Busselton

Busselton Jetty, Mike Langford / Auscape International

Population 15385

First settled by Europeans in 1834, Busselton is one of the oldest towns in Western Australia. It is situated on the shores of Geographe Bay and the picturesque Vasse River. Sheltered from most prevailing winds, the tranquil waters of the bay are an aquatic playground edged with 30 kilometres of white sand beaches. Over the past three decades, the traditional industries of timber, dairying, cattle and sheep have been joined by grape-growing and winemaking. Fishing is also important, particularly crayfish and salmon in season. In spring, the wildflowers are magnificent.

Visitor Information

Busselton Foreshore, Queen St; (08) 9752 5800

www.geographebay.com

Nearby national parks

  • Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park

    This long, narrow park hugs the south-west coast of Western Australia for 120 kilometres between two prominent capes, Cape Naturaliste in...more

  • Yalgorup National Park

    Located just south of Mandurah in a long, narrow strip between the Old Coast Road and the Indian Ocean, and protecting a wetland system...more

  • Shannon National Park

    Shannon National Park, between Manjimup and Walpole in Western Australia’s southern forest region, encompasses the Shannon River as it...more

Nearby towns

  • Dunsborough

    Dunsborough is a picturesque coastal town on the south-western tip of Geographe Bay. Just west of the town is Leeuwin–Naturaliste National...more

  • Yallingup

    Yallingup, known for its limestone caves and world-class surf breaks, is also an ideal location for swimming, fishing and beachcombing....more

  • Margaret River

    One of the best known towns in Western Australia, Margaret River is synonymous with world-class wines, magnificent coastal scenery,...more

In Town

Busselton Jetty The longest timber jetty in the Southern Hemisphere was built over a 95-year period. Read More

Ballarat Engine: first steam locomotive in WA; Pries Ave.

St Mary's Anglican Church: built in 1844 of limestone and jarrah, with a she-oak shingle roof. The churchyard has many pioneer graves, including John Garrett Bussell's, after whom Busselton was named; Peel Tce.

ArtGeo Cultural Complex: local art, heritage and culture; gallery closed Wed; Queen St; (08) 9751 4651.

Old Courthouse: restored gaol cells and arts complex; Queen St.

Busselton Historical Museum: originally a creamery, now houses historic domestic equipment; closed Tues; Peel Tce.

Vasse River Parkland: barbecue facilities; Peel Tce.

Nearby

Tuart Forest National Park The majestic tuart tree grows only on coastal limestone 200 km either side of Perth. Known locally as the Ludlow Tuart Forest, this 2049 ha park protects the largest natural tuart forest in the world. It also has the tallest and largest specimens of tuart trees on the Swan Coastal Plain, up to 33 m high and 10 m wide. Enjoy scenic drives, forest walks and picnics in a magnificent setting. 12 km SE.

Wonnerup House: built in 1859, now a National Trust museum and fine example of colonial architecture, furnished in period style; 10 km N.

Busselton Golf Course: Busselton; 6 km S.

Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse: offers panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and surrounding area; 37 km W.

Ngilgi Cave: limestone cave with family area; 32 km W.

Wineries: numerous vineyards and wineries in the area. Many are open for cellar-door tastings; contact visitor centre for map.

Augusta–Busselton Heritage Trail: contact visitor centre for map.

Fishing spots near town

Dunsborough 22 km

Dunsborough is about three hours’ drive south of Perth, and offers beach, rock and boat fishing. Local fishing store operator Damien Lane says the rock ledges produce salmon in autumn and winter, Samson fish,... Find out more


Eco-friendly activities around town

Wardan Aboriginal Centre 29 km

The cultural centre for the Wardandi people, this rammed-earth building in Yallingup has Aboriginal art displays, guided tours, toolmaking and spear-throwing workshops and dance demonstrations.... Find out more


Margaret River canoe tour 41 km

Bushtucker River and Winery Tours will take you canoeing down the quiet Margaret River, with opportunities to see kangaroos, bushtucker- bearing plants and heritage sites on a guided four-hour excursion. There is time... Find out more


Surfing - Margaret River 42 km

Well known as holding some of the best surfing breaks in the country, beaches near Margaret River also provide a great venue to learn to surf, with plenty of teachers to help you start and a variety of surf conditions.... Find out more


Dolphin Discovery Centre 45 km

This non-profit organisation is committed to education, conservation and research about dolphins, but also provides extraordinary opportunities to interact with these creatures. About 90 wild bottlenose dolphins live in... Find out more


Caving - Southern Western Australia 73 km

Six limestone caves in the Capes region are open to the public and there are self-guided and adventure-caving options. Jewel Cave is the largest of Western Australia’s tourist caves and has beautiful formations... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

Newtown House Restaurant & Accomodation

Established in 1851, the original homestead is now the cosy Newtown House. Surrounded by country gardens, the restaurant has been a success since its opening in 1991 and won countless awards. Chef Steve Reagan draws on... Find out more


