Top 100 iconic landmarks of the world (P.95) Busselton Jetty: Natural viewpoint on the longest timber-piled jetty in the southern hemisphere


( Busselton Jetty is the longest timber-piled jetty (pier) in the Southern Hemisphere at 1,841 meters long. The jetty is managed by a not-for-profit community organization, Busselton Jetty Inc.

Busselton Jetty is one of the most visited locations in the South West of Western Australia. It has recently been restored to a standard that will keep it as one of the tourist hotspots in Western Australia.

In 1865 the first section, approximately 176 meters, of the jetty became available for ships to moor. In 1875 an additional 143 meters were added to the original structure, as over 10 years' accumulation of drift sands had made the water too shallow for mooring. The last commercial vessel called at the jetty in 1971 and the jetty was closed the following year. It passed into the control of Busselton Shire and has been gradually restored and improved since. The jetty has survived Cyclone Alby in 1978, borers, weathering, several fires, and the threat of demolition, to have become a major regional tourist attraction.

There is usually a variety of fishing activities going on and it is not unusual to see quite a bit of marine and bird life along its length dolphins are never too far away as well. At the start of the Jetty is the Interpretive Centre which has information about the jetty and its history as well as a wide variety of souvenir and gift items. At the far end is the Underwater Observatory which takes visitors 8 meters down into the marine world that exists beneath the surface. The jetty itself is highly regarded as an outstanding diving location due to the abundance of marine life that lives beneath the structure.

The jetty features a rail line along its length, a relic of the railway line into Busselton from Bunbury. The line now carries tourists along the jetty to an underwater observatory, one of only six natural aquariums in the world, which opened to the public in 2003. A new observatory, the Australian Underwater Discovery Centre, is expected to be opened in 2023.

The Jetty is open from 8:30 am to 6 pm, and walking the Jetty takes approximately 25 minutes, each way. You can purchase tickets at the Interpretive Centre window at the start of the Jetty.  It is a lovely walk out into Geographe Bay along the Jetty. Local fishermen and women are fishing the jetty all throughout the day, and the fresh ocean air makes the walk all the more enjoyable.

According to Wikipedia

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