South West


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The South West is located in the south-western corner of Australia and covers an area of nearly 24,000 square kilometres.

Western Australia's most popular tourist destination, the South West boasts a unique biodiversity hotspot which includes a rich and varied natural environment.

The towns of Augusta, Margaret River and Dunsborough are among the top destinations to experience award-winning wineries, restaurants, world famous beaches, national parks, tall timber forests and ancient caves in the region.



Living, working and investing in the South West

Augusta Boat HarbourThe South West is made up of 12 local government authorities:



The South West is the most populated region outside Perth. The estimated residential population of the South West was 170,000 in 2013 and is predicted to rise to 217,000 residents by 2023.

South West residents are the happiest of all the regions in Western Australia with a high sense of community and connectedness. Residents rate their region as a safe place to live and raise children, with excellent access to services such as health and education contributing to their positive lifestyle and general wellbeing.

The South West region has abundant mineral deposits, fertile soils for agriculture, and strong manufacturing, retail and tourism industries. Mining is the region's largest revenue earner and coal, alumina and mineral sands are the main contributors to the $1.9 billion industry.

Bunbury is the commercial and administrative hub of the region, with access to major road, rail and port facilities making it the main distribution centre, servicing industry and community needs. There are increasing opportunities for businesses suppling goods and services to the mining, agricultural, forestry, fishing and tourism industries.

For more information visit the South West Development Commission's website or contact your local Community Resource Centre.


South West Region in profile – economy and community


Projects in the South West