Mandurah and Peel - the perfect weekend getaway or day trip...
Located less than an hour south of Perth, the Peel region is an easy destination to access by taking a short train trip on the Mandurah Line rail service or by car on the new Forest Highway.
Stretching from the white sands and blue waters of the coast to the rugged terrain of the Darling Scarp, the region offers a wide range of activities from exploring vast waterways and national parks, to visiting wineries and bush walking along trails through the vast Jarrah Forests. The region encompasses Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Murray (including Pinjarra and Dwellingup), Boddington, Waroona and Mandurah - each with unique characteristics and attractions.
THINGS TO DO
- RIDE the Foreshore Express to the heart of the city and the popular eastern foreshore.
- VISIT Dolphin Quay at the Mandurah Ocean Marina and The Mandurah Boardwalk.
- TAKE a cruise around the canals and estuary - keep an eye out for dolphins!
- ENJOY a range of fantastic nature and wildlife experiences.
- PLAY a round of golf at one of the world class golf courses in the region.
- EXPLORE the beautiful state forests and national parks in the Peel region.
- TAKE a paddle by canoe or kayak along the winding Murray River.
- FOLLOW a section of the Bibbulmun Track or Munda Biddi Bike Trail.
- TRY fishing for trout or marron and camp overnight.
- VISIT the wineries, antique shops and galleries in the quaint townships.
- VISIT Yalgorup National Park to see the amazing Thrombolite living fossils.
EXPLORE MANDURAH'S WATERWAYS
Mandurah is the perfect place to base yourself and take daytrips out to explore the Peel region. Over recent years, Mandurah has grown from a small seaside town into a lively and cosmopolitan city and is famed for its beautiful waterways and relaxed holiday atmosphere. The waterways provide endless activities such as fishing, swimming, crabbing, waterskiing and no trip to Mandurah would be complete without a boat cruise on the vast, silken waters of the estuary.
There are several boating options available from chartering your own pontoon to hiring a house boat. Or you could join a cruise through the award winning canals with Mandurah Cruises – be sure to keep an eye out for the wild bottle-nosed dolphins, regular visitors to the Mandurah waterway.
On a cruise of the canals, you can see how the other half live as you journey past multi million dollar mansions, some of which are just holiday homes! If you are visiting over from December - January, ensure you jump aboard a Mandurah Cruises Christmas Lights Cruise!
The Mandurah Ocean Marina consists of 390 recreational boat pens, 36 commercial boat pens and 213 Club pens. In addition to offering a safe and sheltered mooring for your vessel, the Marina is well equipped to provide for all of your boating needs.
With plenty of attractions including an aquatic fun park, carnival and free space to run around, the kids will love Mandurah's eastern foreshore. Tree lined walkways, grassed picnic areas and safe swimming beaches make it a perfect destination for the whole family.
FOOD, WINE & PRODUCE
A fantastic array of restaurants can be found along the waterfront, catering for all styles of taste and budget. Why not indulge in seafood fresh from Mandurah's waters; be sure to try some of the sweet crab meat for which Mandurah is so renowned.
The Mandurah Boardwalk, which stretches from the picturesque eastern foreshore to the stunning Sebel Mandurah, comprises of quality eateries, bars, accommodation, theatre, cinema, chocolatier, ice creamery, café’s, boat and bike hire, ferry service and all with spectacular Mandjar Bay frontage. Eat, shop, play and stay - the perfect place to enjoy a family outing.
You'll also find a great array of food and product markets across the Mandurah and Peel region.
Mandurah and Peel markets
Where: Fire Station, Munro Street, Jarrahdale.
When: Every 4th Sunday of each month, except Christmas, 8am – 1pm
These are monthly markets with lots of country produce, art and craft. Come and visit the lovely, historically rich town of Jarrahdale and enjoy an old fashioned village market. Fresh fruit, vegetables, home produce, homemade wooden items, bric-a-brac and sausage sizzle. 8.00am-1.00pm. Cost is $5 per stall.
