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“Its ok, but has the charm gone?” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Busselton Jetty

Busselton Jetty
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Busselton Jetty Package: Underwater Observatory, Jetty Train and Exclusive USB
Ranked #1 of 35 things to do in Busselton
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Owner description: Stroll over ocean and walk underwater without getting your feet wet! Extending 1.8 Kilometres over the protected waters of Geographe Bay, the heritage listed Busselton Jetty is the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Only 2.5 Hours drive south of Perth, in the popular seaside resort town of Busselton (three times judged Western Australia's Top Tourist Town), the Busselton Jetty attracts over 400,000 visitors per year. As one of the most popular tourist attractions in Western Australia, it is a must see for any visitor to the Margaret River wine region.Children young and old enjoy the Jetty Train experience. With 50 seats available and trips leaving throughout the day, the Jetty Train is the perfect way to experience the Busselton Jetty. From glimpses of dolphins frolicking to spotting local fishermen snaring their catch of the day, the Jetty Train trip promises to deliver something for everyone. Located 1.7 Kilometres from shore at the end of the Jetty, the Underwater Observatory has been designed to accommodate up to 40 people at one time. Descending 8 metres beneath the waters' surface, visitors can view the amazing corals and fish life through eleven viewing windows, at various levels within a 9.5 Metre diameter observation chamber. Described as Australia's greatest artificial reef, the Busselton Jetty, with more than 300 individual marine species, is host to an awe inspiring "forest" of vividly-coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates. All money raised goes back into restoring and maintaining the Jetty.
Perth, Australia
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“Its ok, but has the charm gone?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2014

As a local tourist, I have been walking Busselton jetty most years since 1975. I remember it before Cyclone Albey, and all the attempts to keep it open and maintained through recurring fires and storms. The current jetty seems to have little of the original structure and charm despite its history.

The aquarium at the end, the so-called train and now iconic shop in the entrance are all very noble attempts to save the jetty, but it has become a commercialised tourist attraction with heavy prices. It just looks like things were done to a budget, not an outcome as things seem to fall short in really making it something - looking forward to the foreshore redevelopment that just may recapture the some of attractions and excitement from the 1960s and 1970s.

Still worth seeing.

Visited April 2014
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“Fantastic $2.50 Walk to the centre of the sea”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2014

At 1.8 Kms in length, the Busselton Jetty has to be one of the best walks out into the ocean. Great value at only $2.50 (poceeds of which are used to keep restoring the jetty). The walk is so relaxing and the air so fresh and invigorating.

Great idea to do the walk and then settle in for fish and chips on the foreshore if the weather permits....or perhaps one of the famous local SIMMO Icecreams.

Great to see what the fishermen are catching too.

TIP: Take a warm jacket as it can get windy and pretty chilly out there.

Visited May 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Nothing better to do !”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2014

Take a long walk or catch the train if you are not in a hurray.
This a popular fishing spot, but take note of how the locals fish.
Apart from the beach there is not much else to do in Busselton.

Visited April 2014
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Perth, Australia
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“A long walk home”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2014

Once upon a time the Busselton Jetty was made of Timber and had a certain character. Now it is Concrete and whilst somewhat safer and no doubt will last a lot longer than the Timber, it has lost that certain something. As you enter the Jetty there is a little Museum/shop. Gives you an insight of the history of the Jetty and an array of "memories" that you can purchase. Staffed by friendly, helpful Staff. You can purchase either a $2.50 ticket to walk the length of the Jetty or purchase a Train ticket. Regardless of how you get to the end of the Jetty, ensure that you are reasonably rugged up as it does get a little nippy out there in the open with no wind=breakers en route. Also wear comfortable walking shoes as the Jetty is some 1.8kms in length and you do have to get back, another 1.8kms. Having said that you do feel good at the end and can compare it to walking up Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand!! At the end of the Jetty is the now well known, but not quite famous, under water observatory. This structure is I would say 3-4 story's deep, divided into 3 subsections with plenty of viewing space. It is not free, costing $28 per Adult, (Kids less) but no discount for Senior Citizens', and is accompanied by a very knowledgeable Guide for approx. 50% of the allocated 45min time allocated for each Tour. Which does make it fairly expensive. Take your Camera as there are good pics for the taking. Another point worthy of mention, is the number of folk of all ages that fish from the Jetty. They appear to be very happy to share with you their successes or lack thereof. But some of their antics can be quite amusing and you cannot help but join in the merriment.

Visited May 2014
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Southport, CT
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“Nice stroll on the longest jetty”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2014 via mobile

It was a little overcast, but still we got to see some interesting water birds besides gulls. We were there just before an ironman competition so there were swimmers in the water to entertain us in the absence of sea mammals.

Visited May 2014
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