Busselton

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.

Culture vultures can visit the Busselton Museum, the Old Courthouse Art Complex or St Mary’s Church – with countless other attractions like caves, historic lighthouseswineriescraft breweriesart galleriesrestaurantspubsbeaches and scenic viewpoints just around the corner.

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.

Head to the beautiful Foreshore to enjoy the pristine beach and take in the holiday atmosphere.

Our Top 5 Things to Do in Busselton

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 through the only pure tuart forest in the world. Enjoy a picnic by day or take the spectacular nocturnal possum walk at night.

5. 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!

So thriving is Busselton’s calendar, the city has been declared the ‘Events Capital’ of Western Australia.

History of Busselton

Captain Nicholas Baudin led an expedition of the French ships, Geographe and Naturaliste and explored this part of the coast of Western Australia in 1801. Baudin named Geographe Bay and Cape Naturaliste after the ships and named the river Vasse, after a sailor Thomas Vasse who was lost overboard.

Over 30 years later in 1834, the Bussell family relocated from the Blackwood River after discovering optimal farm land in the area. They established a cattle station that became one of the most thriving stations in the colony.

Agriculture and timber industries flourished and to service the exports, construction of the Busselton Jetty commenced in 1865. Originally 165 metres, sand drift resulted in an additional 131 metres being added in 1875. Many more extensions were made during the next 90 years creating the enormous 1.8 kilometre length. The port was closed in 1973 and government maintenance of the jetty ceased.

In 2011, a $27 million refurbishment of the jetty structure was completed.
Busselton, the ‘capital’ of Your Margaret River Region was proclaimed a City on 21 January 2012 and has a current resident population of approximately 34,000 people.

Busselton Jetty 1915

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Insiders’ Information

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Accommodation

Stay in town for easy access to nightlife, beaches and cafes. Find the perfect place to stay in Busselton.

Leisure & Family

There are so many family-friendly things to do in Busselton. See our full list of activities.

Wineries

The City of Busselton is home to many of Your Margaret River Region’s wineries. See our full wineries list.

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