Spring to Life in Mandurah & the Peel Region
Shake off those winter blues and make the most of spring, only an hour from Perth. With stunning beaches, meandering waterways, towering forests and wildflowers in bloom, Mandurah and the Peel Region is full of adventures perfect for you and the season. You’ll be spoilt for choice on ways to soak up the warmer weather and enjoy all the fun that spring can bring.
OUR TOP TIPS ON THE BEST WAY TO ENJOY SPRING IN MANDURAH & THE PEEL REGION
Cruise, paddle, sail, or ski on the ultimate aquatic playground
The Peel Region boasts miles of incredible coastline, inland waterways and an abundance of water-based activities.
Peel-Harvey Inlet, Mandurah’s jewel in the crown, is ideal for kayaks, paddle boards, jet-skis, boats, cruises and fishing. If you explore further afield you will discover vast inland waters, including the Murray River, Waroona Dam and the internationally listed Peel-Yalgorup system.
For fishing, all waterways are easily accessed, and deep-sea fishing charters can be arranged from Mandurah. The estuary is a fantastic place to catch Herring, Sand Whiting, Bream, Cobbler, Taylor and Garfish. For trout and redfin fishing head to Lake Navarino (Waroona Dam) (license required).
Explore a thrombolite reef and see what life was like when the earth began
Less than half an hour’s drive south of Mandurah is Lake Clifton and the Yalgorup National Park with the largest thrombolite reef in the Southern Hemisphere – living fossils that have sheltered in these waters for thousands of years. These rock-like structures lie just off the beach under the water’s surface, are extremely rare...and alive!
Scientists believe these living fossils are the most primitive life form on earth. Dating back 3500 million years, they are found in only a handful of places on the planet. A perfect place to catch a magical sunset.
Marvel in the colourful wildflowers to be found from the coastline to the forest
With vast areas of forest, wetland and coast, the options of where to go looking for wildflowers are endless. From September to November, wildflower lovers will find incredible colours across the region. Nature really puts on a show with amazing wildflower displays of spider orchids, banksias and wisteria.
Bushwalkers will enjoy Serpentine National Park where you’ll see wattle, kangaroo paws, and orchids. Another delightful place to spot wildflowers is Marrinup, a tranquil forested area, just a few kilometres from Dwellingup. Island Point Walk in Herron is a lovely walk to do any time of the year. Check the top spots to see wildflowers in Mandurah and the Peel Region here.
Wander or cycle through forests, valleys and coastal heathlands
There’s no better way to discover the natural wonders of the region. The Peel Region has hiking and cycle trails for everyone. There is a range of bushwalking trails including Island Pool, Nanga Brook, Chudditch, King Jarrah and the Bibbulmun Track, one of the world’s greatest long distance walking trails. All trails provide wonderful opportunities to spot wildlife including Scarlet Robins, Red-winged Fairy Wrens or the Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos.
The Marrinup Cycle Trail is a family-friendly cross-country loop on the outskirts of Dwellingup – passing through Jarrah forest. For world-class, off-road cycling trails, ride the Munda Biddi. Exclusively for mountain bikes, it’s 1,000 kilometres of cycling heaven! Discover more trails here.
Enjoy a picnic by a lake and while the afternoon away
What better way to enjoy spring than with yummy local food and wine in a picture perfect setting. The region has beautiful spots just waiting for you to unroll your blanket.
At North Dandalup Dam picnic by the lake and enjoy coastal views from the lookout. Beautiful clear waters, a sandy beach and rolling hills make Drakesbrook Weir in Waroona the perfect spot. Take in the stunning estuary in Mandurah from many picnic spots in Dawesville, Bouvard or Mandurah Foreshore.
At Serpentine Falls relax by the waterfall and dip your toes in! If you like vineyard views, you can picnice amongst the vines at Drakesbrook Winery or The Wine Tree. Don't forget to buy a delicious bottle of wine at the cellar door to complement your meal. If you don’t fancy packing your own, purchase a hamper from Millbrook Winery and dine in the beautiful surrounds.
Follow in the footsteps of the Three Summers’s movie cast and crew
Three Summers is the first movie to be shot entirely in the Peel Region. Inspired by the Fairbridge Festival, Pinjarra, the film comdey was written and directed by Ben Elton and is about a community who discover they have much more in common than their taste in music.
With its Australian cinematic release on 2 November now is the time to visit where it was filmed. We’ve even got some great tips for you. During filming, the cast and crew had every weekend to explore and enjoy the region so can even follow in their footsteps. Learn about the filming location and places they visited here.
Discover new places on a drive through the countryside
Now is the perfect time to take a leisurely drive through the Peel Region. In less than an hour from Perth you’ll be surrounded by lush green hills, towering forests, charming country towns and all the colours of the season. Why not stop off to explore or a bite to eat along the way?
The Blue Wren Café in Dwellingup offers great home-style cooking. Above Serpentine Dam, the rustic Café on the Dam is a beautiful spot for a meal. In Pinjarra enjoy decadent Devonshire Teas at Edenvale Homestead or healthy lunches and treats at Jarra Infusion Café.
Loved by locals, the historic Quindanning Hotel is great for live music and hearty meals. For truly local fare the Forest Heritage Centre’s café in Dwellingup serves bush tucker. You'll find many bakeries too with the freshest baked goods.
For fans of the grape and hops there are plenty of places to stop. Take in beautiful scenic views as you sip wines at Millbrook Winery, Newbliss Winery, Peel Estate Wines, Drakesbrook Winery or The Wine Tree. If you prefer beer, you’ll love the craft beers from the local Three Rivers Brewing Company served at many of local bars and restaurants or sample the craft beers at Cape Bouvard Winery and Brewery. Find more information here. If you don't fancy driving book a tour so no one has to be skipper.
Play golf and try not to be distracted by the spectacular views
The Peel Region's world-class golf courses, including three links courses, are all in close proximity. The immaculately kept courses in beautiful surroundings will excite and challenge golfers of all abilities.
Choose from; The Cut, one of WA’s most prestigious and picturesque courses, Secret Harbour Golf Links with oceanfront views, The Links Kennedy Bay with undulating landscapes and fast running fairways, Mandurah Country Club set amongst parklands and majestic trees, Pinjarra Golf Club offers a lovely country setting and Meadow Spring Golf and Country Club who has hosted seven WA Opens and provides food and beverage facilities.
Find your perfect camping spot by the beach or in the bush
Whether you prefer to camp in the forest, rivers, lakes or right near the beach, you’ll find your ideal spot in the Peel Region.
Relax on the foothills of the Darling Ranges in the north near the spectacular Serpentine Falls National Park or have a rest at the rv short stay area in Jarrahdale. Lane Poole Reserve near Dwellingup has many campgrounds with a range of facilities, including fire pits. There is nothing better than sitting by a crackling fire under a star filled sky and spring is the perfect time to have a camp fire while the weather is still a bit cool. There are often booking requirements and seasonal fire restrictions so always check with Parks and Wildlife before you go.
If you prefer coastal views or to be closer to town, in Mandurah you can base yourself at centrally located caravan parks, or just outside the city centre. The historic town of Pinjarra sits on the Murray River and you can camp on its banks. Martin’s Tank campground near Preston Beach is a beautiful place to camp and spot a wide range of migratory birds.