Busselton is a southwest holiday fave for many west Aussies, and international travellers alike. Most known for its protected coastline, stunningly developed foreshore and historic jetty, there’s no shortage of beauty to admire and ground to explore. Just short of 200km down the freeway from Perth makes the distance achievable for a weekend getaway, a rare occurrence for one of the world’s most isolated cities. Being so accessible from Perth makes the long weekends a busy and exciting time to make it down, with loads of community events, bars and restaurants to enjoy. From adventure to chill and everything in between, no matter the type of holiday you are looking for Busso has got you covered. Read on for some top tips for the best things to do in Busselton.
Pack on some pounds
There is no shortage of delicious and naughty feast options in Busselton to get you salivating. Gelato Buonissimo is an award-winning ice creamery, a family owned and run business that has fellow ice cream lovers queuing. It’s not uncommon for it to be so busy they run out of favourite flavours, a true testament to the Italian gelato specialists.
No trip to Busselton happens without a trip to Cod Rocks for some fish and chips. grab a greasy bag and a couple of tubs or tartare and set yourself up along shoreline as you soak up the wonders of Geographe Bay, you may even spot a dolphin or two.
In the early afternoon head to The Equinox, the pub with the million-dollar views. Relax as the sun sets over the ocean whilst feasting on creamy garlic prawns and a glass of red originating from the Margaret River Region.
Lose the pounds
Once you have bitten off more than you can chew, work it off and get outside making the most of the southwest wilderness. Take a stroll along the Possum Spotlighting Trail in the Tuart Forrest National Park. This hike can be enjoyed any time night or day, with benefits of both. Daylight hikes gift you with spectacular wide-reaching views featuring native flora and fauna. Grab a torch and do the trek at night time for a totally different experience. Try your luck at spotting ringtail possum or bushtail possum, both more active and playful at night. If you really want to be a true iron man (which is held in Busselton btw) Hire a bike and cycle the Geographe Path. The concrete pathway stretches some impressive 23km from Busselton to Dunsborough and takes you all the way along the stunning coastline. Not for the feint hearted but surely rewarding.
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Holidays aren’t always meant to be relaxing. Ramping up the adrenaline in Busso is easy with many extreme activities to choose from. Forest Adventures park is nestled in the Ludlow Tuart Forrest and is packed with awesome activities for everyone. Glide on more than 500m of flying fox runs, each of varying intensity. Rock climb, bike ride along narrow bridges and push yourself to the limits base jumping at this course. If you’re wanting to go that extra step to make this a truly memorable trip and finally have a crack at those circus skills in the process, take a unicycle joyride through the southwest forest. With 6 courses to choose from you’ll have nothing short of a good time.
Check out the Jetty
Probably the most iconic thing in Busselton is the Busselton jetty. This 154-year-old jetty, stretching out an impressive 1,941 metres has become an institution in this southwest town. Because of this, there is no end to the things you can do there. You can either walk or catch the solar-powered train. You can take snorkel tours, go fishing and check out the whale murals. You can take a yoga class in summertime or be a history buff in the museum. If that’s not enough, you can go to the Underwater Observatory, 8-metres below the ocean’s surface you can view all the coral, fish and invertebrates in their natural habitat. Even on a bad visibility day there’s fun to be had, with a VR experience where you can spot mermaids in action. If you’re feeling extra lavish, the Underwater Observatory hosts a private dining experience for you and a group of friends to enjoy a degustation by a Margret River region chef paired with Leeuwin Estate wines.
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Be one with the ocean
During the cooler months around September, whales herd to Geographe Bay for breeding season. Book a tour with All Sea Charters to catch these big guys waving their tails, playing with their calves and rolling around in pods. During the summer months they set up a water park along the Busselton Foreshore so you and slip and slide your way around the course. You can also book SUPs and Kayaks, (funnily enough from Rent a Car!). But to really make the most of the ocean you can’t go past booking an Undersea Walk. Put on a dive helmet and take a walk along the ocean bed enjoying over 300 different types of sea life. Free from compressor and air hoses, their state of the art SeaTREK mask comes equipped with a self-contained backpack, leaving you with the freedom to explore even the most eerie parts under the Busselton Jelly.
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Linger around the foreshore
The Busselton foreshore is a buzzing hub full of awesome hang out areas, delicious restaurants and beautiful costal views. It’s quite apparent the area was developed specifically for bringing community together. There are; grassy patches for a romantic picnic, long concrete walking paths, children’s playground, barbeque facilities, covered seating, wind powered lights and water refill stations. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, there’s also plenty of parking, a water park, a skate park, toilet and shower facilities. The beach in the area is famous for swimming due to its sheltered conditions, so you can float away without fear of being barrelled over. Not to mention the area is dog friendly so you can socialise your pupper with some fellow furry friends. Home to so many possibilities, its completely up to your imagination how you want to spend your time down at the foreshore.
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About the author:
Michelle is a Perth based freelance writer who loves to write about all things travel and lifestyle. When she’s not running her freelance business, she spends her time patting dogs, eating burritos and planning the next travel destination. Get to know her more at https://moshthefreelancer.com/
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