Things to See and Do

Near Busselton, Western Australia, Australia

Busselton is bursting with events, festivals, culture, beaches, sunshine, wildflowers, surfing...and the gateway to the Margaret River wine region. What more could you ask for? The ideal family holiday destination, Busselton has it all!

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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 and 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 Website 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 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 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 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!

Local Events

Cinefest Oz
from 20 August, 2011 to 24 August, 2011
Cinefest Oz brings to the screen new and exciting films which showcase the very best of the extraordinary talent, exhibited by both French and Australian film makers. Don't miss this amazing cultural experience where the industry and community meet.

The Funtabulous Bunbury Kidsfest
from 27 September, 2011 to 29 September, 2011
The Bunbury Kidsfest is an exciting new event that will be held during the Term 3 school holidays at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, and is the first major interactive children's festival of it's kind in Western Australia. The festival will feature eight zones including; entertainment, science, kids' kitchen, animals, physical activities, art & creativity, construction and under 5's, with exciting activities such as a Junior Masterchef competition, a slime show and a visit from the much loved Justice Crew. An information hall, parenting room and picnic area will be set up at the venue to make the day fun for the whole family.

Busselton Jetty Swim
from 31 January, 2012 to 01 February, 2012
The premier ocean swim around the iconic Busselton Jetty, in the south west of Western Australia. Since 1996, the Busselton Jetty Swim has grown from a local event to an internationally recognized event attracting in excess of 1000 competitors. The Be Active Busselton Jetty Swim 2012 event will take place over 2 days with entertainment, activities and family-friendly fun, with the swim taking place on the morning of Sunday 5 February. The course is a swim of 3.6 km around the Busselton Jetty. Singles and teams of two and four are welcome. Be a part of the atmosphere and enter the best jetty swim in the world.

Geographe Bay Race Week
from 14 February, 2012 to 20 February, 2012
Geographe Bay Race Week is one of the most exciting weeks on the Summer calendar. With over 100 yachts from all over the state, and competitiors from all over the world, Geographe Bay lights up with excitement. This event hosts the Saturday Club sailor, the professionals and all those in between for a week of fun and competition

2012 Monaro Car Club Nationals
from 14 October, 2012 to 18 October, 2012
In 2012 the Monaro Nationals will be held for the first time in Western Australia, on our very own shores of Busselton! This significant event will attract around 250 Monaro's from all over Australia. Local Businesses and community groups are welcome to become vendors at the Show-n-Shine, and items for sale do not have to relate to automotive products.

Telstra Drug Aware Pro
from 15 March, 2012 to 19 March, 2012
Surfing's elite will take on the iconic big waves at Surfers Point Margaret River to compete in Western Australia's biggest surfing event.

Margaret River Wine Region Festival
from 09 April, 2012 to 12 April, 2012
This annual festival is an abundance of wine, food, music and art experiences. Enjoy three days of festival fun with street fiestas in Margaret River and Dunsborough and the popular vintage festivals at Palmers Winery.

Groovin the Moo
from 15 May, 2012 to 15 May, 2012
Groovin the Moo music festival returns to Hay Park, Bunbury for the fourth year. Acts include the Hilltop Hoods, Kaiser Chiefs, Mat Corby and Public Enemy, just to name a few, who will play on a double outdoor stage. Buses will run from Busselton.

Whale Song Festival
from 29 May, 2012 to 30 May, 2012
Celebrate the start of the whale watching season and the return of the Southern Right and Humpback Whales at the Whale Song Festival in Augusta. A great weekend of festivities and fun including art, markets, food, entertainment and of course whale watching.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape
from 18 November, 2012 to 21 November, 2012
This premier 4 day wine and food festival is stirring attention in the global food and wine community! Share your weekend with international chef's Heston Blumenthal and Rene Redzepi, two chefs in a stellar line up of 25 international and Australian food and wine celebrities. Master Chef judges Matt Moran and George Colambaris will also be cooking up a storm. Be entertained in the Gourmet Village, iconic vineyards, pristine beach locations and never before seen pop up lounge and cocktail bars.

Sunsmart Ironman 2012
from 05 December, 2012 to 05 December, 2012
Experience first hand this amazing international event. Cheer the athletes on as they complete the gruelling 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and 42.2km.

