2020 South West Heritage Conference, Busselton 27-29 May

From $179 per person - twin share


3 nights conference style accommodation (or 6 night long weekend extension)
Jewel Cave Guided Tour
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Tower Tour & entry

This itinerary can be tailored specifically to your travel dates and interests. Please contact Central Reservations on +61 8 9780 5911 or enquire below.


  • Relax and soak up the charm in some of Busselton’s historic accommodation houses
  • Visit WA’s biggest show cave with three massive chambers of incredible beauty
  • Climb the tallest lighthouse in mainland Australia, where two oceans meet
  • Uncover the life of a lighthouse keeper, in the new interactive, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Interpretive Centre



Conference stay and long weekend extension

Welcome to Busselton, host of the 2020 South West Heritage Conference.
Along with a conference program to highlight some of the South West’s most iconic heritage destinations and their behind the scene stories, take the opportunity to ‘encounter’ the region with these specially curated conference stay packages.
We have selected some of Busselton’s more cosy or quaint accommodation options that offer central location and loads of character. We also haven’t forgotten access to modern amenities such as the all important free WiFi so you can keep up on those pesky work emails.
With a May long weekend on the horizon, we also invite you to stay on a few days, post-conference to really immerse yourselves in some of the region’s most cultural, natural or built heritage sites.


Where to stay

Option 1: The Esplanade Hotel

Since 1898 The iconic Esplanade Hotel has been one of the mainstays of Western Australia’s beautiful south-west. A stone’s throw from pristine beaches, the world famous Busselton Jetty and only 2 minutes from the heart of Busselton’s Queen Street. The (current) second Esplanade was built around 1900 coinciding with the application for transfer of license to J. S. Bignell. The two storey brick, stucco and iron roofed hotel building in the Federation Free Classical style has been been a family owned and operated business since 1952 when William Gray left the wheatbelt to live closer to the ocean. It has undergone numerous renovations and additions, the latest during 2017 where the Hotel was given a new kitchen, updated bar and bistro area.

Superior motel rooms are fully self-contained with 2 or 3 bed configurations, TV,  Free WiFi, fridge, kettle, microwave and ensuite bathroom. On site is also a bistro, bottle shop and public bar.

Package options:
Queen + Single Motel Room for two people
3 nights  from 26 May- $321 per person (conference package)
6 nights from 26 May – $606 per person (long weekend extension)


Option 2: Nightcap at The Ship Inn

This Ship has welcomed visitors to Busselton since 1847, standing on the site of the original Ship Tavern. Offering central, contemporary, self-contained accommodation, The Ship has been a social institution since its construction. You might make more use of the free car parking these days but take a wander over to the property’s original Stables at the back of the tavern/restaurant –  a fine example of Victorian Georgian style, chosen due to its proximity to the beachfront and its thoroughfare towards Cattle Chosen,  Dunsborough and Castle Bay.

Two-story fully self contained one bedroom apartments accommodates with full kitchen, dining and living area located downstairs, and a relaxing king bed upstairs with private ensuite and balcony. Some rooms have a view over our landscaped gardens and pool area. Guests also have access to free Wi-Fi.

Package options:
One Bedroom Apartment for two people
3 nights  from 26 May- $245 per person (conference package)
6 nights from 26 May – $528 per person (long weekend extension)


Option 3: Busselton Ithaca Manor & Motel

Combine heritage and warm guesthouse style hospitality at the Busselton Ithaca Manor and Motel. Your hosts are Gina and Jonathan, ready for a chat or to show you the grounds at this historic landmark of Busselton. The ‘manor’ was originally built in 1896, opening first as a convent and offers old world charm with its private rooms, shared facilities, Axminster carpet and high ornate ceilings. The more modern motel at the rear offers 3-4 star beach style motel units with ensuite and most with kitchenette. Both buildings were renovated in 2016 and your stay includes free WiFi.

