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BUSSELTON

 

HEMA Map reference 74/G2

 

33 39' S 115 20' E

 

 

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Climate data for Busselton
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average Temp high C 28.5 28.4 26.1 22.8 19.3 17.3 16.3 16.7 18.1 20.1 23.6 26.5 22
Average Temp low C 13.8 14 12.7 10.7 9.2 8.3 7.5 7.5 8.4 9.3 10.9 12.5 10.4
Rainfall mm 10 10.4 20.3 41.4 115.7 169.9 164.9 115.5 74.7 50.5 24.5 12.8 809.6
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

 

 

 

Statistics

 

Km from Perth

230

Population

18000

Autogas

Available

Telecentre

 

 

 
 

 

Caravan Park

 

4 Seasons

08 9755 4082

Acacia

08 9755 4034

Amblin

08 9755 4079

Beachlands

08 9752 2107

Busselton

08 9752 4499

Geographe

08 9752 4396

Holiday Village

08 9752 4499

Kookaburra

08 9752 1516

Lazy Days

08 9752 1780

Mandalay

08 9752 1328

Peppermint Park

08 9755 4241

Sandybay

08 9752 2003

Vasse

08 9755 4044

 

Services

 

Hospital

08 9752 1122

Police

08 9754 9555

Fire

08 9752 1007

SES

08 9752 2598

RAC

08 9754 1202

Visitor Centre

08 9752 1288

 

 

Attractions

 

Geographe Bay, Rotary Park, Old Butter Factory Museum, Busselton Jetty, Oceanarium, Pioneer cemetery, Old court house, Woannerup House, Tuart Forest.

 

Buildings of note

 

Old Court House, Queen St. 1860-1900, Jetty 1865-1911, St. Mary's Church the first permanent building  1844, Bovell's cottage 1882, Villa Carlotta 1896, Newton house 1851, Little Holland house 1909, Congregational church 1873, Sandilands homestead 1830, Old St. Josephs 1866, Old Vasse school 1894, Wonnerup house 1837, Wonnerup old school 1874, Abbey farm 1864, Caves house 1904.

 

Calendar Of Events

 

January: Beach festival. Petticoat Lane market, Festival of Busselton. February: Geographe Bay Race Week, Jetty swim. March: Naturaliste blue water classic, South West dance festival, Geographe ladies golf classic. April: Easter parade and Autumn art show. May: Half iron man, Gourmet food and wine market. September: Wildflower show. October: Wine and  craft show. November: Wine festival. December: iron man triathlon. Monthly second Sunday: Railway markets.

 

Busselton

Old Vasse Hotel building

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Queen Street

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Geographe Bay

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Vasse River

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Old Busselton

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New Busselton

Description

 

'There is no more attractive watering place in Western Australia than the town of Busselton. ' Of late years the residents have done much to render the place attractive to tourists and pleasure seekers, and for these excellent accommodation can be obtained,'

Twentieth Century Impressions of W.A.
1901


Early European exploration of the region began in 1801 with the French explorer
Baudin. He named Geographe Bay after one of his ships and the nearby Cape Naturaliste was named after the other vessel. The lighthouse that stands on the cape was opened in 1904 and today is said to be the haunt of Bloody Mary and Happy Harry ' a couple of ghosts.

The Vasse River was named after a French sailor who was lost and presumed drowned, but years later as white settlers moved in to the district, Aborigines told stories about a white man living there who wandered the shores of the bay looking out to sea for a ship.
(One source states that Vasse was a botanist not a sailor but most sources seem to agree that he did drown and he was a sailor. This is just one example of not taking everything you read in history books for granted.) (1) - (G.F. Moore's letter to the Perth Gazette)

Settlement came in 1831 when
John Garrett Bussell led a party north from the failing settlement at Augusta.

The first town site was surveyed north of the current location and was described by the surveyor as:

'mud and water were far more plentiful than dry land, more fit for Dutchmen or frogs than British soldiers'

Needless to say it was only a year later that the town site was relocated to its present site.

Early settlers had to contend not only with isolation and a harsh climate but the local Aborigines were less than impressed with all the invaders on their land.

Initial conflict seems to have been sparked when a heifer went missing and it was said that Gaywal and another native had killed and eaten the beast. A punitive raid followed and sources say that 9 Aborigines were shot and killed as they tried to escape. It appears that Dawson was speared in retaliation but he was only wounded and returned fire managing to chase his attackers off.

The tribal group in the area were very warlike and settlers like George Layman described the conflict as follows:

'We dare not leave our house to shoot anything. I have 12 head of cattle and I fear before the natives can be made peaceable some of them will be speared as I am forced to turn them out in the bush without anyone to mind them. The natives are very savage.'

It turned out that Layman needed to worry more about himself than the cattle as he was speared and killed on the 22nd of February 1841.

One account says that Layman had kept a number of Aboriginal women as servants (against their will) and he was confronted by a tribal elder (Gaywal) who Layman insulted and turned his back on to walk inside his house. Layman was promptly speared and died shortly afterwards. Another account states that Layman had insulted Gaywal in front of his tribe by pulling his beard and that led to the spearing. Other sources suggest that Layman had been targeted in retaliation for punishment handed out to another Aborigine who had (according to local settlers) not been sufficiently punished the first time and received a harsher sentence for the same offence.

After the spearing the usual period of 'native pacification' followed. At least five Aborigines were shot in punitive raids and after that there were no more reported spearings of settlers.

Captain John Molloy and his wife finally abandoned Augusta and joined the Bussells building a property he called Fair Lawn near the Vasse River. Sadly his young wife (now only in her 30s) died in April 1843 some few months after giving birth to the couple's last daughter.


The name Busselton first appears in records of the Surveyor General in June 1835. The locals persisted in calling the area Vasse until around the turn of the century when Busselton began to take over.

Famous for it's
long jetty (constructed between 1864-1875), Busselton is starting to become a little overdeveloped, but it is still a nice place to spend a few relaxing days. There are a number of excellent caravan parks, dog friendly beaches, and a special parking area in town for large vehicles.

The town is situated at the north end of the wine-growing district of
Cowaramup / Margaret River and it is a popular alternative to staying in Augusta or Margaret River. Over the last 10 years, the wineries have developed an inflated idea of how good their wines are, and the prices have inflated at a similar rate. Not all wine in the area is good ' some is pretty awful - and similar vintages can be bought in any bottle shop for about half the price. Still the wineries are popular with yuppies and others with more money than sense.

On Peel Terrace is the Old Butter Factory which is now a folk museum. It dates from 1918 and now houses a good collection of items and artifacts from the surrounding area.

The area has undergone a boom in population in recent times and this is gradually destroying the relaxed seaside town atmosphere that brought people here in the first place.

 

The tuart forest that spreads along the coast north of Busselton is the only natural stand of eucalyptus gomphocephala in the world. At one time it was extensively logged but luckily what remains today was preserved as national park before it was all wiped out.

 

 

 

 

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