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This historic port city is the State’s oldest European settlement with around 60% of the region’s population. Albany is the region’s administrative, business and financial hub along with light industry and tourism.
Denmark lies 45 minutes west of Albany and was built on the timber trade. Now with over 80% of the Shire of Denmark being protected national park, agriculture is the main industry. This includes dairy, beef and sheep farming along with viticulture. It is also a popular tourist destination with a thriving arts community.
The Shire of Katanning is an agricultural centre sitting 295 km south of Perth and 170 km north of Albany. It has the largest roofed sheep saleyard in the southern hemisphere and meat processing facilities which attracted many migrant workers. It is one of the most multicultural communities in regional Western Australia. The town of Katanning has a range of recreational and leisure facilities, education and health services, and a diverse retail and business sector.
*Figures sourced from Main Roads Western Australia
For more information on the towns in the Great Southern region, visit the Tourism Western Australia website.