Welcome to Busselton!
Located on the pristine waters of Geographe Bay, Busselton is a great place for a family holiday. Best known for its famous two-kilometre long jetty, Busselton was first settled by the Bussell family in 1834 - one of the earliest settlements in Western Australia. Being in close proximity to the tall timber country, Busselton established itself as a leading port in the mid 1800s, and jetties for this purpose were built at various points along Geographe Bay. Of these, only the Busselton Jetty remains.
Today, Busselton is a family friendly tourist stopover, beach side accommodation in Busselton is abundant and includes resorts and tourist parks in close proximity to a bustling hub of activity – and with a thrilling annual events calendar, you won’t want to leave!
What to do
- Eyeball a fish: see 300 species of marine life in the Underwater Observatory at the jetty’s end – eight metres below sea level, it’s one of Australia’s best artificial reefs.
- Watch whales: charter boats operate from Port Geographe Marina from September to December.
- Stroll the jetty: take a walk to the jetty’s end, or catch the jetty train if your legs are tired.
- Beach it: located in the middle of a 30km stretch of immaculate beaches, the calm waters are perfect for swimming, fishing and watersports.
- Pack a picnic: the foreshore near the jetty is a great picnic spot – right on the water with lush lawns and magnificent pine trees.
- Do winery tour at one of the local vineyards
- Cycling in Busselton – it’s so flat, no wonder they hold iron man and triathlon events here!
- Watching the dolphins frolicking in Port Geographe Marina.
- Southbound festival: two blissful summer days of camping, music and arts – what’s not to love?
Useful to know
- The Busselton Jetty is the longest wooden pier in the southern hemisphere.
- Many of the region's wine tour operators will pick up from accommodation in Busselton.
- Busselton has both an indoor and outdoor cinema.
How to get there
Busselton is located on Geographe Bay, approximately 240km south of Perth, and 50km north of Margaret River. Take the Kwinana Freeway out of Perth city, which eventually becomes Forrest Highway, and follow the signs to Bunbury, then Busselton. It takes around 2.5 hours from Perth. From Margaret River, follow Bussell Highway north for about 40 minutes.