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 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

Population

Distance from Perth

Bunbury

34,467

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

Collie

9,656

202 km

Busselton

36,335

228 km

Manjimup

9,404

301 km

Augusta-Margaret River

13,807

274 km

 Dardanup

 14,233

 

 Harvey

 27,288

 

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.