Have you ever heard the most popular attractions in Western Australia? It is called Busselton and Margaret River. Are you going to plan for a day trip in the future? Are you a wine lover? Are you a chocolate lover? If so, this blog will be for you then. I share about my fun time down there with you. Also, i will talk about the best destination between busselton and margaret river. I will also telling you where to get for a lunch break while visiting.
While heading down to Margaret river, the tour operator will definitely drop by Busselton as well which is included in your fare. Busselton Jetty is the only popular attractions in Busselton. It takes about 2 hour and 18 minutes without break to get to the Busselton from Perth City by car or group tours.
Welcome to the TravelQueen travel blog about Busselton Jetty 🙂
About the Jetty
At 1841 metres, the Busselton Jetty offers an unprescedented opportunity to walk almost two kilometers out into Geographe Bay. The Busselton Jetty also has an underwater observatory which was built to take you beneath the waves of Geographe Bay.
The Jetty is 1.8 kilometers long which is quite a distance to stretch out into the blue waters of Geographe Bay. But you could choose to take train all the way to the end or you can walk if you want to. For me, i was decided to experience both so i did catch the train down and walk when i return to the main entrance.
If you catch the train, you will experience a fun way of making the journey. Children and adults love the sight of the small red train, perfectly sized to take passengers back and forth the length of the pier. A memorable 1.7km trainride with an unbelievable view of Geographe Bay. This is a popular activity for summer season so book your tickets beforehand. The Jetty train ticket is cost $14 per person with return ticket. There is family ticket cost $38 which is worth than single ticket as well as kid ticket cost $8.50 per child.
By the way, there is a cost for entry the Jetty. It is cost $4 per person and it is a day pass. Children under 16 years old are free of charge.
The Jetty is open from 8:30am to 6pm, and walking the Jetty takes approximately 25 minutes, each way. You can purchase tickets at the Interpretive Centre window at the start of the Jetty. It is a lovely walk out into Geographe Bay along the Jetty. Local fishermen and women are fishing the jetty all throughout the day, and the fresh ocean air makes the walk all the more enjoyable.
If you are walking down to the end, you will see this beautiful bay and lot of people are fishing around the bay and some people love to swim in the bay which is very interesting.
After you walk till the end of the road, you will see the underwater observatory. Regarding to the photos shown above, it is the sign telling you that you are out of the sea which is pretty cool and you have been walk for 1841km. It is kinda a sea direction of telling you which way to go if you are heading to other side of the city.
It is very freezing down there so please ensure you bring your jacket.
Underwater Observation is a very good experience too. It shows you what is under the sea as well as to explain the different type of the fish. This observatory only accommodate maximum 44 people per tour. Underwater tour is cost $34 per adult and $99 per family pass. If there is an extra children, it would be cost $20 per child. However, it is free ticket for 2 years old and below child.
Underwater Observatory tour starts with a relaxing train ride on the Stocker Preston Express along the length of the Jetty with 360-degree views across the Indian Ocean. One of the friendly tour guides will greet you at the end of the Jetty to guide you through the Underwater Observatory. As you descend 8-metres below the ocean’s surface you will be lead 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.
Discover more than 300 individual marine species in their natural habitat through eleven viewing windows at various levels within the 9.5 metre diameter observation chamber.
Let’s talk about Margaret River 🙂
Where to get some lunch break?
Most of the people will having fish and chips for their lunch down in Margaret river. The best place for lunch in Margeret river region areas is Margaret river restaurants. The following picture which i took at the riverside, it is called Margaret River. Opposite of this river is a restaurant where tourist always having their lunch. I had a wonderful lunch which is bacon with pancake and chicken wings. Their most popular dishes are in the picture shown above as well as the beef burger with chips.
Margaret river is one of the regional state in Western Australia. It is located at the south west of Western Australia. It takes about half an hour drive from Busselton to Margaret river. The most popular destination in Margaret river are the winery, the lighthouse and the chocolate factory.
Margaret River’s coast to the west of the town is a renowned surfing location, with worldwide fame for its surf breaks including, but not limited to, Main Break, The Box, and Rivadog.
