‘Located in the small town of Busselton, in the beautiful Margaret River wine region of Western Australia, Busselton Pier can be found in the clear blue waters of Geographe Bay…’
Measuring in at just shy of 2km, Busselton Pier is the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. After flying in from Hong Kong, we drove down from Perth to spend the day in the town. There’s a train that will happily take you to the end of Busselton Pier but, who’d want to be out of the sunshine?
|Gonna need a bigger boat…|
|Looks just like Scotland…|
|This water is the same temperature as in Scotland, too.|
Busselton Pier’s surrounding scenery is beautiful. You can appreciate it all as you walk out over the blue/green waters of the bay. Once you make it to the end, sweaty and in need of a refreshing beer, you can chill out and catch your breath. You can then pay a visit to the Observatory. The UWO is under the water, and 8 metres under at that. You will descend down a massive spiral staircase until you arrive at the bottom. From here, you can gaze out at one of Australia’s finest artificial reefs.
There are eleven viewing windows at varying levels. You can spot (if you’re not suffering from heat exhaustion and beer withdrawal), up to 300 different species of marine life and fabulous coral. The colours are absolutely spectacular and the surroundings make it feel a bit like you’re in ‘Finding Nemo’. Stay out of the water, though or you might get chased by Bruce the Shark. Remember: fish are friends, not food, so he may well be looking for a human snack.
|I have no idea what this is, but the colours are pretty, right?|
Busselton is also a popular site for fishing and swimming but, for the reasons stated above, I chose not to partake in either. I like dry land for the most part.
It’s such a stunning area to spend a lazy day before the inevitable headache of visiting the wonderful wineries of Margaret River. Drink responsibly, now…