By So Perth
Whether it’s adventure you seek or Zen to recharge the Mandurah and Peel Region has it all.
You don’t have to head to Bali to relax or up to Kimberley for adventure as there is plenty of both just south of Perth.
It may be cold outside but in Mandurah, its kitchens are a sure-fire hit to warm up the insides. Forget the days of waiting around for crabbing season as the catch of the day isn’t just limited to the depths of Mandurah’s canals or where the net is casted.
Flavour fever is spreading with a bountiful of waterside restaurants and cafés waiting to capture your palate from across the town centre to the sea.
And…I’m riding in a very comfortable coach!
The experience of 4x4 adventure in a bus on the beach is an utterly new one and I’m very pleased the folks at Westside Tours thought of doing it. Ten minutes ago, we were in the carpark in front of the sand dunes and our guides Darren and Steve were expertly releasing air pressure in the huge tyres of our custom designed 4x4 coach.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt
Perhaps, like me, you have seen photos of segways and wondered how they operate. Well they are on two wheels, look a bit like old-fashioned upright mowers and you stand on them while they move you along. They are pre-charged with electricity and as non-polluters they are a great way to get around in an urban environment. They also allow you to traverse a fair distance without exertion.
TOP WA CHEF CHAMPIONS PEEL PRODUCERS
Peel Region producers have become a favourite of Fremantle based chef Kenny McHardy, and he’s on the hunt to uncover more of the regions incredible producers that are, as he says, literally on his doorstep.
Cook a delicious meal with the winner in Buy West Eat Best WA's Celebrity Signature Dish! Peel ambassadors Mark Gibson from Today Tonight WA and Kenny McHardy cooked a delicious dish and we are sharing it with you: Slow Braised Harvey Beef shin with Roasted Sweet Potato, Pickled Vegetables and Mundella yoghurt. A true showcase of the very best of our Peel Region.
Explore Mandurah with the Kids – Awesome Family Getaway Ideas
Feel like you need a weekend away to relax, recharge and spend time together as a family?
One of Western Australia’s most unique holiday towns is ready to welcome you. Mandurah offers the perfect getaway for you and your loved one. Relax and find yourselves again with a romantic, 48-hour getaway in Mandurah.
Just because the Winter season is here doesn’t mean you have to curl up on the couch for 3 months until the warmer Perth weather comes back.
Now is the perfect time to grab your mates or your family, jump in the car (or on the train) and head down to Mandurah to experience the best the Peel Region has to offer.
Written and directed by Ben Elton, award-winning novelist, playwright, television writer and lyricist, Three Summers is described as a fusion of romance, music and political satire inspired by the Fairbridge Festival.
Only an hour’s drive south of Perth, the City of Mandurah is famous for its magnificent vast waterways and protected ecosystem. We have picked the Best Eco Experiences in Mandurah & the Peel Region for you:
Before the Freeway helped the hustle of modern life get from City to the South, it was very common to drive through Byford on South Western Highway.
I remember Byford to be the place I would stop fuel up on a hot chicken Roll from Chooks. I always felt my body unwind as I drove through the lush green pastures and spotting the Kangaroos on the fields.
The state’s darling scarp and splendid coastlines meet, exemplifying the very best of Western Australia. Mandurah & the Peel Region’s diverse environment means endless holiday experiences to choose from. To make it a little easier we’ve made a list of the top ten reasons why you should visit…
As the weather warms up in November, crabbing season begins.
Blue swimmer crabs are native to Mandurah, and the area is renowned for excellent crabbing. By January the Peel Inlet-Harvey Estuary is swimming with full size crabs ready to be caught for your seafood dinner.
The Mandurah and the Peel Region is an anytime destination, and this includes bad weather days when you just want to stay inside! While it can be comfortable to stay under the covers, don’t think that there isn’t anything to do outdoors!
There are plenty of things to explore and experience in Mandurah and the Peel Region in the cold season. So without further ado, here’s how to keep busy while staying warm during your visit.
