5 ways to see the Busselton Jetty

5 ways to see the Busselton Jetty

The Busselton Jetty is a sight to see. Stretching 1.84km into the Indian Ocean, the 153-year-old wharf is an iconic symbol and most popular attraction in Busselton. So much so that it won the gold medal for Major Tourist Attraction at the 2018 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards.

The timber jetty is the longest in the southern hemisphere and visitors come from all over the world to see its majestic beauty. There's a lot to see, read, and do along the Busselton Jetty so take your time as you walk along. Of course, walking is just one way to discover the magic of Busselton's top attraction.

We've listed 5 ways to see the Busselton Jetty on your holiday to WA's South West.

Photos by Jennifer Morton

Take a hike

Walking is probably the most popular way to see the Busselton Jetty. On any given morning, you'll see dozens of Busselton residents and tourists walking or jogging along the timber wharf for their daily exercise. Not only will you score some fitness points, but you'll also be treated to an amazing sunrise.

Throughout the day, the jetty fills up with visitors taking in the history, interesting facts, and memorials as posted on plaques along the extensive pier. If you get tired, there are benches and shelters to rest.

Remember your camera; there are countless photo opportunities, especially at the end when you're nearly two kilometres out to sea.

Admission: $4 per adult, 16 and under are free

Open: 24 hours to 1.7km only. 9-5pm the entire 1.84 km.

Busselton Jetty Beach

Hop on the train

The next best way to see the jetty is by train on the Stocker Preston Express. Buy tickets at the Interpretive Centre and Heritage Museum at the entrance of the dock. The electric train leaves on the hour every day except Christmas Day, or during severe weather conditions (rare, but it happens).

The return trip takes about 45 minutes, and you can disembark the train at the Underwater Observatory and walk to the very end (approximately 100 metres). It's a fantastic trip for families, seniors, and people with limited mobility or disabilities.

Cost: $13.50 adults, $7.50 children, kids under 3 are free if they sit a parent's lap

Departures: Daily 9am-4pm late September to late April, 10-3pm the rest of the year

Busselton Underwater Observatory Tour

Go Below

If you'd like to see below the sea and stay dry, there are two options. The Underwater Observatory near the end of the jetty allows you to watch marine life eight metres under the ocean. Thrill at the sight of fish, scuba divers, and mermaids (check timetables at www.busseltonjetty.com.au) swimming around the artificial reef of the jetty pylons through 11 glass windows. The underwater look-out is one of six in the world and a fantastic way to see the jetty from below.

For the more adventures souls out there, the Undersea Walk lets you don a wetsuit and SeaTREK helmet for a stroll on the ocean floor. No swimming is required, and the space-looking helmet enables you to breathe naturally. Available in summer months only. Scuba gear, snorkels and wetsuits are also available for hire.

Observatory Admission: $34 adults, $20 kids, includes return train journey

Open: Daily 9am-4pm late September to late April, 10-3pm the rest of the year

Get Reel

Experience the Busselton Jetty like hundreds of local outdoorsmen do every year: with rod and reel. Fishing from the jetty is one of Busselton's great pastimes - we even blogged about Busselton's best fishing spots. The old and young alike spend hours in the early morning and evenings trying to catch a feed for dinner.

Squid, herring, whiting, and crabs are just a few of the species you can catch off the famous pier. The Interpretive Centre sells limited fishing supplies and bait but Busselton is blessed with several tackle shops for all your angler needs. 

Admission: $4 to access jetty, kids 16 and under, free

Open: 24/7

Swim Busselton Jetty Swim

Like a fish

Between December and April, the water around the Busselton Jetty is a natural swimming pool (though people do swim here year-round). At the first platform on the eastern side is the jetty jumping stage where you'll find many youths having the time of their lives during school holidays and weekends.

The beaches at the Busselton foreshore are gorgeous and safe for swimming, snorkelling and having loads of water-based fun.

Each February, the great dock hosts the annual Busselton Jetty Swim. Hundreds of keen swimmers travel from far and wide to swim around the jetty in hopes of scoring the best time. Even if you don't want to have a go, the sight of 350 people in the water alongside the Busselton Jetty is exciting.

Cost: Jetty admission fees for adults $4 (9am-5pm), beach access is free

Open: 24/7

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