The top things to do on your next Busselton holiday

The town of Busselton is full of surprises – from incredible wildlife excursions, a giant jetty, a one-of-a-kind observatory and a vibrant coastal culture. There are plenty of things to do if you plan a vacation in this picturesque town of Western Australia.

This family-friendly holiday destination is also an arts hub with numerous museums and galleries. Busselton also acts as the gateway to the famed Margaret River region popular for its premium wine and craft beer scene. 

Busselton is pleasant to visit year-round, with something fun to do in every season! 

A visit to South-Western Australia in winter can be an excellent opportunity to experience a memorable holiday experience that includes museums, art galleries, stunning walking trails, a visit to the local market and tasting local cuisine. It is also the best time for whale-watching excursions off the coast. 

In summer, tourists can enjoy the pristine beaches along Cape Naturaliste, Geographe and Eagle Bay.

Here are some of the top things to do on your next Busselton holiday: 

Whale Watching in Busselton

Whales on Dunsborough

Whale watching is a must-do activity on your trip to Western Australia and the small town of Busselton is one of the best places to experience it. Every year between June and November, Southern right whales come to the waters off the coast of Busselton to mate and give birth. The waters off the coast of Busselton are also a resting area for the southern migration of the Humpback Whale. 

There are several different ways to go whale watching in Busselton. You can take a whale-watching cruise, go on a charter boat, go out in a kayak or SUP, or simply watch for the splashing tails from the beach or jetty. Whichever way you choose to do it, whale watching is an unforgettable experience. Make sure to book your Busselton accommodation early and pack warm clothes!

Explore the Busselton Jetty

Busselton Jetty in Western Australia

The town of Busselton is famous for its world-renowned wooden jetty that stretches 1.8km out into the Geographe Bay. This iconic Western Australia landmark is the longest wooden piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. The jetty has a historic past that dates back to the 1800s. It faces a green foreshore filled with an enormous playground, perfect to indulge the little ones as you take a stroll along the scenic stretch. 

Dive the Busselton Jetty

Why limit your visit to the Busselton Jetty to the surface when you can experience the magnificent wonderland beneath the surface of its jet-blue waters? This breathtaking experience allows you to undersea walk, dive or snorkel and is fun for everyone 12 and over, regardless of your swimming ability, fitness level or diving experience!

If you are lucky, you might even come across the occasional swimming turtle, spotted-rays, local octopi, and the resident school of brightly patterned fish. 

Visit the Underwater Observatory in Busselton

Underwater Observatory in Busselton, WA
Photo taken from the Underwater Observatory gallery

Did you know that this small town also has one of only six underwater observatories in the world? Busselton is full of surprises! 

The observatory is 10 meters below the surface of the water and offers stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding marine life. The fully air-conditioned facility lets you get up close and personal with the marine life in Geographe Bay without having to step into the water.

You can book a fully guided Underwater Observatory Tour that lasts 1 hour 45 minutes in duration and includes the return train ride from the end of the long jetty.

Visit the Busselton Museum

A visit to the Busselton Museum is a great thing to do in Busselton in winter. The museum is housed on one hectare in the Old Butter Factory and has display rooms packed with photographs, equipment and memorabilia, which trace the family, social, civic, commercial and maritime history of Busselton. The Museum is open to the public from Wednesday to Monday from 10 am to 2 pm in winter and until 4 pm in summer. 

Sitting at the top end of Margaret River and only 20 minutes from the town of Dunsborough, this small town is the perfect getaway to indulge in everything uniquely Western Australian. 

With blissful beaches, an ever-evolving art scene, and more, Busselton awaits your arrival.

Some questions about things to do in Busselton

1. How close is Busselton to Perth?

The town of Busselton is at a distance of about 222 kilometres or about 138 miles from Perth. You can drive from Perth to Busselton in about 2 hours and 28 minutes.

2. What is the best time of the year to visit Busselton?

The best time to visit Busselton for whale watching is between July and November. If you wish to enjoy the beaches and nightlife, the ideal time to visit Busselton would be from November to February.

3. Is Busselton a good destination for families?

Busselton is one of the best family-friendly destinations in Western Australia with its numerous family-friendly activities like whale watching, unique wildlife, Busselton Jetty and the Busselton Museum


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