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.

Overview

The South West Health Region of the WA Country Health Service covers the South West RegionĀ 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

Population by LGA (2016 ERP)

Distance from Perth

Bunbury

32,684

172 km

Boyup Brook 1709 272 km
Bridgetown-Greenbushes 4661 260 km
Capel 17,519 197 km

Collie

8901

205 km

Busselton

37,673

221 km

Manjimup

9375

295 km

Augusta-Margaret River

14,687

310 km (to Augusta)

Dardanup

14,390

177 km

Harvey

27,029

136 km

The population figures relate to Estimated Resident Population (ERP) in 2016 for the Local Government Areas (LGA). Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics ERP 2016.

The region consists of the following local government areas:

Health profiles

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

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