About the Shire

Located 200km south of Perth in Australia’s Southwest- Our shire covers 557 km2 along 27km of Geographe Bay.

Capel and surrounding areas are the traditional lands of the indigenous Bibbulmum Wadandi people and were settled by Europeans in the 1830s.

Shire Profile

The Capel region is one of the most bio-diverse areas globally. It is home to the world’s last remaining tuart forest. Our Shire contains a mix of new urban development and rural heritage areas. Each community and area are unique, from quiet seaside settlements to charming country towns.

We have a diverse population made up of young families, professionals, and older couples of various cultures and ethnicities.

As a predominantly rural municipality- our key industries include agriculture, horticulture, and viticulture. Other local industries include mineral sands mining basalt, timber, arts and crafts.

We supply local and export markets with quality products, produce and premium wines from small vineyards. Extractive industry and mining contribute to the global mineral sands sector by providing titanium mineral products and zircon.

Shire of Capel Quick Facts

  • Main Industries- Farming, Mining,
  • Distance from Perth- 197 km approx. 2.5 hrs.
  • Population- 18,175
  • Families- 5,093
  • Libraries- 3
  • Population Growth- 36.8% since 2009