Facts and figures
The South West covers an area of nearly 24 000 square kilometres
(9 266 square miles).
Distance from Bunbury to Perth: 175 km (109 miles)
Higher education: Edith Cowan University (Bunbury); South Regional TAFE; Margaret River Education Campus
Median house price in Bunbury: $516 000 (June 2016)
Health services: Bunbury Hospital; Busselton Health Campus
Other main towns: Busselton, Collie, Manjimup
The region’s main industry sectors and employers include mining and minerals (coal, alumina, mineral sands); manufacturing (timber products; food and beverage enterprises); building and construction (residential housing developments); tourism (wine regions; surfing; forests); food and agribusiness (primary produce; food and vegetables); wine and viticulture; forestry; fishing and aquaculture; retail and commerce; health; smart and creative industries (boutique artisans; film-makers; visual arts).
The climate in this dynamic, evolving region in the picturesque south western corner of Western Australia is ideal for migrants due to its spectacular nature and diverse employment opportunities.
It is the most popular tourist destination within Western Australia (outside of Perth) with tourists taking weekend breaks from around the State. Lifestyle and thriving employment opportunities available in the region make the South West a popular choice to live and invest in.
With their great sense of community and connectedness and an enviable lifestyle, South West residents rate their region as a safe, family-friendly place to live with its population expected to rise to 217 000 by 2023. It features some of the State’s best beaches, forests, wine regions and national parks.
The city of Bunbury (pop. 75 000) is the commercial and administrative hub of this region.
The world-famous wine growing region of Margaret River is also renowned for its surf beach which hosts the annual Margaret River Pro World Surf League competition.