Food, wine, nature and wildlife – the perfect antidote to a busy life

Not only is Busselton the gateway to the world-famous Margaret River region, the laidback town in the southwest pocket of Western Australia is an adventure mecca with endless sandy beaches, great surf, crystal clear waters and a world-famous jetty all within easy reach.

Let your eyes bliss out over the Indian Ocean as you stroll the Busselton Jetty, then hang out at the seaside cafes or go swimming or scuba diving. Head off on a charter boat for some whale watching, or dive into the local art galleries for your culture fix.

Then hop in a car and within 45 minutes, you can be delighting your tastebuds in the Margaret River region’s award-winning wineries and restaurants. Here, you’ll also find a lively calendar of events across the year.

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Things to do

  • Pretty grey and white huts at the start of Busselton Jetty.

    Get to the jetty

    Busselton Jetty, the crown jewel of Busselton and its waterfront precinct, was originally built in 1865 and measured just 165 metres long. The new-look jetty is now 1.8km long and makes for a spectacularly scenic walk (or cute train ride) to the end of the jetty. Dip underneath to the Underwater Observatory and get up close with the technicolour marine life below.

  • Sunset light across the rows of vines in one of Margaret River’s wineries.

    Wind your way through the vines

    Busselton is an easy 45-minute drive to a gourmet wonderland of renowned wineries – choose from 220 wineries, 100 cellar doors and many award-winning restaurants. Time your trip to catch festivals like the Western Australia Gourmet Escape (November), or travel a little further afield to Truffle Kerfuffle (June) and Taste Great Southern (March/April).

  • Two people look across the water to Sugarloaf Rock.

    Walks, waves and wildflowers

    Enjoy pristine beaches, world-class surf breaks, tall timber forests, coastal walks and an abundance of wildlife. A collection of sheltered beaches, bays and epic swells are dotted along the region’s coastline, while over 2,500 species of wildflowers decorate seaside walking tracks from August to November, including the popular Cape to Cape Track, which runs 135km from Dunsborough in the north to Augusta in the south.

  • An enormous whale leaps from deep blue water off the coast at Busselton.

    Have a whale of a time

    The coastline of this region is prime whale-watching territory. Roughly 35,000 whales migrate the waters off Margaret River’s coast – including humpback, southern right, minke and blue whales – best seen on a boat tour, which run seasonally from June to December.

  • A person on the viewing platform deep within the incredible stalactite-covered Ngilgi Caves.

    Discover an underground wonderland

    Don’t miss the ornate Ngilgi Cave, a labyrinth of chambers hypnotically drenched in stalactites and helictites. There’s an impressive system of boardwalks linking the caves, the interiors of which are gently illuminated so you can appreciate the incredible natural details of these magical formations.

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Airport information

Busselton Margaret River Airport opens in new window(BQB)

Distance to Busselton 8km

Taxi Busselton Taxi offer a range of taxis and rental vehicles. Call on 131 008 or contact them to pre-arrange an airport pick-up.

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When to go

There isn’t a bad time to visit this region, but summer is certainly the busiest and liveliest. Mid-seasons are also fine and winter (June–September) is the quietest. There are many excellent festivals throughout the year so check the WA festivals calendar opens in new window if you want to plan your trip around an event or interest.

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Getting around

TransRegional operate public buses, and there are taxis available to call, but this area is all about exploring, so hiring a car opens in new window is probably the most efficient option.

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