Bussleton and the Jetty

Busselton Jetty

Busselton Jetty is the longest timber-piled jetty (pier) in the southern hemisphere at 1,841 metres (over a mile) long. The Jetty is managed by a not-for-profit community organisation, Busselton Jetty Inc.

The jetty’s construction commenced in 1864 and the first section was opened in 1865. The jetty was extended numerous times until the 1960s, ultimately reaching a length of 1,841 metres (6,040 ft). The last commercial vessel called at the jetty in 1971 and the jetty was closed the following year. It passed into the control of Busselton Shire and has been gradually restored and improved since. The jetty has survived Cyclone Alby in 1978, borers, weathering, several fires, and the threat of demolition, to have become a major regional tourist attraction.

The jetty features a rail line along its length, a relic of the railway line into Busselton from Bunbury. The line now carries tourists along the jetty to an underwater observatory, one of only six natural aquariums in the world, which opened to the public in 2003.

Little pied cormorant.
The train usually runs along the Jetty hourly, but we just heard that it is now suspended until the crisis of covid19 passes. We opted to walk.
Us at the very end!

https://youtu.be/vQRE0svjKls shows a video of the Jetty by Andrew Mozdzen

Despite the number of people, we enjoyed the long walk. There was a section with plaques in memory of local people who had died and been involved in some way with the jetty or considered the jetty a favorite place. There were interesting informational signs and several unique weather vanes along the way.

Diagram of the observatory.
Library Photo


Cowaramup is roughly central to the Margaret River wine region. It is the closest townsite to a number of wineries and other speciality producers including Vasse Felix, Howard Park and Madfish Winery, the Margaret River Chocolate Factory, and The Margaret River Dairy Company. The town is close to Cowaramup Bay, a popular swimming and surfing beach. The Cowaramup Bombora (also known as Cowie Bombie or simply Cow Bombie) is a big wave open-ocean surf break found on the south-west coast of Western Australia. It is located 2 kilometres offshore west of Gracetown which is near the town of Margaret River, world-renowned for its surf, and is 265 km south of the capital city Perth.

The name is believed to be derived from the Noongar word cowara, meaning purple-crowned lorikeet. Locals from the region often refer to the town as “Cowtown”, a reference to the use of “cow” in the town’s name and its history of dairy farming.

Cowaramup is a quaint little town retaining much of the character of its group settlement farming heritage, but being reinvented as the home of a wide range of unique local produces products from organic wines, soaps, lollies and other gourmet foods. Having been founded on dairy cows, Cowaramup is still often referred to as Cow Town by the locals. You can enjoy a delightfull meal at the Udderly Delightful Cafe or have a picnic at the Pioneer Park, where the local Lions club provide a free electric BBQ, of course there are public toilets provided as well as playground equipment and covered seating. Cowaramup is located just North of Margaret River on the Bussell Highway.

The Men’s Shed
The Angry Bird in the Shade in Cowaramup.

Margaret River.

Margaret River is a small town in the South West of Western Australia, located in the valley of the eponymous Margaret River, 277 kilometres (172 mi) south of Perth, the state capital.

Vines from the roadside.

The surrounding area is the Margaret River Wine Region and is known for its wine production and tourism, attracting an estimated 500,000 visitors annually. In earlier days the area was better known for hardwood timber and agricultural production.

Australian Ringneck Parrots joined us for breakfast.
On our deck Margaret River
The Margaret River.

Emu Point and the Ellen Cove Boardwalk Trail

A real danger of shark attack here!
Great White Shark
Fearless paddler in the Indian Ocean.
Resident pelicans waiting patiently by the fish cleaning station.
Sam the Seal, local celebrity
The little harbour was full of sport fishing boats.
Crested Tern
Sooty Oystercatcher
Great scones with cream and home made damson jam at the café.
The Boardwalk

The mixed walking and biking trail from Ellen Cove leads around Mount Adelaide where Princess Royal Fortress and the National ANZAC Centre are located, and ending in Albany.

After our lunch we started on the mixed walking and biking trail from Emu Bay, the Ellen Cove Boardwalk climbs above the rocks of Point King, following the coast around the Princess Royal Harbour to the Albany central business district. The trail stretches for three kilometres, and features spectacular views of the Princess Royal Harbour. It soon became too hot to continue at around 30° so we strolled back the way we came.

Intrepid photographer.
Building the shark netting.
Maureen with Emu Point with the new shark enclosure being built in the background.
From July to October Southern Right Whales congregate here.
Humpback Whales also pass close to shore during the Australian winter.
The gently sloping track.

Baudin was the man France held responsible for its failure to colonise Australia. Rumour has it that Napoleon Bonaparte said of him: ‘Baudin did well to die, on his return I would have hanged him.’ How unfair that would have been, for Baudin’s expedition was the first great French success after so many dismal failures.

1754 – 1803

Such were the effects of the ‘poison pens’ raised against him and poor Baudin was completely unable to defend himself as he had died in Mauritius on the return voyage.

Baudin was at the end of a long list of French explorers who set off for the south land and never returned. La Perouse, d Entrecasteaux, Dufresne and St Allouarn had all gone before him and had all died before making it home to France.

The Angry Bird at the view point.