Hello from Bunbury!


It’s August and the weather is lovely. It’s meant to be winter but the sky is blue and the sun is shining, so obviously Bunbury didn’t get the memo today.

We’re staying at The Lighthouse Beach Resort, a modern hotel set on one of the highest points in Bunbury, near, you guessed right, a lighthouse overlooking the Indian Ocean.


We’re going to pop down to the Waterfront later on for a cup of coffee (and hope to see some dolphins swimming by), then we’re going to hire bikes and go for a bike ride along the coast and through McGeary Reserve.


We might pop into the Ocean View restaurant at the hotel at dinnertime, after a walk along Victoria Street with its quirky old architecture and lovely boutiques. So much to do for an overnight stay!

Wish you were here!

10 Things to do in Bunbury

Visit the Dolphin Discovery Centre .

Go have a laugh in The Bunbury Wildlife Park.

Hire a bike and have fun bike riding  along Bunbury’s cycle trails.

Grab a map from the visitor centre and walk the Heritage Trail .

Walk along Back beach – or go surfing.

Swim at (waveless) Koombana Bay, and if you’re lucky spot a dolphin or two.

Choose a cafe along the Cappuccino strip along Victoria Street for a wonderful cup of coffee

Have lunch at a waterside restaurant.

Shop at Bunbury’s various boutiques, or go to one of it’s 3 shopping centres – Centre Point, The Forum, Parks Centre.

Look in Estate Agent’s windows and then ask yourself: Why Live in Bunbury?

The Lighthouse Beach Resort

I was lucky to be invited to enjoy a complimentary stay at this lovely four star resort but that doesn’t alter my opinions in any way.


If you’re after a centrally situated, easy access hotel with parking, an ocean view restaurant and indoor swimming pool, then the Lighthouse Beach Resort is a great choice.

It’s situated as you might expect near the lighthouse, at one of the highest points in Bunbury high on a hill at Marlston overlooking the sparkling Indian Ocean, close to Bunbury’s long sandy beaches and a few minutes walk to the city centre.

Our room was spacious and newly decorated in contemporary colours. The cosy bathroom with shower had all that we needed and the bed was king size and very comfortable.

Breakfast consisted of a lovely continental buffet with hot breakfast options.


There are 71 rooms in total of various descriptions (many have been upgraded), some have panoramic sea views, while others have city views taking in the iconic Bunbury tower which many have likened to a Milk Carton or a Fox (You have to see it to understand!)


If you don’t want to walk into Bunbury to eat, then you have  the spacious Ocean View Restaurant and Bar, a lovely spot to watch the sun set. Alternatively the city is a stone’s throw away just down the hill.


Back Beach and Jetty Baths beach are within walking distance and there’s a beautiful coastal walk or bike ride which can be accessed almost directly in front of the hotel.

Or pop down to the waterfront and have a coffee overlooking the bay. Here I am enjoying the view from Mash Brewery.


What’s The Lighthouse Beach Resort got to offer?

  • Restaurant and bar
  • 7 Function venues
  • Indoor Heated Pool and spa


  • Bike Hire
  • Guest Laundry and dry cleaning service
  • Wireless internet

Scroll on down for more photos of the hotel and surrounding areas.















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  1. That looks like a lovely peaceful bit of coastline – not like our crowded European resorts! And a nice relaxing place to stay too.

  2. Looks like a fabulous resort Jo, I would love to visit this place and enjoy some amazing meals and then a walk along the waterfront, beautiful!

  3. The Lighthouse Beach Resort is such an icon of Bunbury, and the venue of many many celebrations over the years. And you can’t go wrong with visiting one of the restaurants on the cappuccino strip or along the waterfront.

  4. Barry Morgan

    Hi Jo

    What wonderful memories you bring back to me when I see your posts. I was very lucky and privileged to have visited your great and wonderful country in Oct 2013 I managed to visit Bussleton and Cape Leeuwin both of ehich blew my mind. You are indeed in the most wonderful part of the world long may you continue to give me accounts of your adventures in WA.


  5. I have only passed through Bunbury during both of my trips over to WA. It does look like a nice place to visit and spend a few days. Your hotel looked very modern and relaxing. I would love to do that walk.

  6. Hi Jo – I stayed at the Lighthouse Beach Resort late last year when I went down for the Geographe Crush (with tickets won on Zigazag). My friend and I really enjoyed our stay and on a blog post I did, I raved about the breakfast in particular – love those yoghurt shots 🙂

  7. Thanks for popping by Pam. So glad you enjoyed your stay at The Lighthouse Beach Resort and the Geographe Crush tooo.

  8. Hi Kathy, yes reckon you’d love that walk and a couple of others I could recommend if you returned this way 🙂

  9. I’d love to know more about its history Jill. It certainly is a Bunbury icon.

  10. Hi Jo, I loved your piece about the Lighthouse beach resort and Bunbury generally. As you know I live in Gelorup , just 10 mins South of the city. I have had a ‘love affair’ with Bunbury for years. It has great history , all the things you mentioned and is a ‘hop skip and a jump’ to the Ferguson, another place I love in the cooler months. Great to know you were here for a short visit.
    Phyllis Barnes has written several books on the history of this beautiful place.

  11. This looks like a great place to stay! I love walking along the Bunbury Back Beach.

  12. It’s a convenient place to stay Bonny for everything in Bunbury. You’re right at the epicentre 🙂 I love Back Beach too, in fact I love all the walks around Bunbury.

  13. Hi Glenys, thank you for popping by. I think many people come to Bunbury and never leave because it has, as you say, so much to offer, not least the fact that it has an interesting history and is close to so many other lovely attractions like the Ferguson Valley. It’s such a central jumping off point for the South West with attractions all of its own which not many people get to discover. Long may your ‘love affair’ continue. Yes, Phyllis Barnes is such an inspiration – go buy her amazing books people!

  14. Yes, Perfect spot to leave the car and get out and about by foot, Irene 🙂

  15. Hi Paula, Yes, you just have to get over here one of these days to explore 🙂 Thanks for popping by today.

  16. Love the light quality in the photo taken at Mash Brewery, Jo. Bunbury looks a really lovely spot. I like any place with a lighthouse. And the breakfast at lighthouse beach resort looks really appetizing!

  17. I was born in Subiaco…….. Have vague fleeting memories of visiting a tall blind maternal grandfather in Bunbury………..I now find it impossible to find anything familial that is not paternal and it’s driving me nuts……..It takes my fancy to come to your Lighthouse resort and spend my days marching about until I find someone who knows something about the maternal side of me…..any clues as to where I might start?………….

  18. Bunbury Library would be a really helpful resource who could put you in touch with historical societies. Also King Cottage Museum.

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