Have you ever heard the most popular attractions in Western Australia? It is called Busselton and Margaret River. Are you going to plan for a day trip in the future? Are you a wine lover? Are you a chocolate lover? If so, this blog will be for you then. I share about my fun time down there with you. Also, i will talk about the best destination between busselton and margaret river. I will also telling you where to get for a lunch break while visiting.
While heading down to Margaret river, the tour operator will definitely drop by Busselton as well which is included in your fare. Busselton Jetty is the only popular attractions in Busselton. It takes about 2 hour and 18 minutes without break to get to the Busselton from Perth City by car or group tours.
Welcome to the TravelQueen travel blog about Busselton Jetty 🙂
About the Jetty
At 1841 metres, the Busselton Jetty offers an unprescedented opportunity to walk almost two kilometers out into Geographe Bay. The Busselton Jetty also has an underwater observatory which was built to take you beneath the waves of Geographe Bay.
The Jetty is 1.8 kilometers long which is quite a distance to stretch out into the blue waters of Geographe Bay. But you could choose to take train all the way to the end or you can walk if you want to. For me, i was decided to experience both so i did catch the train down and walk when i return to the main entrance.
If you catch the train, you will experience a fun way of making the journey. Children and adults love the sight of the small red train, perfectly sized to take passengers back and forth the length of the pier. A memorable 1.7km trainride with an unbelievable view of Geographe Bay. This is a popular activity for summer season so book your tickets beforehand. The Jetty train ticket is cost $14 per person with return ticket. There is family ticket cost $38 which is worth than single ticket as well as kid ticket cost $8.50 per child.
By the way, there is a cost for entry the Jetty. It is cost $4 per person and it is a day pass. Children under 16 years old are free of charge.
The Jetty is open from 8:30am to 6pm, and walking the Jetty takes approximately 25 minutes, each way. You can purchase tickets at the Interpretive Centre window at the start of the Jetty. It is a lovely walk out into Geographe Bay along the Jetty. Local fishermen and women are fishing the jetty all throughout the day, and the fresh ocean air makes the walk all the more enjoyable.
If you are walking down to the end, you will see this beautiful bay and lot of people are fishing around the bay and some people love to swim in the bay which is very interesting.
After you walk till the end of the road, you will see the underwater observatory. Regarding to the photos shown above, it is the sign telling you that you are out of the sea which is pretty cool and you have been walk for 1841km. It is kinda a sea direction of telling you which way to go if you are heading to other side of the city.
It is very freezing down there so please ensure you bring your jacket.
Underwater Observation is a very good experience too. It shows you what is under the sea as well as to explain the different type of the fish. This observatory only accommodate maximum 44 people per tour. Underwater tour is cost $34 per adult and $99 per family pass. If there is an extra children, it would be cost $20 per child. However, it is free ticket for 2 years old and below child.
Underwater Observatory tour starts with a relaxing train ride on the Stocker Preston Express along the length of the Jetty with 360-degree views across the Indian Ocean. One of the friendly tour guides will greet you at the end of the Jetty to guide you through the Underwater Observatory. As you descend 8-metres below the ocean’s surface you will be lead through the natural wonders that lie beneath the Jetty where its piles create Australia’s greatest artificial reef host to an awe-inspiring forest of vividly-coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates.
Discover more than 300 individual marine species in their natural habitat through eleven viewing windows at various levels within the 9.5 metre diameter observation chamber.
Let’s talk about Margaret River 🙂
Where to get some lunch break?
Most of the people will having fish and chips for their lunch down in Margaret river. The best place for lunch in Margeret river region areas is Margaret river restaurants. The following picture which i took at the riverside, it is called Margaret River. Opposite of this river is a restaurant where tourist always having their lunch. I had a wonderful lunch which is bacon with pancake and chicken wings. Their most popular dishes are in the picture shown above as well as the beef burger with chips.
Margaret river is one of the regional state in Western Australia. It is located at the south west of Western Australia. It takes about half an hour drive from Busselton to Margaret river. The most popular destination in Margaret river are the winery, the lighthouse and the chocolate factory.
Margaret River’s coast to the west of the town is a renowned surfing location, with worldwide fame for its surf breaks including, but not limited to, Main Break, The Box, and Rivadog.
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 an earlier days, the area was better known for hardwood timber and agriculture production.