The Equinox

With sensational views of iconic Busselton Jetty and the foreshore, The Equinox’s casual menu includes traditional breakfasts, seafood chowder and steak sandwiches for lunch, and more sophisticated dishes for the... Find out more


The Goose

Located directly on the Geographe Bay foreshore, The Goose has been operational since 1998 and was originally located in the town centre. The longevity of this dining establishment is evidence of its consistent... Find out more


Vasse Bar Cafe

It’s refreshing to find such a slick place as this in a small country town. The contemporary cafe serves up unpretentious food like steak sandwiches, pasta, pizza and a good selection of vegetarian and gluten-free... Find out more


Nearby breweries

Cowaramup Brewing Company 28 km

This family-owned microbrewery, based in the Margaret River wine-producing belt, first fired up in December 2006. Cowaramup can be tricky to pronounce for some visitors (correctly: Ca-rara-mup) and the locals often refer... Find out more


Bootleg Brewery 29 km

Established in 1994 in the Margaret River wine region, this long-running craft brewery bills itself as ‘an oasis of beer in a desert of wine’. The metaphor never quite rang true and even less so in recent... Find out more


Campsites around town

Geographe Bay Holiday Resort 6 km

Geographe Bay Holiday Resort is located on Bussell Highway, Busselton and offers visitors a good  range of  facilities in shady surroundings on the foreshore of the beach.  It's a great park for families... Find out more


Canebrake Pool camping area 27 km

A selection of peaceful sites in the forest beside the river, Canebrake Pool camping area is 5.5 km along Canebreak Rd. Swimming and canoeing are popular pastimes here. Rapids Conservation Park is 25 km north-east of... Find out more


Margaret River Tourist Park 43 km

Margaret River Tourist Park is 1 km from the centre of town, on Station Rd. It offers visitors shady, grassed sites with a good range of facilities for campers, who can set up their tents on the cloth pads provided, as... Find out more


Workmans Pool camping area 46 km

This camping area – also known as Workers Pool – is in the forest near a brook, 11 km west of Nannup. To get here, follow the Vasse Hwy and Mowen Rd; carry in your own firewood and drinking water.... Find out more


Sues Bridge camping area 47 km

This small, secluded camping area is in the forest on Sues Rd, off the Brockman Hwy, 38 km east of Karridale. Campers will find a good range of facilities here while enjoying such activities as fishing, swimming and... Find out more


The Cut camping area (walk-in camping) 50 km

A small camping area at the end of a peninsula, 8.5 km south of the Belvidere camping ground, the Cut has walk-in, cycle or boat access only. Bring your own firewood and drinking water.... Find out more


Chapman Pool camping area 50 km

This small camping area near the river is 25 km south-east of Margaret River via the Bussell Hwy and Warner Glen Rd. Good facilities are provided in a peaceful forest setting, with swimming, fishing and canoeing the main... Find out more


Belvidere camping ground 57 km

Belvidere has a good range of facilities in a relaxing beach environment, 20 km north of Australind; you need to bring firewood and drinking water, though. An interpretation trail here explains the history of the area.... Find out more


Conto camping area 57 km

This camping area has a good range of facilities in natural surroundings. It’s near the magnificent scenery and numerous activities offered by this beautiful stretch of coast, and also in close proximity to several... Find out more


Point Road camping area 58 km

On Point Rd, 21 km south-west of Margaret River off Boranup Dr, this campground has 4WD access to a delightfully forested area with small campsites close to a fishing and surfing beach. You need to come equipped with... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Big 4 Beachlands Holiday Park 4 km

This is a very good quality park in the very popular holiday town of Busselton. Sites are at a premium here in holiday periods, when the price of powered sites soars. Bookings are required at peak times and a... Find out more


Mandalay Holiday Resort 5 km

This is an excellent quality caravan park for tourists. It is just across the road from the beach and about 4 km from the town centre. There is a popular resort-style pool and large grassy playing area. Holiday periods... Find out more


Big4 Peppermint Park 9 km

This is one of the neatest parks we have visited in recent times. The camp kitchen has to one of the best we have seen in a part of Australia that is renowned for quality parks. Bookings are required in peak times and a... Find out more


Taunton Farm Holiday Park 27 km

We think this is possibly the best base for exploring the wonderful Margaret River region and its many wineries. It is a quality park in a great farm setting and we always enjoy our stays here. Bookings are required in... Find out more


Yallingup Beach Holiday Park 30 km

This park is in the centre of Yallingup. The popular surfing beach is just metres away and the resort-style holiday centre is just a brief stroll from the gate. The park is very well maintained and has particularly good... Find out more


Discovery Holiday Parks – Bunbury Village 42 km

This is a very good quality park on the highway, 6 km from the city centre. It has some great features including minigolf and a tennis court. Its location makes it an excellent base for a holiday in Bunbury. Bookings are... Find out more


