Back in 2011 we sold our house, packed our possessions into boxes and flew down under to Western Australia. This post is all about why we think you should visit the iconic Busselton Jetty.
Visit the iconic Busselton Jetty; An iconic landmark
The Busselton Jetty is an iconic bit of architecture to Western Australia. There can be nobody in and around Perth and the south west who hasn’t been to it and I’m not joking!
Unlike European countries, Australia’s history doesn’t revolve around architecture. Although Aboriginal mobs were nomadic, they were some of the first architects in the world. However unlike bricks and mortar, Aboriginal structures were frequently able to be moved.
For this reason, Western Australia (which ranges from dry desert in the east to rugged but sandy coast on the west and from the two season coast in the north to wet, lush and green coast in the south) doesn’t have many iconic buildings.
The Busselton Jetty (Geographe Bay) was the first real holiday destination in Western Australia and kids have been having holidays there since they can remember!
Visit the iconic Busselton Jetty
This jetty was the first to be built in Australia in 1853 and remains the longest in the world at 1841 m. It has survived cyclones, rot, being burnt down and even the threat of closure.
The jetty is very significant to us as a family and holds a special place in our hearts; it was our first holiday in Western Australia and subsequently is where our eldest daughter learnt to scuba dive.
The jetty is open 24 hours a day for walking on and is a frequent spot for fishermen, day and night. There is a variety of marine and wildlife all around the waters and dolphins are a common sighting. One night we were sat on a floating pier close by and a female dolphin and her calf came up to see what we were up to.
The jetty train
The train is quite a new addition, in comparison to the jetty, and was opened in 2003.
When we first visited our two younger kids were quite small and couldn’t always manage the entire 1.6km walk there and back. We would pay for the train one way and walk the other.
Photos on the train tracks
Even if you don’t walk the length of the pier, the train tracks make great lines for photos. It is hard to believe that they were once this small!?
The underwater observatory
In 2003 the underwater observatory, which sits at the end of the pier, was opened. You can pay to walk 8 metres below the sea and watch corals, fish, crabs and scuba divers from the massive glass windows.
The jetty is surrounded on both sides by beautiful white-sand beaches and crystal clear, shallow water.
Geographe Bay doesn’t usually get huge waves and unless you’re swimming the entire distance of the jetty, rips are not that common. We were very happy to let our kids play around in the water with minimal supervision.
These are old photos!
The metadata on some of these photos says that they were taken in November 2012, just a month after I purchased my first DSLR and on other photos it tells me I took them in April 2013, six months after I purchased it.
I am not ashamed to show you these photos or where my photography journey has brought me. We all start out as beginners on our learning journey and I hope these photos show you how much I have learnt. If not, I need to work harder lol.
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