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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information you might like to visit www.busseltonjetty.com.au
Enjoying a lovely lunch right on the beachfront