Cormorants at Busselton Jetty by Jo Castro

The summer holiday visitors have gone and life returns to normal in the south west seaside towns.

On Busselton Jetty cormorants are drying their wings and not bothered now by the few tourists tramping by on the wooden boards.

Busselton is quieter today and doesn’t heave anymore with a mass of flip flops and bikinis and the sweet smell of sun tan cream, but rather it has re-organised to become genteel and quietly interesting.

And whoever said “You can’t see the forest for the trees” must have been looking in the wrong direction, because the South West Highway is choc-o-block with olive green forests especially soaring Tuart trees as you travel south from Bunbury, where on Ludlow Tourist Drive there is a strip of the purest Tuart forest in the world.

Busselton Tourist Drive by Jo Castro
Take the tourist drive through Ludlow Tuart Forest to capture the giants of the forest between Bunbury and Busselton.

It’s one of the first days of autumn and a light breeze is blowing, but the sea at Busselton is as blue as blue can be and as I walk along the 1.8km jetty I think what a beautiful day for a day dream.


Jutting out over the turqoise blue waters of Geographe Bay, the heritage listed Jetty is the longest timber piled jetty inthe Southerm Hemisphere, and one of the must see’s if you are visiting the Margaret River wine region.

Busselton Jetty by Jo Castro

We have family members visiting from the UK and they are spellbound by the pristine environment, the blue sky and the deep blue water. I walk with them to the end of the jetty, send them on the tour of the underwater observatory, and then walk back, wind in my hair, relishing a little solitude.


“Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.” James Russell Lowell


Once reunited we have lunch at The Goose, and I am treated to an ice cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc along with a delicious feast

Yes, it’s one helluva lovely day in SWA. Wish you were here with me.

Busselton Jetty by Jo Castro
The blue blue waters of Geographe Bay, The Jetty interpretive centre, falafels with salad for lunch, and the quaint jetty train.

Fast Facts about Busselton Jetty

Construction of the original Jetty began in 1865
In 2011 a $27 million refurbishment of the jetty was completed
The boatshed style ticketing centre includes an interpretive centre and cultural heritage museum with gifts, homeware, and cooldrinks for sale.
The underwater observatory at the end of the jetty allows visitors to view the spectacular marine environment beneath the jetty.

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 Enjoying a lovely lunch  right on the beachfront


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  1. one of the great things about having visitors from elsewhere is to take them to the places we enjoy and we grow to love them all over again. And aren’t we so lucky to have these amazing places so close to home! WA’s south west must be one of the most blessed places!
    And the solitude from walking with the wind in your hair – yes everyone should make time for it. Some days I just go down to the beach in my lunch hour – somehow it tends to blow the cares away.

  2. Yes, moments of solitude in nature are very necessary, aren’t they Jill. I also love having visitors because you do see things with new eyes.

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