Our Shire

“Encourage community diversity, sustainability and growth without compromising our rural and coastal lifestyle.”

The Shire of Capel is situated in the shores of Geographe Bay approximately 180 kilometres south west of Perth.  The Shire has an area of 554 square kilometres, extending from the 29 kilometres of pristine beach fronting onto Geographe Bay to the edge of the Darling Scarp.

The Shire has a blend of rural countryside, rolling hills and wide open spaces.  Popular beaches, rich Jarrah forests and the magnificent Tuart Forest National Park.

The Capel River discharges into Geographe Bay at Peppermint Grove Beach whilst the Preston River forms part of the Shire’s eastern boundary and the Ludlow River forms part of the southern boundary.  The Shire’s boundaries take in the town sites of Boyanup and Capel, the semi rural settlements of Gelorup, Stratham and the beachside estates of Peppermint Grove Beach and Dalyellup.

The Shire of Capel is one of the fastest growing regions of Western Australia with a growing diverse economic base.  Capel’s traditional industries have been agricultural, predominantly dairying, beef, orchards and viticulture.  Capel Vale winery supplies local, interstate and export markets.  The largest industry in the Shire is Iluka Resources which is involved in mineral sands exploration, project development, operations and marketing.

The nature of the Shire is changing with the extensive residential growth being experienced in the northern end of the Shire with the massive growth in Dalyellup.  The urban growth is changing the predominantly rural nature of the district to an urban outlook.  Changes in age structure and cultural diversity of residents’ poses significant challenges in the management of current and future demand for quality lifestyles and managing growth in a sea change community.

Capel Shire is unique in its diversity and we invite you to take the time to explore and experience our wonderful landscape and all it has to offer.