Where: Lot 1 Evelyn Street, Mundijong
When: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, 7.30am – 11am
The Mundijong Markets & Auctions are a typical rural market and auction, all manner of livestock and animals for sale. In season fresh fruit and veg from local producers. Entry is Free. Stalls start from 7.30am, auction starts at 11am. Markets open 9am and Auction starts approximately 11am.
Where: On the boardwalk, Mandjar Sqaure, Mandjar Bay
When: Sunday, 8am – 12pm
Eat fresh, buy local at the Mandurah Boardwalk Farms Markets offering fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, fish, bread, milk, honey, baked goods, oil preserves, coffee, breakfast, ice-cream, fresh juice, cheeses, animal treats, kids activities and live music.
Where: Boddington Old School, 20 Bannister Road, Boddington
When: 1st Sunday of each month, 9am - 12pm
Held on the old school oval alongside the beautiful Hotham River, the markets showcase the wonderful variety of Marradong produce and services offered by locals and those within the Mandurah and Peel region. The Community Markets are a wonderful opportunity to sit and talk with locals, enjoy delicious delights such as pancakes made my Pancake Mammas, Bacon and Egg Sandwiches by the Lions Club or enjoy a Massage by several talented providers.
Where: Eastern Foreshore, Mandurah
When: Every Sunday from October - April, 9am - 4pm
Set amongst the trees along the lovely Mandurah Foreshore is the unique Mandjar Markets offering plenty of arts and crafts to suit all tastes and budgets. There are lots of things to keep the kids busy too as well as free entertainment and special theme days. Open Christmas and New Year.
Where: Winter - Peel Education & Training Campus Education Drive, Greenfields & in Summer - Western Foreshore, Leighton Road, Mandurah
When: Winter – Sunday 9am – 1pm and Summer - Sunday 8am – 12pm
Peel Farmers Market offers a huge variety of products that share a common characteristic; they're all locally grown, locally raised, locally produced. In other words, you won't find resale products at our market. The venue changes depending if it is winter or summer. Mandurah. Find out more
Where: Cnr South West Highway & Karnup Rd, Serpentine
When: First Sunday of every month, 9am – 2pm
These country markets sell a range of arts and crafts, jams preserves pickles and honey. Kids can have fun on the pony rides, face painting and childrens activities. Enjoy great food and coffee stalls for bring your own and have lunch on the picnic grounds. Stall cost is $10.
ARTS & CULTURE
The state-of-the-art Mandurah Performing Arts Centre is a distinctive feature overlooking the waters of Mandjar Bay and showcases a wide range of local, national and international creative talent. Learn about the region's fascinating history and hertiage at a number of sites including Edenvale Heritage Precinct, Fairbridge Village, Hugh Manning Tractor & Machinery Museum and Mandurah Community Museum.
Local galleries can also be found, including the Mandurah Art Gallery, CASM - Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah, Emma Blyth Gallery, Murray Arts and Crafts Society and Waroona Visitor Centre & Gallery which all display a fantastic local art.
Mandurah & Peel art trails
A 1.5km public art trail that begins at the Mandurah Visitor Centre and ends at Mandurah's Eastern Foreshore. Journey though the city centre and enjoy a variety of public art as well as hidden art pieces on this pleasant walk. You will discover and explore 15 artworks in total. Download the brochure.
This 4.5km public art trail will take you on a journey along Mandurah's Venetian Canals and the Ocean Marina to discover fantastic 18 artwork pieces that will inspire you. The walk begins at the Mandurah Visitor Centre and ends near the Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM). Download the brochure.
Graced with endless stretches of pristine coastline, there are plenty of places to go swimming and surfing right on Mandurah's doorstep. There are also numerous limestone reefs offering a diverse variety of fish which makes Mandurah an ideal spot for divers to get below the surface and enjoy the deep blue sea. Thanks to a mild Mediterranean climate, water temperatures are moderate all year round and the area is protected from any major boating or shipping channels.
Those looking for something more high action can skydive onto a Mandurah beach or land in the magnificent Pinjarra countryside. Tackling the white water rapids in Dwellingup and hiring a jet ski in the Mandurah Estuary are also popular local activities to get the adrenaline pumping!
