Only an hour south of Perth, the Peel Region offers everything from beautiful coastlines to Jarrah forests, all within a short drive.
This diverse region is Perth’s natural adventure playground made up of the City of Mandurah, and surrounding Shires of Serpentine Jarrahdale, Murray, Waroona and Boddington.
The experiences range from fun at the coast to experiences in the bush. Zip along the estuary or take to the open ocean on a jet ski, go fishing, board a dolphin cruise, tee off at world-class golf courses, go mountain biking or hiking through Jarrah forests, treetop climbing or wine tasting. The opportunities are endless.
Meaning ‘meeting place of the heart’, Mandurah was originally known as ‘Mandjoogoordap’ and is a dream location for people who love being on, in or near the water.
Western Australia’s fastest growing regional city enjoys some of the most spectacular waterways in the country, often compared to a modern Venice and is known for its natural beauty, pristine beaches, blue manna crabs and wild dolphins.
The Peel-Harvey Estuary, Mandurah’s jewel in the crown, is twice the size of Sydney Harbour and ideal for canoeing, kayaking, jet-skiing, boating, houseboating, dolphin cruises, fishing and crabbing.
You’ll also love discovering amazing adventures of the palate all over this tasty region. Enjoy dining with a view at Mandurah’s waterfront cafés and award-winning restaurants along the Eastern Foreshore and at Dolphin Quay or head out into the countryside to find fantastic wineries, breweries and genuine local produce.
With plenty of accommodation options on offer Mandurah is the perfect place to base yourself and take daytrips out to explore the region and its nature-based attractions.
The Murray area, with its historic towns Pinjarra and Dwellingup, is a wonderland of natural attractions and heritage sites.
Enjoy native wildlife and reconnect with nature at the 50,000 hectares Lane Poole Reserve near Dwellingup. There’s also an extensive network of bushwalking tracks along the Murray River and numerous opportunities for mountain biking, swimming, fishing and canoeing with hire equipment and organised tours available in Dwellingup.
Dwellingup is where trails meet. Traversing 1,000 kilometres, the Bibbulmun Track meanders through towering jarrah and marri forests of Dwellingup. Follow the triangular markers symbolising the Waugal, the rainbow serpent of Aboriginal dreaming. Or check out the Munda Biddi Trail, meaning “path through the forest”, and enjoy over 1,000 kilometres of cycling heaven. As well as passing through magnificent Lane Poole Reserve with its swimming, camping and canoeing opportunities, the trail also takes cyclists through the historic timber towns of Jarrahdale and Dwellingup in the Peel Region.
The Baldwin’s Bluff Nature Track at Serpentine Falls National Park requires hikers to be reasonably fit as it climbs up gravel tracks to Baldwin’s Bluff. You will pass through jarrah and marri woodlands, eventually coming to wandoo woodland and then finally over exposed granite. But it’s worth the effort. When you get up to the top, you will enjoy a view to die for.
From September to November wildflower hunters can find incredible colour and variety across the region on bush walks through Jarrahdale and Serpentine National Park, around Oakley Dam in Dwellingup and the coastal areas of Yalgorup National Park which is home to the ancient thrombolite reef. These circular rock-like formation provide a window into what our world looked like hundreds of millions of years ago.
About 50 kilometres east of Dwellingup, you find Boddington. Half of the shire is state forest and the area is popular for camping and fishing and ideal for hiking, picnics and bird-watching. Enjoy a picnic by the Hotham River and soak up the view. About 35 kilometres south-west of Dwellingup, Lake Navarino, also known as Waroona Dam, in the town of Waroona is a popular spot for bush walking, mountain biking, 4WDing and camping.
For more information on Mandurah & the Peel Region, go to http://www.visitpeel.com.au.
The Mandurah Visitor Centre is conveniently located on the eastern forshore Boardwalk precint in Mandurah city. The experienced team can assist you with your itinerary, accommodation and other attractions in Mandurah.
Mandurah Visitor Centre
75 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah WA 6210
Phone: (08) 9550 3999
Monday-Sunday 9.00am - 5.00pm
(except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday)
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