Dreaming of a sea-change? You belong in Busselton!
If you are tired of the hustle and bustle of city life in Perth, then why not head down south? No, we aren’t talking about for the Easter break of even just a long weekend, why not move to what has been nominated 8th best sea-change town in all of Australia, Busselton?
You’ve probably visited this sea-side spot on holidays, or even as a pit-stop on your way to other tourism hotspots like Yallingup or Margaret River, but there is more to Busselton then just nice beaches and a long jetty! Read on to find out some of the best things about living in Busso (as the locals like to call it!).
But first, a little bit of history. Busselton got its start in life as a trading post for the thriving timber industry in the region, before becoming a top tourism spot for vacationers from all over the country, thanks to its stunning beaches and great location. Busselton was officially proclaimed a city in 2012 and has an approximate population of 38,000 people.
Located only 2 hours from Perth
Busselton is located only 220km (or just about 2 hours) from Perth and sits at the entry to the Margaret River Wine Region, meaning that world-class wineries and restaurants are just a short drive away. Even more, the brand new Busselton-Margaret River airport is set to open soon with passenger services scheduled to start next year. You can even fly to Melbourne direct, without having to drive to Perth first!
Home to beautiful beaches and Jetty
Okay, we know we said there was more to living in Busselton than this, but you can’t argue with how stunning Busselton beaches are, or how photogenic the stunning Busselton Jetty is! Busselton is a top tourist destination for a reason, after all! But of course, with gorgeous sunny days come the inevitable tourists. Any Busselton local will tell you that Easter and Christmas are the worst times to be living in Busselton as tourists descend on the down-south city. Some of the main gripes as reported by locals are busy beaches, no parking in town and crazy traffic moving in and out of the city, but those are all a small price to pay when you get to live in a sea-side paradise for the rest of the time!
Amazing events and festivals all year round
Busselton’s official tagline is the “Events Capital of WA’. While this might seem like a stretch to Perth-ians, you can’t argue with the facts! Busselton is the proud host of sporting, arts and gourmet events like the Ironman Triathlon, CinefestOz, The Festival of Busselton, the Busselton Jetty Swim, South West Craft Beer Festival and Forest Rally, just to name a few! Plus, there are a range of family-friendly regular events like markets, community concerts, and of course the annual Busselton show.
Offers an unbeatable lifestyle
Busselton has a very laid-back lifestyle, and is a popular place for families and retirees. The median house price is only $387,000 (as calculated by Reiwa) and so is also a popular choice for those looking to enter the housing market. There are several new land estates opening in the Busselton region, so you could build your dream house from scratch, or if you want to live closer to the beach, you can invest in an established home.
Busselton offers a range of education options including two public and three private high schools and several options for primary school and early education, as well as TAFE facilities.
While many school leavers do need to bid adieu to Busselton in search of a university education, more and more of them are following the trend of moving back to small towns like Busselton in search of greater work-life balance and a more affordable lifestyle.
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So, if we have tempted you into moving to Busselton for your own sea-change, why not check out our article on the ultimate checklist of moving down south, or to make your move even easier, why not let us do all the work?
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Gordon Crawford is the figure behind The Moving Man, a family operated removalist located in Perth with more than 30 years of experience in moving people’s homes from Perth city to anywhere in WA, including to rural towns in the South West.