Busselton and Surrounds

Busselton

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.

People doing beer and wine tasting
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Group of people on beer and wine tour
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Top Five 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!