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    VISIT THE JETTY. WALK OR RIDE THE SMALL TRAIN

    by DennyP Written Oct 28, 2011

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    Busselton Jetty
    is the longest jetty in all of OZ ,also the longest in the southern Hemisphere. Located in Busselton on the shores of Geographe Bay . This jetty is over two kilometers long and is really something to see and visit...The jetty was used many years ago to load and unload the many cargoes coming and going from Busselton. Today it is still possible to ride the little train that still runs the length of the jetty..The waters here are just so pristine..you might also want to take a swim. This is one really lovely place..

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    The Jetty

    by Kathrin_E Updated Aug 14, 2008

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    Busselton's jetty is said to be the longest in the whole Southern hemisphere. From the beach to the tip it's 2 kms long - quite a walk. The wooden jetty was originally built in 1865, damaged and rebuilt several times.
    Nowadays it is not in use for ships any more. At the far end, an underwater observatory has been built.

    On fine days a little train runs along the jetty. Since the first half of the jetty is rather narrow, pedestrians watch out and use the passing points.

    The photo of the four blue houses at the starting point of the jetty is to be seen everywhere... They host a souvenir shop and the cash desk that sells entry tickets for the jetty, the train and the underwater observatory.

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    Fishing From The Jetty

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 14, 2008

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    Fishing from the jetty is a popular activity among both locals and visitors.

    To protect the survival of the fishing resources, strict rules apply concerning the minimum and maximum size of certain species of fish that may be taken. Measure boards on the handrail indicate the limits.

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    Busselton Museum

    by Drever Written Feb 16, 2014
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    The Busselton Museum housed in the town’s Old Butter Factory is the largest museum outside Perth. It provides an insight into the events that helped shape Busselton. The community put the museum together for the benefit of the community and visitors alike and is an incredible collection of items of every sort and size from all around the area. The collection pays special attention to the Group Settlement Scheme of the 1920’s which shaped the South-West development.

    This federal, state and British governments' Scheme saw a wave of settlements in the region. Under it settlers were to work in small groups to develop dairy farms to address Western Australia's reliance on imported dairy products. There was also a prevailing belief at the time that everybody should have a chance to be a farmer and that it was necessary to settle as many families as possible in the bush. This scheme became part of a significant 6,000 family British migration programme.

    The participants endured hardship and isolation. Farmers had to cart produce and supplies along hand cut tracks as the railway only reached the region in 1924. By July 1927, farmers has abandoned 72 blocks of land and 124 blocks had combined from the 923 blocks in the Busselton area alone. The rate of abandonment increased after the onset of the depression in the 1930's as the number of livestock carried on each farm proved to be too small for profitable survival.

    The Scheme described as a 'glorious failure' closed in 1930 but it had managed to set up a dairy industry which still flourishes in many parts of the South-West. It also created several townships and created improvements in transport and communication including a rail link with Perth.

    The butter factory continued in operation and during the 1939 - 1945 war prospered and during the boom period which followed the factory reached peak production of about 30 tons each week. It also ran an iceworks, supplying the town and fishermen with ice before the days of household refrigeration. High overheads during the off-season, coupled with more efficient road transport caused its closure and Busselton also stopped making butter in 1952. A dried milk plant set up in the factory also eventually stopped production. The property served as a depot for trucks and tankers until closing in 1973 and the museum opened in the same year.

    The 10 display rooms contain photographs, equipment and memorabilia which trace the family, social, civic, commercial and maritime history of Busselton. They cover everything from agriculture to whaling; from crockery, clocks and cameras to sewing machines, travel and transport. The one-hectare site nestles on the banks of the picturesque Vasse River and the museum even has a replica of the original Jetty Rotunda.

    At the museum you can walk through a genuine home and a one-teacher school from the 1920s. These give an idea of how life would have been for the settlers. You can even listen to old records on the gramophone and marvel at the beautiful garments worn over 100 years ago. Visit the boiler room and creamery to see machinery used to produce butter and cheese.

    Most touching is the pair of chairs made for the royal visit of the newly installed Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1954 and the letter of thanks from the Queen in which she wished them good fortune in developing their community.

    Being of farming stock the display of farm and butter making machinery was of special interest to me but there are lots here for everyone to enjoy.

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    Busselton Jetty

    by Drever Updated Feb 16, 2014
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    My wife and I stayed two nights in Busselton and during our stay visited Busselton Jetty now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Western Australia. It is a must see for any visitor to the Margaret River wine region.