The surrounding area is the Margaret River Wine Region and is known for its wine production and tourism, attracting an estimated 500,000 visitors annually. In an earlier days, the area was better known for hardwood timber and agriculture production.
Are you a wine lover? Robert Oatley Winery store is located at the Wilyabrup Margaret river in Western Australia and it is the very best place in the heart of Margaret river as well as they provide their very best quality of Winery in Australia. They do running through their wine production where they give everyone to have a taste of their winery product before making decision to buy them.
According to the picture shown above, it is the Robert Oatley Tasting Story. These are the 5 wine they offer for a tasting. I have tried them and i do love the red wine and the dessert wine. They are winemakers which is pretty good and i love them so much. Most of the tourist buy for red wine and dessert wine.
Chocolate Factory in Margaret River
One of the destination in Margaret River which you shouldn’t miss it is called Margaret River Chocolate Factory. It is about 5 to 10 minutes drive to get there from the winery stores. One thing i love about chocolate factory is FREE CHOCOLATE and it is affordable chocolates. You will experience with different type of chocolate by tasting the free chocolate before you make your decision to buy them.
Margaret river chocolate factory is opening from 9am to 5pm daily. Their chocolate pretty much as same as the chocolate factory in the Swan Valley Perth.
Whenever i go to the chocolate factory, my first priority is always to taste the free chocolate. After that, i would buy the mint choc ice-cream. Mint choc ice-cream is one of my favourite ice-cream and it is very tasty.
How to get there?
Do you ever thinking of how to get to the Busselton and MARGERET river? Well, this is depend on whether you are tourists or students or locals. This is also depend on whether yohh drive or not and whether you are willing to drive all the way down. Some people may feel tired to drive that long. Most of the people hire a car to drive there as the petrol is much cheaper than with the group tours. In my personal experience, if you are a tourist, it is good to go with the tour operator as they will share the history of the tourism marketplace, the history of the destination, they will taking you to the very best place for a view that you never expected or heard of it. If you are thinking to go with the tour operator, I would recommended you to book with Adam tour company. Adam is a tourism company which is very affordable and they are very friendly and experience in local tourism.
If you are based in Perth Australia such as exchange students, international students and local people, you could catch the south west coach line buses down to Busselton or Margaret River. On the another option, you could catch the Transwa train line to get to the destination. Train is much cheaper that buses and it is quicker to reach your destination. Buses is very costly but it is worth it as you could see the beautiful way while you are traveling down.
Ultimately, I do highly recommended you to visit all of the best destination shared above. You will enjoy it just like I do. You should try one day 😉 #Vacation #Dream
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Cijin Island is a very small island in Kaohsiung Taiwan. Kaohsiung is belong to the Southern area in Taiwan. It is just 15 minutes ferry ride outside the famous Kaohsiung Harbour to the Cijin Island. Although it is a very small Island, this island has become a favorited destination for those people whoever had visiting the city. The island is famous not just only for historical and cultural sites, but also for the fresh seafood around the night market. It really is perfect for any type of travelers; no matter if you are visiting for a hiking trip, sightseeing, cycling, photography etc. Cijin Island has something special for everyone.
Cijin Island is one of those destinations that always has visitors and it is the best tourists attractions in Taiwan, it is because there is so much trip to do in the island. Those who love a good hike usually make their way to the famous Cijin Lighthouse that is located on top of the hills. The hike is not difficult and it is easy to navigate around the trails, so it is very suitable for many people. Cycling around the island is also a preferred activity in Cijin Island; some of the best places that can be explored include the Cijin Windpower Park and the Cijin Seashore Park. Exploring an island is not completely without a dip in the water, and because the water in Cijin is quite warm, many love to relax while soaking their feet or taking a swim by the beach. Lastly, it is also important to try some seafood in the port area of Cijin since it is known to be very fresh.
Which Month and what season of the year will be the best for visit
There is four seasons in Taiwan. They are Winter, Autumn, Spring and Summer. Taiwan season is totally opposite with Australia seasons. For example, When Australia is on Winter, Taiwan is on the Summer season. Many people are wondering that which season would be the best visit Cijin Island. In my personal experience, the best time to visit Cijin Island would be between September and February of the years. That would be when the summer about to end. It is because Summer is the season of raining which is not able to explore much on the island while raining so it is very best to visit between September and February which was Autumn, Winter and Spring season. I am not recommended to visit between June and August as the weather is too heat with raining. You may wondering that why Winter would be good to visit. Well, Kaohsiung won’t be freezing during the winter. It is totally different with Taipei City.
