As the gateway to the southwest, Busselton is a great base to explore the south west region. Host to a lot of major events such as Iron Man, Busselton Jetty swim, concerts, tennis tournaments, sailing regattas, car shows and even weekly markets, there is something for everyone.
For those looking at staying in the area there are a number of different types of accommodation options. From resorts and self contained apartments right on the beach front, through to cosy bed and breakfast, caravan parks and camping options.
Checking out the beach front is a must during your stay as the refurbished shorefront is simply beautiful. Large grassy areas for throwing a Frisbee or kicking a ball, an array of different playgrounds for kids of all ages and lots of undercover bbq areas to cook up a storm. If you’d prefer to be wined and dined there are a couple of great beachfront restaurants, take away options and a new micro brewery, all over looking the ocean. The main street is also only walking distance away, also with a great range of international cuisine options as well.
The Jetty itself is iconic to Busselton dating back to the late 1800’s when it used to be a port servicing the area. At just over 1.8km in length it is the longest timber piled jetty in the southern hemisphere with a world class underwater observatory at the end where you can go below the surface to see the amazing array of local sea life and coral growing on the pylons. You can walk the jetty or catch the jetty train. The path of the train was re-created to follow the old train tracks that used to take the timber out to the end of the jetty, ready to be shipped. The original old train has also been given a new lease on life, refurbished to its former glory and is currently on display at the Busselton Visitor Centre. Keeping with the restoration of the jetty train, entry to the centre has been designed to look like a train platform.
Photos of the amazing history of the jetty and how it has weathered cyclones and fires are available to view in the interpretive centre located at the base of the jetty. This little centre stocks a great range of present ideas with lots of cool little nick knacks, the sale of which help fund the maintenance of the jetty as they are a not for profit organisation.
The Jetty is also popular for fishing and if you’re game, for jumping off for a swim. If you’d perhaps prefer to jump off a smaller jetty a bit closer to the safety of the shore, there is also a designated and protected swimming jetty in the shape of a horse shoe that leads all the way onto the shore. For those that are a little more adventurous the jetty now offers an individual underwater experience. You wear a head mask that kind of looks like the old original diving equipment allows you to breathe underwater, without having to have a scuba divers ticket. Quite extraordinary really.
More of the outdoors type and prefer to stay dry? There is a skate park right near the jetty that has areas for tricks and a bowl, but also basketball hoops. So if you have a skateboard, basketball or a bike it’s definitely worth bringing them with you. With bike paths along the foreshore, you can go for a ride, even all the way down to the marina. Use the outdoor fitness equipment while you’re there or stop in for another drink at a couple of little cafés and restaurants tucked away nearby. For a bit more of a challenge, there are great bike paths and walking trails extending down the coast in both directions, even all the way to Dunsborough.
So when you’ve had a good workout and feel like you need some TLC from all that exercise, contact me to book in your sound massage in Busselton