The Busselton Jetty was constructed in 1865 when the first 175 metres were laid. The jetty was built to service a very busy timber trade. By 1911, the jetty's length had increased to 600 metres to allow larger vessels to load.
The final extension in 1960 brought the jetty to its present length of almost 2 kilometres. On April 4th, 1978, Cyclone "Alby" destroyed a large section of the promenade part of the jetty. This section extended from the end of Queen Street out to where the railway line joined the main structure.
Fishing from the Jetty:
The jetty provides a unique opportunity for people of all ages to catch a wide variety of fish that other wise could not be caught without the use of a boat. Fish caught include herring, whiting, tailor, skippy and squid.
Others often caught include garfish, flounder, leather jacket, gurnard, yellow tail snook, salmon, bonito and the popular kingfish. The delicious blue manna crab is also eagerly sought and regularly netted.
Other Jetty Stuff:
The jetty is synonymous with Busselton and has been a recreational focal point for locals and visitors alike for the past 130 years. Arguably the greatest appeal of the jetty is the opportunity it provides to be able to walk 2km out to see over deep water.
The jetty provides photographers many contrasting moods throughout the year to capture excellent shots. Busselton is one of the few coastal places in the south west where you can see the sun go down behind the land and the jetty makes a fine grandstand.
Visit the Busselton Jetty & Underwater Observatory website click here.