South West regional profile

Find out about the South West region, including a map and general overview, locations of major towns and local government areas, building projects, and health profiles for adults and children.


The South West Health Region of the WA Country Health Service covers the South West Region of Western Australia.

The region is located in the south-west corner of the state, facing the Indian and Southern Oceans, and covers an area of 23,998 sq km. Some of the attractions for visitors include:

  • Rugged coastline
  • World-class surfing
  • Caves
  • Wineries.

The region's main economic activities include:

  • Agriculture and horticulture
  • Timber and forest products
  • Mineral extraction, processing and manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Tourism
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Service industries
  • Fishing and aquaculture.

With the ongoing development of these activities and associated infrastructure there will be increasing employment opportunities for the people of the South West.

More information about the South West region is available on the South West Development Commission website.

Towns and local government

The major population centres in the South West region are the towns of Bunbury, Collie, Busselton, Manjimup and Margaret River.

Major centres


Distance from Perth



179 km

Boyup Brook 1,625 179 km
Bridgetown-Greenbushes 4,662 179 km
Eaton - Pelican Point 10,238 179 km
Capel 17,316 196 km



202 km



228 km



301 km

Augusta-Margaret River


274 km







The population figures relate to Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) boundaries as defined in the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).  Wherever possible, SA2s are based on officially gazetted State suburbs and localities.  In urban areas SA2s largely conform to whole suburbs and combinations of whole suburbs, while in rural areas they define the functional zone of a regional centre.

The region consists of the following local government areas:

Health profiles

Please download the South West's Health Profile from the site Publications page.