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Busselton

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Busselton is a town on Geographe Bay in the South West region of Western Australia

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Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Busselton is under 3 hours drive from Perth, and under an hour from Bunbury.

By coach[edit]

TransWA connect with the Bunbury Train. South West Coaches have scheduled services to Bunbury with onward connections to Perth.

By plane[edit]

There is an airport and terminal, but no commercial scheduled services. Some charter flights operate for weekends away at the Margaret River.

Get around[edit]

You can walk from the pier and the beach to town, they are around 200m apart.

Busselton has a local bus service, stretching as far south as the Margaret River region, as as far north as Bunbury.

There used to be a train service along the length of the Jetty, but the service has not run since 2005. It is scheduled to reopen at some stage with the repair of the jetty underway.

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Busselton Jetty The most famous feature of Busselton is the pier. It is wooden, and very long. The pier has an underwater observatory near the end, and a museum and information centre near the beginning.

You can also dive the busselton jetty and it is one of the best jetty dives in australia. there is a great dive centre operating at the end of the jetty which offer courses and tours. they also offer DSD discover dives which you dont need any qualifications for just turn up and go, and also helmet diving which is even easier you dont need to swim or get your head wet and you walk around under water, so cool. book through the Facebook page[1]

Art The local ArtGeo Complex runs various art exhibitions throughout the year. Showcases local arts and crafts. It is located in town, easy walking distance to the jetty.

Historical sites there are a couple of historical sites within town (ArtGeo Complex is within the original Court House; Old Butter Factory is a short walk from town too, along the banks of Vasse River). A larger historical site, Wonnerup House, is to the East of the Geographe Marina and contains a preserved home and excellent manicured lawn area [2].

Wetlands Busselton is located in an established wetland area, noted for it's importance to migrating birds and biodiversity. There are plenty of lovely spots to observe the wetlands, but the best spot is near Wonnerup House at the bird watching platform.

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  • Swimming, there is a swimming pier by the side of the main pier.
  • Water Activities - in the summer months a large inflatable water playground is adjacent to the swimming pier. life jackets are included with the entry fees. The business running the attraction can be found online.
  • Snorkelling is good around the pier.
  • Tennis - nice old fashioned grass tennis courts available to hire.
  • Cycling - Cycling is a big part of Busselton. There are extensive, well maintained dual use cycle paths along the length of Geographe Bay (approximately 30kms from Geographe Marina to Dunsborough), and picturesque road cycling routes, meandering through the Tuart Forest (just outside of town). There are also MTB opportunities through the Tuart Forest. Higher grade, maintained MTB tracks are in the Dunsborough area. Bicycles can be hired from near the pier with some resorts also offering a bike hire service.
  • Skate Park the local skate park is located near the jetty and has recently been rebuilt. Plenty of challenges for beginners through to experienced users.
  • Playground There is a small childrens playground near the jetty, with another planned near the skatepark (yet to be constructed). a much larger, fenced in playground is near the towns main entrance, adjacent to the river.
  • Barbeques & picnics Plenty of free to use barbeques (BBQs) are along the foreshore area near the jetty. Plenty of beautiful grassed areas and tables available. Also free filtered water can be found near BBQ areas, playgrounds, near the ArtGeo complex and within the skatepark precinct.
  • Bird Watching There's a bird watching hut to the East of town, beyond the Geographe Marina, within the wetlands area. Free to use. Excellent facility. Easy to get to as there's a boardwalk to protect the wetlands.

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If you feel like ice-cream, there's a small Simmos store just near the jetty. Or the kiosk at Equinox [3] sells individual ice creams too.

Busselton has an amazing amount of large licenced cafes, serving modern Australian style cuisine. You have plenty of choice if you take a walk down the main street.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Abbey Beach Resort, 595 Bussell Highway, +61 (0)8 9755 4600, [4]. checkin: 14.00; checkout: 10.00. Resort near the beach. Luxury hotel and apartment accommodation with a complete range of facilities.  edit

For another option try a holiday house for little more than a good hotel room.

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Get out[edit]

The Margaret River is an easy day trip.



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