For those wanting to explore the great outdoors there are an excellent selection of walk and bike trails throughout Mandurah that meander alongside the river, by the estuary and along the ocean's shores. Check out a list of top trails in Mandurah and Peel below.
Mandurah & Peel Trails
Distance: 18km | Time: 1 hour | Difficulty: Moderate
The King Jarrah Track is an enjoyable walk trail through a mixture of jarrah and banksia dominated forest. The walk climbs quickly from the Nanga Mill campground offering good views of the valley below and then continues along the ridge - the highlight of the walk is of course the 250 year old King Jarrah Tree. You can join the track from a number of locations on the route, and there is plenty of signage along the way. Facilities include carpark, toilets and camping areas.Find out more.
Distance: 6km | Time 2-5 hours | Difficulty: Moderate
The Halls Head Coastal Walk can be accessed from Boardwalk Bvd and skirts the Indian Ocean and the view is spectacular. There are boardwalk sections and many spots to sit and enjoy the view. Watch out for dolphins and bird-life as well! The trail will lead you to the mouth of the Estuary where you can keep doing all the way to the Old Mandurah Bridge. Facilities include wheelchair and pram access. Find out more.
Distance: 6km return | Time: 2 hours | Difficulty: Easy
Located at the Len Howard Conservation Reserve, access to the walk is from Mandurah Quays or from Glandart Court, Erskine. This is a great walk or bike trail that skirts the Peel Inlet so you will be surrounded by water, flora and fauna. There are little seating alcoves along the way and boardwalks over the wetlands. The trail passes through the magnificent Mandurah Quays Residential Resort and if you are lucky you will be greeted by one or many of the Dolphins that feed around the area. Find out more.
Distance: 1.3km | Time: 45 minutes | Difficulty: Easy
Discover the Marrinup Brook and Falls on this 1.3 km walk. Expect steps and small step sections. There are plenty of interpretive signs along the route and winter and spring is especially beautiful with flowing waterfalls and wildflowers. Facilities include carpark and fuel and shopping nearby. Find out more
Distance: 3km | Difficulty: Easy
Enjoy walk around the old Tullis Bridge originally built in 1912 to connect Narrogin to Pinjarra. Located approximate 8km from Boddington, the bridge can be accessed via Morts Road off Farmers Avenue. The trail follows the Hotham River and the rail line to Tullis Bridge. Walkers will enjoy bird watching, wildflowers in season and stunning scenery. Lots of natural shady areas are available for the day tripper to stay and enjoy lunch or a snack while enjoying the natural environment of Tullis Bridge.
Distance: 2.5km | Difficulty: Easy
Starting from Lions Weir in Boddington this trail follows the Hotham River to historic Ranford Pool. The first part of the walk is fully paved, wide enough for push bikes, horses, prams and wheelchairs and takes in the scenery along the river’s edge along to the Hotham Valley Bridge. Once you have passed the bridge the path reverts to a more natural state and ends up as a narrow walking trail only. Fishing, canoeing and bird watching can be enjoyed in this part of the river. Find out more.
Explore the beautiful inland Shire of Waroona on the following nature trails:
- Chuditch Walk Trail - Distance: 3.8km | Difficulty: Moderate
The Chuditch Trail starts at the southern end of the Nanga Townsite. This trail possibly rates as one of the nicest walks in the district and ends at a wooden bridge where you'll find a great picnic spot.
- Heathlands Trail - Distance: 4.5km | Time: 1-1.5 hours | Difficulty: Easy
This walk explores the many different vegetation types of Yargolup National Park. It begins at the information bay on Preston Beach Road and is well signposted and best during late winter and spring.
- Island Pool Walk Trail - Distance: 1.9km | Time: 1 hour | Difficulty: Moderate
A gentle winding circuit providing views over the Murray River and valley. The trail starts at the upper car park at Island Pool Day use area and is maked with green hiker symbols on white triangle. Facilities include picnic area, swimming pool and campsite.
