In October 2013 we went on short family holiday to Busselton with my youngest sister’s family.
Busselton is just over a 2 hour road trip from Perth.
Our arriving into Busselton our first stop was to meet at Busselton Jetty.
Busselton Jetty is the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere. It is also a great day trip for families young and old.
There are several ways to explore the jetty.
- There is a train that runs on the hour taking you to the end of the jetty.
- At the end of the jetty you can go down into the Underwater Observatory to discover the marine life attached to the jetty.
- You can visit the Interpretive Centre where you can not only purchase a souvenir but also enter the free cultural museum to learn about the jetty’s history
- Or you can walk the length of the jetty – like we did.
Exploring Busselton Jetty with Kids
It looks a bit of a daunting task when you stand on the foreshore and look out at the jetty.
But we forge ahead anyway and buy our $2.50ea tickets from the Interpretive Centre and begin the 1.8km walk with a child out to the end of jetty.
I see some people pushing prams, and think it would be a bit of a task not continually falling through the cracks of the wooden jetty. Or stepping out the side when the train came slowly chugging along.
As we walk along the jetty we read many plaques giving excerpts of history about the bridge. Including how it was originally used for commercial purposes with horse and carts taking produce out to the end of the jetty ready to load onto the ships, in later years as the bridge was continually extended a train was introduced.
Today however the jetty is just for tourism and recreational purposes. The are plenty of fisherman with lines cast along the jetty. They are catching an array of seafood including: crab, squid and fish.
It take us nearly half an hour before we reach the end of the jetty. Lewis feels quite proud he made it.
But now we have to walk back. What surprises me that whilst it is a sunny day it is still quite cold, yet there are still kids keen to jump of the jetty and into the cold netted swimming zones.
For us though we are quite happy to just let Lewis have a play in the playground on the lush green foreshore before making our way to our accommodation the Mandalay Resort and Holiday Park.
Would your family enjoy a day trip out onto the Busselton Jetty?
Tell me about it in the comments.
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