Great Southern regional profile

Find out about the Great Southern 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 Great Southern Health Region of the WA Country Health Service covers the Great Southern Region of Western Australia.

The region is located on the south coast of Western Australia, adjoining the Southern Ocean, where the coast extends for approximately 250 km. It is also bordered by the South West region on the west and extends 200 km north where it meets the Wheatbelt region. The total land area is 39,007 sq km (including offshore islands), representing approximately 1.5 per cent of the State's total area.

The historic port town of Albany, which is the State's oldest European settlement, has one of the best natural anchorages in the Southern Hemisphere and is the region's administrative centre. It is also the transport hub from where most of region's crops and livestock are shipped.

More information about the Great Southern region is available on the Great Southern Development Commission website.

Towns and local government

The major population centres in the Great Southern region are the towns of Albany, Katanning, Denmark, Mt Barker, Kojonup and Gnowangerup.

Major centres


Distance from Perth



417 km



297 km



414 km



264 km



356 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:

Building projects

Current projects

Completed projects

Health profiles

Please download the following health profiles for the Great Southern region:

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