Raise a Glass to New Destinations on Our Australia Cruises

“The capital of the Margaret River region.” “The gateway to Margaret River wine country.” “The events capital of Western Australia.” Whatever you want to call it, “the coastal playground” of Busselton sure does have a lot of monikers—and even more things to do.

The adventures begin the moment you step off the ship, as we dock next to the famed Busselton Jetty, the longest wooden pier in the world. From here you can walk to the beach and waterfront district, where there are more than enough water sports, shops, restaurants, cafés, and bars to entertain you for the rest of your stay in Busselton.

If you want to go further afield, visit the national parks of Leeuwin-Naturaliste and Tuart Forest, go birdwatching at the Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands and Boranup Karri Forest, or tour such historic sites as Ellensbrook, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, and the Busselton Heritage Trail. But if you’d prefer to hit the wine trail instead, then you’ve hit the vintage jackpot on this Australia cruise.

The Margaret River region is home to over 200 vineyards, producing 20% of Australia’s premium wines. The Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays, in particular, are outstanding, and must-see-and-sample wineries include Cape Mentelle, Cullen Wines, Leeuwin Estate, Moss Wood, Vasse Felix, and Voyager Estate. No matter where you end up, there will definitely be lots to cheers about during your Australia cruise with Azamara!

Busselton Jetty

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Busselton Jetty

Take a long walk on the longest wooden pier in the world, the Busselton Jetty. Dating back to 1853 and stretching 1.1 miles (1.8 kilometres) into Geographe Bay, the stroll lasts about 25 minutes, each way. You can also catch a ride aboard The Stocker Preston Express electric train, and visit the Interpretive Centre and Underwater Observatory.

Tuart Forest National Park

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Tuart Forest National Park

Just 20 minutes outside of Busselton is the Tuart Forest National Park, the last remaining tuart forest in the world. The trees in this ancient forest average 300 to 400 years old, and grow up to 110-feet tall (33 metres). Keep an eye out for other flora and fauna like peppermint trees, possums, and kangaroos, as you walk the trails and wetland boardwalks.

Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park

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Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park

Stretching over 75 miles (120 kilometres) along the coast, this National Park is named after its two lighthouses located at Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin—the most south-westerly point in Australia. It offers everything from bushwalking to birdwatching, as well as over 350 caves, including the excellent Ngilgi, Mammoth, and Jewel caves.

Margaret River (Busselton), Australia At a glance

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