Margaret River Tourist Park 43 km

Located 1 km from the centre of town, this park is a convenient base to explore the popular Margaret River holiday region. Pets are allowed, but small dogs only. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Bunbury Glade Caravan Park 43 km

A good quality park just 3 km south of the city centre, this place has well-maintained grounds and good facilities. It is easily accessible from the Bussell Highway. Bookings are required in January and for long weekends... Find out more


Discovery Holiday Park – Koombana Bay 46 km

Right in the heart of Bunbury, this quality park offers discerning caravanners a range of excellent facilities including a coffee shop and a tennis court. Bookings are required in peak periods. There is a minimum-stay... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Beachlands Holiday Park

Trendsetting Beachlands Holiday Park is leading the way for holiday parks around the state with its makeover completed in early 2009. The self-contained bungalows, villas and cabins are all well appointed and some... Find out more


Mandalay Holiday Resort and Tourist Park

Located between Busselton and Dunsborough in the midst of the Margaret River wine region, the Mandalay resort is directly across the road from the beach. The park is ideal for families and suits a range of budgets,... Find out more


Martin Fields Beach Retreat

Established in 1989 by current owners James and Jane Cummins, and located 10 kilometres north of Busselton, the lovely Martin Fields Beach Retreat is as close to the water as the name suggests. All rooms have private... Find out more


The Dolphin House

Built on the canal, The Dolphin House promises absolute waterfront luxury. With views from every room, this three-bedroom home has all the features you would expect of a premier property: a chef’s kitchen with... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Yelverton Brook Eco Spa Retreat 19 km

Set in a 40-hectare conservation reserve protected from feral predators, with woylies, bandicoots and other animals roaming around, the self-contained chalets here have everything you could want, including local... Find out more


Yallingup Strawbale Retreat 25 km

The two retreats here have walls built of straw. You can collect eggs for your breakfast, or see what is in season in the orchard.... Find out more


Burnside Bungalows 38 km

At Margaret River you can stay on this certified organic and biodynamic farm that produces mulberries, apricots, nectarines, peaches, avocados and olives. The accommodation is in cottages made with rammed earth and... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Ironstone Gully camping area 33 km

T/O at Donnybrook

Secluded in the bush off Capel Rd 18km south-west of Donnybrook.


Bunbury South Rest Area 42 km

42 km NW of Margaret River (L) or 57 km SE of Bunbury (R)

Small area just off the highway. Limited shade.


Barrabup Pool camping area 46 km

T/O 2km N of Nannup (L) or 58km SE of Busselton (R)

In the forest 8km west of the highway via Mowen Rd.


Sues Bridge camping area 47 km

T/O 45km W of Nannup (R) or 30km E of Karridale (L)

Secluded in the forest 9km north of the highway via Sues Rd.


Chapman Pool camping area 50 km

T/O 64km W of Nannup (R) or 11km E of Karridale (L)

Secluded bush setting 9km north of the highway via Warner Glen Rd.


Conto camping area 57 km

T/O at Karridale

Whistlers Way campsite is located 19km north-west of the highway via Bushby, Caves and Conto rds. It's in a secluded bushland setting near the coast in Leeuwin–Naturaliste National Park. Other campsites available. Only Whistlers Way campsite suitable for large vans.


McLeod Creek Rest Area 57 km

23 km N of Augusta (L) or 20 km S of Margaret River (R)

Secluded area just off the highway among the trees. Good shade.


Canebrake rest area 58 km

34km W of Nannup (R) or 41km E of Karridale (L)

Just off the highway in the forest.


Alexandra Bridge camping area 59 km

T/O 64km W of Nannup (R) or 11km E of Karridale (L)

On a riverbank 2km north-west of the highway via Clarke Dr.


Karri Gully Rest Area 68 km

26 km W of Bridgetown (R) or 19 km E of Nannup (L)

Very small area just off the highway. Good shade.


Greenbushes rest area 68 km

9km S of Balingup (R) or 17km N of Bridgetown (L)

At the junction with the northern road into Greenbushes.


Willow Springs camping area 69 km

T/O 24km W of Bridgetown (L) or 21km E of Nannup (R)

Secluded in the forest 5km (unsealed) south of the highway via Wetherley and Gold Gully rds.


Jarrah Park rest area 73 km

21km W of Bridgetown (R) or 24km E of Nannup (L)

Small secluded area in the forest.


What's on around town

Markets: Barnard Park, 1st and 3rd Sun each month; Railway Building Park, Causeway Rd, 2nd and 4th Sun each month.

Southbound: music festival; Jan.

Festival of Busselton: Jan.

Beach Festival: Jan.

Busselton Jetty Swim: Feb.

Geographe Bay Race Week: yachting; Feb.

Busselton Quit Forest Rally: rally and motorbike racing; Apr.

CinefestOZ: Australian and French film festival; Aug.

Busselton Agricultural Show: one of the oldest and largest country shows in WA; Oct/Nov. 

Ironman Western Australia Triathlon: Dec.

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