POPULATION - 30,000 estimate (2009)

CLIMATE
Maximum temperature (av) 22C
Minimum temperature (av) 11C
Average Rainfall 864mm per annum

Welcome to Busselton, Geographe Bay

Geographe Bay and the Margaret River Wine Region incorporates the towns of Busselton, Dunsborough, Yallingup, Margaret River and Augusta. It is an immensely appealing area, where the delicate beauty of nature and the handiwork of man combine to form a unique paradise of unlimited variety.

Come and discover magnificently contrasting spectacles of nature - white sandy beaches, secluded bays, pounding surf, wild caves, rocky cliffs, towering forests and the sloping fields of vineyards our region is renowned for. Fine dining and world class wineries can be enjoyed throughout the region, from Busselton to Augusta.

Wherever you should choose to spend your time Geographe Bay is the perfect escape from the stress and pressures of everyday life!

Busselton, judged WA's top tourism town in 1995, 1996 & 2005, is the State's premier seaside resort town. Sheltered from most prevailing winds, it has 30 kilometres of white sandy beaches and is an aquatic playground remarkable for the variety it offers in the tranquil waters of Geographe Bay. The bay is used by fisherman, water skiers, snorkellers, scuba divers, windsurfers and sailors. In the last 20 years, a new industry has developed in the region with the establishment of many vineyards which produce award winning premium table wines. This helps to supplement the traditional industries of dairying, beef cattle, sheep, fruit and vegetable growing and forestry.

In Spring, the wildflowers are magnificent and such varieties as kangaroo paws, cats paws, pink vine, acacias and donkey and spider orchids are in abundance. Busselton makes an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding area, in particular the Margaret River Wine Region, which extends westward from Busselton in the north to Augusta in the south.

Travelling to Busselton

If you are travelling down to Busselton for the event weekend and would prefer not to drive, TransWA offers an easy and convenient bus service which departs from the East Perth Terminal in the Perth CBD and arrives at the Peel Terrace Bus Stop in Busselton. The road coach departs East Perth for Busselton on Friday morning at 9:00am (arriving 12:48pm) or 4:00pm (arriving 7:57pm) and departs Busselton for East Perth on Sunday at 5:12pm (arriving 8:30pm). You can view further information at the TransWA website or view the SW1 timetable for arrival and departure details.

Accommodation

An extensive range of accommodation is available in Busselton and surrounding towns, from youth hostels, caravan parks and bed and breakfasts up to five star resorts. Contact the Busselton and Dunsborough Visitor Centres for assistance in finding the right accommodation for your budget and requirements.
Busselton Visitor Centre: 9752 1288
Dunsborough Visitor Centre: 9755 3299.
Or research and book online

Wine and Food

The Margaret River Wine Region is responsible for only three per cent of Australia's wine production, but commands over 20% of the premium wine market. Visitors will find vineyards dotting the picture-book hillsides throughout the Capes. Each has its own style and ambience. In all, there are over 200 vineyards and 85 wineries - a remarkable number considering that wine was first produced in the region just 30 years ago. Character and quality can be found in fruit-intense chardonnays, rich semillons, robust cabernets, soft merlots and other varietal wines and blends.

Many wineries offer meals with spectacular views over vineyards and tranquil rural settings. Highly skilled chefs, have like the winemakers, been attracted to the region by the desire to work with high-quality local produce. Invariably they are stimulated to produce dishes with flair and imagination!

Boutique Breweries

Dotted in amongst the vineyards, the breweries offering a taste of a different ale. Each produces their own style of brews, with Indian, German and English influences, as well as the traditional lager available- for the more adventurous one particular brewery tantalises the tastebuds with a chocolate beer!

Special Events

Throughout the warmer months, numerous events are held in the region involving sport, wineries, arts and crafts; plus special indoor and outdoor concerts.

