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The Ultimate Guide Of Things To Do In Busselton, WA (2022)

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Busselton is a beautiful coastal town on the southwest coast of Western Australia. It’s known for its beaches and iconic jetty, but there are so many great things to do in Busselton, with plenty of fun options to enjoy when visiting with kids too! We share amazing things you can do in Busselton, Western Australia.

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A Family Guide To Visiting Busselton With Kids

If you’re looking for a fun family holiday destination, look no further than Busselton in Western Australia.

This lovely coastal town of Busselton is the perfect spot to enjoy the southwest region of WA, with breathtaking landscape, beautiful beaches and just a short drive to the world-famous Margaret River wine region!

There’s so much more to do in Busselton than just beaches though. We’ve put together the best things to do in Busselton with kids or for anyone looking for a fun beach destination south of Perth.

Where is Busselton?

Busselton is on the southwest coast of Western Australia. It’s located about 223km south of Perth. The Perth to Busselton drive takes approximately 2.5 hours by car.

Busselton is located around 40 minutes North of Margaret River.

When Is The Best Time To Visit Busselton?

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Busselton, WA is a perfect weekend escape from Perth and is especially popular in the summer months when looking for a beach vacation! This can also be a great time to plan a long weekend Margaret River road trip, to enjoy all of what this region has to offer.

In the winter months, it is far too cold to enjoy the beaches and water activities, but you will still find plenty to see and do in the region.

Family-Friendly Busselton Accommodation

If you’re looking for family-friendly accommodation in Busselton, there are quite a few options. Busselton is also a popular choice for people visiting Margaret River with kids, especially during school holidays. Book early!

Here are a few great Busselton accommodation options to consider:

There are also a lot of holiday homes available to rent. This is what we did, as we were able to find an entire home for 6 people, that was also dog-friendly for the furry friend we had with us.

Fun Things To Do In Busselton With Kids

If you’re looking for family-friendly activities in Busselton plan to see all the best attractions in Busselton, it’s time to start preparing your itinerary!

While the city of Busselton is a small place there are plenty of places to visit in Busselton or within an hour that will entertain the whole family!

But let’s start with the most famous!

Busselton Jetty

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The Busselton Jetty is an iconic landmark, stretching almost two kilometres out into Geographe Bay. The jetty is the longest timber pile jetty in the Southern hemisphere, at 1.841km long.

The heritage-listed jetty is operated by a non-profit organisation. There is a fee to access the jetty, which is currently $4 per person for a day pass during the Interpretive Centre hours. It is free outside those times.

This fee goes towards the maintenance of the jetty and the day-pass also allows you to fish, dive or swim from the jetty.

The walk takes around 1-hour return, but if walking almost 4km return doesn’t sound like your idea of a good time, there is a train!

The Jetty train takes you from the Interpretive Centre to the aquarium at the end of the jetty.

At the time of writing (January 2022) these are the current jetty train prices:

  • Single adult – $15
  • Child (3-17 years) – $8.50
  • Family (2A + 2C) – $40

The return train ride takes approximately 45 minutes, or you can get hop off and explore the jetty attractions and catch a later train once per hour.

The Underwater Observatory

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Located at the end of the Busselton Jetty is The underwater Observatory. This guided tour experience takes you 8m below the water surface to the ocean floor via the spiral staircase.

The Underwater Observatory at Busselton is one of only 6 natural aquariums in the world where you can view over 300 different marine life species in their natural habitat. 

The viewing windows allow you to experience the underwater world in a way that is usually only possible while snorkelling or diving.

This guided tour can only accommodate 44 people at a time so make sure you do book in advance for this experience.

There is elevator access for people with limited mobility.

The current pricing at this time for the Underwater Observatory is:

  • Single adult – $35
  • Child (3-17 years) – $20
  • Family (2A + 2C) – $101

Check the website prior to your visit to take note of pricing changes and availability.

Other Jetty Activities

There are plenty of other experiences and activities to enjoy from the Busselton Jetty. There is a cafe at the end to enjoy a bite to eat or a coffee. There is also a unique underwater dining experience available at certain times.

As well as this, there are seasonal activities such as undersea helmet walks and scuba diving.

There are also special mermaid tours, jet boating experiences, canoe tours and whale watching during the annual migration to the Indian Ocean.

Note: In 2019, Busselton Jetty was chosen to be the Australian location for the installation of an Ocean Guardian electrical shark barrier. This allows visitors to safely explore the underwater environment with swimming, diving and snorkelling.

You could easily spend a full day enjoying all the different Jetty activities!

Busselton Foreshore

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The Busselton Foreshore is an ideal place to spend a morning with the kids or a lazy afternoon.

There is an incredible adventure playground with a nautical theme that our kids loved! The Busselton Foreshore Playground has a huge sunken shipwreck, a Kraken and loads of other cool play equipment.

You will also find toilets, showers and change rooms to the rear of the restaurant area.

With playgrounds, BBQ areas, picnic tables and more the foreshore is the perfect location for a day out with the family.

If your kids have their bike, scooter or skateboard with them, there is a great skatepark and there are also bike tracks that lead all the way to Dunsborough.

The foreshore is also a perfect place for a stroll as the sun sets in the afternoon.

Beaches

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Swimming in Geographe Bay is a wonderful experience during the warm months. The foreshore area has plenty of space to put down a towel and your beach tent for some fun in the sun.

The kids will love climbing the ladders up onto the wooden swim jetty and jumping back into the water. This is a great spot for swimming with kids!

And if you’re lucky, you might even see some dolphins swimming out in the deeper waters!

Vasse-Wonnerup Wetlands

Located just out of Busselton, the Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands are a great place to spend a morning.

This is an essential waterbird habitat in WA, home to around 90 different species of birds.

