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The longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere, Busselton Jetty stretches almost 2 km (1.2 mi) into the sea and ends with an underwater observatory. From a depth of 8 m (26 ft) below sea level, you can observe over 300 marine species, including colorful tropical corals and a variety of fish, sponges, and invertebrates swimming right in front of the observatory's 11 viewing windows. Children enjoy the Jetty Train, which seats around 50 visitors. This unusual train trip across the sea offers views of frolicking dolphins and local fishermen snatching their catch. Often described as Australia's greatest artificial reef, this jetty serves up both education and recreation. Plan to visit Busselton Jetty during your Wonnerup vacation using our convenient Wonnerup sightseeing planning tool.
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The Busselton Jetty hardly needs reviewing! Its iconic status has been confirmed by numerous top awards. If you are from southern WA, it was almost certainly part of your childhood. Almost 2km... more »
Went on a sunny day. Took the train to the underwater observatory and walked back. The underwater viewing is amazing and a must to experience. Seeing fish in their natural habitat so far out is... more »
Yes it’s one of the iconic locations of WA, and the longest wooden piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere but it’s better as a one off visit as there isn’t much to do, well I mean that is free anyway. Busselton Jetty has a deep history and when walking on it there are checkpoint with information about what the jetty has been through and its extensions. The place is amazing for fishers without boats for its equipped with side platforms that go down to the ocean surface and its length of 1.8 km means it goes to the pretty deep parts of the ocean where more fishes live. The jetty also has many fish preparing benches/stations for scaling and gutting your catches for the day. Walking entrance for the jetty is free for under 16 otherwise you have to pay a fee of 3-4 dollars. Walking from one end to the other is a memorable experience just taking in the ocean breeze and scenery but again it is 1.8 km long, taking approximately 25 minutes to walk both to the end and back. To take the train, you have to pay 13 dollars which to me is kind of expensive so I would say it’s better as a one off thing. Then at the end, there is a natural aquarium and it’s very fascinating as I have been there to but I figure you would also have to pay to go inside but past the aquarium is the current end of the jetty. It’s a wide platform outlooking the ocean and a nice place to take photos and rest your legs. Again nice to visit for tourist but I would imagine that you would get bored after visiting it multiple times, I recommend providing little side attractions on the jetty that people can go to as they walk and it would make money for the jetty funds so people wouldn’t have to pay the fee to enter. Examples would be photo booths or like snack stalls/shacks that don’t produce rubbish that tempts people to put it in the oceans. Or just add bins. Another suggestion would be adding picnic tables or more resting places on the jetty so the family can enjoy the view on the jetty while eating or something.
A Must place to go in western Australia! It's historic and fun at the same time. You learn a lot oh the past. It is an adventure to walk on the jetty and see all the activities, including swimming and snorkeling. And overall it's a fantastic place for the kids. It is one of the best playgrounds that I have ever seen. Rating 10 out of 10!
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