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Unearthing the opportunities for geotourism contained within the building stones of the Quality Lighthouse Hotel, Bunbury, Western Australia

RIchards, Samantha J. (2020) Unearthing the opportunities for geotourism contained within the building stones of the Quality Lighthouse Hotel, Bunbury, Western Australia. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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Abstract

Geotourism associated with urban environments can draw tourists to natural geoheritage features such as caves, outcrops of significant geology and cultural sites located close to or within cities. Geotourism experiences that lend themselves to the appreciation of geology in the urban environment often involve observing the varieties of building stones and structures in the built environment and capitalising on historic or iconic structures, which are major tourist attractions in world cities. Inspired by the diverse geology contained within the stone walls of the Quality Lighthouse Hotel, Bunbury WA, the purpose of this thesis is to provide a geotourism focused interpretation of three urban sites with potential geological interest within the city of Bunbury. Initially, four international case studies are presented to highlight the spectrum of geotourism experiences offered within the urban environment. Secondly, the abiotic features, geology, geomorphology and deep time of the four key building stones of the Quality Lighthouse Hotel are considered. The closing sections detail the cultural inspiration and influence that the stones have had on diverse groups of people who have participated in shaping the city of Bunbury. Cultural topics featured include mid-century architecture, European settlement and Noongar people’s connections with and uses of the Southwest regions’ landscape and geology.

Keywords: Building stones, architecture, cultural values, visitor, engagement, urban geology, Geotourism, deep time, interpretation, Aboriginal Culture.

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation: Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Supervisor(s): Newsome, David
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/57524
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