Busselton & Surrounds

Busselton & Surrounds

 

Busselton is a city on the southwest tip of Western Australia. It’s known for its sheltered beach and seasonal humpback whale populations. The beachfront features the 19th-century Busselton Jetty. This wood pier stretches nearly 2km to the Underwater Observatory, where life in a coral reef is on view. To the city’s northeast, the towering tuart trees of Tuart Forest National Park are home to 2 species of possum.

The life of the city is fuelled by the 1.8 kilometre long Busselton Jetty and the amazing waterfront precinct which has developed around it.

With the jetty as a focal point, the waterfront is brimming with activity. Seaside cafes, kiosks, bars and restaurants give way to bike paths, large shady grassed areas and a calm tranquil white sandy beach. Take a walk or train ride to the end of the Busselton Jetty, which is one of the main Busselton attractions, to the Underwater Observatory where you can see amazing marine life.

The bustling main street has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with superb alfresco restaurants, cafes and pubs and boutique shops. The allure doesn’t stop there with an events calendar bursting with sporting and cultural events.

As one of Western Australia’s favourite tourism towns and as the gateway to Your Margaret River’s premium wine region, tourism is at the heart of this seaside town. There’re so many things to do in Busselton and plenty of accommodation options ranging from absolute beachfront five star resorts, private villas, family fun holiday parks, bed and breakfasts and everything in between.

Eat

The Goose – An amazing beachfront restaurant with sweeping ocean views. Available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Laundry 43 – The Laundry 43 philosophy is to deliver outstanding quality mixology, food, entertainment and service to Busselton. Their concept focuses on sharing quality food made from local, fresh produce, combined with specially selected local, premium wines that enhance the flavours and overall dining experience.

The Firestation – An upmarket pub feed with some great beers on tap too. A funky little fitout in the old fire station on the main street. Great for a casual feed on a sunny day.

Mana Kai – Great coffee, great staff, great atmosphere and a very salubrious menu.

Albies Bar & Bistro – A great casual pub feed with salad bar to match. Encompassing a selection of classic meaty mains, burgers, seafood and pastas, Albies Bar & Bistro’s menu ensures a choice for all tastes.

Drink

Vasse Bar & Kitchen – Vasse Bar + Kitchen is the ideal setting in which to relax and unwind with an ice-cold beer or outstanding regional wine, or to revive and refuel with a fortifying meal prepared fresh from the best in local produce. Their popular alfresco dining on Queen Street offers fantastic people-watching, as you sit back and soak in the atmosphere with the warm sun on your skin, and a soft salty breeze bringing snatches of the sea. 

Laundry 43 – The Laundry 43 philosophy is to deliver outstanding quality mixology, food, entertainment and service to Busselton. Their concept focuses on sharing quality food made from local, fresh produce, combined with specially selected local, premium wines that enhance the flavours and overall dining experience.

The Firestation – An upmarket pub feed with some great beers on tap too. A funky little fitout in the old fire station on the main street. Great for a casual feed on a sunny day.

Albies Bar & Bistro – A great casual pub feed with salad bar to match. Encompassing a selection of classic meaty mains, burgers, seafood and pastas, Albies Bar & Bistro’s menu ensures a choice for all tastes.

 

Sleep

Mandalay Resort – Mandalay Holiday Resort and Tourist Park is the ultimate stop where you will find everything you need. Our accommodation suits everyone and is perfect for every budget. Camping, caravans or two and three bedroom chalets that sleep up to six people. Mandalay have something to suit everyone.

Aqua Resort – Understated luxury accommodation on the shores of the Geographe Bay in the beautiful South West of Western Australia. Nestled in eight and half acres of mature peppermint woodlands and stunningly landscaped gardens, Aqua Resort offers luxury beach front accommodation with direct beach access, uncompromising privacy and the very best of contemporary indoor and outdoor living.

Abbey Beach Resort – Luxury hotel and apartment accommodation in a resort  setting, located on the beach. Abbey Beach Resort boasts full resort facilities, not just serviced apartments, and a range of deals and options to suit all types – singles, couples, families and corporate groups.

Bayview Geographe Resort – In the dappled shade of giant peppermint trees and serene landscaping, Bayview Geographe Resort basks peacefully on 28 acres of tranquil beachfront at Geographe Bay. They offer a variety of accommodation options including resort rooms, studios and villas.

The Sebel – The Sebel Busselton offers a scenic, relaxed getaway for families and couples alike.  Along with modern self contained apartments, the hotel features a wide range of leisure facilities, from tennis courts to a kids club.

 

Top 5 Things to Do in Busselton

As recommended by the Margaret River Regional Visitor Centre

 

1. The Busselton Jetty 

Take the train or a leisurely stroll out the 1.8km jetty to the Underwater Observatory; voted the ‘No.1 Aquarium in the South Pacific’ by TripAdvisor.

2. Whale watching

Charter boats operate from Port Geographe Marina from September to December.

3. Hitting the beach  

The calm waters are perfect for swimming, fishing, paddling and snorkelling.

4. Enjoy a scenic drive or walk

Enjoy a scenic drive or walk through the only pure tuart forest in the world. Enjoy a picnic by day or take the spectacular nocturnal possum walk at night.

5.Cycle

Cycling the awesome beachside bike paths, you can even go all the way to Dunsborough. Or for the professional try the Ludlow Forest Drive through the tuarts – it’s no surprise this is part of the course for IRONMAN and other triathlon events!