Please note that during the summer seasons, the ocean wave is pretty strong due to the weather
Introduction of the Cijin Lighthouse
According to the photo taken above, it is taken from the Lighthouse in the Cijin Island. Aside from the scenery, Cijin is also famous for its historical sites, including the Cijin Lighthouse and the Cijin Fort. In 1883, British engineers built the Cijin Lighthouse, which was used for the military during their conflicts with France. The lighthouse went through several reconstructions during the Japanese colonisation, and it is now open to the public. The Cijin Fort is also a historical site in the island that must be on the itinerary. The fort was originally built in 1720 and has witnessed quite a lot during its time. Since it was destroyed in the war, the fort was reconstructed in 1991 and is now one of the most famous attractions in Cijin Island that offers a magnificent 360 view.
The History of Dr. James Laidlaw Maxwell Monument in the Cijin
Basically James Laidlaw Maxwell Senior Chinese name called 馬雅各 and he was born on 18 March 1836 in Scotland. March 1921 was the first Presbyterian Missionary to Formosa (Qing-era Taiwan). He served with the English Presbyterian Mission.
Maxwell studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh and completed his degree in year 1858 with a graduation thesis of The Chemistry and Physiology of the Spleen. He worked in London at Brompton Hospital and at the Birmingham General Hospital. He was an elder in the Broad Street Presbyterian Church before being sent to Taiwan by the Presbyterian Church of England (now within the United Reformed Church) in 1864. He donated a small printing press to the church which was later used to print the Taiwan Church News.
On 16 June 1865, at the urging of missionaries H.L. Mackenzie and Carstairs Douglas, he established the first Presbyterian church in Taiwan, this date now celebrated by the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan as its anniversary. First of his mission centred in the then-capital Taiwan Fu (now Tainan city); in 1868 he moved near Cijin and now part of Kaohsiung where his work place, both medical and missionary, became more welcomed. In early 1872 he advised Canadian Presbyterian missionary pioneer George Leslie Mackay to start his work in northern Taiwan, near Tamsui.
He married with Mary Anne Goodall who died on January 1918 of Handsworth on 7 April 1868 in HongKong. They had two sons, John Preston and James Laidlaw Jnr, both of whom later also became medical missionaries. He retired in London in 1885 where he formed and became the first secretary of the Medical Missionary Association. He and his sons oversaw the construction of Sin-Lau Hospital in Tainan, the first western-style hospital in Taiwan. The younger J. L. Maxwell served in the Tainan hospital from 1900 to 1923, during Taiwan’s Japanese Era.
How to travel down to the Cijin Island
How to travel down to the Cijin Island? Well, this would be depending on where will you be coming down from. Firstly, getting to the Cijin Island from Kaohsiung City is very easy. Just take the MRT orange line and get off at Sizihwan MRT Station. From there, just head to the harbour and take Cijin Ferry; instructions from the MRT station to the harbour are available around the streets and it will take about 10 minutes to get there on foot. The cost to the Cijin Ferry is roughly NT$15 (approximately 0.50 USD) and the journey is around 15 minutes. Travelers can take a bike on the ferry so if you prefer to rent a bike in Sizihwan, so it wouldn’t be an issue.
But if you are drive, you wouldn’t need to worry about the ferry and you can explore much more surround the island by car.
For instances, when traveling to Kaohsiung, do saving a day for Cijin Island is a definitely a no-brainer. This island offers varieties of activities and sights for many types of travelers, starting from hiking, cycling, sightseeing, to eating. How can anyone say not to that? So, if you are planning to travel in Taiwan and looking for something to do in Kaohsiung, be sure to take a day trip to Cijin Island. You won’t feel regret to visit as it is worth of travelling. #vacation#dream#summer#Cijinisland
Hope you enjoy your vacation when you get there one day. Stay tuned for my next post 🙂