Top Weekend Getaways
Top 10 Weekend Getaways in the Peel Region
Just south of Mandurah lies a chain of salt lakes with the 2000-year-old thrombolites and migrating waterbirds. Reconnect with nature and camp in the surrounding tuart forests.
Nestled between the beach and the highway, is the secluded Martin’s Tank Campground which sits on one of ten salt lakes in Yalgorup National Park.
From there you can easily explore the largest thrombolite reef in the Southern Hemisphere at Lake Clifton - living fossils that have sheltered in these waters for millennia. They resemble the earliest forms of life on Earth.
Martin’s Tank is just a few minutes’ drive from Preston Beach, which is ideal for four-wheel driving, fishing, swimming and just spending lazy days by the water.
At 50,000 hectares Lane Poole Reserve is the largest park in WA’s northern Jarrah forest. There you find six campgrounds to choose from, plus iconic bushwalking trails, old-growth forests, and canoeing and fishing on the Murray River.
Lane Poole Reserve is a nature lover’s paradise and there are four walking way-marked trails within the reserve: King Jarrah Trail, Chuditch Walk Trail, Xanthorrhoea Walk Trail and Island Pool Walk Trail.
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 on-board 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).
The historic Dwellingup Forest Train is an open carriages train and will take you 8 kilometres eastward from Dwellingup to Etmilyn, along the state's last surviving lightly built developmental railway.At the end of the line there is a 20-25 minute walk trail through the beautiful plant life and seasonal wildflowers of the rare Jarrah Forest.
The train operates on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays at 10.30am and 2pm.
Enjoy this lovely walk trail right alongside the Hotham River which runs through Boddington.
In summer you are able to walk along the Lions Weir to the other side of the river and enjoy the wildlife on and around the river’s edge.
The river also offers the opportunity to fish for local fish species, take a canoe ride or wet your toes along its edges.
A large open park space with gazebo and BBQs is available all year round to enjoy a tranquil BBQ with friends.
With its generous use of Jarrah panelling, open fires (during winter), quiet location, large gardens and long verandas, the Quindanning Hotel & Pub is one of the cosiest places for lunch and also ideal for a weekend or mid-week getaway, any time of the year.
Once an old bauxite mine, Langford Park has been transformed into a beautiful picnic spot. The park includes a man-made lake, adventure playground, barbecues and large lawned areas. With walk trails, bridle trails and wheelchair accessible trails, why not take a trip to experience it for yourself?
Langford Park offers a range of different trails, suitable for a variety of skill levels, all joined by a short track called the Spine. Highlights include Lovers Lane, for beginners and The Fox for those who like a challenge. (Langford Park, Nettleton Road, Jarrahdale)
To relax and recuperate, have some afternoon tea at the Jarrahdale General Store & Café
The historic Jarrahdale General Store, built in 1872, still retains its old charm. Nowadays the General Store incorporates the Old Store Cafe which serves, teas, coffees, cakes and light meals. (Open 7 days from 7am – 7pm).
This 14 km track is accessible from either the Serpentine National Park or the Jarrahdale cemetery carpark. The trail is beautiful, but can be challenging – some steep sections and uneven ground mean it is best suited for walkers with previous experience. If you start from Jarrahdale, there’s also the shorter Stacey’s Track.
No trip to Mandurah would be complete without a boat cruise on the vast, silken waters of the estuary.
Mandurah’s waterways are a favourite for houseboat enthusiasts, who enjoy the countless opportunities they provide. Only an hour away from Perth, this quiet corner feels like another world.
You can also charter your own pontoon or dinghy for a couple of hours or join a cruise through the award winning canals with Mandurah Dolphin Tours or Mandurah Cruises – be sure to keep an eye out for the wild bottle-nosed dolphins, regular visitors to the Mandurah waterway.
Much of Mandurah’s attraction, however, lies onshore. The Marina houses an aquatic playground with breathtaking beaches, boardwalks, parks and piazzas, with an eclectic mix of waterfront stalls, a market, shops, cafes, restaurants and modern facilities for both professionals and amateurs. Even if you’re not a sailing enthusiast, the Ocean Marina is well-worth a visit.
9. Edenvale Homestead, Pinjarra
In just 55 minutes from Perth, following the Kwinana Freeway and Pinjarra Road, you’ll find yourself in the country town of Pinjarra, one of the oldest towns in Western Australia.
Make the Edenvale Heritage Precinct your first stop and step into country life in the 1800s. Check out the vintage farming machinery on display in the museum. See the historic photos on display in the Old Schoolmaster’s House. View the works of local artists on display in the Old School House and Liveringa Homestead. Admire rare blooms in the rose garden, and grab morning tea or lunch at the Heritage Tearooms.
Another reminder of 19th century life can be found at Old Blythewood, just five kilometres from Pinjarra (open weekends only).
Lake Navarino, also known as Waroona Dam, is an aquatic playground and, when full, the surface area covers 145 hectares of which approximately 100 hectares (220 acres) of water is available for water skiing. The balance is for passive recreation such as canoeing, sailing, fishing and swimming. It is also a great spot for fishing.
Horse lovers will enjoy the trails rides through scenic bushland on the panoramic escarpment surrounding Lake Navarino and Drakesbrook Weir.
Rides with refreshment stopovers, or special occasion rides tailor-made to suit will thrill all ages.
Catering to beginners and experienced riders with accommodation available by arrangement, Langford Hill Riding Farm has mounts to suit all abilities and provides all safety gear. Bookings required.