Things to See and Do

Near Busselton, Western Australia, Australia

Busselton is the premier holiday destination in Western Australia offering easy access to spectacular coastline, national parks, Karri and Tuart Forests and mysterious limestone caves. Beachlands is located on the protected shores of Geographe Bay providing endless opportunities for swimming, beachcombing, fishing, crabbing, water skiing and diving. Famous Busselton Jetty, the longest wooden jetty…

Busselton is the premier holiday destination in Western Australia offering easy access to spectacular coastline, national parks, Karri and Tuart Forests and mysterious limestone caves. Beachlands is located on the protected shores of Geographe Bay providing endless opportunities for swimming, beachcombing, fishing, crabbing, water skiing and diving. Famous Busselton Jetty, the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere now boasts being a world-class tourist attraction. At the Underwater Observatory visitors can descend 8m below sea level to view the unique sea life that abounds around the coral encrusted pylons at the end of the jetty. Gourmet food abounds in the south west. Treat your taste buds to chocolate, cheese, yoghurt, fudge, honeycomb, freshly roasted coffee and award winning menus from an array of local producers. Busselton and Margaret River have become well known for the superb wines produced in our idyllic climate. The choice of wines on offer at local cellars doors is sure to satisfy the most discerning wine lover.

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Busselton Jetty and Underwater Observatory
Located nearly two kilometres out to sea along the southern hemisphere’s longest timber jetty, the Busselton Jetty Underwater Observatory is eight metres below sea level and allows you to view an amazing marine world of schooling fish and tropical coral... without getting your feet wet! With 200,000 visitors to the Busselton Jetty each year, why not spend a few hours to soak up the unique atmosphere and “be touched by nature”. The Busselton Jetty, with more than 300 individual marine species, is host to an awe inspiring "forest" of vividly-coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates. It is described as Australia's greatest artificial reef. Opening Hours Winter: 9am to 5pm daily May to November (weather permitting) 8am to 6pm daily December to April (bookings essential)

Bushtucker River & Wine Tours
No. 1. Visit 7 iconic Margaret River attractions, as well as lunch at a winery! Tour departs daily from 10am to 5-30pm. Taste more, see more, enjoy more! We visit 4 famous Wineries, 1 Brewery, Chocolate and Cheese Companies! We guarantee a fun and fabulous day out! Pick up is from any location between Margaret River, Busselton, Dunsborough and Yallingup! ONLY $85 adult and $40 child. Google bushtuckertours for bookings, photos, tour itineraries and great deals! We reply quick! Ask about our Maxi-deal Mondays! Only $75 per person for the whole day all day! (Conditions apply). No. 2. BUSHTUCKER CAVE AND CANOE TOUR, on Margaret River! This tour departs daily from 10am to 2pm all year round. Tour departs Margaret River Mouth 10km from town at 9.45am. All equipment is provided. For all ages and abilities. See cliffs, caves, wild life, wilderness and spectacular views with well educated and fun tour guide. Everyone will also get to try native bushfoods and gourmet local produce at lunch. ONLY $85 adult and $40 child. Google bushtuckertours for bookings, photos, information and great deals! Do both tours get $30 off second tour costs! Google bushtuckertours for bookings, photos, information and the best price deals! Location 20 Auger Way, Margaret River WA 6285 Email info@bushtuckertours.com Website www.bushtuckertours.com Phone +61 08 9757 9084 Fax No +61 08 97587115 Mobile 0419 911 971

Dolphin Discovery Centre
The Dolphin Discovery Centre is Australia’s Premier Dolphin Experience. Located on the shores of Koombana Bay, visitors can experience four levels of interaction unequalled anywhere else in Australia. This includes an Interpretive Centre and Theatre, Interaction Zone, Swim Tours and Eco Cruises. As a non-profit community based organisation we are committed to dolphin research, education, conservation and tourism. With over 100 Bottlenose Dolphins living in the Bay, groups of them can be regularly seen in the shallow waters in front of the Centre (Interaction Zone), as well as on eco cruises and swim encounters. In addition our café offers delicious food that can be eaten in our relaxed indoor area or on our decking overlooking the ocean. The souvenir shop boasts a range of quality souvenirs as well as an ever growing selection of local crafts and indigenous art. Location Two hour drive south of Perth, on Koombana Drive Email adminassist@dolphindiscovery.com.au Phone +61 08 9791 3088 Fax No +61 08 9791 3420

Naturaliste Charters Whale Watching Cruises
Join award winning Naturaliste Charters for an exhilarating Whale Watch Cruise. "Experience Nature at its best". Experience nature with Naturaliste Charters, a West Australian charter boat company based in the pristine sou-west of the state, conducting whale watching eco-tours. During our eco-cruises, witness the behaviour of migrating Humpback, Southern Right and Blue Whales, in the pristine bays of the spectacular south-west of Western Australia. Naturaliste Charters has a close affinity with the whales of this area, being the first and original company to observe the arrival of these unique natural species in these waters. Finalist of the Western Australian Tourism Awards. Viewing migrating whales in the scenic south west is an exhilarating experience not to be missed! Join award winning Naturaliste Charters for a 2-3 hour eco-cruise aboard our luxury 17 metre catamaran Cetacean Explorer for a total nature experience. Location 308 Geographe Bay Road, Pro Fishermans Boat Ramp, Dunsborough Email info@whales-australia.com Phone +61 97258511 Mobile 0417186133

Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse
Breathtaking panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, Cape Naturaliste, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and the beautiful Geographe Bay coastline reward visitors to the top balcony of the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse. Easier than most lighthouses to climb, the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse is one of the most popular attractions in the Geographe Bay and Margaret River Wine region.

Ngilgi Cave
Located in the Margaret River wine region just off Caves Road, a short distance north of Yallingup. Explore the cave and experience stunning stalactite, stalagmite, helicitite and shawl formations. Visit an interpretive area detailing Ngilgi Cave's interesting history. A cafe, playground, barbecue facilities and walk trails make Ngilgi Cave a fun place to visit for the entire family. Phone +61 8 9755 2152

Happs Pottery
There’s always something going on at Happs Pottery... Whether it’s throwing, turning, glazing or firing, visitors are invited to come and have a chat with the potters. Educating visitors on the process of pottery is important to us, so feel free to wander around and ask a few questions. We make our own glorious glazes and have a huge range of unique and individual pieces which we are more than happy to pack and send for you. Email jacquie@happs.com.au Phone +61 9755 3479

The Mythic Mazes
Spend half an hour or half a day following in the footsteps of King Arthur and his Knights, or Ancient Greek heroes and monsters, as you take the challenge of hedge mazes, native plant-based sculpture gardens, puzzles and games. The Myths and Legends theme continues in our Gallery of Wonders, with sculptures, textiles, artworks and books. Open all school holidays and long weekends.

Surfing in the South West
Geographe Bay is known for its amazing surf spots. Between the waves in Cape Naturalist, Yallingup, Gracetown and the breaks at Surfers Point in Margaret River, your surfing safari is sure be exhilarating.

HMAS Swan Wreck Dive
The HMAS Swan was a Royal Australian Navy River Class Frigate Destroyer built in 1967. Located 1.3km off Point Piquet near the popular town of Dunsborough, the HMAS Swan sits in around 30 meters of water and was the first Navy vessel to be sunk as a dive wreck. At 113 meters in length and 23 meters high she is a brilliant dive for all levels of diver experience. Today it is home to a wide range of marine life, and provides a fun and fascinating dive.

Xscape at the Cape Fun Park
Located just north of Dunsborough, Xscape is the South West's premier fun park with Wacky Putt Golf, Mine Shaft Maze, Jungle Mountain, train ride, Millers Ice Cream, Café and a new water play area with waterslides will be opening in December 2013!

Yallingup Maze
Experience the ultimate adventure at Yallingup Maze when you conquer one of WA’s biggest and most exciting timber mazes! In the café you’ll find the largest collection of mind-bending puzzles in the southwest while you enjoy a freshly ground coffee, drinks and tasty treats. There's also a nature playground under the magic forest, a big bouncy castle and shaded kids playground.

Wonky Windmill Farm and Eco Park
The kids will love to bottle feed the lambs and make friends with pigs, ponies, rabbits, guinea pigs, llama, alpaca, deer, goats, emus, kangaroos and ostrich. Wonky Windmill Farm is a great way for children and adults to learn about farm animals and farm life. Bring a picnic, enjoy a BBQ enjoy the delicious food from the Farm Cafe.

Margaret River Chocolate Factory
The Margaret River Chocolate Company provides a fascinating insight into the world of chocolate, with free chocolate tastings and interactive displays and a viewing window to watch the chocolate products being made. There is also a mouth-watering range of chocolate bars, chocolate coated delights, hand made truffles, novelty chocolates, chocolate sauces and much more for sale. Enjoy a coffee and treat or lunch from the cafe.

Simmo's Icecreamery
A visit to Simmo's in Dunsborough is a must! There are over 60 flavours of delicious ice-cream to try as well as beautiful grounds with a playground and mini golf - fun for the whole family!

Local Events

Gourmet Escape
from 22 November, 2013 to 24 November, 2013
The ultimate of culinary adventures will again deliver a program showcasing the best of WA and the Margaret River region through a lauded line up of food and wine personalities and unique events. The 2013 talent list and event details will be announced soon but be sure to put the dates in your diary.

Sunsut Ironman Western Australia
from 08 December, 2013 to 08 December, 2013
Incorporating the iconic Busselton Jetty, the SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia triathlon is renowned worldwide for being the place to go for a personal best, with the bike and run courses amongst the flattest on the global circuit making it popular with international athletes from all corners of the planet. There are fantastic viewing points for spectators in town and along the foreshore.

