The Great Southern is a major Western Australian agricultural region, bordering the Southern Ocean to its south. The coastal region extends for approximately 250 kilometres and features some of the most rugged and beautiful scenery in Australia. This, combined with its milder summer weather than areas on the west coast proper, has made the south coast a popular destination for holidaymakers, tourists, anglers and surfers.
Albany, Western Australia's oldest town and one of its most picturesque, is the regional centre. Albany is situated on the edge of King George Sound and the magnificent Princess Royal harbour, which offer one of the best natural anchorages in the Southern Hemisphere.
The inland areas of the region some of the most productive crop and livestock agricultural areas in the State. The Great Southern is notably the second largest wool producing region in Western Australia.