“Extending 1.8 kilometres across stunning Geographe Bay, the heritage listed Busselton Jetty is the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. A must see for any visitor to the Margaret River Wine Region.
Jump on board the famous Jetty Train to reach the spectacular Underwater Observatory. Descend 8 metres below the water’s surface to discover some of the 300 different marine species below the jetty.”
The Busselton Jetty is a great place to visit as a family when down south. It is a historical jetty which is a Busselton landmark. There is a heap to do at the Busselton Jetty ranging from a simple walk on the jetty, fishing or crabbing off the jetty, riding the jetty train, swimming or jumping off the jetty, visiting the interpretive centre, snorkelling or scuba diving under the jetty or visiting the underwater observatory.
The Busselton Jetty is surrounded by grassed foreshore which is great for picnics or fish and chips, a couple of well-known eateries, a cycle path, a childrens playground and great family swimming beach.
I have visited Busselton Jetty numerous times and have done all of the above! This time our visit was to take our children on the Jetty train which takes you to the end of the 1.8km Jetty and to visit the Underwater Observatory.
The ticket for our family of 6 cost $75 and our total train ride and guided tour lasted nearly 2 hours. Our two young boys loved the train ride and had great fun waving to everybody and tooting along when the driver blew his horn.
The underwater observatory allows you to view the ocean life under the jetty which is 8 metres deep. There are 4 viewing platforms. Visibility varies according to weather and ocean conditions; the day we visited it was around 6-7 metres. You have a guide who talks for around 20 minutes and then hangs around to answer questions. You then have around another 25 minutes to explore. My kids thought it was great to see and hear creatures they had seen on the octonaughts!
We followed our return train journey with a picnic lunch on the foreshore.
All in all another great family adventure.
For more information visit www.busseltonjetty.com.au
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