Travelling the South-Western Highway
Did you know that you are probably by-passing some of the most beautiful gems when heading down south to Margaret River? Mandurah & the Peel Region is one of the most diverse regions of Western Australia and offers a wide range of activities from exploring vast waterways and national parks, to visiting wineries and bush walking along trails through the vast Jarrah Forests.
So take your time on our trip and discover heritage sites, natural wonders, exciting adventures and fantastic food and wine experiences.
From Perth to Dwellingup via South-Western Highway
Explore The Historic Town of Jarrahdale
Have breakfast at the charming Jarrahdale General Store Cafe (701 Jarrahdale Road, Jarrahdale). A generous helping of apple pie with cream and a hot chocolate ought to do you.
Next, go on a guided or self-guided walk to explore the history of the historic timber town of Jarrahdale. You can pick up walk maps from the Old Post Office Museum.
If your feet are up for it, hit Baldwin’s Bluff Nature Track, a walk that climbs up a gravel track and requires you to be reasonably fit. The views from the top are stunning – on a clear day you can see as far north as the city and as far south as Mandurah. By now you’ve worked (walked?) up an appetite, so get a late lunch at Cafe on the Dam (Kingsbury Drive, Jarrahdale), which overlooks Serpentine Dam, one of the biggest in WA.
Tempted to stay and extra day in Serpentine/Jarrahdale?
Visit the 15-20m Serpentine Falls at Serpentine National Park. Enjoy the falls, go for a swim, have a picnic or barbecue – the picnic area is full of local wild kangaroos.
If you love bushwalking, check out the fantastic walk trails Kitty’s Gorge.
Next, head to Millbrook Winery (Old Chestnut Lane, Jarrahdale) for a lunch whose deliciousness is matched only by the stunning views over the vineyard, lake, and forest surrounding it. Make sure to give yourself 15 minutes for a pre-lunch wine tasting. If in doubt, order the marron and reserve chardonnay. Lunch bookings are essential.
Keep indulging your taste buds with a visit to Mundella Foods (46 Randell Road, Mundijong), one of WA’s premier dairy companies. Group bookings (eight people or more) include tastings of Mundella’s cheese, yoghurt and probiotic drinks.
Come dinnertime, check out the rough-and-ready Jarrahdale Tavern (640 Jarrahdale Road, Jarrahdale) a real country pub.
Discover Pinjarra and Edenvale Homestead
Once back on South-Western Highway, head to the historic town of Pinjarra, one of WA’s oldest settlements. Explore the picturesque Edenvale Homestead which was built in 1888 by Edward McLarty, son of pioneer farmers John and Mary McLarty who arrived in 1839 from Campbelltown in Scotland. Their son Sir Ross McLarty turned out to become Premier of Western Australia.
Lane Poole Reserve and Dwellingup
From Pinjarra, it’s only a 20 minute drive to the forest town of Dwellingup, a wonderland of natural attractions and heritage sites.
Enjoy native wildlife and reconnect with nature at the 50,000 hectares Lane Poole Reserve near Dwellingup. It’s here where you find the closest tree top adventure experience to Perth!
Trees Adventure is a treetop adventure park high up in the tree canopy. The treetop courses are built around the beautiful pine and jarrah trees of Nanga Mill Campground, with exhilarating views as you experience a 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 including over 1 km of flying foxes when climbing in the jarrah treetops. There is a range of levels to choose from including levels suitable for kids from age 4 upwards.
There’s also an extensive network of bushwalking tracks along the Murray River and numerous opportunities for mountain biking, swimming, fishing, canoeing and white water rafting (usually from June – October) with hire equipment and organised tours available in Dwellingup.
To relax from your bush adventure, enjoy delicious apple cider, ginger beer or fruit wine at The Wine Tree, a picturesque and very popular boutique winery in a beautiful setting. Bring your own picnic and take in the stunning views of the jarrah forest.
Tracks & Trails at Lane Poole Reserve
Dwellingup is where trails meet. Traversing 1000 km, the Bibbulmun Track meanders through towering jarrah and marri forests of Dwellingup. Follow the triangular markers symbolising the Waugal, the rainbow serpent of Aboriginal dreaming.
Or check out the Munda Biddi Trail, meaning “path through the forest”, and enjoy 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.
So, there is plenty to do. If you would like to stay overnight, there are many accommodation options and styles to choose from. There are places to stay for the budget minded, adventure seeker or camper lovers, through to four star luxury chalets and boutique Bed and Breakfast for those looking for a romantic getaway in comfort and style.
Check out the accommodation options in Dwellingup.