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Visitor Centre:
Busselton Visitor Centre
Busselton Jetty
Phone: (08) 9752 1288
Fax: (08) 9754 1470
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Busselton is the State’s premier seaside resort town.
Sheltered from most prevailing winds, 30kms of white sandy beaches provide an aquatic playground in the tranquil water of Geographe Bay.
In the last 20 years, a new industry has developed in the region with the establishment of many vineyards producing award-winning premium table wines. This helps to supplement the traditional industries of dairying, beef cattle, sheep and other farming products. In Spring the wildflowers are magnificent. Busselton makes an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding area, in particular the Cape Naturaliste region and the Margaret River wine region, which extends from Busselton in the north to Augusta in the south.
There are over 200 vineyards and 80 wineries in the region - a remarkable number considering wine was first produced in the region just 30 years ago.
Many wineries offer meals with spectacular views over vineyards and tranquil rural settings. Highly skilled chefs produce dishes to suit all tastes.
You can also find several specialty breweries where you can partake of some unusual and exotic amber brews.
Busselton was one of the earliest settlements in Western Australia. In 1801, a French
sailor named Vasse from the French Expedition ships Geographe and Naturaliste, was lost during a violent storm in Geographe Bay. Subsequently, the river and district were named ‘Vasse’, the bay ‘Geographe’ and the cape ‘Naturaliste’.
In 1832, after two years of settlement at Augusta, the Bussells, Molloys and other original settlers applied for grants of land in the Vasse River/Geographe Bay area. Settlement began in 1834.
The town is named after the Bussell family. Queen Street, which extends from the jetty to the river, is along the original track cut by John G. Bussell. Captain Molloy’s wife, Georgiana, was largely responsible for collecting and identifying a wonderful variety of district native plants and for introducing many foreign plants such as yucca lilies and willows.
Busselton soon established itself as a leading port. By 1850 timber was being exported and the small town prospered. At the same time,work commenced on a two kilometre wooden jetty - which would become the longest in the Southern Hemisphere and is now one of Australia’s most unique eco-tourism sites.
Ballarat Engine
WA’s first steam locomotive ran between Yoganup and Wonnerup. It was used from 1871-1886, hauling timber for the primary purpose of constructing the Busselton Jetty.
The engine is now on display in Victoria Park, opposite the Busselton Visitor Centre.
Busselton Historic Museum
The Museum was originally constructed as a creamery which also supplied ice to the town. Many items of historical interest are displayed such as photographs, furniture, clothing, farm machinery, butter and cheese making equipment, a fully furnished old Group house and a school. Open daily 10-4pm (except Tuesdays). Entry fee applies.
Busselton Jetty
Stroll over ocean and walk underwater without getting your feet wet! Extending 1.8 kilometres over the protected waters of Geographe Bay, the heritage listed Busselton Jetty is the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere.
Busselton Jetty Underwater Observatory
The Underwater Observatory provides visitors with the opportunity to view amazing marine life as they descend 8m to the ocean floor.
Heritage Park And Trail
Learn more about the rich heritage of the town by visiting the Heritage Park and Trail which commences at the corner of Peel Terrace and Causeway Road.
A free map providing history of relevant landmarks and a suggested walk trail is available from both the Busselton and Dunsborough Visitor Centres.
Ludlow Tuart Forest
Travelling from Bunbury, be sure to take the leisurely tourist drive and capture the rare beauty of these forest giants, the only natural stand of tuart left in the world.