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Busselton Underwater Observatory

Busselton Underwater Observatory

Beneath the waves: an Underwater Experience near you!

Explore the depths of Geographe Bay and witness unbelievable marine life at the Busselton Jetty Underwater Observatory. Descend 8 metres below the ocean to discover more than 300 different marine species and the country’s biggest artificial reef without getting wet.

Busselton Jetty, one of WA’s top tourism attractions, is home to 1 of only 6 underwater observatories in the world. So, if you’re looking for things to do in Busselton or things to do in Margaret River, this is a stop you can’t go past!

As you descend deeper beneath the waves, a world of natural wonders unfolds below the Jetty. Inside the 9.5-metre diameter observation chamber, 11 viewing windows offer unique vantage points to observe the piles that create Australia’s largest artificial reef. Here you will learn about the vibrant forest of tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish, and fascinating invertebrates that live in Geographe Bay.

The Underwater Observatory hosts a variety of tours and activities all year-round, offering something for everyone. Entry to the observatory is only available with a tour booking. We have options to suit all visitors, varying in time and price. Options include:


▪ Full Underwater Observatory Tour (includes Return Train Ride)
Underwater Observatory Mini Tour
Enchanting Mermaid Tours
Immersive Virtual Tours
Real-time Live Webcams
▪ Special events and functions held within the Underwater Observatory

Embark on adventure in our sea of discovery with our friendly guides

Begin your Busselton Jetty Underwater Observatory Tour with a leisurely ride aboard the Ray White Stocker Preston express, our fully-enclosed and electric, solar-powered train. Enjoy a 1.7km scenic route unlike anywhere in the country, along the length of the Southern Hemisphere’s longest timber piled Jetty, offering sensational 360-degree views of Geographe Bay. As you arrive at the Jetty’s end, our welcoming guides will lead you through the captivating Underwater Observatory, one of Western Australia’s best activities for people of all ages. Discover the Australia’s largest artificial reef that draws, marine lovers, divers and snorkelling enthusiasts from across the globe.

Access to the Underwater Observatory is only possible  with a ticket to one of two tours. 

Underwater Observatory Tour 

The Full Observatory Tour departs on the hour from the Interpretive Centre (at the base of the Jetty) on the train and takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete. It includes the train in both directions, 45 minutes in the observatory (half of which is guided and the other half where you are free to explore) as well as time to explore the end of the Jetty before returning to shore. 

Mini-Tour 

A “Mini-Tour” is our self guided option, giving you 15 minutes in the Observatory and is a seasonal offering dependant on good weather. The Mini-Tour begins at 5 minutes past the hour (at the end of the Jetty) with a short safety briefing before you are free to explore the Observatory at your leisure. It requires visitors to walk out to the Observatory and walk back again afterwards. We recommend starting your walk 30 minutes before your tour booking time to allow for the 1.841km distance.

Please note the Mini-Tours end at 25 minutes past the hour with the return train to shore departing 30 minutes past the hour. Our friendly tour guides can sell you a one-way train ticket back to shore if required, however this is subject to availability.

Seasonal Changes 

Our offerings at the Busselton Underwater Observatory adapt to the changing seasons. During the winter months when visibility may be lower, we enhance your experience with cutting-edge features such as VR goggles, interactive touch screens, and a hydrophone. Listen to the sound of the monstrous waves through our underwater microphone and watch in awe as you come face to face with mother nature at her fiercest as she crashes into the Underwater Observatory windows, making for one-of-a-kind sensory experience!

Accessibility

There are six flights of ten stairs within the Underwater Observatory with wheelchair accessibility available via a lift.

Should you require your tour in a different language, translation sheets for tours are available in Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Korean and Polish. To access our Tour Translations, please click here!

Other Attractions

Marine Discovery Centre

Dive & Snorkel

Jetty Train

Interpretive Centre

Underwater Sculpture Park

There is so many things to see and do!

Whether you’re looking to join us for a quick visit or wanting to stay the entire day, there is so many things to see and do here at the Busselton Jetty!

There is so many things to see and do!

Whether you’re looking to join us for a quick visit or wanting to stay the entire day, there is so many things to see and do here at the Busselton Jetty!

There is so many things to see and do!

Whether you’re looking to join us for a quick visit or wanting to stay the entire day, there is so many things to see and do here at the Busselton Jetty!

There is so many things to see and do!

Whether you’re looking to join us for a quick visit or wanting to stay the entire day, there is so many things to see and do here at the Busselton Jetty!

Planning a Visit?

Whether you’re joining us for a Quick Visit, Half Day or Full Day – we have several options available for people of all ages!

Planning a Visit?

Whether you’re joining us for a Quick Visit, Half Day or Full Day – we have several options available for people of all ages!