Margaret River (Busselton)
Situated along the coast of Western Australia is one of the world’s most renowned wine regions – the Margaret River. Approximately 220 kilometres southwest of Perth, the region is home to flourishing vineyards, charming restaurants, boutique foods and gourmet produce. This is truly an epicurean dream destination.
Dolphins can also be spotted in the bays all year-round while whales make their migratory journey between September and November. Deep sea diving and fishing are also popular activities with visitors on P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises.
The town of Busselton is the cruise liner gateway to the Margaret River region. Cruise ships anchor in Geographe Bay and passengers are tendered onto the foreshore across the historical Busselton Jetty.
Some facilities are located at the dock. Everything else you would need can be found within 10-15 minutes along the main road of Queen Street.
Facilities nearby include:
Visitor Information Centre with free Wi-Fi
How to Get Around
Busselton is both pedestrian and bicycle-friendly. Its main street, Queen Street, is a short distance from the port, and the landscape is relatively flat. If you’re planning on heading further afield, taxis and hire cars can also be booked. Charter busses can take you on tours, while free shuttle buses to the western beaches of Dunsborough leave from Simmo’s Ice-creamery every half an hour between 10am and 4pm.
Travel times from the port:
It is a 20 minute journey from the end of Busselton Jetty to the shore
It is a 9 minute journey to Queen Street.
It is a 1 minute journey to Queen Street
It is a 24 minute journey to Dunsborough
It is a 28 minute journey to Tuart Forest National Park
It is a 40 minute journey to the centre of the Margaret River.
Currency – In this part of the world you’ll find the Australian Dollar. Coins appear in silver 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent and 50 cent coins, as well as gold $1 and $2 coins. Banknotes are available in pink $5, blue $10, red $20, yellow $50 and green $100 notes.
Time Zone – Australian Western Standard Time is 8 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UCT). There is no adjustment for daylight savings in Busselton/Margaret River.
Weather – The region’s climate is Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers complemented by cool winters. From November to March, temperatures tend to sit in the mid-to-high twenties, although cool breezes keep the dry heat manageable. Winter sends the temperature down to an average of 18 degrees Celsius during the day and a chilly 8 degrees Celsius in the evening. Whilst the rainy season is from May to August, not much rain is typically observed.
Margaret River Wine Region – The region only started producing commercial wines in 1967 but today, over 200 boutique wineries produce 20% of Australia’s premium wines. The region is evenly split between red and white varieties and is best known for its cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, Semillon sauvignon blanc blends and shirazes. Its maritime influences from the north, south and western sides of the region, coupled with an assortment of macro climates, differing soils and conditions, means you’ll find a unique taste at every winery.
The Busselton Jetty – This heritage-listed site is the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere, protruding 1.8 kilometres into the shallows of Geographe Bay. Not just a pretty boardwalk, this jetty is one of the most renowned landmarks in the state, having outlived a number of natural disasters and demolition plans. At the end of the jetty is the Underwater Observatory, dropping 8 metres down towards the seafloor and allowing visitors to spy over 300 different species of aquatic creatures. The Interpretive Centre and Heritage Museum is also worth a visit and the Jetty Train can save you the walk back to the foreshore.
Tuart National Park – Tuart National Park is home to the largest remaining pure forest of tuart trees in the word. The species is native to this area only and can be found growing 35 metres high on limestone foundations along the coast. Its durable timber is used for boat hulls and furniture; however, limits have been placed on logging to protect these magnificent woods. Visitors can pack a gourmet hamper with several designated picnic areas around the park. Short trails also run through the forest and the neighbouring wetlands of Wonnerup can be explored along the boardwalk. Furry creatures like the endangered ringtail possum, brushtail possum and bandicoot tend to come out at night.