BUSSELTON | Opened in 1865, and extended several times until the 1960s, the 1,841 metre long Busselton Jetty is the longest wooden structure in the Southern Hemisphere.
The jetty closed in 1972 and gradually fell into disrepair. Throughout it survived cyclones, borers, weathering, several fires, and the threat of demolition. In 2001, fund raising commenced to help restore the jetty, and in 2011, the refurbishment project was completed and the jetty was reopened to the public.
It’s a great spot to go for a long walk out into the ocean, particularly as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean, like on my most recent visit a month ago. You can also fish off the jetty – the area is particularly well known for its plentiful squid.
There are also activities such as an underwater observatory, undersea walks, and scuba diving, and an interpretive centre and museum.
3L Queen Street
Western Australia 6280
Visitor Centre, Mon – Sun: 9:30am to 4:15pm
Jetty Access, 24/7