Busselton is a port city in Western Australia, with population around 25,000. Busselton is located approx 220 km (140 mi) southwest of Perth (state's capital city). The town was named after its founders - the Bussell family (four brothers and three sisters) that emigrated to Fremantle from England in 1830, Busselton (as Cattle Chosen) was officially founded in 1835 as one of Western Australia's earliest settlements. Through the city flows Vasse River.
Since the early-20th-century, Busselton developed as a resort town and received city status in 2012. Today it is best-known for the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and its coastline (between capes Yallingup and Naturaliste) popular among tourists for the camping sites and seaside resorts. Besides tourism, the current-day city's economy is also based on winegrowing (Margaret River wine region), commerce (retail shopping), manufacturing, agriculture, fishing.
The city is served by two highways - Bussell (linking to Bunbury and Augusta) and Vasse (to Pemberton) Caves Road is a scenic route linking to Augusta. Buses link to Perth. Busselton Margaret River Airport (in the Yalyalup suburb) serves regularly scheduled domestic flights linking with Melbourne (Jetstar Airways) and also charter flights (by Virgin Australia) linking with Perth, Barimunya, Boolgeeda, West Angelas.
Port Busselton has the Southern Hemisphere's longest pier (wooden jetty) with length 1841 m (6040 ft) out to sea. The jetty was constructed to serve the shipping trade but the port was closed in 1972. The jetty sustained serious damages - in 1978 (by Cyclone Alby) and in 1999 (by fire), but was later restored and improved. Since 2003, the historic pier serves as a tourist attraction offering a train ride and an underwater observatory.
For the second time in less than 2 weeks, poor weather prevented 2000+ cruise tourists from making a scheduled call in Australia's South West. ...January 23, 2020
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