Scuba Diving at the Jetty - Busselton Jetty
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Scuba Diving at the Jetty

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. If you don’t have a trolley of your own, you can hire them from The Dive Shed prior to your arrival at the Jetty. 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 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 for the operation of the Deep Sea Pool (ticket required for entry), including SeaTrek Undersea walk tours and Snorkel Tours. Priority access is provided here during Deep Sea Pool operating hours 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, the purpose-built dual ladder is not available for private access during Deep Sea Pool operating hours. Alternative ladder access remains available at all times and private divers/snorkellers should liaise with the Deep Sea Pool 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.

Deep Sea Pool Operating Hours from December – April are:

Monday 8:30am – 3:00pm

Wednesday 8:30am – 3:00pm

Friday 8:30am – 3:00pm

Saturday 8:30am – 3:00pm

Sunday 8:30am – 3:00pm

The Deep Sea Pool does not open on Tuesdays or Thursdays.

7. Ocean Guardians

During Deep Sea Pool operating hours, Ocean Guardian units are in use. Ocean Guardian technology uses pulsing electric currents which may affect electronic medical devices.

Outside of Deep Sea Pool operating hours, Ocean Guardian units are not in place, divers/snorkellers/swimmers enter at their own risk.