Things to do
Sport and recreation
Sport and recreation play a vital role in the Great Southern and the region offers one of the most diverse range of sport and recreation pursuits in the state.
Popular outdoor recreational activities include bush and trail walking, bird and wildflower watching, camping, boating, sailing, swimming, surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, fishing, mountain bike riding, hiking, and scuba diving.
The region offers access to two world-class trails – the Bibbulmun Track and the Munda Biddi Train – which can easily be accessed by walkers and off-road cyclists for day visits or extended journeys stretching all the way to Perth.
Other recreational pursuits such as arts and crafts, dance, music, theatre and performing arts are also very well supported in the region. The Great Southern is well-equipped with sporting facilities, with most towns in the region having their own sports centres and swimming pools.
There are a number of clubs throughout the region, representing a range of recreational activities including hockey, football, cricket, netball, basketball, swimming, golf, athletics, lawn bowls, equestrian, horse racing, pony clubs, cycling, running, roller-derby, sport shooting, soccer, skateboarding, BMX, tennis, motorsports and martial arts.
Sport in the region is supported by the Great Southern Sportshouse, which provides support to sport and recreation organisations in the delivery of services to those living in the Great Southern.
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Events and attractions
The Great Southern region hosts a number of events throughout the year, including farmer’s markets; agricultural shows; film, food, wine, literary, art, wildflower and cultural festivals; live music and theatre events; art and craft fairs and exhibitions; car rallies; horse races; and annual Anzac Day events and commemorations.
The region has a thriving art and entertainment community and regularly hosts international festivals and world-class exhibitions and it is the only non-metropolitan area included in the Perth International Arts Festival events schedule.
Albany is home to its own Entertainment Centre, opened in 2010 and Katanning houses a recently upgraded entertainment venue for hinterland audiences.
The region has also become a popular location for a number of film and television productions, including the 2017 film adaptation of Tim Winton’s ‘Breath’.
The Great Southern region has a rich biodiversity and houses 13 national parks and 143 nature reserves, including the Torndirrup National Park – home of The Gap and Natural Bridge, the Porongurup National Park, the Stirling Ranges National Park, Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve and William Bay National Park. It is also home to the internationally recognised Fitzgerald River National Park and Biosphere, which contains over 20% of the state’s plant species as well as many threatened species of flora and fauna.
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