The South West is home to many buildings and places that tell the fascinating story of the region's past.
From Wellington Dam to the Busselton Jetty, numerous historically significant sites dot the region's landscape.
These sites contribute to a 'sense of place' in local communities and add to the region's overall identity.
Want to learn how the South West was shaped through the efforts of its early residents?
Then follow the Working Life Heritage Trail, a link of heritage-themed attractions developed by the South West Development Commission in partnership with local heritage site operators.
The trail suggests self-drive routes, making it easy for people
to take time out to discover a bygone era of steam engines, working
lighthouses and pioneers.
Tourists following the trail will be able to watch a sheep shearing demonstration, explore a replica mine and walk the longest wooden pier in the southern hemisphere.
For more information visit the Working Life Heritage Trail website or pick up a brochure from tourist visitor centres in the region.
Support for community heritage projects
Local community groups, including historical societies, are dedicated to recording and conserving local history.
These groups play an important role in the community and the South West Development Commission has been proud to support their efforts.
Examples of recent projects supported by SWDC include:
- The conservation of Spencer family projects by the Bunbury Historical Society.
- A celebration of the 85th anniversary since settlement of Northcliffe.
- The development of a heritage trail in the Shire of Manjimup.
Built in the 1890s from local limestone, the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse remains an important working lighthouse. Its lens projects a beam of light for 26 nautical miles and with a height of 39 metres is the tallest in Western Australia.