Facts and figures The Great Southern covers 39 007 square kilometres (15 060 square miles) with 250 km (155 miles) bordering the Southern Ocean. Distance from Albany to Perth: 389 km (242 miles) Higher education: The Albany Centre; University of Western Australia; South Regional TAFE Other main towns: Denmark, Katanning, Kojonup, Mount Barker Health services: Albany Health Campus Most of the population in this region with its rugged coastline, tall timber forests and clean, safe environment lives in the historic port city of Albany on the southern coast of Western Australia. And with a median house price of around $540 000, it’s an ideal place for making a new home in WA. Other towns such as Denmark and Mount Barker are equally idyllic. You’ll find the people in this neck of the woods friendly and welcoming. It’s no wonder that it’s the destination of choice for many skilled migrants in the professional, trades and services sectors. The stunning scenery is a great attraction in itself especially for those of you who appreciate nature. With a rich variety of flora and fauna in the rugged Porongurup and Stirling Ranges, the natural sweeping views and the serene beauty of the seascape and landscape are impressive. The Great Southern region is Western Australia’s second largest agricultural producer with the focus on grains and livestock. Its economy is driven by primary production – wool, timber, livestock and fishing with key growth areas in the transport, engineering and commercial services areas. Viticulture and tourism also play a large role, attracting a growing number of tourists every year. With heaps of outdoor activities to enjoy, a thriving arts and entertainment scene and affordable housing, the Great Southern offers you the chance to live the dream!