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Busselton Jetty Gets an Extreme Makeover

By Kevin Kelly

Spanning 1.841km across Geographe Bay, Busselton Jetty is the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Considered an icon of the state, it’s appreciated for its spectacular Underwater Observatory, Jetty Train and myriad of recreational uses.

Busselton Jetty closed in April 2009 due to the structure’s dilapidated condition. Currently undergoing a $27 million refurbishment, the jetty is scheduled to re-open during February 2011.

New features will include interpretive nodes, fish cleaning bays, swimming and diving platforms, rain shelters and heritage sculptures. Most importantly, the train service will operate for the first time since 2005 and visitors will once again have the option to descend to the depths of Geographe Bay via the Underwater Observatory.

There are 11 viewing windows at various levels within the chamber allowing visitors to view Geographe Bay’s amazing underwater garden. Described as Australia’s greatest artificial reef, the Busselton Jetty is host to an awe-inspiring forest of vividly coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates. Provision of a lift within the Observatory ensures that this amazing experience is available to all.

The Interpretive Centre is open from 9am to 5pm daily May to November; 9am to 5.30pm daily December to April: The Underwater Observatory and Jetty Train operate daily, weather permitting (currently closed due to refurbishment and due to reopen summer 2010/11) Bookings essential.

For more bookings contact (08) 9754 0900.

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