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Underwater Observatory

The Busselton Jetty is home to one of only five underwater observatories in the world!

Please note that from June to September we operate Winter Discovery Tours in the Observatory. These tours feature a unique immersive 3D virtual reality experience where you wear VR goggles and feel like you’re immersed in the Jetty’s colourful history including Cyclone Alby and the Jetty fire. The vision will also have you feeling like you are diving under the Jetty, experiencing the beautiful marine life as if you were actually underwater – you might even spot a Mermaid! As well as the VR experience tickets also include guided tour, return train ride and a 50% discount on a Summer Underwater Observatory tour! Due to the winter weather and currents the visibility from the Observatory can’t be guaranteed, however you will still learn about the amazing engineering feat of construction, Jetty history and see how the marine life looks through Virtual Reality. 

Ride the new electric Jetty Train 1.7km out to sea, with 360 degree views across Geographe Bay, and take a tour through the Underwater Observatory at the end of the Jetty. Our experienced guides lead you through 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.

Descend 8 metres beneath the water’s surface to view more than 300 individual marine species in their natural habitat through eleven viewing windows at various levels within a 9.5 metre diameter observation chamber.

Access to the Underwater Observatory is only possible via these tours which depart on the hour from the Interpretive Centre (at the base of the Jetty) and take approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete. Book your ticket online, visit the booking office in the Interpretive Centre or phone us on 9754 0900.

Translation sheets for tours in the following languages are available Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Korean and Russian.

Please note there are six flights of ten stairs within the Observatory however there is a lift which allows disabled access.