Busselton Jetty Museum
The Busselton Jetty Museum justly deserves its position as joint winner of this category with its innovative, community-based and responsive interpretation of the history of the iconic Jetty.
The Museum continues to add to the visitor experience and keep repeat visitors engaged through evolving experiences which use digital innovation and invite community engagement.
With strong support from its own community, the Busselton Jetty Museum takes pride in sharing stories of the historic jetty with the 465,000 students and visitors each year.
The 152 year-old Busselton Jetty is a 1.8 kilometre-long timber-piled jetty, and the longest in the Southern Hemisphere. The Jetty is an iconic and much-loved community asset used by the agriculture and timber industries, sailors, anglers and tourists since 1865.
This unique attraction continues to grow as the leading tourist experience in the South West and as a significant attraction for Western Australia with over 460,000 visitors each year.
The Busselton Jetty Museum, located within the Interpretative Centre, brings the history of the Busselton Jetty to life and ensures it is captured and interpreted for future generations. The Museum received a multimedia makeover in March 2017 and the refreshed Museum offers a new and invigorated visitor experience, with interactive, immersive creative technologies.
Jetty to Jetty Walk Trail, Broome
The Jetty to Jetty self-guided trail sensitively captures the complex layers of heritage along Roebuck Bay foreshore to tell stories of the Yawuru people, and Broome with its rich pearling heritage, in the voice of those who grew up and worked there.
The Jetty to Jetty Walk Trail makes impressive use of technology, with multi-faceted stories told at each of the 13 sites on the trail. Each is curated against the backdrop of the sounds of the country and the music of renowned local songwriters including Stephen Pigram and Jimmy Chi.
Situated in Yawuru country, Nyamba Buru Yawuru’s Jetty to Jetty heritage walk trail spans 13 historical and cultural sites between Streeter’s Jetty and the site of Broome’s Old Jetty.
Distinctive red interpretive signs and minimalist seating mark the self-guided trail along the foreshore of Roebuck Bay and through Broome’s historic Chinatown. A smartphone App presents stories from local people about the country, the pearling industry, pearl shell diving, working in the foreshore pearling sheds, pearling masters, family life, shell-graders, jetty workers, and others who bring to life the pearling heritage and multicultural character of Broome, and the beauty of Roebuck Bay.
Old Onslow Interpretative Signage
Interpretation signage at Old Onslow is a very well-executed project in a difficult and remote location.
Thoughtful consultation in the early planning stages and choice of materials that complement the landscape have resulted in interpretation that shares Old Onslow’s complex history of struggle between nature and man; between ancient custodians, settlers and immigrants; and between exploitation and cooperation.
The interpretation and conservation works have given a new lease on life to a previous ghost town, now a must-see attraction for visitors traveling to the North West.