A Guide To The Busselton Jetty
Now we know when most people think of “down south” in Western Australian terms two things come to mind: wine and Margaret River. But there is so much more to this beautiful region that lies just South of Perth. And a few things that you wouldn’t expect are actually the main attraction such as diving, snorkeling and train rides. Can you believe that there is even a spot where you can do all three. That’s right we are talking about the Busselton Jetty.
A location that has no lack of historic value, the Busselton Jetty was built all the way back in 1864. Functioning as a place to load and moor ships, the jetty served its purpose for over 200 years until 1971. From that point on the Jetty took a few huge hits, between a massive cyclone and a huge fire the jetty was in desperate need of a revamp. A massive refurbishment went underway in the early 2000s and now the jetty is complete with a café at the end where you can enjoy a nice coffee and cake as a reward for walking the longest timber piled jetty in the southern hemisphere.
The 1,841 meter long jetty can be enjoyed in a variety of different ways. You can decide to get in a bit of exercise and walk the entire length of the jetty which is about an hour trip return. You can also take a ride on the Stocker Preston Express which is an electric powered train that runs the entirety of the jetty. Leaving on the hour throughout the day it is only $14 for a return ticket aboard the Stocker Preston Express. Once at the end of the jetty you can go check out the underwater observatory that is 8 meters below the water’s surface. In summer you can book a mermaid tour where a magical mermaid will swim past the observatory during your tour. Then stop in at the café and enjoy a nice Yahava coffee before catching the rain back.
The other best way to explore the jetty is actually below the surface. Get wet and wild under the jetty with some of the many water activities available. One of the most unique things you can do here is the undersea walk experience. Here you can wear a helmet that allows you to breath normally underwater as you calmly walk along the ocean floor. You can also try scuba diving with certified instructors and even get PADI certifications such as your Open Water at the Busselton Jetty. Or if you are looking for a more simple underwater experience then you can simply hire some snorkel gear and go explore.
If you have a spare $1,650 you can even be treated to a gourmet dinner served 8 meters below the ocean's surface. Collaborations with a local chef from the famous Leeuwin Estate have resulted in a locally inspired mouthwatering degustation not only served 8 meters under water but also 1.8 kilometers out to sea. The price per person includes flight transfers to and from Perth as well as a professional photographer, a marine scientist, mermaid, free train ride.
Who would have thought just a two hour drive south of Perth an underwater wonderland is waiting for you. From exclusive underwater fine dining to magical mermaid tours there is so much to see and do here. You can also spend time enjoying the foreshore as well. At the Busselton foreshore there is a family safe protected swimming area as well as many places to enjoy a nice coffee and cold frothy beer with beachside views. Duck into the Shelter Brewery after a nice day exploring the jetty and enjoy some of their delicious home brews with some even more delicious views of the ocean and the jetty.