The South West Metropolitan Region has a total area of almost 620 square kilometres (or 11.5% of the Perth Metropolitan Region), bounded by the Canning River, Swan River, Fremantle Harbour, Cockburn Sound, Warnbro Sound and generally 2 kilometres east of the Kwinana Freeway alignment.
Key industries, facilities, activity and commercial centres in the region include:
Major industrial areas that form the Western Trade Coast (Kwinana Industrial Area, Latitude 32 Industrial Area, Australian Marine Complex, East Rockingham Industrial Area
Defence Facilities (HMAS Stirling – Garden Island and Leeuwin Barracks)
Jandakot Airport and Jandakot City
Major hospitals (Fremantle, Fiona Stanley, St John of God Murdoch, Rockingham)
Universities (Murdoch, Notre Dame and a campus of Curtin University)
Activity centres – Murdoch (specialised), Fremantle (strategic), Rockingham (strategic), Booragoon (secondary), Cockburn Central (secondary), Kwinana (secondary) and Jandakot Airport (specialised)