Are you a wine lover? Robert Oatley Winery store is located at the Wilyabrup Margaret river in Western Australia and it is the very best place in the heart of Margaret river as well as they provide their very best quality of Winery in Australia. They do running through their wine production where they give everyone to have a taste of their winery product before making decision to buy them.
According to the picture shown above, it is the Robert Oatley Tasting Story. These are the 5 wine they offer for a tasting. I have tried them and i do love the red wine and the dessert wine. They are winemakers which is pretty good and i love them so much. Most of the tourist buy for red wine and dessert wine.
Chocolate Factory in Margaret River
One of the destination in Margaret River which you shouldn’t miss it is called Margaret River Chocolate Factory. It is about 5 to 10 minutes drive to get there from the winery stores. One thing i love about chocolate factory is FREE CHOCOLATE and it is affordable chocolates. You will experience with different type of chocolate by tasting the free chocolate before you make your decision to buy them.
Margaret river chocolate factory is opening from 9am to 5pm daily. Their chocolate pretty much as same as the chocolate factory in the Swan Valley Perth.
Whenever i go to the chocolate factory, my first priority is always to taste the free chocolate. After that, i would buy the mint choc ice-cream. Mint choc ice-cream is one of my favourite ice-cream and it is very tasty.
How to get there?
Do you ever thinking of how to get to the Busselton and MARGERET river? Well, this is depend on whether you are tourists or students or locals. This is also depend on whether yohh drive or not and whether you are willing to drive all the way down. Some people may feel tired to drive that long. Most of the people hire a car to drive there as the petrol is much cheaper than with the group tours. In my personal experience, if you are a tourist, it is good to go with the tour operator as they will share the history of the tourism marketplace, the history of the destination, they will taking you to the very best place for a view that you never expected or heard of it. If you are thinking to go with the tour operator, I would recommended you to book with Adam tour company. Adam is a tourism company which is very affordable and they are very friendly and experience in local tourism.
If you are based in Perth Australia such as exchange students, international students and local people, you could catch the south west coach line buses down to Busselton or Margaret River. On the another option, you could catch the Transwa train line to get to the destination. Train is much cheaper that buses and it is quicker to reach your destination. Buses is very costly but it is worth it as you could see the beautiful way while you are traveling down.
Ultimately, I do highly recommended you to visit all of the best destination shared above. You will enjoy it just like I do. You should try one day 😉 #Vacation #Dream
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Port Arthur is a place of national and international significance which is part of the epic story of forced migration and settlement of this country. Port Arthur Historic Site is located on a beautiful harbour at the southern tip of the Tasman Peninsula, almost 100 km south-east of Hobart.
Port Arthur was much more than a prison; it was a complete community, home to convicts, military and civilian officers and their families. The convicts worked at many industries producing goods and services for use locally and to be sold in Hobart and beyond. The military and civilian officers were tasked with security and administration of the settlement.
Before Europeans arrived in the region, the land, its natural resources and abundant waters were utilised by the Pydarerme people of the Paredarerme language group.
Containing more than 30 historic buildings, extensive ruins and beautiful grounds and gardens, the Site has many stories to explore.
By the way, Port Arthur Historic Site is a special place of vivid history, cultural heritage and stories so compelling, you’ll want to hear them again and again. It’s a place of global significance – one of the 11 places that make up the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Australian Convict Sites. And it’s one of Australia’s favourite tourist destinations. Come and discover the real people and living history of Port Arthur Historic Site.
What tour do they have?
They do have a lot of tour option for your suitable days and times. First of all, if you have some languages barrier issues, please don’t worry. There is Mandarin speaker tour as well where would make it easy for you to understand. Even though there is no Mandarin speaker, there will have interpreter for you. They have intro walking tour, Commandant’s Carriage Tour, Habour Cruise, Escape from Port Arthur Tour, Introductory Tour, Isle of the Dead Tour, Ghost Tour as well as Paranormal Tour. I will tell you more about the prices and the packages available in the following and it is worth to have this sort of good experience.
Intro walking tour is based on their history site and they will introduce you more about the story and heritage around the site which is pretty interesting. They will tell you about the history timeline, the convicts, the landmarks and research of the Port Arthur History Site.
