South of Perth – country WA

Great Southern

Albany is the vibrant capital of the area, with historic attractions and an amazing coastline.

The Great Southern region is located on the south coast of WA, adjoining the Southern Ocean, where the coast extends for approximately 250 kilometres.

Geography

Small in area, making up only 1.5 per cent of the state, this area has many different characters. The Porongurup Ranges, Mount Barker wine region and Southern Ocean whale watching can all be found here.

Major towns

The major population centre is the town of Albany, the state's oldest European settlement and a major port.

Other important towns are Denmark, Katanning, Kojonup and Mount Barker.

South West

The Margaret River wine region produces world class reds and whites and is WA’s most popular holiday destination. The regional capital of Bunbury is home for more than 50,000 people. Visit towering forests – you can walk amongst the tree tops at the awe-inspiring Valley of the Giants. There are caves to explore and great spots for scuba diving.

The South West region is found in the south west corner of the State, facing the Indian and Southern Oceans.

Geography

The region covers an area of 23,998 square kilometres. The rugged coastline, world-class surfing, caves and wineries are some of the many attractions for visitors. The Valley of the Giants tree top walk is found near Walpole.

Major towns

The major population centre is the town of Bunbury.

Other important towns are Busselton, Collie, Manjimup, Margaret River and Pemberton.

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