The Great Southern covers over 39,000 square kilometres and has a population of around 54,000.
It is one of nine regions and is known for its Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters.
It is a well-known tourist area and is popular with anglers and surfers in particular thanks to its beaches. The region is also known for its wineries.
It is known as a nature’s paradise, it is a place where people can enjoy national parks, local wild life and a variety of flora and fauna. When the season comes around residents can also enjoy a bit of whale watching.
Notable towns in the region include Albany, Denmark, Bremer Bay, Mount Barker, Katanning and Kojonup.
The major economies in the area include wineries, livestock farming, crop growing and Albany is a major fishing centre.