National ParkLudlow Tuart Forest
Located on the coastal plain between Capel and Busselton is the largest naturally occurring Tuart Forest in the world. It was the first State Forest established in Western Australia, covering an area of some 2,280 hectares. The forest has a unique mixture of Tuart, Peppermint trees and grasses, giving the area a park-like appearance, and is ideal for picnics and bushwalking.
Vasse River and Rotary Park
• via BUSSELTON WA 6280
The river was named after a French sailor who was lost and presumed drowned. Years later, as white settlers moved in to the district, the Aborigines spoke about a white man living there who wandered the shores of the bay looking out to sea for a ship. The picnic area is great place to enjoy a day out, with electric BBQs, tables and seating, historic information and interactive art works. The Rotary Park children’s playground is adjacent to the picnic area.
Water Activities
The region offers something for just about everyone. Fishing can be enjoyed from a multitude of spots including beaches, jettys, or on a boat. In the warmer months, boating is very popular from the paddleboats, charters and yachts. There is whale watching, snorkelling and scuba diving in the coral reef areas
Wonnerup House
Located just 10 km north of Busselton is Wonnerup House Settlement. First settled in 1834 by the Layman family, it is an example of early farm pioneering. There is a magnificent homestead (c1859) and earlier house (c1837) which was later converted into a dairy, plus a kitchen, stables, blacksmiths, teacher house and school. All restored the buildings house many original items and furniture.
Yoganup Playground
 • Award winning playground on the town foreshore offering imaginative facilities for children of all ages.
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Busselton Events

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Be Active Busselton Jetty Swim

Be Active Busselton Jetty Swim © Busselton Allsports

Western Australia’s premier ocean swim around the recently refurbished Busselton Jetty, in the magnificent corner of our South West is on once again. The Be Active Busselton Jetty Swim 2013 event, will be held over 2 days, and includes family-friendly fun for all ages with plenty of activities and entertainment as well.

The course takes participants around the 3.6 km of Busselton’s iconic Jetty, in the tranquil waters of Geographe Bay.  Individual competitors and teams of two and four persons will take part in one of South West WA’s most famous sporting events. 

Be a part of the action and the atmosphere and enter the best jetty swim in the world.

For more information, visit our website: www.busseltonjettyswim.org.au

Be Active Busselton Jetty Swim
Sunday 10th February 2013
Web: www.busseltonjettyswim.org.au

Busselton Jetty, Geographe Bay Foreshore
Contact details: 08 9752 1360 • Email

Quit Forest RallyWest Australian Car Club
• April
The Quit Forest Rally is the Western Australia Round of the Australian Rally Championship. The event is organised and promoted by the West Australian Car Club. The rally is based in Busselton and Nannup. Visit the website or contact the local tourism centre for more information.
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