Regional Profile

About the South West

The South West region of Western Australia is a unique part of the world. From its extraordinary landscapes, to its amazing tourism attractions, to the premium products and services it produces – there really is nothing quite like it.

Currently more than 178,000 people are residents of the South West of Western Australia. By 2031 it is anticipated about 226,000 people will reside in the region – and it’s little wonder why. The region’s enviable lifestyle and diverse economy make the South West a popular destination.

Situated in the picturesque south-west corner of Australia, the South West region is known for its extensive natural beauty.

The region covers an area of 23,970 square kilometres and has a typically Mediterranean climate with pleasant summer months and winter rainfall.

Bordered by the Indian and Southern oceans, the region’s coastline features some of the best surfing beaches in the country, towering forests and established wine regions.

Attractions include national parks, beaches, wineries and eco-tourism sites that have credited the South West region as the most popular tourist destination outside Perth.

 

Sub-regions

The South West is divided into three sub-regions:

  • Bunbury Geographe
  • Capes
  • Southern Forests

Local government areas

There are 12 Local Government Areas in the South West:

  • City of Bunbury
  • City of Busselton
  • Shire of Augusta-Margaret River
  • Shire of Boyup Brook
  • Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes
  • Shire of Capel
  • Shire of Collie
  • Shire of Dardanup
  • Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup
  • Shire of Harvey
  • Shire of Manjimup
  • Shire of Nannup