Weekend Escapes | Winter | Mandurah & The Peel Region

Weekend Escapes

Fancy a getaway from the everyday? You can pack so much fun into a short holiday or weekend break in Mandurah and the Peel Region that it will feel like a true escape.

If you appreciate quality and like to counter your busy life with regular indulgence, there are plenty of opportunities to do so.

The stunning marina district of Mandurah offers 4.5-star luxury in serviced hotels. You can also rent a holiday home and experience the high-life of living on the canals. Or lose yourself in a romantic couple’s hideaway on acres of woodlands, creeks and farmland.

 

Places To Stay

The Sebel Mandurah

Overlooking the sparkling Mandurah Estuary, the 4.5 star Sebel Mandurah is perfect for family fun, romantic escapes, or relaxed getaways with friends. Beautifully appointed studios and large 1,2 and 3-bedroom apartments offer a choice of estuary and canal vistas, while the hotel is part of a complex offering lively cafés, restaurants, specialty shops, museums and a movie cinema.

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The Seashells Mandurah

Enjoy a beachside holiday at the 4.5 star Seashells Resort Mandurah. Choose from spacious 1,2 or 3 bedroom fully self-contained apartments and luxury beach villas, most with spectacular ocean or marina views.

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Mandurah Quay Resort

The 4 star Mandurah Quay Resort and private marina are situated right on the Peel Inlet. Perfect for those who like to be close to the waterways. It is surrounded by unspoiled bird conservation areas with great hiking trails. Experience nature at its best.

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Bali @ Avalon

Now you can have a Bali experience just an hour from Perth – without the airfares & passport!

Bali @ Avalon is the perfect holiday or weekend getaway, just a 5 minute walk to stunning Avalon Bay and provides resort style comfort. This Mandurah luxury B&B offers two guest rooms with great facilities set among tropical gardens with easy access to a pool and garden lounges.

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Mandurah Houseboats

Board a large, comfy houseboat in Mandurah (no special licence required) and cruise the calm waterways through world heritage-listed wetlands, watching the bank’s wildlife and scenery and stopping by a riverside tavern. Find out more.

 

Lazy River Boutique B&B

When you’re looking for a romantic getaway, the Lazy River Boutique Bed & Breakfast in Pinjarra is a great spot to retreat from when you’re visiting the Peel region. This boutique B&B is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens and native parkland.

You can stay in one of the 4 suites, which are all separated from the host’s homestead. So you can enjoy the peace and quiet in your own privacy, and the hosts Liz and Steve will be sure to make you feel at home!

Steve is a fabulous chef and he’ll check what your favourite meal is before you arrive, so it can be waiting for you when you get here!

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Ibis Park Farmstay

Ibis Park Farmstay is based around the recently renovated 100 year old Jarrah cottage. The property is situated 20 mins from Pinjarra and 30 mins from Mandurah bounded by Forrest and Southwest Highways. The 132-acre farm hosts a combination of domestic and native flora and fauna and is a stone’s throw away from popular crabbing spot Heron Point, Pinjarra Race Club, Pinjarra Trotting Club and the festivities Mandurah has to offer. Take advantage of their great winter special.

 

Dwellingup B&B and Chalets

Escape to Dwellingup B&B and Chalets situated in a tranquil bush setting on the edge of the forest. Your hosts invite you to their Bed and Breakfast and or one of the six self- contained Chalets.

Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in the guest sitting room or out on the adjoining balcony overlooking the picturesque property. There is five 2 bedroom chalets and one wheelchair friendly chalet, all chalets are fully self-contained and sleep between 4 to 8 people.

Visit the nearby Lane Poole Reserve for a walk, swim, fishing, picnic and many more activities. Or try one of the many trails in the area designed for bush walking and mountain bike riding.

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For more Mandurah accommodation options, check out our accommodation page.

 

Places to Eat & Drink

Café Moka

Besides stunning views of Mandurah’s Ocean Marina, Café Moka offers exceptional coffees, great service and one of the best breakfast menus in town. It’s a fantastic place to start the day with a big breakfast, homemade chocolate granola or whipped fetta & avocado bruschetta or some of the other great options in the menu.

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Café Coast

This beautiful family-owned café sits right on the Port Bouvard Marina in Dawesville, about 20 mins south of the Mandurah City Centre.

