Busselton, Destination Guide
One of Western Australia’s favourite tourism towns, and the largest in the Margaret River Region. Its waterfront is the hero but the town centre also offers a cosmopolitan atmosphere, heritage precinct plus great cafes, pubs, restaurants and retail therapy.
If there’s only one place you visit in Busselton, make it the Busselton Jetty! The 1.8km, 140 year old heritage listed jetty is the longest wooden structure in the Southern Hemisphere and extends over the calm blue waters of Geographe Bay. See it by jetty train, walk it, swim alongside it, or view it from underwater at the Underwater Observatory at the end of the Jetty and see one of Australia’s greatest artificial reefs. Other places of historical significance worth visiting include Wonnerup House (1837), the Old Courthouse (1854) Gallery (part of the ArtGeo Cultural Complex), Busselton Museum housed in the Heritage Butter Factory and St Mary’s Church, built by settlers in the 1840s.
As well as the Jetty and it’s many attractions, there’s the Busselton Foreshore with new adventure playground and impressive skate park, waterfront dining and summer aquatic playground. The Forest Adventures zip line and flying fox course just 10 minutes north of town, dive the Busselton Jetty, take to the skies in a Tiger Moth or skydive with Geronimo from Busselton Airport , or visit the Ludlow Tuart Forest with the 300-400 year old trees. Hop on the cycle path from Busselton to Dunsborough to explore the coastline and have a swim. Busselton is also host to many annual sporting and community events, such as the Sunsmart Ironman WA, Busselton Beach Festival, Busselton Jetty Swim, Festival of Busselton, Chevron City to Surf, Festival of Triathlon +more adventure races, competitions and fun runs.
Busselton’s Art Geo Complex is Busselton’s cultural heart, with galleries, a variety of exhibitions, artists in residence, and cafe. Follow the Busselton Settlement Art Project sculpture trail through town – currently comprising five sculptures depicting a spiritual elder, whaler’s wife, timber worker, settler John Bussell, and a Spanish settler. The Weld Theatre hosts regular productions, and Busselton is also regional events capital of WA, so there’s always a buzz in town. Local tip – after visiting the Art Geo cultural precinct, stroll up Queen Street for a gelato, crepe, wine, beer or coffee!