For the town of Busselton, nothing is more precious than their very own Busselton Jetty. It’s one hundred and fifty years of history and to the locals, it’s the eye of the town. Without them, it’s just not the same.
Once this famous jetty was threatened to be torn down, as it lost its original purpose as a docking area. For the waters were too shallow for the large modernised ships.
Now the friendly people of Busselton did not like the prospect of their jetty being torn down, “not one bit.” After a strong protest, the jetty survived and it became heritage listed.
Thankfully the locals had their say, because what stands now is another magnificent tourist destination that gathers thousands of visitors every year.
Where is it
The Busselton Jetty is situated in the large country town of Busselton, approximately two-hour drive south from the city of Perth. Once you reach this vibrant tourist town, drive through the town centre until you reach the Indian Ocean and the Jetty. You won’t miss it.
If you are only after a stroll on the jetty, or a little fishing or swimming, the admission price is $3 for an adult ticket. To visit the underwater conservative at the end of the 1.8km jetty, the cost is $33 for an adult ticket.
The Busselton Jetty is non-for profit organisation, any profit made goes straight to maintaining the Jetty.
A little bit of history
Construction of the jetty began in 1853 and the first section opened twelve years later in 1865, with the Jetty being around 200 metres long. Over the years, the Jetty kept getting extended until the 1960’s when it reached its 1841 metres in length.
As I mentioned at the beginning of the article. The Jetty became close to be demolished once ships couldn’t dock there anymore due to the waters being no more than 8-metres in depth. Far too shallow for the giant ships of today. History shows it was a smart call to preserve Jetty.
A great stroll
It’s the largest timber Jetty in the Southern Hemisphere, stretching out over the Indian Ocean for exactly 1841 metres. It’s a great stroll on the pier, especially on a summers day. Catch a turtle swimming below or schools of fish heading off in a hurry in the same direction. There is certainly action happening in the ocean below.
Or catch a train
I get it, a 1.8km walk or 3.6 return leg is not for everyone. Problem solved, catch the Busso Jetty Train all the way to the end of the Jetty to the underwater conservative.
Go three levels below and check out the amazing coral below the surface, watching the sea creatures swim on by. You never know which friend of the sea will come and say hello, a school of whiting, colourful reef fish or perhaps even a turtle or two. On any given day, it can be a lucky dip.
The Underwater Observatory is a forty to fifty-minute guided tour, where not only you learn about the coral and creatures of the ocean. You also receive a great history lesson of the iconic Busselton Jetty. The guide is very informative and well spoken.
Diving or snorkelling
Go diving under water, snorkel or go on an adventurous underwater walk with the team of the Dive Busselton Jetty. Click the link to their website for prices.
Busselton Jetty Events
For obvious reasons the Busselton Jetty host a lot of water events, especially during the summer months. The big names include the Busselton Ironman (a gruelling event), The Jetty swim and the Busselton Jetty Paddle.
Most of these events create a carnival atmosphere in the town, so even if you can’t or don’t want to compete. Come and check out the festivities, eat good food and listen to live music. Life is a party at the Jetty.