With an abundance of world class natural attractions and close proximity to the Margaret River wine region, the City of Busselton remains one of the State’s top tourist attractions. Many visitors to this region stay in commercial tourism accommodation in Busselton, establishing the town as a base for exploring the Margaret River Region and surrounding attractions.
Considered the gateway to the Margaret River Region, your experience starts at Busselton, which offers a huge range of accommodation and activities; both man-made and natural.
Exploring from the Busselton City centre is easy, with Dunsborough 25 kilometres and Yallingup 35 kilometres away, whilst the town of Margaret River is approximately 50 kilometres (or a 40 minute drive).
The region has a Mediterranean style climate, with pleasant summer months and mild winter rainfall. Bordered by the Indian and Southern oceans, the region's coastline features some of the best surfing beaches in the country, towering forests and established wine regions.
Superb restaurants and a thriving arts community with numerous galleries showcasing the works of talented artisans are spread throughout the region. Other attractions include national parks, caves, historic lighthouses, beaches, wineries, micro-breweries and eco-tourism sites that have credited the South West region as the most popular tourist destination outside Perth in Western Australia.
A beachfront bike ride to the west of the Jetty will take you up to the ‘resort strip’ where you will find absolute beachfront accommodation. Busselton boasts the most tourist accommodation beds in the Region, so you can expect a range of resorts, well equipped caravan parks, cosy bed and breakfasts and lower cost, but-cheerful options to suit your needs.
East from the Jetty is Port Geographe Marina where you can join the locals for a drink, ogle dream boats, jump on board a twilight sail, or see the fishing charters’ catch of the day.
The iconic Busselton Jetty is the most famous and is one of the most popular visitor destinations in Western Australia. The jetty is the longest wooden piled jetty in the southern hemisphere and is over 1.8 kms long. At the end of the jetty there is a world class ‘Underwater Observatory’ which descends 8 metres to the ocean floor via a spiral staircase to display an awe inspiring forest of vividly coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates. Eleven viewing windows at various levels within the Observatory allow visitors to look out on some of the 300 different marine species that live beneath the jetty.
Sit back and relax on the famous Jetty Train while the train driver takes you out on the jetty on a 1.7 kilometre journey across the calm, clear waters of Geographe Bay. With 90 seats available and trips leaving throughout the day on the hour, the Jetty Train is the perfect way to experience the Busselton Jetty.
For more information about the Jetty go to : https://www.busseltonjetty.com.au/
Not only is Busselton blessed with a beautiful waterfront; calm, white-sand beaches; superb whale watching; and a lively foreshore with beachside cycle paths (you can ride all the way to Dunsborough), it also has a buzzing cultural hub with a great food and wine scene.
Some stand-outs include the Artgeo Cultural Complex, a museum, gallery and a 19th-century courthouse & Gaols. The complex is found heading south from the Jetty and located on Queen Street. The Cultural Complex offers a fusion of art, culture and heritage. Continue along for another two minutes and you will be in the heart of the CBD. The City center itself offers all the conveniences you might need including major supermarkets, banks, pharmacists, travel agents and more. Make time to stroll through iconic Fig Tree Lane between Prince and Kent Streets for a bit of retail therapy or watch the world go by at one of the funky small bars or cafes.
The 1936-built Fire Station which is now a small bar with organic and natural wines and beers from local producers. The Shed which opens Thursday to Sunday and located 10 kms further west on the junction of Caves road and Bussell highway, is a well known fresh food market where you’ll find local cheesemongers, fruit and vegie growers, artisan bakers and the like, as well as a host of food trucks as part of ‘Eat Street’.
Busselton also has a bursting calendar of events, which has earned it the title of ‘Events Capital of WA’. In 2017 for example, 163 events were held over a total of 299 event days.
Here are some happenings to keep an eye on. June: Jazz by the Bay: A diverse line-up of local and international jazz artists play in a variety of venues around the region. August: CinefestOZ Film Festival: Film screenings and immersive experiences such as red carpet premieres, short film sets, and ‘in conversation’ lunches at local wineries and breweries. In January of each year there is the Festival of Busselton, a festival of all things fun for all the family: an outdoor cinema, sandcastle competition, log chopping, a pet parade and more. In February there is the Busselton Jetty Swim: Two days of entertainment including free concerts, fun runs and food stalls culminate in the main event: a 3.6-kilometre swim around the jetty. Towards the end of February there is the Busselton Fringe Festival: This vibrant nine-day event includes a host of talented artists and performers taking to stages across the city. Comedy, cabaret, burlesque, film and family shows are among the many acts.
For full details of Events that are held in the City go to : https://www.busselton.wa.gov.au/Leisure-Tourism/What39s-On
There are many other recreational activities available to enjoy and these include walking the Cape to Cape track (135km from Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse). For more details go to : http://www.capetocapetrack.com.au/