Nestled into Geographe Bay in the southwest region of Western Australia, Busselton is a lovely little beachside town just 220km’s from central Perth. It is home to one of the longest jettiest in the southern hemisphere.
It’s best to drive to Busselton from Perth, it’ll only take you just over two and a half hour. You can also connect to the town by bus through Bunbury which has regular services to Perth. The walk to the beach and jetty is very close to town so you don’t really need transport unless you want to explore the surrounding area.
Most of the accommodation is very close to the bay. There are a couple of backpackers in town with private rooms and dorm beds. Standard double rooms start at $70 a night up to gorgeous spa apartments for $170. A good few camping and caravan park places can be found close by the town.
The highlight of the area is the pier and you can take a walk to the end to see the underwater observatory or small museum at the beginning. Swimming and snorkelling around the pier is also common. Take a day trip to the nearby Margaret River which is a great place for a walk or cycle and the wineries in the area are world famous so stop at a few of the vineyards and sample some fabulous selection of wines.
The Busselton Jetty is the most popular dive site in the area and there is a dive centre close by. Loads of different corals and fish have made their home amongst the forest of pylons so see what you can find. Macro photographers will love this site as there is a variety of nudibranchs and other small creatures. There are some corals gardens at the site 4 Mile Bank where you can search for some crayfish.
A special adventure is to jump on a charter for a fishing and spear fishing adventure. You might even catch your dinner.
Chill out around the jetty for a few days and be sure to try the local home made ice cream at the Gelato place.
(By Kelly Luckman)