Margaret River Region hunting for lighthouse treasures

For new interpretative displays at Cape Naturaliste and Cale Leeuwin lighthouses

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Cape Leewin and Cape Naturaliste Lighthouses, Margaret River

Cape Leewin and Cape Naturaliste Lighthouses, Margaret River


Local residents and those further afield are invited to help showcase the history of the Margaret River region to over 200,000 visitors a year by contributing historical materials for display at two new state-of-the-art interpretive centres to be established in the refurbished keepers’ cottages at Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin lighthouses.

The Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association (MRBTA) is working with a team of locals and heritage consultants on the displays, which will cover the lighthouses and the region's shipping, timber, whaling and farming industries.

For Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, the team is specifically on the hunt for stories from the families who settled and lived on the Cape, together with information about Castle Bay/Castle Rock whaling station; photographs of light keepers and the lighthouse construction team; photographs of a 1904 cricket game celebrating the completion of the lighthouse and an image of loading a horse-drawn wagon at Bunker Bay.

For Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, alongside photographs and home movies relating to the lighthouse itself, materials showing working life around the cottages and outbuilding will be equally as interesting for visitors. Materials illustrating the lighthouse's connection with Augusta, as well as photographs of ships and boats in the bay and materials relating to the lighthouse at Hamelin Bay or Foul Bay are also of interest.

"With the region's fascinating and varied history, there is a good chance that there is a whole host of treasures hidden away and forgotten about in storage boxes. Now is the time to dig them out and take a trip down memory lane." Commented MRBTA CEO Pip Close.

"Anything which tells the story of the people involved in the lighthouses would be really popular with visitors, so we are keen to also talk to anyone who lived at the lighthouses or spent any significant time at either site."

All contributions will be appreciated, whether on a permanent, loan or copy basis. Contact Mark Delane via

Made possible through a combination of funding contributions by MRBTA, State Royalties for Regions, the Federal Government and Lotterywest the redevelopments currently underway will see a complete transformation of the visitor experience at Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouses.


The Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association (MRBTA) has over 50 years’ experience in destination marketing, visitor servicing and natural and historical asset management, and has been consistently recognised at a national and state level for contributions to the tourism industry.

MRBTA is a not for profit incorporated association with more than 750 members, governed by a Board of Directors.

It operates six tourist attractions and manages ground handling at Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport. With the funds generated, the MRBTA operates four visitor centres and markets the destination, servicing over 1.2 million visitors annually.


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