Sports & Leisure
The South West region is well-equipped with sporting facilities and offers great lifestyle opportunities for all.
From playing football to hiking through majestic forests or sailing on the ocean, the region is a great place for aspiring athletes, sports enthusiasts and those who simply like to get out and about in the great outdoors.
Bunbury is the major centre for sport in the region, with an international standard athletics track, regional sports centre and speedway among its list of facilities.
Many towns throughout the region have their own recreation centres for indoor sports like basketball, netball and volleyball, and many centres have their own swimming pools.
Outside there are playing fields for sports such as hockey, cricket, soccer and Australian Rules football.
There are facilities for thoroughbred horse racing and pacing, and for motorsports, as well as quality golf courses, yacht clubs and racing tracks.
Be part of the action
Fancy being part of a hockey team or participating in a local tennis competition? A variety of individual or team sporting clubs are established in the South West and welcome new members.
The region is also home to the South West Academy of Sport (SWAS), the only regional sports academy in Western Australia. Developed by the South West Development Commission, SWAS provides high performance talent development pathways for promising teenaged athletes intending to pursue a career in sport.
Scene for major events
The South West's natural attractions make it the perfect setting for numerous major sports events.
The Busselton Half Ironman Triathlon, Anaconda Adventure Race, Quit Forest Rally and Drug Aware Pro are just some of the sports events that take place in the region.
How we help
The South West Development Commission recognises the value of sport. It brings people together in a positive atmosphere, helps improve health and quality of life, and even has the capacity to change lives.
For these reasons, the Commission supports the development of sport in the region.
We established − and continue to support − the South West Academy of Sport, a not-for-profit organisation that assists aspiring athletes to reach their professional goals through the provision of high-level training programs in the region.
Our grants programs have provided funding towards sports events including the Anaconda Adventure Race and Drug Aware Pro, and provided funding towards facilities such as the Dunsborough Playing Fields.
We are also working with local governments throughout the region to install sets of free-to-use outdoor fitness equipment.
Find out more about sport and recreation activities in the South West on the Department of Sport and Recreation website.