If you’ve never experienced the diverse, vibrant, and bustling Geographe Bay in Western Australia, Busselton is the perfect place to start. Explore the bay from beneath the waves or beneath the eucalyptus canopy, and see why Brussleton attracts visitors from around the world for a weekend getaway, a destination wedding, or a luxury vacation.
Here’s our list of the 11 best things to do in Busselton and Geographe Bay:
Must-See Destinations - The Best Things to Do in Busselton and Geographe Bay
See the Busselton Jetty
Anytime you hear people talking about Busselton, they are probably talking about its jetty. This is the longest timber-pile pier in the Southern Hemisphere and without a doubt, one of the most popular attractions in Busselton.
The Busselton Jetty offers access to the amazing Underwater Observatory (more on that later) as well as events that take place on the jetty itself, such as yoga, whale watching, and painting classes.
Visit the Iconic Sugarloaf Rock
Located just off the coast and accessible through a portion of the Cape to Cape walking track, Sugarloaf Rock is a prime destination for geologists, bird watchers, and selfie-seekers alike.
This big, conically shaped outcropping has been on the cover of National Geographic several times, ensuring its popularity as a local landmark.
If you’re coming for the birds, be sure to bring a pair of binoculars. But if you are interested in crossing the channel, be very cautious, because the currents can be quite dangerous.
Pro Tip: Sugarloaf Rock and the surrounding area are great places to watch and photograph the stunning sunsets!
Cool Off at Australia’s Largest Inflatable Water Park
If you’re visiting Western Australia at the height of summer, you’re going to need an activity to cool everybody off. Aquatastic is a floating water park that has slides, trampolines, climbing walls, and more — all floating just off the beach.
Aquatastic is located in a very calm section of water. Lifejackets are provided; but because the whole park is in shallow water, it is accessible to children. Don’t miss the special area where really young children can play with the supervision of parents.
Pro Tip: Comfortable flip-flops are a must when strolling the beaches around Aquatastic
Go Shopping on Fig Tree Lane
In what is certainly one of the most charming shopping districts in Australia, Fig Tree Lane is the place to peruse cafes, bookshops, salons, and jewelry stores— 25 stores in all, situated along a charming brick pathway.
Be sure to stop off at the bakery to grab some coffee and a scone before you start shopping!
Pro Tip: This shopping arcade gets its name from the historic fig tree at the end of Kent Street. Be sure to pay it a visit!
Explore Ludlow Tuart Forest National Park
Just north of Busselton is one of the last remaining tuart forests in the world. These massive 400-year-old trees are situated amidst an underbrush of peppermint trees and colorful wildflowers. You will see quite a few kangaroos roaming the grounds, as well as some rare species, such as western ringtail possums and frogmouth owls.
The Nocturnal Possum Walk is a big hit with animal lovers; it’s not just possums that you’ll find roaming the forest at night!
Pro Tip: There are two small picnic areas on site as well as public restrooms, but no grilling or camping facilities.
Go Snorkeling at Bunker Bay
Cape Naturaliste has one of the most rugged coastlines in the country, making it an excellent place for snorkeling. Bunker Bay, situated on this coastline, offers easy access to underwater adventures without having to travel too far.
The coastline is light bushland but a great place to walk. The nearby Pullman Resort, rather luxurious, offers lovely accommodations.
Foodie Tip: Bunker’s Beach House at Bunker Bay is one of the best “true” beachfront restaurants in AU. Grab a delicious breakfast here, or host a group meal or event.
Visit the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse
For the last 120 years, ocean traffic in this area has been guided by the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse. This 20-metre tall historical landmark welcomes visitors to its scenic observation platform. From here you can look out over the bay, or observe its working beacon that functions to this day.
Any lighthouse enthusiast can tell you that most of the operating lighthouses don’t allow tours. The Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, an exception, is very tourist friendly.
Pro Tip: The Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse’s viewing platform is the perfect place to see humpback whales between September and November. Don’t miss it!
Meet Animals at a Farm & Eco Park
Kids and animal lovers will love Wonky Windmill Farm & Eco Park, an entertaining day-trip destination with plenty to see. This place is a very busy working farm.
The animals are the big draw. Kids can meet pigs, ponies, goats, emus, and llamas. Depending upon the season, they might even be able to feed a baby animal with a bottle.
Wonky Windmill offers pick-your-own-produce packages between April and December. Their on-site farm shop is packed with goodies from the farm … everything from fruit jams to organic cooking oils.
Pro Tip: A fresh scone at the café with a side of homemade jam is a snack that you simply cannot pass up.
Explore Busselton’s Heritage at the Busselton Museum
The Heritage Butter Factory was built in 1918, right next to the lovely Vasse River in Busselton. Today, this historic building serves as the Busselton Museum, where visitors can learn about the area’s fascinating past.
The museum displays thousands of objects from Busselton’s early days. Ranging from the whaling industry to the forestry industry, Busselton’s commerce attracted a diverse clientele. The Brusselton Museum, however, focuses heavily on the local whaling industry.
Pro Tip: The Busselton Museum is not far from Rotary Park, a great picnic spot.
Stroll the Innovative Busselton Foreshore
Busselton has expended both time and resources in redeveloping the jetty area. After nearly a decade of effort, the Busselton Foreshore is now a renowned place to walk, relax, socialize, play, and admire the overall beauty of Geographe Bay.
A broad pathway lines the beach and ocean, stretching for several hundred metres. Picnic tables and grills invite you to enjoy an outdoor meal, and comfortable grassy areas provide a relaxing place to kick back with a book.
The Foreshore Playground is like something out of a kid’s pirate daydream. It is imaginative and fun!
Foodie Tip: The Equinox Restaurant is right there by the Jetty … you can’t miss it. For an absolutely decadent dinner, order the Scotch Fillet Steak with Prawns in Garlic Sauce, with a side of fried chips.
Plan a Family Beach Day at Meelup Beach
While the Busselton Foreshore is an amazing place to admire the bay and cook some burgers, Meelup Beach, located near Dunsborough on the other side of the bay, is a bit different.
Meelup Beach is located inside beautiful and well-maintained Meelup Regional Park. Meelup beach offers a more traditional beach day on the sand, where you might Lounge in the sun, watch humpback whales, or take a stroll through the park looking at lush wildflowers.
Meelup Beach features a paddleboard shop and a sandwich joint, so it really is possible to spend the entire day here.
Pro Tip: If you’re making the short trip to Meelup Beach, why not continue along the road to Eagle Bay? There are a few more beaches to see, as well as the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse when you get to Bunker Bay.
See One of the Only Underwater Observatories in the World
Busselton is very close to the Leeuwin Current. This warm water makes the ocean life in Geographe Bay more like what you would see in tropical climates. The result is a stunning collection of coral, fish species, and ocean life, all of which can be experienced up close at the Busselton Observatory.
One of only six of its kind in the entire world, the Underwater Observatory takes visitors below the surface of the ocean. Here you will see the natural wonders of the jetty, including vivid corals, sponges, and sub-tropical fish species.
Pro Tip: Access to the Underwater Observatory is only possible via guided tour. Book at the Busselton Jetty Website.
Top Pick Things to Do in Busselton & Western Australia
Brusselton has been voted Western Australia’s Top Tourist Town three times! This will come as no surprise when you visit this wonderful town.
You can play in the water, in the city, or in the forest! The Brusselton Jetty, the Underwater Observatory, Fig Tree Lane, and Ludlow Tuart National Forest Park are just a few of Brusselton’s engaging sites. Come see it all for yourself!