Great Southern   WA  
Population: (Area) 55,000  
Area size: 39,000 sq km.
Lat: Mandurah -35.00000  Long: 117.00000
Location:  Approx 350km south-east of Perth
Highway: Albany Hwy (30)/South Coast Hwy (1)
Nearest Major Town: Albany
Nearest Major Airport: Albany
Touring Area: WA - Great Southern

Main street of Albany

Whales are seen along the Great Southern coast

Beach at Denmark.

Wildflower Festival at Ravensthorpe

Main towns in Great Southern.

  • Albany
  • Bremer Bay
  • Broomehill
  • Cranbrook
  • Denmark
  • Gnowangerup
  • Hopetoun
  • Jerramungup
  • Katanning
  • Mount Barker
  • Nornalup
  • Ongerup
  • Ravensthorpe



  • Albany Map
  • Cranbrook Map
  • Denmark Map
  • Mount Barker Map


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    © Copyright Peter W. Wilkins


    Centred around Albany on the magnificent south coast the Great Southern area offers a little of everything Western Australia has to offer. Magnificent coastline with safe beaches and surf breaks, towering coastal cliffs, karri forests, national parks and nature reserves, remote arid regions and stark rock outcrops. It enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters.
    The area has a productive agricultural base with cereal crops and livestock being the most important. Along the coast, fishing and aquaculture contribute to the economy.

    Around Albany

    In the 1600s Dutch explorers investigated Australia's western and northern coastlines sailing from Dutch East Indonesia in their quest for spices and other tradable commodities. In the early 1800s it was the French who came, sailing along the coast and naming many of the features of Western Australia.
    Albany was originally settled in 1826 as a military outpost to thwart the designs of the French who were active in the area and threatening to claim much of the coastline. Its natural deepwater port was for many years the only one in Western Australia until Fremantle was established. It is the oldest settlement in Western Australia and was the last stop for troopships departing Australia during the First World War.

    The Fitzgerald River National Park

    The Fitzgerald River National Park is 419 kilometres south-east of Perth, near Ravensthorpe and Jerramungup. It includes the Barren Mountains and Eyre Range and the Fitzgerald River and has some 40,000 visitors annually. There are 62 plant species unique to the park and Southern Right Whales visit the coast on their winter migration. (May to September).
    The park is accessed via Bremer Bay, or Hopetoun but the central area of the park is only accessible by 4WD vehicle or on foot.