Perth & Western Australia: Busselton


About 2.5 hours drive south of Perth city lies the longest jetty in the Southern Hemisphere, the Busselton Jetty, which extends 1.8km over the protected waters of Geographe Bay. The awesome view is the draw.

Busselton Jetty

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Like a photogenic person, the jetty has no bad camera angle.

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Truly exhilarating to smell the sea salt in the air and to have such a beautiful sea view with fluffy clouds decorating the blue skies. The awesome view was accompanied by the symphony of the waves and the sound made by sea gulls. The sea breeze was chilly yet one was embraced by the warmth of the sun.  Such sensory treat is a total bliss, isn’t it?

I might have a new calling….I want to be a full time beach bum.

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Lunch was by the jetty, The Goose Beach Bar & Kitchen.

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Fish and chips using Margaret river mackerel (AUD27.50)

The batter was light and crispy, the fish was tender and moist. The chips were also not salty and not over-fried. 

Comes with tartare sauce and ketchup. I’d rate the fish & chips as pleasant to eat but not fantastic.

Seafood chowder (AUD34.50) accompanied by two slices of bread. 

Prawns,mussels,local fish and a slab of smoked salmon. 

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The chowder may be a tad bland to some people but I like it this way. They were generous with the seafood and it was fresh as well. I felt the smoked salmon was out of place in the chowder though.. Nevertheless, It was a hearty bowl of warm goodness. The mister didn’t like the chowder but it was my kind of thing. 

However, I thought this might be better shared with someone else. It gets a tad boring to consume the whole bowl of thick soup on your own. 

After lunch, it was time to explore the Busselton Jetty. You may choose to walk to the end of the jetty or take a mini train there. Tickets can be booked online or at the interactive centre (Refer to end of this post for ticket details).

The 20mins train ride was breezy and pleasant as the calm blue seas and fluffy clouds came into sight.

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At the end of the jetty, we also took a guided tour of the observatory. If you just buy a train ticket, it will not entitle you to the observatory tour.

You may have seen astounding views of the underwater world in many bigger aquariums so this pales in comparison. However, I like that while those fishes were placed in the aquarium for you to view, the fishes were here at the right time and the right place, swimming past you and you mange to see them. We call this fate? Dramatised but I like that it’s natural occurring in that sense!

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The guided tour lasted 45mins but actually after 20mins, you are free to roam about in the observatory till the next scheduled return train comes along.

The beach by the jetty is also a good place to take 1000 pictures, to stroll along or to let kids run about.

My opinion is that…you’ve gotta do the whole works. Lunching/drinking by the jetty, taking tons of pictures, taking the train ride and going for the observatory tour to make this Busselton trip a complete one.

The Sebel Busselton

We stayed overnight at The Sebel Busselton. It has washing machine/dryer, kitchenette with cooking utensils and cutleries.. No toothbrush provided but shampoo/conditioner and bathgel were given. Other facilities also included swimming pool and a games room (Such as pool table and games machine. Extra charges applies). No free wifi.

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Overall, our one night stay was pleasant.

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The Goose Bear Bar & Kitchen

Address:

Geographe Bay Road, Busselton (Next to the Jetty), WA 6280
Tel: +61 8 9754 7700
Opening Hours:

Breakfast 7am-11am, All day menu 11.30am-9pm Daily

 

Underwater Observatory and Jetty Train

Details

3 types of tickets:

i) The Jetty

Adult Day Pass – $3.00 (+17 years)

Jetty Child Day Pass – Free (0-16 years)

ii) The Jetty Train Ride

Adults – $12.00 (+15 years)

Child – $6.00 (3-14 years)

Infants – Free (must sit on adult’s lap)

The train departs the interpretive centre on the hour. Ticket includes return trip and Jetty Day pass. Bookings recom. Duration: approx. 45mins.

iii) Family Pass – $85.00 (2 adults, 2 children)

Adult – $32.00 (+15 years)

Child – $15.00 (3-14 years)

Ticket includes return train ride, 40min guided tour of the Underwater Observatory and a Jetty Day Pass. Extra children $5 per child, max of 2. Departs: On the hour. Duration: Approx. 1 hour, 45 minutes.

Note: Observatory is only accessible by guided tour. Buying tickets (i) and (ii) does not grant access to Observatory.

 

Note:

– There are six flights of ten stairs within the Underwater Observatory with a viewing platform between each flight.

– If you arrive after train departure you will be required to walk to the Underwater Observatory.

– Prams may be transported in the Jetty Train if room permits. Prams are not permitted within the Underwater Observatory.

 

The Sebel Busselton

Address:

553 Bussell Highway, Busselton, Western Australia, Australia 6280

Tel: +61 8 9754 9800

 

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