    Stretching 1.8 kilometres across the protected waters of Geographe Bay from the town of Busselton it is the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Shallow water inshore called for a long jetty so ships could secure alongside for loading cut timber.

    Construction of the jetty began in 1853 and by 1865 the first section of the jetty became available for shipping. Bigger ships and drifting sandbanks called for extending he jetty into deeper water until the 1960s when it reached its current 1841 metres.

    After more than a century of use and servicing over 5000 vessels, the jetty closed as a port in 1973. Once closed, government maintenance of the jetty ended and it began to decay, suffering attack by wood borers, rot and the occasional fire.

    On 4 April 1978, Cyclone Alby destroyed a large part of the shore end of the jetty. Rebuilding proved expensive but a community group raised the funding needed. In December 1999, a devastating fire burnt 65 metres of jetty to the waterline. The Jetty reopened on Sunday 6 February 2011 after completion of a refurbishment programme. New features include interpretive nodes and fish cleaning bays, swimming and diving platforms, rain shelters and heritage sculptures.

    The striking boatshed style Interpretive Centre & Cultural Heritage Museum 50 metres offshore opened in April 2001. The Centre and Museum gives visitors a glimpse into the Jetty's rich past, its future and the marine environment. Unique giftware, art and souvenirs are on sale.

    The jetty features a rail line service along its 1.8 km length, which ran commercially as part of the railway line into Busselton from Bunbury. Visitors can sit back, relax and take in the beautiful surrounds of Geographe Bay as they travel out to the Underwater Observatory at the pier end or choose to walk. Many visitors take the train one-way as we did and walk the other way.

    The 9.5 m diameter observatory opened on 13 December 2003. This unique building allows visitors to experience one of Australia’s greatest artificial reefs by descending eight metres to the ocean floor via a spiral staircase to discover a forest of vividly coloured tropical and subtropical corals, sponges and invertebrates.
    Viewing windows at various levels allow visitors to look out on some of the 300 marine species that live beneath the jetty.

    There are four distinct depth zones. The first is the intertidal zone. Barnacles, mussels, oysters, chitons, crabs and shrimps occupy it. They can withstand harsh environmental conditions. Under it is the subtidal zone dominated by hard corals and orange tabular bryozoans. Small patches of marine algae may also grow on the outer piles of the jetty. The midwater zone contains soft corals, sponges, ascidians, bryozoans, worms and the many mobile animals that live on them.

    The seabed under the jetty is a mixture of limestone rubble, fallen timbers, sand and silt. This provides various hard surfaces for encrusting animals to attach to and many nooks and crannies for mobile animals to live and feed in.

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    Beautiful Busselton

    by arianne_1504 Updated Dec 4, 2006
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    A visit to the Busselton foreshore is a good way to spend a day with family or friends. You can go for a swim, have a bbq or picnic lunch, view the local marine life at the underwater observatory, take advantage of the wide open spaces or play the day away at the Nautical Lady.

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    See the jetty

    by Kate-Me Written Nov 18, 2005
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    I'm sure there's a lot more to see in Busselton besides the jetty, but unfortunately we just didn't have time to explore at all.

    The 2 km jetty is well worth a look, though our experience wasn't too positive as it was a very windy and blustery day and it felt like a lot longer than a 4 km walk.
    The views of the coast from way out on the Jetty are quite attractive too, with a water fun park with a slide which looks like a lighthouse a good backdrop to the scene.

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    Busselton Jetty

    by CandS Written Sep 1, 2004
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    The Busselton Jetty is the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere. It took 95 years to complete, starting in 1865. The jetty runs for 1.841 kms and was originally used to ship timber products.

    In 1978 a cyclone destroyed a lot of the jetty and it was almost demolished.

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    Pioneer Cemetary

    by keeweechic Updated Mar 28, 2005

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    The old cemetery is right on the corner of Marine Terrace & Stanley St. Within the cemetery there are over over 1000 graves of many of the district's early settlers.

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    Busselton Jetty

    by keeweechic Written Mar 28, 2005

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    The busselton Jetty is the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere. The building of the jetty began back in 1865 and it took 95 years to build the 1841 metre walkway.

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    Jetty Dive

    by naomimason Written Jun 2, 2007

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    One of the top ten dive spots in the world.
    If you havn't done a dive course this is a great place to do it.
    Snorkelling is great too!

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    The Jetty: Remembering The Deceased

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 14, 2008

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    Small metal plaques recall defunct people whose ashes were scattered in the sea from the jetty, their favourite fishing spot in their lifetime.

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