Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Busselton Jetty

The tourist icon of Busselton is the historic jetty which extends 1.8 kilometres into Geographe Bay. It is heritage listed as the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Construction was completed in sections, commencing in 1865 servicing vessels going from the west to the east and also the many settlers ships that arrived. It was officially closed in 1973 and since then has been restored as a community project.

Originally the goods were taken to and from the ships by horse and dray and later these were replaced by freight trains. Nowadays there is a small tourist train running the length of the jetty. We chose not to take the train @ $11 each as we prefer the exercise and walked it instead.

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