Getting started in the morning is sometimes dependant on coffee. Good coffee can be the instrumental key to make your day Boom or Gloom. I must admit to you all, I am not addicted to coffee, rather.. I feel we are in a committed relationship…
So here goes my list of 5 places you absolutely must go to get that all important roasted bean fix
The Hairy Lentil – Beetroot Latte
So if you have been in a drowsy uncaffeinated haze you would possibly not know that beetroot lattes are a thing. Combining the superfood qualities of Beetroot and the goodness we already know and love of coffee. This drink even has a bit of pink prettiness too..Head to Waroona and see what amazing things are happening at the Hairy Lentil.
Jarra Infusion– Coffee and Art Experience
Head out to Pinjarra for a great coffee and to browse the cafe for local art. check out their facebook page also as they often have art and craft workshops. Totally Kid friendly too! Coffee chat and learning something new and cool! what could be better?
Flics Kitchen– Blacklist Espresso Martini
Ok so this one is one of those loopholes in life where it’s never too early for a coffee. We can say that it’s 5pm somewhere but I really think it is not necessary. Coffee + Martini is pure genius. Flics is open from 8am so its a sure way to start your day with a bang! Have one with your breakfast darling, absolutely fabulous.
Tree of life– Delightful High Teas
This stunning café, provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere, great coffee and delicious, healthy food. Their high teas are lovely for a special occasion or treat. Details here
DPM Cafe– Coffee and Donut Day
Did someone say Donut? I mean ridiculously huge mouth watering donut the size of a baby’s head? Yep. I did! Coffee and a Donut every Friday and Saturday at DPM. Get in early as they do sell out of donuts..Opens from 6am. I think I said donuts enough.. donuts..donut.
Mandurah and the Peel Region is your destination for easily accessible adventures in all sorts of natural environments, only an hour south of Perth.
Many people have no idea how big the Peel Region actually is. Encompassing the shires of Murray (Pinjarra & Dwellingup), Serpentine/Jarrahdale, Waroona, Boddington and the City of Mandurah, the Peel Region offers you 6,600 square kilometres of outdoor fun and adventure – from the Indian Ocean coastline, up rivers, across estuaries and through bushland to the eastern escarpments. You’ll find so many unique experiences there, creating a bucket list is no easy feat. So we’ve picked the top ‘must dos’ for you.
You won't be short of activities this August in the Peel Region.
Get inspired by our top 5 adventures for this month. Discover the magic of the Wine Tree in Dwellingup, explore the Creery Wetlands in Mandurah, go fishing and 4WDing on Preston beach, enjoy the Heron Trail, one of the Peel Region's most beautiful canoe trails, and see local art at Boddington.
Tom Parker Bowles, British food critic (and Prince Charles’ step-son), was in Mandurah recently in his new role as producer of Channel Nine’s new foodie reality tv series, The Hotplate.
As he was filming with Western Australian contestants Conrad and Liam at their Mandurah waterfront restaurant Duck Duck Moose, he looked up over Mandjar Bay and reportedly quipped – ‘Keep the French Riviera: this is the place to be!’
As well as confirming what we’d always thought, this set us thinking: could we list the 10 top reasons why Mandurah beats the French Riviera?
Brrrrrrrr, winter has definitely arrived! This season usually means staying indoors and rugged up next to the fire place, but not in the Peel Region. There are plenty of things to explore and experience in Mandurah and the Peel in the cold season.
Escape to Boddington for an ‘adventurous’ and unique golf experience. Take the kids for a family trip to Pinjarra where they can have the opportunity to have their ‘hands on experience’ or hit the road to Waroona where they will discover the secretes of milk. Visit the Manning Tractor and Machinery Museum in Serpentine and discover some fascinating collections or spend those chilly nights in a warm and cosy restaurant in Mandurah.
Winter is finally here and you’ll have plenty reasons to love it. The bush is lush and green, rivers are flowing and it opens up a whole new range of options and activities on our region. Stay a little longer, the Peel Region is the perfect location to base yourself for a winter break or weekend away.
Get your adrenaline pumping in Dwellingup this winter or visit Jarrahdale for a special culinary adventure. Experience fantastic views in Waroona or stroll through Boddington and find unique local products. If you want to get a bird’s eye view of the region, go on a joy flight near Mandurah.
