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Discover a sweeping, peaceful beach
and pretty hinterland of farmland and
forest with plenty of activities for all,
right on the doorstep of WA’s finest
wine region. Winter and spring see
the area at its prettiest, and perfect
wfor long walks along the beach,
birdwatching fishing and boating.
ENJOY... great restaurants and a range
of activities right on your doorstep.
Shire size: 1455sqkm
Distance from Perth: 223km
• 32km is the length of the Vasse River
• 1841m from the shore to the end of
the Busselton Jetty, making it the
longest wooden structure in the
• The river and town of Vasse are
named after French seaman Thomas
Vasse, who disappeared in the area in
June 1801 during Nicolas Baudin’s
expedition to map the region on the
ships Naturaliste and Geographe.
• The Tuart Forest National Park is
home to the largest surviving tuart
forest in the world.
Now a smooth and stress-free two
hours’ drive from Perth, Busselton
is the gateway to the Margaret
River wine region. It is the perfect
base from which to explore the
region’s seemingly endless array of
wineries, galleries and restaurants.
Since the Busselton Bypass went
through a few years ago, keeping
traffic on its way to Dunsborough,
Yallingup and Margaret River
out of town, Busselton and the
coast around it have maintained
a peaceful atmosphere. In fact,
despite being the second-largest
town in the South West after
Bunbury, the pace may have
actually slowed. But that’s one of
the reasons why Busselton and
Vasse remain the most popular
destinations for families in the
Margaret River region, particularly
in winter. As well as boutique
family chalets, campsites and
caravan parks, there are only four
big beachside resorts in the South
West, and they’re all located in this
region. There are walkways and
bike trails around the coast that
lead into Busselton, and with
the jetty to visit, ice-cream to
sample, playgrounds and rides
and plenty more to do in town
you won’t regret the bike ride.
Busselton is also home to one of
WA’s last drive-in cinemas.
With all four of the South
West’s big beach resorts, this
region is a popular destination.
Things to do | July to December 2010.
REASONS TO GO
Busselton’s iconic jetty and underwater
observatory have been inaccessible for
the past couple of years, but it should
be open again in August. The train to
the end of the jetty and the underwater
observatory will also reopen, but the
observatory only opens when the
weather is suitable. The underwater
observatory, with its unique mix of
marine life (brought to the bay by the
Leeuwin current) is a real experience.
The Wonnerup estuary and wetlands
have been listed by the Ramsar
Convention as ‘Wetlands of
International Importance’. South West
wetlands are home to two million birds
that fly from Siberia, northern China
and Alaska to Australia every year.
More than 75 species have been
identified here, including great egrets,
spoonbills and very rare waders, such
as the long-toed stint.
ThE TuART FORESTS
The Ludlow Tuart Forest, which starts
just five minutes drive from Busselton,
is the largest forest of pure tuarts and
has the tallest and biggest specimens
of this magnificent tree (33m high and
10m in girth). There are plenty of scenic
drives and picnic spots in the 1000ha
park, which is also home to plenty of
wildflowers and wildlife, including the
largest remaining wild population of the
western ringtail possum.
JuN JuL AuG SEP OCT NOV
CLIMATE Cool nights in July, warms
up in the day to an average of 17°C, by
December, it gets to about 27°C.
Margaret River North
Margaret River Central
Margaret River South
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