About

About Beacon

Entrance
  • Facilities

Beacon is a small town in the north-east wheatbelt in the Shire of Mt Marshall, approximately 320km north-east of Perth. 

Info Bay
  • Information Bay

An information Bay is located on Lucas Street opposite Beacon General Store.

Further information is available from Beacon Visitor Centre at 11 Rowlands Street or from the Shire of Mt Marshall, Monger Street Bencubbin.

Beacon sports Complex
  • Facilities

The Beacon township has excellent facilities which include the Visitor Centre/Community Resource Centre, Town Hall/ Community Centre, Primary School, Recreational Complex with grassed oval and gym, Bowling Club, Mens Shed, Sandalwood Dray Shed, War Memorial, Caravan Park, Accommodation Units, children’s playground and skate park. Community organisations and sporting bodies are numerous within the district.

Beacon
  • Location

42km north of Bencubbin
70km south of the Emu Proof Fence
320 km north-east of Perth
142 km north-west of Merredin
140 km north-east of Wongan Hills 

Position DEG: -30.45128 117.86565 
DMS:
 30º 27′ 4.61″ S 117º 51′ 56.33″ E 

UTM: 50 J 6630889mN 583111mE 
Altitude: 373.11m 

Billiburning
  • Features

The district is made up of both pastoral and cropping country and has numerous granite outcrops and nature reserves that put on a magnificent wildflower display in season.

Public Toilet
  • Public Amenities

Public Amenities & Wheelchair Access toilets at Beacon Town Hall in Hamilton St. Unisex Public Toilet  &  “Dump Point” in Lucas St, adjacent to Information Bay. A disabled toilet is situated in Beacon Central, open during business hours only. Disabled access showers & toilets available at Beacon Caravan Park. Disabled unisex toilet at Sporting Complex.

Visitor Centre
  • Visitor Centre

Beacon Central houses the Beacon Central Community Resource Centre, Visitor Centre, Bendigo Bank Agency, Beacon Bulletin Newspaper, Library, Landcare Office, Herbarium and a meeting/conference room. Phone Beacon CRC for enquiries, tourist information or bookings on (08) 9686 1014. Beacon Central at 11 Rowlands Street has a free mobile hotspot in and around the building. Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 9am – 3.30pm (Thurs open 9am – 4pm).

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  • Local Government

Shire of Mt Marshall
Monger St, BENCUBBIN WA 6477 
Ph: (08) 9685 1202 
admin@mtmarshall.wa.gov.au 
www.mtmarshall.wa.gov.au 
The Shire of Mt Marshall services the towns of Beacon and Bencubbin and the localities of Cleary, Wialki, Tampu, Gabbin and Welbungin.

Billiburning
  • Climate

Beacon experiences hot dry summers from December to February with average day time temperatures ranging from 25°C to 45°C.  The mild to cool wet winters average day time temperatures from 9°C to 24°C.  Overnight temperatures can be very cold, 0°C  to 5°C, with frosts common during July and August.

The town is influenced by strong east to north-easterlies from spring to summer, variable in autumn and south-west to southerly winds in winter. 
sheep
  • Ecomonic Base

Beacon (town population approx 100) acts as a service centre for the large surrounding district, a total of approx 300 people, and in turn is reliant on agriculture – mainly wheat & mixed grains along with sheep for wool & meat. Secondary industries & businesses that support agriculture dominate the town economy.

 

  • Radio Channels

AM 531 – ABC Local Radio Midwest & Wheatbelt (Geraldton)
AM 1098 – Radiowest 6MD (Merredin)
FM 88.5 – Hot FM

  • Phone Services

A Telstra mobile phone tower located east of the Beacon town site commenced operation in 2017, significantly improving the mobile service in the town.  The wider Beacon region has limited 3G and 4G mobile phone coverage. 

Mobile phone HOT SPOT- at Beacon Central and Beacon Country Club.

Public telephone is located on Lindsay Street.

bulletin
  • Local Newspapers

Newspaper – Beacon Bulletin

Fax: (08) 9686 1078  
Email: beaconbully@bigpond.com Situated at Beacon Central,
11 Rowlands Street, Beacon.
Newspaper published by volunteer editors & assemblers each week (excluding school holidays).
Deadline for advertisements Tuesday 12noon.
The Beacon Bulletin is available via email subscription. Please contact beaconbully@bigpond.com for further information.

  • District Statistics

Distance From Perth: 273km
Shire Area: 10134sq km
Length of Sealed Roads: 307km
Length of Unsealed Roads: 1440km
Population: 649
Number of Electors: 494
Number of Dwellings: 405
Number of Employees: 25
Major Industries: Agriculture

screenshot of beacon western australia taken from wikipedia
  • Wikipedia

A small wiki exists for Beacon on Wikipedia. Anyone can contribute and edit a wiki to correct or add information.

If you do see any details that are not correct, make sure to get in touch with the editors of the Beacon WA website so that we can ensure the information is up to date.

Website Photos courtesy of Rachel Kirby, Jenni Bunce, Roz Anstee, Vanessa Munns, Samantha Huckstep.