A Day Around the Bay

24 glorious hours on the shore of Geographe Bay

On limited time but want to experience the best of Busselton, Dunsborough and Yallingup? Here's a fun filled day in the bay which includes something for everyone.

Start with a walk or stroll along the beach in Busselton. Either direction gives you a great view over the water of Geographe Bay, the eastern shores of Cape Naturaliste as well as the iconic Busselton Jetty itself.

The beloved jetty is 151 years old, and it's the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere. The jetty is open 24 hours and the interpretive centre from 8.30 till 6. A quick walk along the near 2km jetty will give you a terrific view of Busselton. Since its near destruction in 1978 in the wake of Cyclone Alby, it has been upgraded and reconstructed to become the top destination it is today. There’s an underwater observatory at the 1.7 km mark, bookings essential. You get a fantastic view underwater of the coral, sea grass, star fish and fish that call the jetty home. Sometimes, during summer school holidays, you might even see a mermaid!

After your beach and jetty walk, you deserve breakfast and right next to the jetty is The Goose. Just perfect! If the kids are chomping at the bit, let them try the skate park, about 100 metres east.

For a bit of outdoor fun and something completely different, what about a trip to Forest Adventures amongst the tall trees of the Ludlow Tuart Forest on the outskirts of Busselton. You'll find 70 adrenaline filled activities, including flying foxes, ziplines and high rope courses.

Back to the Busselton foreshore for a barbecue lunch. Set on the grassed, shaded parkland overlooking the beach, you'll see gas barbecues for your use. Grab some bread, cook your snaggers and relax over lunch, because next we are off to Dunsborough.

Take a right turn at Dunsborough following Cape Naturaliste Road through Castle Rock, Meelup, Point Picquet and Bunker Bay. Zip over to the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and Sugar Loaf Rock, both overlooking the glorious Indian Ocean. If you have a keen eye, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the rare Red-tailed Tropic Bird which nests on Sugar Loaf. Lighthouse tours run every half hour. An easy climb of 59 stairs makes this lighthouse accessible even for small children. Enjoy the sweeping views of the ocean and Geographe Bay from the new observation platform at the base of the lighthouse tower.

Press on towards Yallingup and find the turnoff to Ngilgi Cave, open 9-5 daily. Western Australia's first ever tourist attraction, you'll be delighted by the stalactites, stalagmites and coloured shawls which adorn the cave. There’s opportunities for an adventure tour too, with hard hat and lamp supplied, for an "off-piste” experience.

After all that physical endeavour, next stop is Caves House; a quiet place to sit and reflect on the day. You could have a chilled glass of something, or wander the gardens, taking in the lovely old building and grounds. The trail at the bottom of the garden leads directly to Yallingup Beach, where a view of the sunset is sublime. Return to Caves House for an evening meal on the deck or drive back to Dunsborough for a magnificent Indian Feast at Oh! Delhi restaurant. Both places offer delicious food. A wonderful end to a huge day of exploration and adventure.

Head back to your accommodation at Beachlands for a great sleep, ready for another day of adventures!