- Lake Pollard Trail - Distance: 6km | Time: 2 hours | Difficulty: Easy
Lake Pollard is renown for its high numbers of black swans betwenn October and March. The walk begins at the entance to Martins Tank campground on Preston Beach Road. The trail is well sign-posted and is perfect for nature enthusiasts.
Distance: 1km | Time: 30-40 minutes | Difficulty:
Located 13km east of Dwellingup, just off the Dwellingup-Boddington Road, the Inglehope Arboretum Nature Trail contains over 50 plots of particular tree species thought to have potential for timber production, and contains specimens of relatively rare and interesting trees like California Redwood. Many of the labels on the Nature Trial specimens are still present. Find out more.
Distance: 8km | Difficulty: Moderate
The Tullis Bridge Rail Trail makes use of the Hotham Valley Railway Line from Boddington to Tullis Bridge. This 8km walk runs beside the beautiful Hotham River and through mostly flat paddocks and timber reserves. Once arriving at Tullis Bridge walkers can have a rest or continue along the 3km Tullis Bridge Trail.
Serpentine & Jarrahdale Trails
Distance: from 500m loop to 14km return | Difficulty: Moderate | Entry fees apply
Kitty's Gorge Walk Trail is a beauitufl walk accessible from the historic town of Jarrahdale, an idea day trip from Perth. The trail follows the Serpentine River and Gooralong Brook and passes impressive granite outcrops and the Brook's many waterfalls. It has steep loose sections and uneven ground, so require a degree of fitness and can be accessed from the carpark opposite the cemetary or in the National Park. Find out more.
Distance: 1.6km | Time: 40 minutes | Difficulty: Moderate
The Byford Hills Walk Trail begins adjacent to a winter / spring creek and waterfall which has been named Marcora Falls (pronounced Marcoray). The steep slopes and divisive gullies of this area are home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna. The granite outcrops are believed to be the oldest rock known to man, over 400 million years old.
Distance: 400m | Difficulty: Easy
The Falls Walk Trail is a 400m walk from the Serpentine Falls carpark. The walk is basically a gravel road which is not accessible to vehicles, and leads to a viewing platform for the Falls. There is also access to the Serpentine Falls from the viewing platform. The walk takes you through bush surroundings, with rocky outcrops. The carpark has toilets, barbecues, tables and shaded areas.
Distance: 2.5 - 3.5km | Time: 1 hour | Difficulty: Easy
This trail is situated 55km south of Perth via Jarrahdale Road and Balmoral Road and features a history of logging and silviculture, passing through a fine example of jarrah forest. Starting from the Mundimup Recreation Site, the trail crosses the bridge over the old railway formation to a small dieback-infected area. It then continues through old sawpit area, where walkers can see evidence of old logging operations.
Distance: 7km | Time: 2 hours | Difficulty: Easy
The Jarrahdale Railway Heritage walk trail follows the old railway line built in 1872. Starting in Jarrahdale at Nettleton Road it is a leisurely walk through Jarrah and Wandoo woodlands and undulating farmland. Wildflowers abound in season and the views are magnificent. Walkers are reminded to organise transport at the Pruden Road end (on the south west highway near the Alcoa Line Bridge) to return to their cars. The walk can be extended a further kilometre down the highway to the Whitby Falls Coach House.
Distance: 6km return | Difficulty: Easy
This trail is located in the Serpentine National Park, 50km south east of Perth. Baldwins Bluff is a large granite outcrop on a north-facing part of the Darling Scape and at 180m gives amazing views. Starting at the information board near the carpark, walkers pass through areas of redgum and wandoo forest on the ascent and the trail features a variety of plant and bird species and scenic views.
SERPENTINE & JARRAHDALE
North east of Mandurah, the Serpentine-Jarrahdale Shire forms the northern part of Peel region and offers some breathtaking scenery within the many forests, parks, rivers and other natural attractions. The Serpentine National Park features lovely forests which also harbour a wealth of walking tracks. Serpentine Falls is a favourite picnic destination. With its cool emerald coloured waters surrounded by rocks, the falls are a perfect place to wile away a lazy afternoon.
