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Just two and a half hours drive south of Perth, the Busselton Jetty is situated at the northern gateway to the Margaret River Wine Region, in the seaside resort town of Busselton.
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. As one of the most popular tourist attractions in Western Australia, it is a must see for any visitor to the Capes Region.
Discover the Famous Jetty Train
Sit back and relax while the train driver takes you on a 1.7 kilometre journey across the calm, clear waters of Geographe Bay. With 50 seats available and trips leaving throughout the day, the Jetty Train is the perfect way to experience the Busselton Jetty.
From glimpses of dolphins frolicking to spotting local fishermen snaring their catch of the day, the Jetty Train trip promises to deliver something for everyone.
Visit The Underwater Observatory
Board the Jetty Train, and visit the Underwater Observatory. This unique building allows visitors to experience one of Australia's greatest artificial reefs.
Descend 8 metres to the ocean floor via a spiral staircase to discover an awe inspiring forest of vividly coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates.
Visit The Interpretive Centre for Souvenirs, Giftware, Cultural Heritage and the work of Local Artisans
The centre warmly welcomes visitors and provides a relaxed and friendly environment. Browse the unique and stylish giftware and homeware on display as well as a vast array of souvenirs and mementos. There is also a selection of giftware created by local artisans and stunning furniture and home decor pieces crafted from recycled timber salvaged from the Jetty.
Browse the Cultural Heritage Museum located within the Interpretive Centre.
The Famous History of The Busselton JettyConstruction of the Busselton Jetty began in 1865. Beginning as a mere 161 metres, sand drift resulted in an additional 131 metres being added in 1875. Further extensions were made throughout the following 90 years creating the remarkable 1.8 kilometre length.
After more than a century of use and servicing over 5000 vessels, the Busselton Jetty officially closed as a Port in 1973. Once closed to shipping, government maintenance ceased.
Following the decline of government funding and the crippling effects of Cyclone Alby in 1978, a community group was formed to raise funds for much needed restoration and maintenance. Between 1987 and 2003, the community organisation now known as the Busselton Jetty Environment and Conservation Association (BJECA) raised sufficient funds to replace 50% of the Jetty structure, establish the train service and construct the iconic Underwater Observatory and Interpretive Centre.
In 2011 a $27 million refurbishment of the jetty structure was completed. $24 million was contributed by the Western Australian State Government with the balance contributed by the Shire of Busselton and BJECA.
The Busselton Jetty stands as a monument to the spirit and dedication of the Busselton community.
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