Busselton Beach is both peaceful and vibrant
Down on the Busselton town foreshore, the beautiful beach of fine white sand stretches kilometres into the distance with the calm tranquil waters of Geographe Bay lapping gently at the shore…
But unlike most other beaches Down South in Western Australia, which tend to feel wild and remote, the Busselton Beachfront is as vibrant and lively (dare I say, “bustling”?) as it is calm and peaceful.
Busselton is a big town, almost a small city really. Queen Street, the busy main street lined with shops and business running through the centre of town, leads directly down to the waterfront, where you’ll find a couple of cafe/restaurants, paved walking tracks, a repurposed water park (now home to the visitor centre), and the main tourist attraction in Busselton – the heritage listed 1.8km-long Busselton Jetty.
Norfolk Island pines cast cool dark shadows in a grassy park and paved area with picnic benches and plenty of places to sit and watch the views, and down on the beach there are colourful shade umbrellas on the sand behind a fun-for-kids swimming area.
Swimming at Busselton Beach
Busselton Beach is calm and safe, with a shallow seafloor sloping gently down from the beach into deeper water. A small wooden jetty (well, small when viewed next to the main, jetty!) encloses a section of the water, creating the feel of an ocean swimming pool.
The Busselton Jetty, the Town’s Must-See Attraction
For the more adventurous, another fun thing to so at Busselton Beach is to jump in off the main Busselton Jetty and swim in much deeper water a kilometre or two out to sea.
The jetty also makes for a wonderful stroll out over the ocean, with beautiful views and seabirds flying overhead. At 1.8km long, it is the longest wooden pier in the world. When viewed from the beach it is so long that it appears to never end!
Beneath the water, the wooden posts of the jetty support a wealth of marine life that you can view from an underwater observatory at the far end of the jetty.
A Long Walk Along the Beach
The Busselton Beach is incredibly scenic and peaceful to walk along, but the views do not change much beyond the jetty and to walk the entire 15km length of the beach would take almost all day!
The Busselton Beach continues west from the jetty unbroken but for a couple of rock groynes and a boat ramp until it ends where a canal meets the sea. It also continues for kilometres in the other direction, ending at the rock wall of the Port Geographe Marina.
Visiting Busselton Beach
Although Busselton is a popular holiday destination, especially for families, for myself and a lot of other poeple I know it tends to be forgotten about in favour of Dunsborough and the Margaret River Region, half an hour down the road. But on recent trips Down South I’ve taken to detouring down to Busselton waterfront area for a swim or walk along the jetty instead of just zipping straight through the Busselton Bypass, and I find it’s a really nice way to begin or end a fun and relaxing holiday.
The nicest time to be down at Busselton Beach, especially for swimming and walking out along the jetty, is on a beautiful summer day when the sun is shining, and the weather warm and not too windy. But on these perfect days it can get very crowded and you might find parking difficult, and the two waterfront restaurants will be extremely busy.
To read a little more about the Busselton waterfront, you might like to click over to this article on the Zigazag Mag.
Last Updated: 23rd June, 2014.
First posted on 17th January, 2014 by Bonny.
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