It doesn’t look like much from the carpark packed with boat trailers, but once you’re inside and out on the balcony, you will feel a world away from any bitumen. You may even say that it feels as if you are on a back deck of a boat, eating breakfast and living the high life! Café Coast is also a great spot for lunch and dinner.

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Flics Kitchen

This beautiful, new Mandurah restaurant is a ‘must’ on your dining list. The kitchen only uses the freshest, in season local produce to create a delicious menu unrivalled anywhere else in Mandurah. Their taps are given to the coolest craft beers from around Australia whilst their wine list incorporates a mouth-watering collection of local and global wines. Flics Kitchen serve food all day long with breakfast running from 8am until midday and lunch/dinner running from midday right through till late.

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Red Manna Waterfront Restaurant

Awarded ‘Best Seafood Restaurant in WA’ in 2016, Red Manna Waterfront Restaurant is specialising in modern Australian cuisine with a focus on seafood. The restaurant prides itself in using the best quality available and utilises as much local WA produce as possible. Located on the foreshore of the scenic Peel Estuary in Mandurah, diners can appreciate the panoramic aquatic views as they settle in the glass-walled restaurant for a romantic dining experience.

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Catch 22 Restaurant

Located on the town’s scenic Dolphin Quay, this gold plate winning restaurant offers a unique menu which intelligently blends local produce with modern Australian and international culinary trends.

If you’re in the mood for sharing, the extensive tapas menu makes for a fun and varied dining experience with friends. Feeling cheeky? Sample one of the Catch 22 Restaurant’s signature cocktails.

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Millbrook Winery

Located in the scenic town of Jarrahdale, just 50 minutes south-east of Perth, the Millbrook Winery is a solid favourite in the Peel Region thanks to its quality wines and aesthetically pleasing surrounds. Nestled in the virgin jarrah forests, the boutique winery offers tasty blends including Chardonnay, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

As well as the tasting room, Millbrook Winery boasts an award winning restaurant that offers a modern Australian menu using locally sourced, organic produce. Not convinced yet? Millbrook Winery was recently recognised by Gourmet Traveller as one of WA’s top three restaurants, so you be the judge.

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Hotham Valley Etmilyn Diner Train

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. Find out more.

 

Things to do

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.

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Creery Wetlands

Creery Wetlands offers 30 acres of nature reserve in Mandurah which annually host over 130 different species of native and migratory birds. These include the tiny Red-necked Stint which weighs no more than a box of matches and flies to Mandurah from Siberia. 

The trail starts at Darwin Terrace, Mariner's Cove (Mandurah).

 

Flying high

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.

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Thrombolites

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 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.

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Steam Train Ride

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). Find out more.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Weekend Trip Ideas

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ArtS & Culture Weekend

  1. Check in to an oceanfront apartment or chalet within Mandurah Ocean Marina. You’re a short stroll fro the vibrant hub of shops, cafés and restaurants within the Marina, and a few minutes’ walk from the city centre.

  2. Next wander into the city to go art hunting. A good place to start is the Smart Street Mall, where you’ll find the galleries of local painter Emma Blyth (Emz Art) and art photographer Christian Fletcher. Also visit Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM) that hosts regular exhibitions throughout the year, has studios which accommodate resident artists and a well utilised workshop space. The Gallery at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre has a continuous program of exhibitions as well. Or explore Mandurah’s public art trails on a leisurely city centre walk.

  3. In the evening, enjoy a dinner with a view at one of Mandurah’s many waterfront restaurants at the Mandurah Ocean Marina or around Mandjar Bay. Catch a show at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre or watch a movie at the Reading Cinemas and finish the evening off with some drinks at one of the bars.

  4. On the next day, head to Pinjarra - one of WA’s oldest settlements - and discover a range of heritage sites as well as natural attractions.

  5. Explore the beautiful historic setting of Edenvale Homestead which also boasts charming tea rooms, a lively machinery museum, delightful gardens and fabulous displays of arts and craft from local groups. Relax and unwind at Cantwell Park, a beautiful spot situated on the banks of the Murray River or walk the Pinjarra Suspension Bridge to get a bird’s eye view of the Murray River. And if the stroll has made you a bit peckish, pop in to the award winning Pinjarra Bakery & Patisserie for some great local produce or enjoy lunch by the Murray River at Ravenswood Pub.

 

For more inspiration, adventures, tour or accommodation bookings, head to www.visitpeel.com.au

 

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