Highlights are the Busselton Beach Festival & Festival of Busselton (Jan), Busselton Jetty Swim and Geographe Bay Race Week (Feb), Leeuwin Estate Concert & Quit Forest Rally (Feb/Apr), Margaret River Wine Fest (May), Festival of Triathlon (May), Busselton Wildflower Exhibition (Sep), Anaconda Adventure Race (Nov), Ironman Western Australia Triathlon Busselton (Dec) and Capes Art Market (Dec).

Regular market days are held throughout the region.

Busselton Jetty Experience

Extending almost 2km out over the protected waters of Geographe Bay, the heritage listed Busselton Jetty is the longest timber jetty (pier) in the Southern Hemisphere. Attracting up to 400,000 visitors per year, the landmark Busselton Jetty is the most popular tourist attraction in the South West region and is an ideal starting point for any visit to the South West Capes.

Closed as a port in 1972, the 142 year old Jetty has since been ravaged by both fire and cyclone. It survives today thanks to the tremendous support of the local community and the hundreds of thousands of visitors annually who choose to stroll its length, fish, swim, scuba dive or snorkel.

A complete refurbishment of the Busselton Jetty to the value of $27m was recently undertaken with the official opening of the 'new' Busselton Jetty in February 2011.  A small amount of work to the jetty remains to be done but completion is expected early 2012.

A small admission fee to the Jetty is charged to assist with the maintenance of the Jetty. Fees are $2.50 per adult, admission for children under 15 is Free.

Busselton Jetty Underwater Observatory
Each year, during autumn and winter, the Leeuwin Current brings a narrow band of warm water down the Western Australian coastline. This warm southerly current brings diverse species of tropical and sub-tropical life into Geographe Bay, resulting in coral growth at a latitude of 33 degrees South. This is a remarkable phenomena when compared to the west coast of other Southern Hemisphere continents, Africa and South America, which have no coral growth below 5 degrees South. The Leeuwin Current is responsible for the introduction of an incredibly diverse array of marine life into the Bay, with over 300 individual marine species having been recorded under the Busselton Jetty.

Described as Australia's greatest artificial reef, the Busselton Jetty is host to an awe inspiring "forest" of vividly-coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates under it's 12m wide seaward end. The Underwater Observatory, situated at the seaward end of the Jetty, allows visitors to experience this wonderful marine life- without getting your feet wet! Eleven viewing windows allow you to peer out onto the colourful creatures that live beneath the historical Jetty.

Prior bookings are essential for Underwater Observatory Tours.
Please call the Busselton Jetty on:  +61 8 9754 0900.

Busselton Jetty Interpretive Centre
Opened in April 2001 and built some 50m offshore the boatshed styled Busselton Jetty Interpretive Centre gives visitors both a glimpse into the Jetty's rich past and its exciting future. Open every day of the year (excluding Christmas Day), entry is FREE, and along with changing exhibits of history, the marine environment and art, the Interpretive Centre houses a unique range of souvenirs highlighting the unique underwater theme of Geographe Bay and include timber products crafted from recycled native jarrah decking and piles from the Jetty.

Ambergate Reserve

Enjoy the peaceful bush surrounds which are maintained by the Busselton Naturalist Club. The 75 hectares are remnant vegetation of the once widespread coastal plan woodland which has been extensively cleared. The reserve is rich in plants and wildlife and of outstanding conservation value, with over 300 species of wildflowers recorded.

Artgeo Gallery and Courthouse Arts Complex

Built in 1854-1856 and extended in 1873, the building was Busselton's first seat of justice, comprising of a courtroom, gaol cells, stable, post office and Bond Store (for customs). The historic building has been imaginatively recycled and is now a thriving arts centre with regular classes, workshops and exhibitions. A new regional gallery opened in early 2008 to complement the Courthouse Gallery and The Stables studios.

The Courthouse Arts Complex, open daily 10am-4pm (closed Wed).

Family Entertainment

The Nautical Lady Entertainment Park has giant water slides and is great family entertainment. Also available are Busselton Archery Park, extensive foreshore cycleways, a cinema, one of the state's few remaining drive-in theatres, and the Broadwater Par 3 Golf Course.

