Busselton Bucket-list


All the best things to do, see and explore in Busselton


Busselton is a vibrant seaside town on the sandy shores of Geographe Bay and marks the gateway to the famous Margaret River wine region. It’s flourished in recent years, with family-friendly foreshore improvements, an ‘Events Capital’ title and a slew of sport, art and cultural events, plus locals saving the jetty (a couple of times actually!). Packed to the brim with things to see, do and explore, beautiful ‘Busso’ has you covered no matter the season. We’ve rounded up the essentials for the ultimate Busselton bucket-list.



Given Busselton looks over glorious Geographe Bay, it’s no wonder this coastal town is known as an aquatic playground. Protected from prevailing wind, its great for kids learning to swim, fishing, sailing and stand up paddleboarding. On balmy days, spend the day swimming in the calm waters or explore the new Busselton Jetty Underwater Sculpture Trail, accessible by scuba or snorkel.

Busselton Jetty will open its new Marine Discovery Centre in July, offering an immersive land-based glimpse into offshore marine parks. Don’t forget to wander along the impressive jetty too, which stretches out 1.841km. Afterwards, enjoy the buzzing hub of the Busselton Foreshore filled with awesome picnic areas and epic playgrounds for the kids.



 Busselton is teeming with animal life, from mobs of grey kangaroos and migrating whales to endangered species including Western Ringtail Possums. Visit the Busselton Jetty Underwater Observatory and marvel at the 300 marine creatures that call the artificial reef home. During spring, spot migrating humpback, southern right and blue whales as they swim through Geographe Bay on their journey back south.

At Mandalay, we’re lucky to have a thriving natural environment for animals, thanks to our beautiful peppermint trees that line the park. If you’re lucky at night you may even be able to spot a Western Ringtail Possum feasting on the peppermint leaves! If you’re driving at night in and around the park, remember to always slow down and watch out for passing wildlife.



Busselton is the ultimate playground for those seeking a little fresh air and adrenaline. From soaring through the sky to cycling adventures, there’s an active experience with your name on it.

Thrill seekers can test their mettle on Forest Adventures’ six adventure courses in the heart of the Ludlow Tuart Forest or enjoy a sky-high adventure with Scenic Helicopters.

If heights aren’t your thing, why not hire a bike from Mandalay and cycle along the foreshore all the way to Old Dunsborough, admiring the postcard-worthy views. Be sure to make a pit-stop at Busselton Jetty!



If you consider yourself a history buff, Busselton has a number of exhibitions to expand your knowledge and immerse yourself in this town’s fascinating history.

Visit Railway House at the Busselton Visitor Centre where you can admire the 150-year-old restored Ballaarat Steam Engine that was the first steam engine to operate in Western Australia. The centre also has a number of other interactive exhibits to explore too.

If you’re interested in learning about the town’s social, civic, commercial and maritime history, head to Busselton Museum in the Old Butter Factory. Wander the display rooms packed with photographs, equipment and memorabilia.


Wine & Dine

 Busselton forms the gateway to the Margaret River region, and with it brings a number of spectacular places to wine and dine, from family-run cellar doors to seaside breweries with million-dollar views.

Join winemaker couple, Neil and Cathy Howard, as they take you on a unique wine tasting experience at their small, family-owned winery, Whicher Ridge. A highlight is exploring their unique Wine Sensory Garden themed for seven different wine varieties.

Along the foreshore, there is plenty of cafes, restaurants and breweries boasting panoramic views across the bay. The Goose is perfect for grabbing a casual meal or takeaway fish & chips and enjoying them picnic style.

Shelter Brewing Co is situated near the jetty and is a local favourite for good reason. Peruse their unique brews and while away the afternoon enjoying the views. Another brewery to check out is Rocky Ridge Brewing Co, Australia’s first certified sustainable & carbon natural brewery.