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BUSSELTON JETTY EXPERIENCE
Underwater Observatory I Jetty Train I Interpretive Centre I Heritage Museum
Stroll the longest timber piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere or jump on the Jetty Train
to reach the Under water Observatory. Descend 8m to the ocean floor to view colourful
coral and over 300 different marine species. Currently undergoing a $27 million restoration
project, access to the Under water Observatory and Jetty Train will resume mid 2010. The
Interpretive Centre and Heritage Museum are open daily.
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Did you know Busselton is a historical centre? Here’s why...
Settled in 1834, Busselton is one of the earliest settlements in Western
Australia. Evidence of this rich history can be seen as you make your way
around the Busselton townsite. Built in 1856, the heritage-listed
Courthouse Gallery is a ‘Courthouse meets art house’ experience. As part
of the ArtGeo Cultural Complex, the Courthouse Gallery mixes colonial
architecture, featuring original courtrooms and jail cells, with
contemporary fine art and gifts. At the other end of town, St Mary’s
Church, built in 1844 of limestone and jarrah, is still a place of worship for
the Anglican community. The Busselton Museum, run by Busselton
Historical Society volunteers, is a great find for those interested in
photographs, furniture, clothing, farm machinery and butter- and
cheese-making equipment from days gone by. Just north of Busselton is
the Wonnerup House Settlement, built by the Layman family. The
settlement comprises a homestead (1859), and an earlier house (1837), plus
a kitchen, stables, blacksmiths, teacher-house and school. These buildings
have all been restored with many original items and furniture on display.
The Bussell family, after whom the town was named, built Ellensbrook
homestead in 1857 about 40km south, on the coast near Gracetown. It is
well worth a look, with a walking trail leading to a cave and the lovely
Meekadarabee Falls, known to Aboriginal people as the ‘bathing place of
the Moon’, which is at its best in the winter and spring months.
TRAVEL DIARY All this and more with venue maps and ticketing info at scoop.com.au .
Cow charity auction, July 10, Signal Park, Busselton, www.margaretriver.com • Cinefest Oz, August 25-29, various venues, Busselton, 0419 950 760 • Busselton wildflower exhibition, September 16-17, Uniting
Church, Kent Street, Busselton, (08) 9752 3992 • Busselton Agricultural Show, October 29-30, Churchill Park, Adelaide Street, Busselton • Geo Bay Swim, November 14, Quindalup Boat Ramp to Busselton Jetty,
www.geobayswim.com.au • Ironman WA Triathlon, December 5, Busselton Jetty, www.ironmanwesternaustralia.com.
St Mary’s Church in Busselton,
which was built in 1844; the ArtGeo
Cultural Complex, also in Busselton.
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