Your site entry ticket gives you two consecutive days to explore and enjoy Port Arthur Historic Site’s many sites, tours and activities including:
access to more than 30 historic buildings, ruins, restored houses, heritage gardens and walking trails,
a 40-minute, guided Introductory Walking Tour,
25-minute Harbour Cruise,
entry to the Port Arthur Gallery, which includes interactive exhibits and displays that tell the story of the Port Arthur Historic Site and its people.
The story of the Port Arthur Historic Site is a story of many people, places and moments. Over its long history, Port Arthur has been a place of hardship and punishment, a place of opportunity, and a place of leisure. Now it is one of Australia’s most important heritage destinations, where the story of Australia’s colonial history is written in stone and brick.
Visit them to meet some of the people who have passed through this place, walk where their stories unfolded, and learn about Port Arthur’s evolution from a feared convict settlement to a World Heritage-listed Historic Site and world-class tourist destination.
Regarding to my experience with this into walking tour, I have learn so many thing such as the old generation and how the people long time ago lifestyle looked like. The way how they convicts as well as the old fashion places which is pretty interesting. Some people may find history is very boring just like me but I find this history site is not as bad as what I thought of and it is worth to go to have some explore and discovery more in the old fashion story. You will find interesting and you will also learn lot of unexpected new things which is pretty cool.
Habour Cruise Tour is a 25 minutes cruising which is just showing you around the Port and how beautiful is this port as well as the history of this port. This tour is included in your site entry ticket which is pretty worth.
You will see lot of this history sign around the history site as well where you could take some information about it and recap what you have learn from this tour.
What else could explore after the tour?
There is the Port Arthur gallery as well where you will learn the story of many year ago. However, there will have lot of people you should have meet from the gallery. When you get your ticket from the ticket counter, they will give you something like this which is a small card in the photos shown following to meet this people and learn about their background.
When you go into the gallery, you will need to find the person that you got on the card then open it and read about this person story. It is just like a game which is very fun lolol….Like i got Thomas Lempriere and I found him. He is original from Germany and he born on year 1796. He was an artist of general Merchant, Chil Officer. Anyway, this is something like what you will know.
Ticket and cost?
When I visit there, i took the site entry ticket which is just included the intro walking tour and the harbour cruise tour. I will going back there to try another tour as well and I will share my person experiences so stay tune here.
Site Entry ticket prices is the proceeds from your admission fee contribute to the ongoing conservation, interpretation and development of the Port Arthur Historic Sites. The prices are Adult $40, Child $18, Family $102 (2 adults and up to 6 children) and Concession $32.
Ticket of Leave – Two Year Pass
Extend your site entry ticket to a Ticket of Leave, and return to Port Arthur Historic Site as many times as you like, for two years from the date of purchase. Your Ticket of Leave re-entry includes all activities included in the general site entry. Adult $20 / Family $40 (additional to site entry cost).
Resident and Ratepayer Pass – “R&R Pass”
Residents and ratepayers of the Tasman Municipality are eligible for a Port Arthur Historic Site R&R Pass which provides free site entry for all adult ratepayers or residents and up to 6 children (aged 7-17 years of age). R&R passes are valid for 3 years from the date of issue and can be renewed.
An R&R Pass must be applied for in-person at the Port Arthur Historic Site Visitor Centre and requires proof that the applicant is a ratepayer or resident.
How to get there? – Navigation
Port Arthur Historic Site is a 90-minute drive from Hobart, and the journey offers some of the best sightseeing in Tasmania. The Arthur Highway winds through lush farmland and forest, inviting beaches and the Tasman Peninsula’s famously scenic coastline. Allow enough time to stop along the way and explore places like the Tesselated Pavement at Eaglehawk Neck, and dramatic geological features such as the Blowhole, Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen.
Free parking is provided; however, during peak periods our carpark does fill up quickly. We recommend you arrive early if you wish to secure a parking bay close to the entrance. There are dedicated spaces for caravans, motor homes and buses please look for the signs as you enter the site.
There is 2 options that you can get there with. They are either by tour buses or hire a car to drive down.
When I travel down to the Port Arthur, I went there by Tassie Tour operator. There is some tour buses going down there daily and you can book only. It costs $60 per person for both way with Tassie tour. In my person opinion, travel down with coach always the best, it is because while they drive down, they will drop-by some best attractions for the explore and view while on the way down to the Port Arthur which is pretty good.
If you want to know which coach will be the best, please do feel free to check this following site out. It’s help me a lot so this will help you too 🙂