10 Best Experiences in Busselton
Busselton is a charming coastal town located on the South-West tip of Western Australia, considered by many as the gateway to the Margaret River region. The area is perhaps most famous for its 2km-long wooden jetty and the serene waters of Graphene Bay. Visitors and locals enjoy the fantastic dining options, championing craft beer and gourmet food, as well as the region’s pristine beaches which make the perfect spot for water activities or just relaxing under the sun.
So if you’re looking for things to do in Busselton, we’ve put together a list of some of the most popular destinations to make your stay worthwhile.
Things To See & Do in Busselton
One of the main local attractions to the town of Busselton is its jetty. At nearly 2km, it is the second-longest wooden jetty in the world! Free to Children under 16 years of age and only $4 for adults, the Busselton Jetty makes a great spot for fishing, diving, swimming or relaxing and even enjoying one several cafes surrounding the boardwalk.
Image via Busselton Jetty
For something truly unique, visit the Busselton Underwater Observatory, located at the very end of the Busselton Jetty. The jetty piles create Australia’s largest artificial reef which is inhabited by over 300 marine species. Set 8 meters below sea level, the observatory lets patrons discover the area’s amazing underwater life and be immersed in the beauty of the Indian Ocean.
The beachfront esplanade of Busselton, the foreshore offers a brand new amphitheatre stage, sports pavilion, toddlers play space, youth centre & skate park and jetty precinct amenities.
Tuart Forest National Park
Immerse yourself in nature at the Tuart Forest National Park, just a 20-minute drive up the coastline. Declared a national park 1987, the park is home to a number of indigenous flora and fauna. The park is also known for having some of the largest trees on the west coast of Australia, with some measuring as much as 33m high and 10m wide.
Margaret River Wineries
Enjoy a range of wine tours and tastings at one of Australia’s most famous wine regions. The Margaret River Wine Centre is located only half an hour from the Busselton city centre. The region is world-renowned for its delectable wine and food, with more than 120 wineries to explore! Nightcap at the Ship Inn is the perfect base to enjoy a day of wine tasting at the spectacular Margaret River wine region.
Things To Eat & Drink in Busselton
Equinox Restaurant and Bar
Overlooking the iconic Busselton Jetty, Equinox Restaurant and Bar is located in a prime position on the Busselton Foreshore. On offer is the jetty bar offering 180 degrees of uninterrupted views of Geographe Bay. Some of our favourite meals include the Black Cherry Duck Breast and the Vegetarian Tri-Colour Gnocchi.
Located at: 1 Foreshore Pde, Busselton WA
Open 7 Days: 8AM till 8PM
Translating to ‘from the oven’, Al Fornois a local staple specialising in serving quality dishes created with locally sourced ingredients. We think the Crispy Skin Barramundi and the Charred Tenerridge Sirlion are worth a try!
Located at: 19 Bussell Hwy, West Busselton WA 6280, Australia
Open Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday, 5PM till 8PM, and Friday & Saturday 5PM till 8:30PM. Closed Monday & Tuesday.
Yet another restaurant located close to the Busselton Jetty, The Goose Restaurant is a beachside establishment serving their take on modern Australian cuisine inspired by fresh, local produce served with a laid back feel. Some of our favourite plates include the Lamb Shoulder and the Pulled Pork Sliders.
Located at: Geographe Bay Rd, Busselton WA 6280, Australia
Open 7 Days, 7AM till 9PM
Busselton Brewery (Rocky Ridge Brewing Co.)
Where sustainability is paramount, The Rocky Ridge Brewing Co. is continuing to churn out some of the best brews in Busselton. With all their ingredients being grown locally, Rocky Ridge is proving a collaborative environment for themselves and other local small businesses. We think the ACE Pale Ale and the Peach Invasion IPA are pretty refreshing.
Located at: 665 Boallia Road, Jindong, Western Australia, 6280
Open Thursday & Friday, 12PM till 6PM and Saturday & Sunday, 10AM till 6PM
The Urban Coffee House
Just outside of the Busselton City Centre, Urban Coffe Houseis a laid back cafe proving freshly ground coffees, smoothies and juices as well as a wide array of cafe favourites to snack on.
Located at: Unit 2/19 Bussell Hwy, West Busselton WA 6280, Australia
Open Monday through Friday, 6AM till 3PM, Saturdays 7AM till 3PM and Sundays 7AM till 2PM
The Ship Inn
You don’t need to go far for a delicious hearty meal. The Ship Inn is one of the oldest pubs and accommodation in the town dating back to the early 1840’s, and a local favourite restaurant in Busselton. Our onsite restaurant is the perfect place to sit back and relax after a long day of exploring the beautiful region.
Enjoy pub classics such as chicken schnitzels, beef and Guinness pot pie, as well as fresh seafood options such as chilli mussels, salt and pepper squid and the ever-popular Seafood Share board. With weekly specials, events and live music, you simply can’t go wrong at The Ship Inn.
What re you waiting for? Book your stay with Nightcap at Ship Inn now to experience the best of Busselton!