Great Moscow Circus
from 13 October, 2012 to 17 October, 2012
Don't miss the Great Moscow Circus when it visits Busselton with a totally new show that has been described as their best ever! The 2 hour show features more than 20 acts including, for the first time in Australia, the spectacular Globe of Death featuring 5 motorbikes and 1 globe splitting in half. Tickets are available on 1300 798 550

Geographe Crush
from 30 October, 2012 to 30 October, 2012
Discover the fantastic wine and food of the Geographe region at the Geographe Crush held at Bicentennial Square in Bunbury. The Festival showcases over 40 wines from the fantastic growing region from Harvey in the north to Busselton in the south and encompasses the local districts of Capel, Dardanup, Donnybrook and Collie. Entry is $20 on the day, $15 pre purchase which includes a souvenir glass, wine tastings and entertainment.

Leeuwin Concert with Carole King
from 05 February, 2013 to 06 February, 2013
Leeuwin Estate is delighted to present iconic American singer, songwriter and pianist, Carole King to perform the 2013 Leeuwin Concerts. Renowned for her charm, connection with the audience and expressive piano playing, she creates a uniquely intimate musical experience, drawing from her timeless and extensive songbook of classic hits. Bus transfers will be available from Busselton.

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro
from 12 March, 2013 to 20 March, 2013
Come and watch world class surfers in some of the world's best waves at Surfers Point Margaret River.

South West Craft Beer Festival
from 12 February, 2013 to 13 February, 2013
South West breweries come together for a celebration of the regions beer, produce and music. Sample the finest brews from pale ales and pilseners to ginger beers and chocolate beer! Venue: 3 Oceans Palandri, Bussell Hwy

Festival of Busselton
from 04 January, 2013 to 15 January, 2013
A festival for ages with a fun fair, float parade, bowls competition, skateboarding competition, Deckchair Theatre, closing night concert featuring Daryl Braithwaite and fireworks.

Petticoat Lane
from 12 January, 2013 to 12 January, 2013
As part of the Festival of Busselton, Petticoat Lane has a huge range of stalls including arts, crafts, local produce and food.

from 16 April, 2013 to 17 April, 2013
One of Australia's most challenging road cycle events held in Cowaramup - teams and solo riders race to complete the most laps in 24 hours.

Ironman 70.3
from 07 May, 2013 to 07 May, 2013
Experience first hand this amazing international event. Cheer the athletes on as they complete the gruelling 1.9km swim, 90.1km bike ride and 21.1km.

Groovin the Moo
from 07 May, 2013 to 07 May, 2013
Festival goers - Groovin the Moo is coming back to Bunbury! There will be 26 favourite home-grown acts and international imports including Flume, Tame Impala, The Temper Trap, Seth Sentry, Example, The Kooks, Tegan and Sara and The Bronx performing on the double outdoor stages and in the Moolin Rouge big top tent. The festival will also provide local food stalls abundant with fresh produce and markets filled with knick knacks, licensed bar facilities, slingshot rides and chill out areas which all collide together to complete a premium recipe.

Truffle Kerfuffle - Southern Forest Food Festival
from 18 June, 2013 to 18 June, 2013
An annual festival highlighting regional food and wine including wineries, food stalls, master classes, cooking demonstrations, free kids food classes, food discussion/truffle seminars, Truffle Dog competitions, truffle orchard tours/hunts and local farmers markets. No other Truffle/Food festival can invite people to participate in a live and successful truffle hunt on the two most productive truffle orchards in the southern hemisphere, and arguably the world!

Gourmet Escape
from 18 November, 2013 to 20 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 04 December, 2013 to 04 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.

Busselton Foreshore Polo
from 23 April, 2013 to 23 April, 2013
The exiting game of equine polo is coming to Busselton for the first time on the foreshore at Barnard Park near the Jetty from 11am to 4pm and will include two games of exceptional polo. VIP Marquee tickets can be purchased from the Busselton and Dunsborough Visitor Centres on 9752 5800. Free to the public, the general admission area will have its own facilities underneath the trees on the foreshore.

Boyup Brook Country Music Festival
from 08 February, 2014 to 11 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 04 November, 2013 to 06 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!

Busselton Show
from 28 October, 2013 to 29 October, 2013
Come and celebrate the 153rd Busselton Show at Churchill Park! On Friday from 3pm there will be ring events and the main exhibitor's section, sideshow alley opens at 4pm and there will be fireworks at 8:30pm. The Show runs all day Saturday from 9am to 5pm with entertainment from 11am to 3pm.

Oz Rock Busselton
from 21 January, 2014 to 21 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 04 February, 2014 to 05 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 11 February, 2014 to 12 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 18 February, 2014 to 19 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 30 April, 2014 to 30 April, 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 29 July, 2014 to 30 July, 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.

from 16 August, 2014 to 20 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 26 August, 2014 to 27 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 15 July, 2014 to 15 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 27 August, 2014 to 27 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 17 November, 2014 to 19 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 13 August, 2014 to 13 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.