Boyup Brook Country Music Festival
from 12 February, 2014 to 15 February, 2014
Enjoy 5 big days of music, fun and laughter at the 29th annual Boyup Brook Country Music Festival, bringing the grass roots of country music including a mix of national and original artists from Western Australia in a friendly, country setting.

Blues at Bridgetown
from 08 November, 2013 to 10 November, 2013
A fantastic festival celebrating the blues in beautiful Bridgetown! Russell Morris is performing this year along with many other artists with busking, street performances and a street party. Tickets are on sale now!

Oz Rock Busselton
from 25 January, 2014 to 25 January, 2014
The inaugural Oz Rock Busselton will feature Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss, James Reyne, Adam Brand and Daryl Braithwaite at Barnard Park on the foreshore. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

2014 Busselton Jetty Swim
from 08 February, 2014 to 09 February, 2014
The Be Active Busselton Jetty Swim 2014 has activities and family entertainment for everyone. The 18th annual swim of 3.6 km around the iconic Busselton Jetty will take place on Sunday. Registrations open on 1st October 2013.

Leeuwin Estate Concert with Diane Kralll
from 15 February, 2014 to 16 February, 2014
Leeuwin Estate Winery in Margaret River proudly presents renowned Canadian jazz pianist and songstress Diana Krall, accompanied by the Perth Symphony Orchestra, to perform the 30th Leeuwin Concert Series. Australian icon James Morrison will also perform.

South West Craft Beer Festival
from 22 February, 2014 to 23 February, 2014
Sample the region’s finest brews whilst listening to live music from local South West artists. Old Broadwater Farm, Busselton.

Wings for Life World Run
from 04 May, 2014 to 04 May, 2014
The Wings for Life World Run is an event never before seen or undertaken - it is a truly global adventure, encompassing up to forty locations, in which everyone runs at the very same time all over the world! 100% of the proceeds will go to research into curing spinal cord injury. This event will start from Barnard Park next to the iconic Busselton Jetty at 6pm so all participants will have great views of the sun setting over the water before they start the run. The track will head south along the foreshore at Busselton then onto the highway toward Dunsborough, then onto Caves Road past Yallingup and Margaret River. Runners will not be running a set distance. Half an hour after the start signal sounds official catcher cars will simultaneously set off at each course, pursuing the runners. When the catcher car passes a runner their race is over and its time to catch the shuttle back to start area and celebrate.

MTB Festival
from 02 August, 2014 to 03 August, 2014
The 2014 festival will again be a celebration of the new mountain bike facilities, for local and intrastate riders with the generous support from the City of Busselton, corporate sponsors, volunteers, and local community. The event includes various events to suit your skill level over the weekend.

CinéfestOZ
from 20 August, 2014 to 24 August, 2014
CinéfestOZ is coming back to you with its unique blend of Australian and French premiere films, events, industry workshops and star-studded red carpet gala nights set against the stunning backdrop that is Western Australia’s South West. Enjoy the latest offerings from the world of Australian film; enjoy the exquisite French film selection, and indulge in short films, documentaries, community screenings and a magical array of associated events.

Dirty Dozen Dunsborough Dirt Dash
from 30 August, 2014 to 31 August, 2014
The Dash consists of several races held over the weekend of various lengths for both kids and adults. Bring the whole family, smash yourself on the 12k, cheer like mad for the kids and then warm down with family and friends in a gentle jog/walk for a great cause.

South West Mud Festival
from 19 July, 2014 to 19 July, 2014
Obstacle and mud racing has hit the South West region of WA! Whilst the area is best known for its wine-making, Bootleg Brewery have a jam-packed day full of mud, burgers and beers planned. There is a 12km Dirty Dozen long course or a 5km Mud Mayhem short course with obstacles that include all things south west such as tractor tyres, hay bales, bird netting, dam runs, wine barrels and of course, MUD!

South West Wedding Fair
from 31 August, 2014 to 31 August, 2014
The Southwest Wedding Fair is being held at Abbey Beach Resort and will include a collaboration of local wedding and event talent from around the Southwest, Southern Forests, Margaret River and Perth. Organise your wedding in literally one day with everything you need under one roof - Cakes, Hair, DJ's, Music, Photographers the list goes on. The 2014 event will hold a fashion parade and more interactive displays on the day.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape
from 21 November, 2014 to 23 November, 2014
This years event, brought to you by Siemens, will once again showcase an unparalleled line up of over 25 international and local food & wine celebrities in over 15 stunning bespoke locations and a premium focus on ‘the worlds best’. Over this extraordinary weekend, indulge in long lunches, exclusive dinner degustations, the incredible pop up Beach BBQ and much more.

Chevon City to Surf
from 17 August, 2014 to 17 August, 2014
This year Activ celebrates 40 years of the City to Surf raising funds for people living with disability in Western Australia. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned athlete, there is a distance and pace to suit everyone. Choose from the marathon, 12km run/walk, 4km run/walk or wheelchair event.