Western Australia’s winter season has started, but the temperate climate of Mandurah & the Peel Region, just one hour south of Perth, with plenty of sunny days makes it the perfect destination to visit, especially in the cooler months. Be inspired by our list of things to do this winter.
EXPLORE MANDURAH ON A SEGWAY
The new way to see Mandurah is on an eco-friendly Personal Transportation Vehicle, the Ninebot. These self-controlled, futuristic machines are the new generation of Segway, completely powered by rechargeable batteries. Explore Mandurah and discover its hidden gems on a segway with Wheeling Adventures! An absolute ‘must’ on everyone’s to do list!
The 29 hectare Creery Wetlands Nature Reserve is an important feeding and roosting area for waterbirds and shorebirds which migrate to the Mandurah area every year from Northern Asia and Alaska. Over 130 different species of native and migratory birds nest, breed and feed on the estuary. A paradise for birdwatchers and nature lovers.
Follow the easy three kilometre loop walk that takes you through the Creery Wetlands. Whether you are interested in birds, wildlife in general, or just enjoy a stroll by the estuary, Mandurah’s wetland areas are a fascinating and enjoyable environment to explore.
Location: Darwin Terrace, Mariner’s Cove, Mandurah
WATCH THE DOLPHINS
For those who enjoy being on the water, no trip to Mandurah would be complete without a boat cruise through the canals and past the wetlands. Be sure to keep an eye out for the wild bottle-nosed dolphins who are regular visitors the area. Check out the tours with Mandurah Cruises and Aqualib.
If you’d like to get the bird’s eye view yourself, take a scenic flight with Royal Aero Club of WA. Located 15 minutes from the heart of Mandurah, Murrayfield Airport boasts a recreational flying atmosphere and guarantees top views along the region’s magnificent coastline.
Location: Lakes Rd, Nambeelup WA 6207
GET HANDS ON AT PEEL ZOO
Hold a python, pet kangaroos, tickle a ferret or feed the parrots. Fun guaranteed not only for the little ones. Peel Zoo in Pinjarra, which was listed on “Western Australia’s 100 Things to do before you die” by Experience Oz, also has one of the world’s most successful Tasmanian devil breeding program!
Location: Sanctuary Park Rd, Pinjarra WA 6208
About 30 kilometres south of Mandurah you’ll find Lake Clifton in the Yalgorup National Park. Turn West off Old Coast Road onto either Clifton Downs Road or Mount John Road to get to the largest living thrombolite reef in the Southern Hemisphere – living fossils that have sheltered in these waters for millennia.
One of the by-products of their life cycle is oxygen and over millions of years they created an atmosphere which enabled higher life forms to develop. So this natural jewel actually offers a glimpse into what life was like 600 million years ago! Some things just get better with age.
Location: Mount John Road, Herron WA 6210 Australia
ENJOY A TREETOP ECO-ADVENTURE IN DWELLINGUP
Located 45 kilometres from Mandurah at Lane Poole Reserve in Dwellingup, Trees Adventure is not only the newest attraction in the Peel Region, but also the closest tree top experience from Perth.
The treetop adventure park is popular with visitors and residents alike. The treetop courses are built around the beautiful pine and jarrah trees of Nanga Mill Campground, with exhilarating views as you flying fox through the treetops or quickly stop to catch your breath in the middle of one of the suspended bridges. Take on over 80 challenges incl. over 1 kilometre of flying foxes when climbing in the jarrah treetops. There are 9 challenging levels to choose from including levels for kids from the age of 4.
Location: Nanga Road, Dwellingup
TRAVEL BACK IN TIME ONBOARD HOTHAM VALLEY RAILWAY
Experience the freedom of rail travel in the style of years gone by. At Dwellingup Station board the Etmilyn Diner Train and enjoy a five-course meal in the 1919 dining car or 1884 club car for an experience like no other. Your meal is served from the onboard wood stove as the train meanders through the forest. Every Saturday night. Bookings essential.
Or enjoy the scenery and magnificent sights and sounds of a Steam Locomotive hard at work climbing Western Australia’s steepest and most spectacular section of railway. The train operates on Sundays only (from May – October)
Location: 1 Marrinup Street, Dwellingup
OFF-ROAD MOUNTAIN BIKING
Langford Park, near Jarrahdale, is a popular mountain biking destination for beginners and advanced riders alike due to the gradual hills and fast, flowing single track. It has a whole host of trails in the area with a longer 17km outside loop. Just pick a path and go!
Or check out the Munda Biddi Trail – 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.
Location: Nettleton Road, Jarrahdale
EXPERIENCE THE THRILL!
Action, water, speed, endless fun – that’s what you get when you go white water rafting in the rapids of the Murray River in Dwellingup. White water rafting is available during the winter months usually June to October. Book with the local operator “Dwellingup Adventures”.
Location: Cnr Marrinup & Newton Street, Dwellingup
FOREST HERITAGE CENTRE
Only a short walk further down the road from the Dwellingup History and Information Centre, you’ll find the Forest Heritage Centre. Linking art to heritage and the forest, this is where you can admire the beautiful artwork in the gallery as well as learning more about the environment.
Take a guided or a self-guided tour, and explore the interpretive centre and walking trails while finding out more about wildflowers, animals and resources of the forest.
Location: 1 Acacia Street, Dwellingup
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MINER
Take a tour of the Newmont Boddington Mine, have some lunch and learn about gold, all thanks to Go West Tours. This is a fascinating insight into how a gold mining operation works and how it contributes to the town. Find out more about your Go West Gold Mine Experience in Boddington.