SAMI'S COLOURFULWORLD

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Travelling with the family - Busselton and almost home

After leaving "Cow Town" on Sunday 13th December, we drove about 38km north to Busselton, one of the fastest growing towns in the area with about 30 thousand inhabitants.

Busselton

Busselton is known for having the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere, with 1,841mt. Although originally built with only 161 mt it had a couple of further extensions through the years.

The jetty was built over 150 years ago over the waters of Geographe Bay, and was refurbished a few years ago. There's a little train that rides all the way to the end, and at the end of the jetty is an underwater observatory.
The houses that can be seen on the photo are built 50mt offshore and are the visitor centre where you can buy your jetty tickets, a giftshop and a Cultural heritage Museum. Visit to these is free.




The long jetty can be clearly seen in this photo


The last time I was there was in 2008 with my daughter on one of her visits to Australia. The train wasn't in operation then, so we walked about half an hour each way and visited the underwater Observatory at the end of the jetty - I still remember it was a cold and windy August day (winter in Australia). You can see the train tracks behind my daughter and I on this next photo.













Busselton Jetty (photo taken in 2008)



The observatory is 8mt underwater accessed via a staircase and through the glass surround you can observe the fish circling the area - certainly a very interesting experience. 
Fees apply to just walk, ride or fish from the jetty, and there are fees for the train ride and for the entry to the Observatory.


Some of what we saw through the glass observatory in 2008

This time with my parents, I only managed to park the car quite far away from the jetty as there some sort of festivities taking place and the area was packed with people. We just didn't want to waste time as we wanted to be home before dark, so we just took some photos and got back in the car without visiting the jetty.

















12 comments:

  1. In Carnarvon, WA, you find such a little train, too, on the one-mile-jetty.
    And in Sellin, on Island Rügen in former GDR where we went for our last holiday with our Mum there was an underwater observatory, too. I didn´t visit, Bro and Mum didn´t want to join me and being so near to strangers is a pain for me.
    But, awww, (bitter-)sweet memories you gave me.
    Cute foto of you two :-)

    The areal view really shows the amazing length!

    The last pic could´ve been taken here as well!

    Great you had such a good time with your parents!

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    1. Didn't know about the train in Carnarvon jetty. Glad I found that great areal view of image, it really shows the area quite well.

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  2. Lovely pics! The jetty sounds like an interesting place to visit. And what a nice photo of you and your daughter :)

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comments Marleen.

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  3. Que sítio lindo!!! Adoraria conhecer!!
    A cor da água, OMG! Que maravilha, Sami!

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    1. Tem que organizar umas férias por estas zonas Sandra.

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  4. Gosh the aerial view is amazing isn't it Sami. I haven't been on the jetty but think I may have to get down that way again. How nice to come back from the trip to a lovely home cooked meal, they do come in handy sometimes don't they :)

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    1. Yes, I have a multi- talented husband who cooks quite well.

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  5. Hi Sami - that was a great trip you took, lovely photos and impressive you can find the actual photos from 2008! I think when we went to Busselton we didn't get out on the jetty for the same reasons too! It does look impressive when you see the length of it from the sky.
    Congrats to your son on his new house!
    Wren x

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    1. I have all my digital photos ( since 2007) on the computer sorted into year files and then into date/occasion files, so it makes it easier to find. Thanks Wren.

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  6. I have meant to get here for nearly TWO weeks, but computer problems have caused me this horrible delay. Looks like you had a really lovely trip (I was also reading below) and laughed at your "country" view. This is something we see all the time in Kansas because my county mows the sides of the road along major highways, then comes along and creates these bales.

    I really enjoyed the photos of the jetty, and loved how you made it home in time for a wonderful meal from your husband. Sounds like a perfect marriage to me.

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth, living in the city I never see those hay bales.I'm a lucky girl.

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