Jarrahdale, the local town was originally established as a milling town. In town you can enjoy lunch at the local pub or enjoy delicious afternoon tea at one of the cafes that line the main street, view historical buildings and explore the arts and crafts galleries. A number of wineries can also be found just outside of town.
PINJARRA & DWELLINGUP
Pinjarra and Dwellingup situated in the Shire of Murray are also beautiful places to visit and boast a range of adventure activities. Resting on the banks of the tranquil Murray River, Pinjarra is one of the oldest established towns in Western Australia. With its rich grazing lands and thick forests of Jarrah trees the town quickly became known as a centre for dairy, cattle farming and timber. The area is also becoming increasingly celebrated as the horse capital of Western Australia.
Bridle trails ribbon the nearby forests, and surveying the area on horseback is a remarkable way to get back to nature. If you prefer walking, the Pinjarra Heritage Walk Trail skirts the Murray River and is a fascinating way to view the region. 23km further inland resides the evergreen forested township of Dwellingup. Here you can take to the Murray River's swollen winter rapids by raft or sedately canoe down its slower moving segments.
Dwellingup is a popular camping destination and you can also hike, cycle or horse ride along the area’s many trails. The long-distance walking trail, the Bibbulmun Track, runs through the middle of town and the Hotham Valley Tourist Railway haunts the town every weekend throughout the year and is a magical way to see the tall timbers of the ancient forests.
Located on the South Western Highway, the character township of Waroona lies between forest, farmland, lakes and sea. The town itself has grown over the years to encompass cafes, fine examples of colonial architecture, antique shops and art galleries and is particularly well known for Lake Navarino and the Waroona Dam where thrill seekers from far and wide come to water-ski, canoe or fish.
Yalgorup National Park also falls under the shire of Waroona's jurisdiction and covers an area of over 12,000 hectares. The park contains 11 coastal lakes and wetlands which are home to hundreds of migrating birds, some of which have travelled thousands of kilometres to breed and recuperate amongst the areas rich eco systems. The park also boasts several stands of rare Tuart trees and some of the first living creatures on earth - the captivating Thrombolite living fossils. Preston Beach at the southern end of the park is a superb location for four-wheel driving, swimming, picnicking or fishing from its pristine white sandy shores.
Check out what events and festivals are coming in Mandurah and Peel.
Dates: 02 – 02 Nov, 2015
Two of Mandurah's best known attractions have joined forces to bring you a wonderful day out on Monday 2 November, 2015. Enjoy a 1 Hour Sundowner Cruise with Mandurah Cruises followed by a screening of The Dressmaker at Reading Cinemas Mandurah.
Dates: 08 – 08 Nov, 2015
Bring along a picnic and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of live music in the beautiful country surrounds of Peel Estate Wines on Sunday 8 November. An outstanding line up of fantastic live musicians will entertain you throughout the afternoon as you relax with friends and family in the winery's beautiful shady grounds.
Dates: 12 – 12 Mar, 2016
Showcasing our enviable rural lifestyle in Western Australia the annual Rural Living Expo offers something for the whole family to explore and experience. Demonstrations, exhibits, competitions, rides and activities will offer you an insight into the benefits of a rural lifestyle and let you savour our produce, get excited by our hobbies or relax to our music.
Mandurah is the perfect place to base yourself when exploring stunning forests of the Peel region and waterways of Mandurah. Great for an overnight stay or long weekend.
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Mandurah has plenty of great attractions for the whole family to enjoy from the Performing Arts Centre and bakehouse to the aqua park and top restaurants and wineries.
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There are so many fantastic tours to choose from in Mandurah and Peel - cruise the canals, swim with dolphins, windsurfing and paddle boarding and kayaking.
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Enjoy a relaxing day trip to the seaside city of Mandurah. Have lunch at one of the many cafés on the foreshore, or join a cruise through the canals – you may even spot some dolphins!
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Explore the forests, wineries, heritage and natural attractions of the Peel region visiting Serpentine, Jarrahdale, Pinjarra, the Hotham Valley Railway and more.
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Spread along the shores of several rivers, Marradong Country unites the three shires of Boddington, Wandering and Williams offering visitors a peaceful escape from the hectic city pace.
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