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Busselton Jetty
 

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Busselton Jetty - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

Panorama taken part way along Busselton Jetty in Australia. You can see the bulk of the jetty extending far out to sea from a sandy beach. A railway track runs along the jetty to the Underwater Observatory at the end.

Busselton Jetty - FURTHER INFORMATION

Busselton Jetty - South West Region visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Busselton Jetty' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Western Australia.

Busselton Jetty in Busselton, Western Australia, is the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere and the second longest pier on earth. It extends almost 2km into the ocean of Geographe Bay from Busselton Beach and at the far end is the Underwater Observatory. Commercial shipping here ended in 1971, and the jetty and Observatory are now the major tourist attractions in Busselton.

The blue huts shown in this picture house the Interpretive Centre which opened in 2001 and contain exhibits to the past. The Underwater Observatory opened in 2003. It is 1.8km from the shore, near the end of the Busselton Jetty, and can take up to 40 people at a time to a depth of 8m in an observation chamber 9.5m in diameter.

Construction of Busselton Jetty started in 1853 under the demand of the settlers here and opened to shipping in 1865. The length was due to the shallow waters of Geographe Bay. Over the next 10 years the bay silted up even further and in 1875 a further 131m were added. The jetty continued to be extended up till the 1960's when it reached the current length of 1841m. The last commercial ship visited the jetty in 1971.

Busselton Jetty is the start (end) point of the 100km Augusta-Busselton Heritage Trail.

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE

Bussleton is about 230km south of Perth on the 1 Highway.



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