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Old Nov 23, 2006, 12:13 AM   #1
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Bussleton Jetty in SW of Western Australia boasts the longest jetty in the Southern Hemisphere at 2km or a mile or so long. It was even longer but the end was destroyed in a cyclone in 1978. Now used for walking, fishing or visiting the underwater observatory at the end. The train which until recently carried tourists to the end has had to be stopped until a lot of maintenance is done which is very expensive.




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Old Nov 23, 2006, 1:57 AM   #2
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Quite a walk out to the end of it. Is the underwater observatory worth the walk?
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Old Nov 23, 2006, 9:23 PM   #3
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Like Ted, that looks like a long walk. I would need a rest stop on the way for sure.:G

A really nice shot.
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Old Nov 23, 2006, 9:26 PM   #4
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That is a long way to the end

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looks like one verylong jetty, Fred! what was it originally built for? just as a breakwater? nice shot though - you've captured the perspective and the sense of distance well.
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Thanks for the comments to this and the other view.

Ted, the underwater observatory at the end is well worth the walk. You are underwater in a glass viewing room and the fish corals and creatures are a delight.

Rocky, the SW of Western Australia is heavily forested with hardwoods such as jarrah and karri. The jetty was built for the shipment of these timbers when everyone thought it was alright to clearfell without care for the future. For instance, Jarrah was used for all the sleepers of the London underground and Karri for woodchips to be shipped to make paper.

Fortunately things have changed and the forests are properly managed. Jarrah is a beautiful hardwood and is used in quality furniture

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