Busselton jetty train

Busselton jetty train, originally uploaded by Shiny Things.

The longest timber jetty in the southern hemisphere sits in the little beachside town of Busselton, about three hours’ drive south of Perth. It’s nearly two kilometres long, and has one unique feature at its far end; despite being 33 degrees south, in the most temperate of temperate climes, there is a whacking great coral reef (and an underwater observatory!) around the jetty.

Fed by the warm waters of the Leeuwin Current, Busselton is one of the very few places where corals grow so far away from the Equator.

But it’s a heck of a long way from the beach to the coral reefs. You can either snorkel two kilometres, or you can take the train - this little red train.