Extending almost two kilometres out over Geographe Bay, the heritage listed Busselton Jetty is the longest timber jetty (pier) in the Southern Hemisphere. The jetty is situated in the seaside resort town of Busselton, the northern gateway to the Margaret River Wine Region .
The 142 year old jetty has been ravaged by both fire and cyclone.
It exists today thanks to the support of the local community and the thousands of visitors who choose to stroll its length, fish, swim, scuba dive and snorkel.
The first railway in Western Australia was located a few kilometres east of the Busselton Jetty.
The boatshed style Interpretive Centre, built 50 metres off shore, allows visitors to glimpse the jetty’s rich past and exciting future. Entry is free, and along with exhibits of history, the marine environment and art, the Centre houses an unique range of souvenirs.
Described as Australia’s greatest artificial reef, the Busselton Jetty is host to awe inspiring, vividly-coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates.
The Underwater Observatory is quickly becoming one of Western Australia’s major eco tourism attractions. Located 1.8 kilometres towards the end of the Jetty, the Underwater Observatory has been designed to accommodate up to 40 people at one time. Descending eight metres beneath sea level, visitors can view the amazing corals and marine life through 11 viewing windows, located at various levels within the observation chamber.
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