Our road trip to attractions outside Perth begins with taking delivery of our rented car at our hotel right at 8.00 a.m. on the dot as arranged. I’ve opted for a smaller car, a Toyota Yaris as I’m accustomed to driving that size of car, instead of a Camry (although at the same rate ). Our road trip took 3 days that covers Augusta, Albany, Wave Rock in addition to a day trip from Perth to the Pinnacles.
First attraction is Busselton Jetty about 223km south of Perth. The drive was smooth and we reached the jetty within 2½ hours. Busselton Jetty is the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere stretching more than 1.8km over Geographe Bay. Due to shallow waters of the bay which restricted ship movement, the jetty was built so timber could be transported to the ships.
Construction on the jetty commenced in 1853 and the first section was opened in 1865. It has been extended numerous times ultimately reaching a length of 1841 m. The last commercial vessel called at the jetty in 1971 and it was closed the following year. The jetty had survived cyclone, weathering, several fires to become one of the recognisable landmarks in Western Australia.
Today, the Jetty has an interpretive centre, a museum and a rail line along the length of the jetty for train ride. At the end of the jetty, there is an underwater observatory. Descending 8 metres beneath the surface, visitors can view corals and fish life through the viewing windows, at various levels within a 9.5 metre diameter observation chamber which can accommodate 40 visitors.