Galleries, Arts & Crafts

If you enjoy fine woodcraft, pottery, jewellery and other works of art, don't miss seeing the region's finest! The region is home to the greatest number of Artisans in Western Australia, and they draw inspiration for their unique works of art from the beautiful natural surroundings. You can visit them at their place of work, and watch them as they create unique, and even made to order pieces.

Heritage Park and Trail

To learn more about the rich heritage of the town, take the time to visit the Heritage Park and Trail which commences at the corner of Peel Terrace and Causeway Road, opposite the Visitor Centre. The trail includes a range of contemporary sculptures which aim to link the past and present; and includes the acclaimed "Aboriginal Interpretive Garden" as well as a number of historic landmarks such as the Ballarat Steam Engine, Saint Mary's Church, Busselton Historic Museum and Pioneer Cemetery. Visit the Busselton Visitor Centre to find out more about this interesting trail.

Ludlow Tuart Forest

When travelling towards Busselton from Bunbury; be sure to take the leisurely tourist drive through the Ludlow Tuart Forest and capture the beauty of these rare giants of the forest. This is the only natural stand of tuart left in the world, so enjoy the many picnic areas and forest walk trails and soak up the relaxing and peaceful setting. Evening wildlife spotting trail also available.

Sporting Facilities

For visitors who enjoy sports - golf, bowls, tennis and squash are available. The Geographe Leisure Centre offers gymnasium facilities, as well as an indoor & outdoor pool, spa and sauna. The Busselton Golf Club, Dunsborough Lakes Resort Golf Club and Dunsborough Country Club are open to the public.

Theatre

Drama lovers will find that the local repertory club presents periodic performances in the Weld Theatre, Busselton.

Tours

View the region with one of the many half or full day tours available and choose to travel by classic car, plane, 4WD or coach! Whether you're interested in nature based activities, photography, wineries, canoeing, caves, camel rides or adrenalin pumping adventure activities - there is a tour to suit your needs. A FREE booking service is available through the Dunsborough and Busselton Visitor Centres.

Vasse River & Rotary Park

Named after a French sailor, the river is a delightful picnic area serviced with electric barbecues and adjacent to the Rotary Park children's playground and the Busselton Visitor Centre.

Water Sports

You don't have to be an expert to fish in the region, as anywhere from the quiet safe beaches, the old jetty or from a small boat should be sufficient to catch yourself a snapper, herring, whiting or tailor. In the warmer weather, paddleboats, sailboards and yachting are popular recreational pursuits. Snorkelling and scuba diving have increased in popularity as people come to realise that spectacular coral can be seen near the Busselton Jetty. The Swan Dive Wreck, just off the coast in Dunsborough is also a great diving location.

Whale watching and deep sea fishing tours are available along with Jet ski and boat hire. Excellent boating facilities and support services are available at the new Port Geographe Marina with safe and secure moorings facilities as well as a Tavern & Restaurant.

Wonnerup House

10km north of Busselton is the Wonnerup House Settlement. First settled by the Layman family in 1834 it is an important surviving example of early farm pioneering. There is a magnificent homestead (1859), and earlier house (1837) which was later converted into a dairy, plus a kitchen, stables, blacksmiths, teacher house and school. These buildings have all been restored with many original items and furniture on display. Don't miss this National Trust property with its beautiful gardens. Open daily 10am-4pm (except Christmas Day and Good Friday). Entry fee applies. Ph: (08) 97522039.

Wonnerup Wetlands

The wetlands have been listed by the Ramsar Convention as "Wetlands of International Importance" and offer views of prolific birdlife. A hide is situated on the southern side, with the walk trail accessible from Layman Road, nearby to Wonnerup House.

Yoganup Playground

This award winning playground on the town foreshore offers imaginative playground equipment for children of all ages, plus BBQ facilities.

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