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
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.
• 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.
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.
• Beachfront, Queen St, BUSSELTON WA 6280
• Ph: +61 8 9754 3689 •
• 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
- 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.
• 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 •
• 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
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.
• The daily relaxing train rides the
length of the jetty, weather permitting. A delightfully way of seeing Geographe
Bay and the township.
• Marine Cam Co-ordinator, Corporate Affairs Branch,
629 Newcastle St,
LEEDERVILLE WA 6007 •
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.
Nautical Lady Entertainment Park
• 480 Caves Rd, BUSSELTON WA 6280 • Ph: 08
9752 3473 •
• 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.
• 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.
• 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
• 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.
National Park •
Ludlow 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
• 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.
• 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
• 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.
• Award winning playground on the town
foreshore offering imaginative facilities for children of all ages.
• Western Australia Events
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:
Be Active Busselton Jetty Swim
Sunday 10th February 2013
Busselton Jetty, Geographe Bay Foreshore
Contact details: 08 9752 1360 •
Quit Forest Rally •
West Australian Car Club
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.
• Ph: 08 9781 0444 • Fax: 08 9752 4958 •
• Council site, with some tourism
information and links.
MarineCam • Water Corporation •
• Live images of the Busselton
Jetty, available 24 hours a day, with a selection of the best images
stored in archives.