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One of the major tourist attraction in the south west of Western Australia is the Busselton Jetty
Because the Jetty extends for 1.8 kilometers out into Geographe Bay this makes it the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere.
This is a very popular tourist attraction. And is one sight that any visitor to this part of Western Australia should visit. Just walk out past the Interpretive Center to the Underwater Observatory to the very end of the jetty.
The Jetty officially closed as a Port in 1973. After this the government stopped funding the maintenance of the jetty and it deteriorated into poor condition. Then in 1978 Cyclone Ably hit the jetty and destroyed 700 meters, or a third of its length.
Between 1987 and 2003 the community of Busselton restored the jetty, established a train service and built the Underwater Observatory and the Interpretive Centre. In 2011 a $27 million rebuild of the Busselton Jetty was completed leaving the City with the much loved tourist attraction.
You can be at the Busselton Jetty in just over a two and a half hour drive from Perth.
The Busselton jetty is situated on Geographe Bay and is now used solely for the purpose of tourism and recreation. Fishing from the jetty is a very popular past time for locals and tourists.
Thanks to nearby Cape Naturaliste the bay is protected from the Indian Ocean’s rough seas . This makes it an ideal place for all types of water recreation and a perfect beach for the family.
American whalers were also regular visitors to the jetty as they hunted whales in this area. They would drop off whale oil and then collect supplies from the local settlers. The jetty has a colourful past as a working jetty.
Cruise ships now also visit Busselton and drop anchor just a short distance from the end of the jetty. The passengers are then ferried to the jetty.
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