Railway House – Ballaarat Room

Star 4.5 (164 Google reviews)
Busselton Jetty Inc. is installing an exciting new Marine Discovery Centre in Railway House. If you are not able to access the Ballaarat Room due to works, you can still learn about the Ballaarat Engine through a new AR Experience. A QR Code will be present at the Railway House allowing you to check out the workings of the 3D Ballaarat Engine by scanning the QR DCode with your device's camera. You can also: Immerse yourself in an interactive and educational glimpse into this iconic piece of machinery View photographs of it's facinating history and the resortation efforts by the community Listed to stories about the difficulties of setting up the timber mill in 1871 The AR Ballaarat is also downloadable from the website from any place at any time

Railway House – Ballaarat Room

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The room may be closed to the public due to the new display works being completed in the room. Open 7 days (except Christmas Day) from 9am to 5pm.
The Ballaarat Engine is attached to the Busselton Visitor Centre, located inside Railway House on the Busselton Foreshore.
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Railway House is home to two of Busselton's most visited attractions - the Busselton Visitor Centre and the historic Ballaarat Steam Engine, sharing stories of the engine's connection to Busselton, the Busselton Jetty and the timber industry.
Museum, exhibition and interpretive space by day
Built over 150 years ago, the Ballaarat Engine was the first railway steam engine manufactured in the southern hemisphere and the first locomotive to operate in Western Australia. It was name after the original spelling of the town where it was built in Ballarat, Victoria. The locomotive underwent a full restoration as part of its final move to Railway House, now housed inside the Visitor Centre as a showcase piece to the history of the timber railway and its connection to Busselton. 

The Busselton Visitor Centre is housed in the original Busselton Railway Station, built in 1894 and originally located in Stanley Street. It served the community for over 90 years before being decommissioned. In 1987 the station was relocated to the public open space at the town's entrance, then moved to the Busselton Foreshore in 2016 and skillfully incorporated into the magnificent Railway House.
 
Railway House is one of the first stops on the Busselton Heritage Trail and nearby is the northern terminus of the Wadandi Track, a path open to walkers and cyclists following the rail alignment of the original Busselton to Flinders Bay Rail Line, stretching from Busselton via Cowaramup and Margaret River to Augusta (sections still to be completed). 

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Railway House – Ballaarat Room

17 Foreshore Parade, Busselton WA 6280, Australia

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Star 4.5 (164 Google reviews)
A W 27 April 2024

Staff were friendly abs helpful with what tours were available abs sites to see in Busselton... very knowledge. Sad that there is limited jump on pick up tours for the area - everything is a drive to and then guided tour from there, which can be exhausting if your trying to relax... unless you are chasing a winery tour, there are plenty of those.. which we were not wanting with a young family.

Janine Hew 27 March 2024

I had the good fortune to speak to Liz at the front counter. Big smile, very warm welcome, lots of enthusiasm and tons of good information. I asked about bird watching and she knew exactly where the pamphlets were in the drawer behind her. I purchased a gorgeous indigenous bag from the shop. Then I bumped into Liz again at the cape Naturaliste lighthouse ! Still smiling cheerful friendly and helpful. Front reception is a difficult job, especially with the public rocking up expecting miracles. Meeting Liz made my day, not once but twice!! 🥰 thank you Liz 🙏 YOU MATTER….

Ivon Robson 16 November 2023

Friendly staff, gifts and historical display