Journey below the Busselton Jetty at its Underwater Observatory, where a spiral staircase leads 26 feet (eight meters) below Geographe Bay. See more than 300 individual marine species in their natural habitat through 11 viewing windows at various levels. It’s even possible to dine underwater. A historic train runs the length of jetty and leaves from the Interpretive Center; purchase a combination ticket for the train and observatory for a discounted cost.
Tours of the larger Margaret River region, leaving from Perth, often include visits to the jetty along with other activities, such as visiting surfing beaches and wineries, letting you see more of the area than would be possible independently.
Things to Know Before You Go
Busselton Jetty is a historic landmark and must-see attraction in Busselton.
Visits to the Underwater Observatory must be booked in advance.
Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult (18+) for the Jetty Train and Underwater Observatory.
The jetty and Jetty Train are wheelchair accessible, but strollers are not permitted.
How to Get There
The Busselton Jetty is located at the end of Queen Street, in the town of Busselton, where it meets the beachfront. It’s a 40-minute drive from Margaret River and more than two hours away from Perth. The Pemberton bus from Margaret River will get you there in less than two hours.
When to Get There
While the jetty itself is always open, the Interpretive Center and Underwater Observatory have regular business hours (morning through early evening) and additional fees. Tours of the observatory typically run on the hour. For a particularly memorable visit, walk to the end of the jetty at sunset and then stroll back under the stars.
Whale Watching at Busselton
An estimated 35,000 whales, (including humpback whales, southern right whales, and blue whales) migrate past the Margaret River region between June and December. Several tour companies offer whale watching tours in season, departing from the jetty. Other summer activities include scuba diving and jet boat and canoe tours.