Busselton, judged Western Australia's top tourism town in 1995 and 1996, is still the State's premier seaside resort town. Sheltered from most prevailing winds and boasting 30 kilometres of white sandy beaches, it is an aquatic playground remarkable for the variety it offers. The tranquil waters of Geographe Bay are perfect for fishers, water skiers, snorkellers, scuba divers, windsurfers and sailors.
Busselton makes an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding area, in particular, the Margaret River Wine Region, which extends westward from Busselton in the north to Augusta in the south. Over the last 20 years the region's wine industry has been booming, with the establishment of many vineyards that produce award-winning, premium table wines. These enterprises now supplement the traditional dairying, cattle, sheep and crop farming industries.
View the Cape with one of the many half or full day tours available and choose how you travel: by classic car, four wheel drive or coach. Whether you're interested in nature-based activities, photography, wineries, canoeing, caves, camel rides or adrenalin-pumping adventure activities, there is a tour to suit your needs.
In spring, the wildflowers in forests around Busselton are magnificent and varieties such as kangaroo paws, cats' paws, pink vine, acacias and donkey and spider orchids are in abundance. Busselton has a busy calendar of events. Highlights include: Summerfest, Busselton Beach Festival and the Festival of Busselton. Petticoat Lane (January), Busselton Jetty Swim (February), The Forest Rally and Busselton Triathlon (May), Busselton Comedy Festival (October), The Margaret River Wine Region Festival (November). There is also a wide variety of regular market days held throughout the Busselton township. A full listing of events can be obtained from the Busselton or Dunsborough Tourist Bureau or by visiting the Bureau website at www.downsouth.com.au.
For visitors who enjoy sports, golf, bowls, tennis and squash are available. The town's leisure centre offers gymnasium facilities, as well as an indoor and outdoor pool, spa and sauna. In Busselton, a wide variety of dining experiences wait to tempt your tastebuds, from beachside cafes and marina taverns to fine dining restaurants and gourmet vineyard delights.
An excellent selection of resorts, hotels and motels, bed and breakfasts, guest houses, self-contained units and caravan parks are available. A minimum of three nights is recommended to truly appreciate all that is on offer in the Capes Region. The Busselton and Dunsborough Tourist Bureaus provide free accommodation and tour booking services. There are also excellent facilities for groups, conferences and events.