‘a roadtrip isn’t measured by the mile markers, it’s measured by the moments.’
Pack an overnight bag, some snacks and put together a play list to sing your heart out to and you’ll be ready to make the drive from Perth to Busselton.
Situated 2.5 hours south of Perth is a coastal town known as Busselton. It may be a small town but it is full of charm, boutique shops, a number of beachside cafes and activities to keep you busy for a weekend getaway.
On the drive down, you’ll find yourself gazing out the windows to seemingly endless views of trees and wide open spaces. There are rest points along the way if you want to stop and stretch your legs or grab a bite to eat at a road house or bakery. Along the way you can detour through or via Mandurah, Australind and/or Bunbury or just drive straight to Busselton, the choice is yours.
Once you reach Busselton, I’d suggest driving straight to the Jetty. Grab a coffee from a beachside cafe and purchase a ticket to enter the Underwater Observatory Tour. The pass comes with a complimentary return admission for the train which will take you up and down the 1.8km jetty but on a beautiful day, you can always walk the Jetty and stretch your legs. The tour goes for 45 minutes, (15 minutes of which involves a guided tour and the remainder of the tour is self guided) and it gives you a chance to see and learn about the eco system.
Once you’ve done a tour, you can check in to your accommodation. I stayed at a cosy bed and breakfast for the night- the Observatory Guest House. Once you get settled in, you can go for a walk down to the beach to take in the views, read a book on the balcony or opt for an afternoon siesta.
Depending in where you stay, you may be able to get a discounted meal at a local restaurant. If you want to dine out, there are a number of restaurants on the main street or lining the beach. However, if you want a quiet night in, then several restaurants offer takeaway options.
Jesse and I decided to walk down to the Jetty to watch the sunset before dining at Equinox. It doesn’t cost anything to walk along the Jetty after 5pm and the view of the sunset is incredible.
It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day for adventure. Depending on where you choose to stay, breakfast may be provided at your accommodation. Observatory Guesthouse offers guests a downstairs dining area with an array of continental breakfast options as well as tea, coffee and juice. You can eat inside or sit at a table in the front garden.
Once you’ve eaten and checked out, it’s time to have a wander through the market stalls which are held each Sunday at the local park (near the Jetty). The stalls vary from local arts and crafts to preserves, fresh food and a kids area with rides. While you’re waiting for 10am to roll around, you can go for a walk around the local park and over the bridge to see if you can see some of the local wildlife or take in the views.
There is ample parking at the park so you can continue your walk and grab a coffee from a local cafe and explore the main stretch of town (Queen Street). With a coffee in hand and after 10am, you can wander through the art galleries and old gaol. You can even take a mug shot (like Jesse did)!
It’s almost time to say goodbye to the Southwest region but before you do, detour through Tuart Forest and go for a walk along the Bird Lookout Trail located on Ludlow Road North. It’s a short trail but you’ll find yourself playing I-Spy through the peep-holes in the bird watching hut.
While you’re in the area, it’s worth scheduling in time to check out the Forest Adventure Park. For $40 per adult, you will be able to spend 2 hours (including the safety demonstration) climbing obstacle courses that have been built in the trees. You can climb and fly through the air on one of many flying foxes. It’s a great way to end the weekend and there are many time slots available but just keep in mind that bookings are recommended.
& with that, it’s back to Perth.