Size Matters

Demelza Carlton's Place

Sometimes size matters – especially when you’re the longest in the Southern Hemisphere. No, don’t get your measuring tapes out, boys – this is the Busselton Jetty I’m talking about and nothing in your pants can compete. It’s the longest WOODEN PILE JETTY in the Southern Hemisphere and it’s 1841 m (over a mile) long.

Busselton Jetty Sunset, 2014 Busselton Jetty Sunset, 2014
Busselton Jetty circa 1910

A Little Bit of History

When it was originally constructed in 1864, the Busselton Jetty was only 176m long. Originally, it was built to ensure that ships paid their import and export duties, a major source of taxation income to the young Swan River colony. When a ship landed its cargo in Geographe Bay and lightered it ashore in small boats, they didn’t pay any duties or taxes on the cargo. The jetty opened to cargo in 1865.

At the time, the high tide mark of the jetty was 200m inshore…

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