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What to Do in Busselton - Hitting the Beach, Exploring the Outdoors, Taking a Wine Tour

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Busselton's beachfront location is key to its allure. It’s easy to fill your days with oceanfront activities, from snorkeling and sunbathing to fishing and whale watching. If you want to get out of town, you'll find plenty of tours offering day trips to Margaret River's more than 80 wineries.

Busselton Jetty

 

Busselton Jetty is the city's main attraction. At nearly 2 km, it's the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. It's also one of the oldest - 2015 marked its 150-year anniversary. You can walk or take a leisurely train ride along its length to the Underwater Observatory, 8 meters below the surface. Here you can peek out at colourful fish, tropical and sub-tropical corals, and invertebrates - over 300 species in total - that call the jetty waters home.

 

  • Busselton Jetty, Busselton Beachfront (beach end of Queen St), Busselton WA 6280; Tel: +61 8 9754 0900; Website: Busselton Jetty

Cruises, fishing charters, whale watching

 

From September to December, around 35,000 whales and their calves use Geographe Bay as a secluded stop-off point as they migrate to colder southern waters. And as Busselton is the last stop before their long swim, the humpback whales are often extremely playful. Southern right whales also often swing by for a rest. Even blue whales have been spotted cruising south after a trip to the Rottnest trench to feed. Tours depart Port Geographe marina, several times daily. Cruises around Busselton Jetty are offered year-round. You can also board a fishing charter during fishing season, typically mid-December to mid-May.

 

  • All Sea Charters, Port Geographe Marina, Busselton WA 6280; Tel: +61 417 794 008; Website: All Sea Charters
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  • Legend Charters, Davies Road, Busselton, WA 6280; Tel: +61 419 908 742; Website: Legend Charters

 

Wine and brewery tours from Busselton

 

Feeling thirsty? Busselton is the gateway to the Margaret River region, famous for its wineries. There's a litany of wine tours to choose from, including private and wine-and-dine experiences. There’s also a host of breweries and cideries. Cheeky Monkey Brewery offers 5 high-quality beers and 2 ciders on tap, served in the lakeside gardens. Margies Big Day Out Beer & Wine Tour will take you to wineries, breweries, and local cheese and chocolate manufacturers. They’ll pick you up for the 40-minute drive, so you can leave your wheels behind and feel free to indulge.

 

 

Exploring Busselton's great outdoors

 

You can take a scenic drive or leisurely walk through Tuart Forest National Park, stopping to picnic by day, or embarking on a thrilling possum walk after dark. The more athletically inclined can follow the Busselton Ironman or Triathalon trails through the forest. You can cycle along Busselton's broad beachside bike paths, as far as Dunsborough, 24 km east. Further afield, caving adventures await in the million-year-old limestone karst formations beneath the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, including tours among the remarkable stalactites of Ngilgi Cave.

 

  • Tuart Forest National Park, via Tuart Drive, Busselton WA 6280; Tel: +61 8 9752 1288; Website: Tuart Forest National Park
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  • Ngilgi Cave, 76 Ngilgi Cave Yallingup Caves Road, Yallingup WA 6282; Tel: +61 8 9755 2152; Website: Ngilgi Cave

 

Hitting Geographe Bay's beaches

 

Geographe Bay's clear, tranquil, and relatively warm waters are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. The more sheltered swimming beaches are to the north in Dunsborough and Busselton. Further along the 120-kilometer bay, you'll find some of the best surf spots in Western Australia. If you're up for paddle boarding or kayaking, you'll find plenty of spots to rent some gear. But if lazing on deserted swathes of soft sand is more your speed, you'll find lots of places for that, too.

 

  • South West Water Sports, Corner of Dunn Bay Road and Geographe Bay Road, Dunsborough WA 6281; Tel: +61 456 70 40 40; Website: South West Water Sports