Busselton is a coastal city at the top end of the Margaret River region and is one of the fastest growing areas in Western Australia. It has been voted the best tourist town three times in the last 20 years and is located about 220km south of Perth on the shores of Geographe Bay.
It was established by the Bussell family who moved there in 1834 to start a cattle farm which soon became one of the most successful stations of the colony. With the timber industry not far away, Busselton became a busy port until the 1970s.
The main attraction of Busselton is the Busselton Jetty, the longest timber-piled jetty in the southern hemisphere, and is the most popular tourist attraction in the state! Construction of the jetty began in 1865 and while it started off only 161m long, over the next 90 years, it has grown to be 1.8km long.
It was used as a commercial port until 1973 and after the government stopped maintaining the jetty, it fell into disrepair. Between 1987 and 2003, the community got together, raised money and created the Busselton Jetty Environment and Conservation Association to repair the jetty which now stands as a celebration of the Busselton community spirit.
There is a Jetty Train that you can ride to the end of the jetty for $11 per adult. At the end, you can visit an Underwater Observatory and watch beautiful fish, invertebrates and sponges swim around an artificial reef. Entry is $29.50 per adult and includes the Jetty Train ride. If you just want to walk on the jetty, it’s $2.50 per adult until 6pm – after that time, it’s FREE!
Lucky for us, the timing was perfect because according to the tides, fish activity was predicted to be at its highest between 5:50pm and 7:10pm. We quickly bought some bait, got the rods out of the truck and walked over a kilometre out onto the jetty and found a nice spot to drop the line.
We were using prawns on a regular sized hook, with the sinker about 50cm up and the float another metre or so above the sinker.
These pictures were taken by Kieran Stone
By 7:10pm, we had caught two yellowtail scads and eight trumpeters. While most of the fisherman on the pier considered these two rubbish fish, we kept them, cleaned them and cooked them up on the BBQ with some sweet potato.
In the morning, we went back into Busselton for a nice café breakfast and found More Cafe just off the main strip. Dave and Juz ordered a breakfast wrap with egg, bacon, spinach and cheese each but Juz got hers with Hollandaise sauce instead of BBQ sauce, while Kieran went for the big breakfast… because his beard was hungry.
The coffee was creamy and delicious, the wraps perfectly adequate and we had plenty of time to sit and digest while we watched Kieran diligently finish his plate.