AUTISTIC NICK’S HOLIDAY PREPERATION GUIDE
I recently went away for a few days with my mum and sister to Busselton to take time to relax and spend time together as family.
The life of the city is fuelled by the 1.8-kilometre-long Busselton Jetty and the amazing waterfront precinct which has developed around it.
With the jetty as a focal point, the waterfront is brimming with activity. Seaside cafes, kiosks, bars and restaurants give way to bike paths, large shady grassed areas and a calm tranquil white sandy beach.
Take a walk or train ride to the end of the Busselton Jetty, which is one of the main Busselton attractions, to the Underwater Observatory where you can see amazing marine life.
The bustling main street has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with superb alfresco restaurants, cafes and pubs and boutique shops. The allure doesn’t stop there with an events calendar bursting with sporting and cultural events.
Come and discover magnificently contrasting spectacles of nature – white sandy beaches, secluded bays, pounding surf, wild caves, rocky cliffs, towering forests and the sloping fields of vineyards our region is renowned for.
Fine dining and world class wineries can be enjoyed throughout the region, from Busselton to Augusta.
Busselton, judged WA’s top tourism town in 1995, 1996 & 2005, is the State’s premier seaside resort town. Sheltered from most prevailing winds, it has 30 kilometres of white sandy beaches and is an aquatic playground remarkable for the variety it offers in the tranquil waters of Geographe Bay.
Culture vultures can visit the Busselton Museum, the Old Courthouse Art Complex or St Mary’s Church – with countless other attractions like caves, historic lighthouses, wineries, craft breweries, art galleries, restaurants, pubs, beaches and scenic viewpoints just around the corner.
As one of Western Australia’s favourite tourism towns and as the gateway to Margaret River’s premium wine region, tourism is at the heart of this seaside town.
There’re so many things to do in Busselton and plenty of accommodation options ranging from absolute beachfront five-star resorts, private villas, family fun holiday parks, bed and breakfasts and everything in between.
But how did I prepare myself for the impending trip?
Once you’ve figured out where it is exactly that you’re going to be travelling to I head onto the web and research the location to see what activities, attractions, where to go to eat and drink, where to go shopping and what events are going to be on when I visit my desired location.
After I said yes to going to Busselton, my sister sent me the website address for the hotel where we would be staying. This helps me see in advance what the room looks like via the uploaded photos. In our case we were staying in what the classed as a three-bedroom bungalow https://www.thesebel.com/western-australia/the-sebel-busselton/accommodation/three-bedroom-bungalow/ https://www.thesebel.com/western-australia/the-sebel-busselton/gallery
From where I live it was estimated that it would take 2 h -3 h. I know that I am not able to sit in a car for that long. So, we broke the journey up stopping after each hour at somewhere along the trip to stretch our legs, and go to the toilet etc.
I packed a back pack with those sensory items that I knew would be redly available to me if I felt overwhelmed during my car trip.
In my bag I placed my water bottle, a Tupperware containing my favourite snacks, I also had a notebook and a pen, a word search book, and my noise cancelling headphones.
From where we were staying, I found out where the nearest local shops were located. Here is a handy guide as to what shops can be found inside The Broadwater Shopping Village. https://www.facebook.com/pg/broadwatershoppingvillage/services/?ref=page_internal you can also check out their Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/broadwatershoppingvillage/
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