We really enjoyed the Observatory Guest House, which is under new management as of around May 2010. It's run by an energetic young couple who are Busselton locals full of knowledge about the area. It's a small, modern guesthouse with only 4 rooms I think, all upstairs so be prepared if you're less mobile or have large bags. The rooms were large and well furnished with fridge, desk and good reading lights. They also had opening windows which I really appreciate (fresh air is so much nicer than air con). The best thing about Observatory are the 3 common areas -- a small sunny dining room, downstairs patio in the well-kept garden, and upstairs balcony. We loved relaxing on the patio and balcony especially and visiting with other travellers. There's a small book & DVD library as well. Just up the street is a huge playground, then the beach and jetty. It's a 5 minute walk to several restaurants, the historic cemetery and the old main street of Busselton, so very well located for our needs. Unfortunately the jetty & underwater observatory were closed (meant to re-open May 2010 but delayed indefinitely), but we still enjoyed wandering around the town. We didn't mind filling out our breakfast card the night before, and it was nice having a cooked breakfast ("anything you want" they say). As mentioned by the previous review, sound does carry somewhat, particularly between bathroom walls, but that's to be expected in a guesthouse or B&B and we found our co-travellers were mature and considerate so no problems with noise. We were a little worried looking at the map to see a caravan park directly across the street, but it is very small and even though completely full for school holidays, we had no issues with noise. Free wi-fi was also much appreciated. We didn't notice the signs/rules mentioned in previous review, and our 2 rooms had modern decor and comfortable firm beds. Overall a great, relaxing, no-fuss stay!
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