Visit Peel Spring Tips
1. Cruise, paddle, sail, or ski on the ultimate aquatic playground
The Peel Region is a fresh wonderland of water, with miles of incredible coastline, babbling brooks, beautiful lakes and an abundance of water-based activities.
Peel-Harvey Inlet, Mandurah’s jewel in the crown, is ideal for canoeing, paddle boating, kayaking, jet-skiing, boating, house-boating, dolphin cruises, fishing, and crabbing. Or explore further afield with the vast inland waters, including the Murray River, Waroona Dam and the internationally listed Peel-Yalgorup system.
For fishing, the beaches, estuary, lakes and rivers are easy to access, and deep-sea fishing charters are simple to arrange 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).
For an adrenaline rush, take a high-speed cruise on Mandurah Cruise’s brand new Dolphin Island Adventure, hire a jet ski, go flyboarding or even white water rafting. Check out all your water adventures here
2. Explore a thrombolite reef and see what life was like when the earth began
Less than half an hour’s drive south of Mandurah you’ll find Lake Clifton and the Yalgorup National Park. There, you’ll see 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 huge 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 the Serpentine National Park. Follow the Serpentine River where you’ll see wattle, kangaroo paws, and orchids in spring. Another delightful place to spot WA’s famous wildflowers is Marrinup, a tranquil forested area, just a few kilometres from the country town of 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.
3. Wander through towering forests, misty valleys and over coastal heathlands
Whatever your level is, the Peel Region has hiking and cycle trails for everyone. There is a range of popular bushwalking trails in Lane Poole Reserve near Dwellingup, including Island Pool, Nanga Brook, Chudditch and King Jarrah walk trails. The longest of these is a 18km loop with the shortest running to 1.2km.
All trails provide wonderful opportunities to spot the native forest wildlife including Scarlet Robins and Red-winged Fairy Wrens in the understorey or the Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos feeding high up in the canopy.
The Bibbulmun Track, one of the world’s great long distance walk trails, is for walkers only and suitable for everyone. Whether it’s a short stroll, a weekend break, or the challenge of becoming an ‘end-to-ender’, there’s no better way to discover the natural wonders of the region.
The Marrinup Cycle Trail is a family-friendly cross-country loop on the outskirts of Dwellingup – passing through Jarrah forest. The track is mainly flat with a few gradual hills, so no matter your experience with bike-riding it will be a relaxing yet rewarding cycle through spectacular forests’.
For world-class, off-road cycling trails with, ride the Munda Biddi Trail. Exclusively for mountain bikes, it’s 1,000 kilometres of cycling heaven! Passing through magnificent Lane Poole Reserve, the trail also takes cyclists through the historic timber towns of Jarrahdale, Waroona and Dwellingup. The trail has sections suitable for all ages and experience levels.
Check all trials around Mandurah and the Peel Region here.
4. Enjoy a picnic by a lake and while the afternoon away
What better way to enjoy spring with some yummy local food and wine in a picture perfect setting. This region has hundreds of beautiful spots to BBQ and picnic just waiting for you to unroll your blanket. Get inspired and find some perfect BBQ or picnics spods here.
One of the secret spots the locals don’t want you to know about is North Dandalup Dam in the region’s northern part. Have a picnic at the recreation lake and enjoy coastal views from the lookout. Beautiful clear waters, rolling hills in the background, a sandy beach, lawn, shaded tables and gas barbecues make Drakesbrook Weir in Waroona the perfect picnic spot. Or get stunning estuary views in Mandurah from any of the many picnic spots along Estuary Road in Dawesville and Bouvard.
At Serpentine Falls relax by the waterfall and dip your toes in! While there you could even go for a bush walk on the Falls Walk Trail to soak up the beauty of nature and enjoy the various wildlife like kangaroos.
Need ideas on what to put in your basket? The Peel Region is rich in genuine local produce. Enjoy golden fish and chips with the family on the Mandurah foreshore or catch your own seafood and find fresh produce from local farms. Go exploring through the area’s locally grown produce at one of the many weekend markets throughout the region. There is plenty of delicious dairies here, too. Try the locally made, award-winning cheeses at Borrello Cheese in Oakford. Or buy the freshest and finest yoghurt and cheese at Mundella Foods in Mundijong, WA’s premier dairy company (door sales on weekdays only).
Find out more, as well as other dining options in Mandurah and the Peel Region
If you don’t fancy packing your own, purchase a picnic hamper from Millbrook Winery and dine in the stunning surrounds of this award-winning winery.
In Spring and Summer, the winery also offers a No Waste Monday dining experience where the chef throws away the menu and gets creative utilising the fresh produce from the Millbrook garden left at the end of the weekend service. Garden tours before the service are also offered. Booking essential.
5. 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, Three Summers was written and directed by renowned comedian Ben Elton and is a comedy about a community who discover they have much more in common than their taste in music.
With Three Summer’s Australian cinematic release on 2 November now is the time to see its filming location and get ready to say “I’ve been there” when you watch the film. 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 To learn about the filming location and places they visited read more here.
6. Have a game of golf and try not to be distracted by the spectacular views
The Peel Region's variety of world-class golf courses, including three links courses, are all in close proximity, a rare thing to find anywhere. Our immaculately kept fairways and greens in beautiful surroundings will excite and challenge golfers of all abilities.
Tee off at The Cut, one of WA’s most prestigious and picturesque golf courses. Sculpted into the dunes, the stunning links layout features fairways with oceanfront views. Secret Harbour Golf Links design was inspired by the classic Scottish courses and is set against a breathtaking Indian Ocean panorama. With its undulating landscapes and fast running fairways, The Links Kennedy Bay www.kennedybay.com.au will be an enjoyable challenge for any golfer.
Mandurah Country Club www.mandcountryclub.com.au is a hidden gem amongst parklands and majestic trees. Pinjarra Golf Club www.pinjarragolf.com.au offers an impressive a course in a lovely country setting. Meadow Spring Golf and Country Club has hosted seven WA Opens and provides food and beverage facilities for you to sit back and soak in the views after an enjoyable day of play.