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Busselton is a bustling city on the west coast of Australia, a few hours’ drive south from Perth, in an enclosed cove. It is surrounded by beautiful waters, golden sand beaches and state forests. Life in Busselton revolves around the harbour and pier. The 1.8-kilometre long jetty is the centrepiece for the waterfront precinct. The jetty is heritage listed and the longest wooden-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. The Busselton Jetty is worth seeing just on its own, with beautiful waters and fishing on offer. The jetty is even fixed with a solar-powered train that can speed you along to the underwater observatory at the other end—one of only six currently operational in the world. See the fish that make the waters of Busselton their home. There are eleven viewing windows 8 metres under the water, and over 300 marine species have been counted beneath the jetty.
While at the jetty we recommend visiting the Interpretive Centre & Museum, found at the start of the jetty. Browse the gift shop and learn the history of the jetty and city through interactive and immersive displays. The museum is free and open 7 days a week.
In Busselton Bay, you can also book the popular whale watching tours. Across the bay, there are multiple locations you can drive to that offer different tour packages. From June to December, numerous species of whale pass by Busselton. It is one of the best locations on earth to get an up-close look at these mammals. Humpback, Minke, Blue and Southern Right whales all make the journey through the waters off the coast of Western Australia.
Busselton is a gateway to the Margaret River wine region. Although a small producer of wine in Australia, what the region lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality, with 20% of Australia’s premium wine being produced in this region. You have your pick of the bunch with 90 cellar doors in the region, all within a short driving distance of Busselton. Stay at the vineyards for a few days with many accommodation options available. Over 200 vineyards surround Busselton, producing their specialities of Semillon, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc. The wine region runs from Leeuwin on the bottom to Naturaliste and Busselton at the top. Bordered by multiple state forests such as the Blackwood State Forest, the South Blackwood State Forest, the Blackwood River National Park, Whicher National Park and more, it makes for a lovely driving experience. It really is an incredible region as the most isolated wine region on earth, with over 200 wineries and over 5,000 hectares of land dedicated to producing wine, all right on Busselton’s doorstep. Remember to always drink responsibly, and never drink and drive.
There are many fantastic options to eat and drink in Busselton. With fine-dining establishments as well as bars, cafes, bakeries, and pubs utilising the incredible local produce, you’ll want to get out and stretch your legs. Aside from walking around the many wineries and vineyards in the region, there are also dedicated walking trails in many state forests and national parks.
Head to Tuart Forest National Park, home to giant tuart trees, a type of giant eucalypt. The park is the largest tuart forest in the world and home to the endangered Western ringtail possum. The possum Night Spotlighting Trail is an easy 1.5 kilometre walk and a self-guided experience. It is designed to be walked at night as this is when the possum is active but can be walked during the day. The Tuart Forest National Park is a 20-minute drive east of Busselton.