Dive and Snorkel
Recognised as one of Australia’s top shore dives, the Busselton Jetty is home to over 300 marine species. As you descend below the ocean’s surface you will be see the natural wonders that lie beneath the Jetty where its piles create Australia’s greatest artificial reef, host to an awe-inspiring forest of vividly-coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates.
The Busselton Jetty structure and surrounding water is multi-use, and for the enjoyment of all visitors, the below information will ensure you have a great diving experience.
1. Jetty Day Pass
During the Interpretive Centre’s opening hours there is an entry fee of $4 for those over 17 years. The Jetty Day Pass gives you access to dive, fish, swim or walk the Jetty. The Jetty is 1.8km long and the walk takes approximately 25 minutes each way. Tickets are valid all day and can be purchased at the Interpretive Centre window. Outside of the Interpretive Centre’s opening hours, admission is free.
2. Dive gear transport
We understand that dive gear is heavy and the Jetty is long. You may wish to consider bringing a trolley with you to transport your dive gear. Alternatively, book a Dive with Dive Busselton Jetty with all gear included ready and waiting for you at the end of the Jetty.
3. Busselton Jetty Train Policy for Divers
Divers are required to purchase 2 x one way train tickets ($20) in order to get themselves and their gear to the end of the Jetty. One seat to sit on, and one extra seat to safely stow your equipment, to ensure it does not impede other train passengers or cause a safety hazard. One way tickets are only available for purchase in person, 5 minutes prior to departure time, as priority is given to Underwater Observatory and Return Train tours. During peak periods, trains are often sold out well in advance, so we highly recommend you consider the trolley option above. Please note you must dry off before boarding the train or entering either the Underwater Observatory or Interpretive Centre. Wet divers, snorkellers or swimmers are not be permitted to board the train.
4. Underwater Observatory Exclusion Zone and Marine Sanctuary
There are various marine reserves around the end of Busselton Jetty managed by the City of Busselton, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development. Collectively these managed areas are known as the Busselton Jetty Sanctuary and includes all waters bounded by a line commencing at the intersection of 33° 37.723′ south latitude and 115° 20.328′ east longitude; thence extending southerly along the geodesic to the intersection of 33° 37.819′ south latitude and 115° 20.357′ east longitude; thence extending westerly along the geodesic to the intersection of 33° 37.834′ south latitude and 115° 20.287′ east longitude; thence extending northerly along the geodesic to the intersection of x33° 37.738′ south latitude and 115° 20.258′ east longitude; thence extending easterly along the geodesic to the commencement point.
SCUBA diving is an allowable activity with the sanctuary area; however, all forms of fishing/collection are prohibited.
An exclusion area of 10 metres surrounds the Underwater Observatory. Visually, this can be adhered to by swimming on the ocean side of the ‘west side anchor’ and keeping at least 1.5 rows of jetty piles from the underwater building.
5. No spear fishing
6. Shared platform and ladders
Busselton Jetty is a shared use facility. Along the length of the jetty there are numerous ladders and platforms that are shared by users including swimmers, fishers, snorkellers and divers. The furthest platform along Busselton Jetty is accessible by ramp along the western edge and is highly popular among all Jetty users. This area is also utilised by Dive Busselton Jetty to operate SeaTrek Undersea walk tours and SCUBA tours. Priority access is provided for tour patrons entering/exiting the water and those patrons requiring wheelchair access.
Private snorkellers/divers continue to have access to enter/exit the water from this platform. But due to the safety requirements for SeaTrek Undersea Walks, priority use of the purpose-built dual ladder is given to tour patron and Dive Busselton Jetty staff. Alternative ladder access remains available at all times and private divers/snorkellers should liaise with the Dive Busselton Jetty staff onsite to determine the most suitable entry point for the time/s you wish to enter the water. As this platform is becoming ever popular, trolleys and gear must be stored further up from the entry/exit points.