The Mandurah and Peel is the ideal day trip or short break from Perth.
It's just a short train ride or hours' drive down the Kwinana Freeway. Stretching from the white sands and blue waters of the coast to the rugged terrain of the Darling Scarp, Mandurah and Peel offers a wide range of activities from exploring vast waterways and national parks, to visiting wineries and bush walking along trails through the Jarrah Forests.
Mandurah and Peel encompasses the coastal city of Mandurah and the inland regions of Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Murray River (including Pinjarra and Dwellingup), Marradong Country (including Boddington), Waroona and - each with unique characteristics and attractions.
Things to do in Mandurah and Peel
- 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 with ocean views.
- Explore the beautiful state forests and national parks in the Peel region.
- Take a paddle by canoe or kayak along the winding Murray River.
- Have fun on the water - try jet skiing on the estuary, open ocean jet skiing or jetboarding.
- Follow a section of the Bibbulmun Track or Munda Biddi Bike Trail.
- Try fishing for trout or marron and camp overnight.
- Visit wineries, antique shops and galleries in the quaint townships.
- Visit Yalgorup National Park to see the amazing Thrombolite living fossils.
Experience Mandurah's waterways
Mandurah is the perfect place to base yourself and take day trips 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, jet skiing and jetboarding 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. For the more adventurous at heart you can also go on a jet ski tour, hire a jet ski or try the newst craze - jetblading!
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. If you are visiting over from December - January, ensure you jump aboard a Mandurah Cruises Christmas Lights Cruise! You can even hire an electric BBQ boat!
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.
Serpentine and 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 and 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. Families can experience a close encounter with native wildlife at Peel Zoo. 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. Kids can even enjoy a tree top adventure ropes experience at Trees Adventure. 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.
Food, wine and 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 produce markets across the Mandurah and Peel region.
Arts and 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. You can also follow two public art trails.
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 trails, bike trails and wildflower trails throughout Mandurah that meander alongside the river, by the estuary and along the ocean's shores.
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