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Getting the Most out of Your Stay in Busselton - Our Travel Tips

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Busselton's Mediterranean climate - mild winters and warm, sunny summers - means that it's a pleasant spot to visit year-round, especially if you're a fan of exploring the outdoors and day tripping through wine country. Tours are well organized and run, and local people are warm, welcoming, and extremely laid-back. The locals are also proud of their natural surroundings and wildlife - you'll find their enthusiasm is infectious.

Best time to travel

 

Busselton is hottest and driest in the summer months from November to March, hitting an average high of around 30 degrees C (86 F) in January and February, although temperatures can climb as high as 40 degrees C (104 F). December is one of the busiest months as school summer vacation coincides with Christmas and New Year break. June, July, and August are the quietest months due to cooler temperatures and higher rainfall. It's worth bearing in mind that whale watching season is June through mid-December.

Not to miss

 

Busselton's fantastic beaches are a huge part of its allure, and most visitors spend a sizable chunk of their time relaxing on the fine white sand and splashing in the warm clear waters. The diving and snorkeling here is well worth checking out, and - if the timing is right - a whale watching cruise is a must-do. The Margaret River region is celebrated for its wineries, and with drops from over 80 wine producers to sample, a wine-tasting excursion should be on your itinerary.

 

Getting around

 

Weekend flights service Busselton Airport (BQB) from Perth. The drive from the state capital will take you a little over 2 hours. South West Coach Lines runs express bus routes to Perth, and also through the Margaret River region. Busselton has a local bus and taxi service - for up-to-date information, swing by the visitor centre next to Busselton Jetty. The town itself is easily walkable, but it’s worthwhile considering a hire car to venture further afield. Tours to the Margaret River wineries often include a door-to-door pick-up from your accommodation.

 

Cuisine

 

Busselton’s coastal location and its status as a fishing port mean it’s no surprise that fish and seafood are local specialties. Blue swimmer crabs are a local favorite, and barramundi, dhufish, and succulent Fremantle octopus are also caught off Busselton’s coast. You’ll also find an array of global cuisines. There’s a concentration of restaurants on Queen Street, and along the waterfront as you head west to Dunsborough. Many of Margaret River’s wineries include gourmet dining in your wine-tasting experience.

 

Customs and etiquette

 

Australians are renowned for being warm and laid-back, and Western Australians particularly so. Families with kids are welcomed almost everywhere. The dress code is normally casual, though some restaurants insist on proper footwear rather than “thongs” (flip-flops). Tipping for services is not mandatory in Australia, although rounding up the bill by 10 to 15 percent is customary in restaurants. Australia has extremely strict tobacco laws. Smoking is banned in restaurants and bars, as well as most public places, including many outdoor areas.

 

Fast facts

 

  • Population: 22000
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  • Spoken languages: English
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  • Electrical: 230 volts, 50 Hz, plug type I
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  • Phone calling code: +61 8
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  • Emergency number: 000; 112 on cell phone