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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

Climate: Mediterranean

 

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.

 

Fun fact!

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.​

Image of the South West region ​

News

Advice on visas relating to COVID-19

21 May 2020

Migration Services is unable to answer enquiries directly relating to your visa. 

For visa enquiries please contact the Department of Home Affairs on 131 881 or visit their website at immi.homeaffairs.gov.au

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Fun Fact
Albany, founded in 1826 and located 409 km from Perth on the southern coast is the oldest settlement in Western Australia.