There are some wonderful walking trails to enjoy as you try and sport the birdlife and other wildlife along the way. And during the spring, the area has beautiful wildflowers everywhere.

Forest Adventures Park

Forest Adventures Park in the Ludlow Tuart Forest is a haven for adventure seekers, with more than 500m of flying fox runs and 6 courses to choose from.

There are narrow bike tracks and bridges, base jumping. You can even go unicycle riding in the forest. This is sure to be a fun experience for ages 7 and up!

Whale Watching

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Between June and early December, it is the prime whale-watching season in the Indian Ocean, with your chance to see Humpback whales and Southern Right Whales up close from your Busselton whale watching cruise.

Cruises departing from Busselton include a complimentary day pass onto the Busselton Jetty.

ArtGeo Cultural Complex

If you’re looking for something a little different to do, the ArtGeo Cultural Complex is one of the Busselton attractions well worth a visit.

The heritage-listed buildings of the Old Courthouse and ArtGeo Gallery will give you plenty to explore, filled with Federation architecture and furniture over 100 years old.

You can even explore some of those old gaol cells while you are there for a unique look back into the area’s history.

Take A Nocturnal Animal Tour

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Take a unique Australian bush wildlife experience to see woylies if you’re looking for something to do in Busselton at night. Visit the exclusive purpose-built woylie viewing site in a conservation sanctuary to see these adorable and furry creatures up-close.

Woylies are small relatives of kangaroos and not an animal you would normally see in the wildlife.

There is also the chance to see other nocturnal wildlife in the area – possums, quendas and bandicoots. Your night tour also includes Billy tea, locally made biscuits, Endemic Flora and bush tucker.

Wonnerup House Museum

If you want to experience what life was like in the area many years ago, then a visit to Wonnerup House Museum is sure to give you some insight.

This heritage-listed building has been restored and filled with items from days gone as an important surviving example of early farm life.

The museum provides insight into the important and sometimes tragic history of the area and Aboriginal culture.

The restoration work on the property was supported in consultation with local Aboriginal cultural custodians, descendants of colonial families and the local community, as well as archival research to provide an accurate portrayal of life in the area during the 1800s.

Tours From Busselton

Want to take the planning out of your visit and have someone else do the planning for you? If so, these organised day tours are perfect to see a lot when you don’t have heaps of time to plan your own Busselton itinerary:

Where To Eat In Busselton

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There are plenty of places to eat around the Busselton Foreshore, with the Busselton Beach Shake Takeaway, and Equinox Restaurant and Bar right alongside the playground area.

Shelter Brewing Co has a massive establishment at the Busselton Foreshore, with the perfect location to enjoy an afternoon brew or a family meal for lunch or dinner.

Other popular places to eat in Busselton include Pho Sai Gon Vietnamese Restaurant, Bistro Breton and Albies Bar and Bistro.

Don’t miss the chance to try Simmo’s Ice Cream too. You can find some places stocking them in Busselton, or head to Dunsborough for Simmo’s Ice Creamery.

Day Trips From Busselton

There are plenty of day trips to enjoy from the Busselton region, with a perfect location for exploring the southwestern part of Western Australia.

Margaret River & Dunsborough Region

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The most obvious day trip from Busselton is to head to the Margaret River region. And it’s not just for wine lovers, either! There is so much to do in Margaret River with kids.

Many of the wineries and breweries in the region are very family-friendly, with exceptional playgrounds and meals to keep their younger visitors entertained with mum and dad sample some local wine and craft beer.

There are also several places that offer animal encounters in the area, such as Sunflower Animal Farm.

Or if you want some more energetic fun with the kids, a visit to Yallingup Maze, A Maze’n or Xcape The Cape offers plenty of entertainment.

But the thing that really stands out in Margaret River (aside from the wineries) is the natural attractions.

There are several caves with public access, with semi-guided tours, such as Ngilgi Cave. And Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse has a guided tour to the top.

There are also some of the most beautiful beaches in Western Australia, including Bunker Bay, Eagle Bay and Meelup Beach and their white sandy beaches.

Read our guide to discover more great things to do in Margaret River.

Augusta

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Head further south from Busselton and Margaret River to see Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse in Augusta. The drive will take you approximately an hour and 20 minutes, at the most south-westerly point of Western Australia.

This is also the point where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet.

This is the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia and it is still a working lighthouse.

The vantage point of the lighthouse is especially wonderful during humpback whale migration season, with spectacular views.

While in Augusta, you can visit Jewel Cave, go stand up paddle boarding or canoeing along Blackwood River, play mini-golf or visit the skatepark.

For more ideas on things to do in Busselton, head to the Busselton Visitor Centre for what’s on and tours, such as a wine tour to Margaret River or a help planning a day trip to Tuart Forest National Park.

Check out our 10-day Western Australian road trip itinerary.

There are plenty of things to do in Busselton, from wine tastings to exploring the local wildlife and experiencing the iconic Busselton Jetty. With plenty of family-friendly activities available, Busselton is a great weekend getaway from Perth with beautiful beaches, great dining options and a chance to enjoy the outdoors in the Western Australia south west!

We hope these ideas on things to do in Busselton help you plan the perfect visit! Will you be walking the length of the longest wooden jetty?

Plan Your Busselton Visit

  • Flights – We use Skyscanner or WayAway to research, set price alerts and book flights.
  • Car hire – compare the best car rental prices.
  • Trains & Buses – We book with Omio
  • Accommodation – We use Booking.com or Agoda to book most of our hotel accommodation when we travel.
  • Travel insurance – Protect yourself and your belongings with World Nomads Travel Insurance.
  • Tours & attractions – Our preferred attraction and tour booking sites are Get Your Guide and Viator. Booking ahead will mean you don’t miss out on popular tours!

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