A diverse natural environment and a range of world class tourist attractions and activities underpin a resilient and dynamic tourism sector in the Great Southern. Internationally-recognised ecotourism assets and natural attractions in the Great Southern are unmatched in regional Western Australia for their scale, diversity and accessibility. The region’s tourism sector is also supported by a range of major events, activities and other attractions.
The GSDC works in partnership with public and private sector bodies to further develop the Great Southern’s tourism sector. The Commission’s focus is on the joint funding of marketing, product development and the research associated with future private and public sector investment in regional assets.
Regional projects and activities that have been directly supported by the GSDC include events such as the Great Southern Festival program of the Perth International Arts Festival, Taste Great Southern, Vancouver Street Festival, Great Southern Sustainable Living Festival, Southern MTB (Albany Urban Downhill) and Albany Classic Motor Event.
The Commission also works with the Hidden Treasures of the Great Southern group, which includes the eight northern shires of the region. Hidden Treasures is continuing to implement its tourism marketing plan and is further developing the Great Southern Bloom Festival.
The GSDC provides project officer support to local governments and community organisations engaged in strategic business and marketing planning.