Each cruise line will offer their guests a selection of carefully curated shore-excursion programs, according to ship schedule. Highlights might include visits to spectacular capes, coastlines and bays, vineyard and winery tastings, enjoy local produce from paddock to plate or the option to explore ancient caves or a working lighthouse. These options are best to book in advance of a visit with your ship to make the most of a stay.
Snorkel or paddle under the famous 1.8km Busselton Jetty, catch a train to its end and visit the underwater observatory, or peruse galleries and workshops filled with work by local artists. The self-guided Busselton Heritage (Walking) Trail takes in several fascinating cultural sites and heritage buildings, including the old courthouse and bonds stores, as well as the Busselton Museum located at the original town butter factory. For a small fee you can download the audio tour to your smartphone and listen to stories from times gone by, as well as access historic imagery and video.
There is also a great range of places to eat and drink. From the timeless enjoyment of fish and chips by the sea, authentic French crepes enjoyed alfresco bistro style, classic country pub fare to craft brews by the bay, and local ice-creameries.
For a taste of the region all under one roof head to Origins Market, where you will find stalls providing tastings of local wine, honey, baked goods, fresh juice, gelato, and much more, along with food trucks and vendors serving a wide range of international cuisines.
If your ship arrival co-coincides with the local Sunday market day, you also have a chance to speak to local farmers and buy seasonal produce direct.
Busselton is a flat town, making it ideal for walking and exploring on foot. The main high street, shopping and dining district are all within 2-7 blocks of the cruise tender arrival area, and there is plenty to see and do.
Make sure to pick up a copy of the Discover Busselton walking guide and map from the visitor centre or cruise information tent upon arrival from your tender. For larger ship visits of more than 1,000 passengers aboard, a complimentary City Hopper bus will be in service, allowing you to hop on and hop off and some of the key points of interest around the town centre. This service will run from 10am – 3pm or subject to ship schedule.
Public transport between across the region and between towns and points of interest is limited and infrequent. Booking a shore excursion or tailored day out with local, knowledgeable guide will take you to see some of the best of the region, before dropping you back to the foreshore with plenty of time to re-board the ship. Taxis or car hire are another great option, but are best arranged prior to arrival.