The location is excellent –  10-minute walk to the iconic Busselton Jetty from the also heritage-listed magnificent Moreton Bay fig tree in Ithaca’s grounds. Busselton’s Queen Street, is about the same distance offering restaurants, cafes, pubs, supermarkets and more and a beach walk along Geographe Bay is a 5-minute walk.

Package options:
Motel Queen (Room Only), 3 nights from 26 May – $216 per person twin share
Motel  Queen (Room Only), 6 nights from 26 May – $ 387 per person twin share
Manor Queen (Room Only), 3 nights from 26 May  – $179 per person twin share
Manor Queen (Room Only), 6 nights from 26 May  – $369 per person twin share
Add a B&B upgrade to the above:
Continental Breakfast @ $11 per person per night
Cooked Breakfast @ $16 per person per night


Things to see and do

To complement your conference program, we have also included entry to the following regional heritage attractions as part of your stay. As  destination experts, we can also add a number of other touring, dining or activity programs, tailored to your level of adventure or taste.

Jewel Cave, Augusta

Jewel Cave is the biggest show cave in Western Australia, with three massive chambers of incredible beauty. This crystal-encrusted cave is the more recently opened of all the show caves in the Margaret River region.

Jewel Cave is an extremely well decorated cave, containing many beautiful examples of delicate helectites, cave coral, pendulites, a very large stalagmite called ‘The Karri Forest’, and beautiful examples of flowstone such as ‘The Frozen Waterfall’ and ‘the Organ-pipes’.

Fossilised remains of several Tasmanian Tigers or ‘Thylacines’ have been discovered within Jewel Cave’s chambers, safely preserved more than 3000 years after the unusual marsupial became extinct on mainland Australia. There’s even a skeleton of a thylacine on display in the Jewel Cave centre.


Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Augusta

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is a must-see attraction. This historic lighthouse is situated at the most south-westerly point of Australia, at the tip of a spectacular peninsula – where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet.

Take a trip through maritime history and learn how this famous landmark was constructed from local limestone in 1895, and is still a vital working lighthouse for vessels navigating the treacherous cape.

The new Interpretive Centre, housed within one of the original lighthouses keepers’ cottages, is an outstanding interactive experience that celebrates the history and lives of the numerous lighthouse keepers who were custodians of this rugged coastline. Steering the creative concept of the centre was production company Gibson Group, who were part of the design team responsible for the award-winning National Anzac Centre in Albany. The result is an engaging and emotional experience, transporting you back to the harsh and lonesome conditions endured by lighthouse keepers and their families.

Celebrate your visit with a well-deserved coffee and cake in the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Cafe, after all you just climbed 176 steps to the top of Australia’s tallest mainland lighthouse.


Eat & Drink

Hosting a conference in a food and wine destination also comes with added benefits. Busselton and surrounds offers a fantastic array of venues to get coffee, a meal or nightcap with your new conferencing colleagues in beautiful surrounds.

  • Savour coffee on the verandah of the original post office and courthouse, you can even grab a selfie in the old gaol cells
  • Get a milking of hand-crafted brews at the Beerfarm’s dairy shed turned Metricup brewery
  • Get a fix of good regional pub grub at The Ship or the Esplanade Hotel
  • Local heritage, meets luxury and cosmopolitan style at Amelia Park Lodge in Vasse
  • Enjoy an afternoon ale or lunch by the fire at Caves House Hotel, Yallingup’s resident watering hole since 1904
  • Extinguish a thirst with small batch beer or organic wine on tap at the Firestation, complete with its small bar bits and bites


Author Peta Fussell

After growing up in PNG, Southern California and Sydney's Northern Beaches before spending a decade travelling the world, Peta likes to think of herself as the Margaret River Region's chief consultant on F.O.M.O (fear of missing out). Having now held a South West passport for just on 10 years she can often be found hiking the coastline, casting a line, biking the trails, camping under the stars, hitting up a festival, tending to her kitchen garden (badly) or simply enjoying the company of family and friends with a craft beer or local wine in hand! Did she mention she suffers from FOMO?