Winter is getting closer, but you will never be short of activities in Mandurah & the Peel Region. Take advantage of this beautiful time of the year and find fantastic adventures throughout the region.
Discover local art in Waroona, get active in Jarrahdale, let Boddington surprise you and be inspired by all the other great activities this autumn.
Check out our May adventures - some of them are secret spots that the locals wish you didn’t know about and others are exciting activities for your next weekend away:
Our day here in Dwelligup town on Easter Saturday 2015 was a huge success – with 3000 people coming through our gates throughout the day. People travelled from all around the south-west (including suburbs of Perth, both north and south of the river; Fremantle, Rockingham, Mandurah and Busselton) to attend this unique and fun family day out. Everybody loved the relaxed, welcoming country atmosphere of our little town.
Looking for a quick getaway and some extraordinary adventures? Look no further than Mandurah & the Peel Region – experience trails with a view, best spots for houseboating, native and unique bushland, food and wine adventures and much more that will surprise you... the region is full of all sorts of adventures, just waiting for you!
Experience the life of a professional Zookeeper for a day. Learn about animal husbandry, feeding, animal handling, and captive breeding. Get up close and personal with Tassie Devils, Koalas, Quolls, and so much more. Zookeeper 4 A Day; a unique, unforgettable, hands on experience, only at Peel Zoo.
Peel zoo is more than just a zoo… it’s a hands on adventure.
Wander through aviaries with local and exotic birds, feed the friendly kangaroos out of your hand or just admire the extensive collection of animals. However you choose to enjoy it, the Peel Zoo is a wonderful family day out that the kids will love.
Koalas, kangaroos, deer, foxes, beautiful birds, Tasmania devils, long nose potoroos, spotted tailed quolls, farm animals and reptiles are some of the animals that you will find at the Peel Zoo.
Nothing can prepare you for the overwhelming Christmas lights on display in the canals of Mandurah. Every year as December arrives, the spirit of celebration invades the Peel Region and you are able to smell the holiday season everywhere. Christmas time in the Mandurah canals is a time of celebration and holiday spirit as the canals begin to light up with amazing decorations. Residents decorate their beautiful yards, impressive balconies and huge homes with festive decor and thousands of fairy lights that reflect magically on the otherwise peaceful water.
At the Boddington Lions Rodeo you’re so close to the action that it’s impossible not to get excited. Bull riding is one of the highlights of the rodeo. The ground shakes as the angry, heavy bull kicks the ground. The cowboys ready themselves in anticipation of the struggle. The danger is almost palpable. After a short struggle the cowboy flies off the victorious bull and a puff of red dust fills the air as he crashes to the ground. There’s so much activity, colour, passion, motion and adrenaline in the air that you can almost taste it.
To cruise or not to cruise… that is the question. In the end we decided to cruise, and I don’t regret it at all! I had the opportunity to forget about work, stress and everything else for 1 hour. How lucky am I?
We were invited by Mandurah Cruises to enjoy the adventure of a 1 hour scenic canal cruise around the beautiful and charming Mandurah waterways and I have to say, what a perfect break the daily routine.
As a newbie to Mandurah (and someone who doesn’t yet own a boat, canoe, kayak, jetski, wakeboard, you-name-it) I was keen to go to the Mandurah Boat Show and see what it was all about. As I figured we’d eventually get a water craft of some kind, the Boat Show struck me as exactly the right place to be to suss all this out. Might there be a boat there with my name on it?
New Mandurah friends invited us to go to the boat show - by boat - as you do here - and we commenced the quest with a fortifying lunch of fish at Catch 22 Restaurant after parking the neat craft alongside said restaurant. Great, I figured. With a bit of training, I could do that, I thought.
On entering the boat show, armed with a 2014 program which proclaimed I was about to encounter ‘a festival of boating,’ I didn’t know where to start. This was a happening place - demonstrations of gear, fish filleting, cooking, watercraft, dry docking systems, and, best of all, there was stuff here I’d never seen before - let alone dreamt of - like jet surfs!