drive less and holiday more in Mandurah and the Peel Region
No matter what your perfect summer getaway is, you'll find it in Mandurah & the Peel Region, less than an hour from Perth.
The region has everything holiday memories are made of. Stunning beaches, an estuary twice the size of Sydney Harbour, a wealth of water and nature activities, fine food and wine, fantastic family experiences, the cosmopolitan city of Mandurah and so much waiting to be discovered.
We've put together some summer top tips for you, so read on for inspiration to plan your getaway now.
Zip along the estuary or take to the open ocean on a jet ski from Mandurah. Available for hire, this nautical adventure is great fun, and you can do it alone or with a friend and be joined by dolphins along the way! Book now with the local operators Stag Watersports or Nautical Adventures.
Experience the weightlessness of flyboarding in Mandurah. Flyboarding uses the propulsion from a jet ski pushing water into a 45ft hose and out through a board strapped to your feet. Feel the power of the jets as you shoot towards the sun and see what you can do in mid-air! Experience extreme fun with JetXtreme.
Take a thrilling wildlife watching journey aboard Mandurah Cruise’s brand new high-speed vessel Spirit of Adventure on the new Dolphin Adventure Cruise.
CRUISING THE WATERWAYS
Explore further afield you will discover vast inland waters. Feel immersed by nature as you meander your way along the Murray River in Dwellingup (Shire of Murray) in a canoe or kayak. Grab a paddle and explore the beautiful untouched nature at Lane Poole Reserve. Hire your canoe or kayak with the local operator Dwellingup Adventures.
Mandurah is a beautiful boating haven. Bring your own boat, hire one for the day or charter a vessel with your own skipper from Mandurah Boat and Bike Hire.. Certain size boats don’t require a skipper’s licence. Spend your whole holiday on the water, Mandurah Houseboat hire lets you live and explore, afloat! Indulge your taste buds on a lunch cruise with Mandurah Cruise’s, take in the scenery, spot dolphins or see Mandurah’s famous Christmas lights along the canals from 1 Dec to mid Jan. Or hire eco-friendly round BBQ boats seating up to 10 people to enjoy a barbecue on the water with Eco BBQ Boats.
If you simply enjoy relaxing on a sandy beach, there are plenty of family-friendly beaches to choose from. Close to restaurants, cafés and affordable accommodation, the sheltered beach right next to Mandurah’s Marina is popular with families. Along the coast, unwind at Town Beach, just a short walk from the city centre, Avalon, Blue Bay, Doddi’s, Falcon Bay, Melros, San Remo, Pyramids, Silver Sands or further south at Preston Beach.
For surfing, you can find waves at spots like Pyramids, Tims Thicket and Avalon Point. If you want to learn how to surf, book a lesson with Mandurah Surf Lessons. For an alternative to the beach, Drakesbrook Weir near Waroona Dam is a very popular spot for swimming and Serpentine Falls in the picturesque Serpentine National Park is the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer’s day.
Cruise along the Peel Region’s most beautiful beaches in a 4WD. Drive on 20km of sand from Preston Beach to Whitehills Beach, or journey up to Tim's Thicket, the closest 4WD beach to Perth with golden sands.
CATCH YOUR OWN DINNER
The famously lip-smacking blue manna crabs make the Peel-Harvey estuary a super-popular fishing location. A great way to try your hand at ‘scooping’ for Mandurah’s famous crabs in the shallow waters of the Peel Inlet is to go on a crabbing cruise between November and April. The beaches, estuary and Dawesville Cut are great places for fishing or join a deep sea or land based fishing charter. You can even catch crayfish (in season).
The estuary a fantastic place to catch Herring, Sand Whiting, Bream, Cobbler (catfish), Taylor, Garfish. Or head to Lake Navarino (Waroona Dam) for trout and redfin fishing (licence required) between September and June. In season you can fish for salmon and taylor on the beach and the Dawesville Cut is the best place to catch King George Whiting.
FLY THROUGH THE TREE TOPS ON A FLYING FOX
Located at Lane Poole Reserve Dwellingup, Trees Adventure is the closest Tree Top experience from Perth. Unleash your inner adventurer and take on over 80 challenges including over 1 km of flying foxes. The 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 our suspended bridges! There is even an airborne skateboard!
With plenty of off-road trails and country tracks, you can go mountain biking throughout the Peel Region. Check out the Munda Biddi Trail, the world's longest off-road cycle trail. Explore over 1,000 km of cycling heaven. As well as passing through magnificent Lane Poole Reserve with its swimming, camping and canoeing opportunities, the trail also takes you through the historic timber towns of Jarrahdale and Dwellingup.
If you are a beginner, Langford Park is a great alternative. Just outside of Jarrahdale, Langford Park is a popular mountain biking destination for beginners and advanced riders alike due to the gradual hills and fast, flowing single track.
From the forest and gradual hills to the thrombolites and beautiful lakes in Yalgorup National Park, you can cycle around and enjoy the breath-taking scenery that surrounds you.
TEE OFF ON AUSTRALIA'S GOLF COAST
The Peel Region's world-class golf courses, including three links courses, are all in close proximity. Three, The Cut, Meadow Springs and Secret Harbour are also the first WA golf courses to be included in the Great Golf Courses of Australia. 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.
MEET THE LOCALS
With extensive wilderness and waterways to enjoy, native animals can be easily spotted as you explore by water or land. More often than not you’ll see dolphins in Mandjar Bay, right in the heart of Mandurah Kangaroos graze every afternoon at Melros Beach Reserve in Dawesville and Emus are often spotted walking along the shores of Lake Clifton. To get even closer to Australian wildlife such as kangaroos, koalas and Tasmanian Devils, even holding and feeding them, visit the Peel Zoo in Pinjarra and Cohunu Koala Park in Byford.
ART, HISTORY AND CULTURE
Mandurah and the Peel Region has many heritage-listed buildings and cultural artefacts, while supporting up and coming creatives. Learn about the region's history on an Aboriginal Culture and History tour, or by walking one of the region’s heritage trails or mosey through a museum. View local art at one of the region’s art galleries, or take one of the Mandurah art trails, guiding you to hidden artworks. For a night out, check out Mandurah Performing Arts Centre for theatre, dance and music performances throughout summer.
WINE AND DINE
From award-winning seafood to quality wine, Mandurah & the Peel Region will meet your culinary desires. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur, cheese expert or chocoholic, a great way to sample the region’s delicious produce is on a tour. Mandurah Wine Tours & Charters will happily design a tour that caters to your taste. For fine dining overlooking a stunning winery, take a quick trip to Millbrook Winery at Chestnut Farm in Jarrahdale to devour a seasonal meal using fresh produce grown on site. Millbrook Winery also sell picnic hampers for you to dine lakeside on their grounds. Or bring your own picnic to enjoy amongst the vines at Drakesbrook Winery, Vineyard 28, The Wine Tree or Peel Estate Wines. Don't forget to buy a delicious bottle of wine at the cellar door to complement your meal. One Sunday a month, you can also enjoy the Peel Estate concert series.
During summer there’s nothing better than dining alfresco-style and taking in the spectacular view over Mandurah’s estuary along the Mandurah Foreshore or Dolphin Marina. Make sure you keep an eye out for dolphins playing in the water as you dine.
READY TO BOOK YOUR TRIP?
For special summer deals, school holiday activities and a weekend getaway itinerary, don't forget to check the links at the top of the page.
The Mandurah Visitor Centre in the eastern foreshore of the estuary at 75 Mandurah Terrace can help you plan your perfect summer holiday seven days a week from 9am - 5pm.