Your Bucket List for Mandurah & the Peel Region
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.
FLY THROUGH THE TREE TOPS ON A FLYING FOX
Located at Lane Poole Reserve Dwellingup, Trees Adventure is the closest Tree Top experience from Perth. Unleash your inner adventurer and take on over 80 challenges including over 1 km of flying foxes. The courses are built around the beautiful pine and jarrah trees of Nanga Mill Campground, with exhilirating views as you flying fox through the treetops or quickly stop to catch your breath in the middle of one of our suspended bridges! There is even an airborne skateboard!
GET A BIRD'S EYE VIEW OF MANDURAH & THE PEEL REGION
A great way to see our beautiful region is on a scenic flight. Only 15 minutes from the heart of Mandurah, the Royal Aero Club of WA is operating flights from Murrayfield Aerodrome in their Cessna C172. You can choose from a 30, 45 or 60 minute flight and share this memorable experience with yourself and two extra passengers as you fly over Mandurah city, the canals, the estuary, Dawesville and South Yunderup. These are guaranteed the best views of the Peel Region!
4WD ON PRESTON BEACH
Enjoy endless, clean beach when driving along Preston Beach in the shire of Waroona. Drive a scenic 20-kilometer long 4WD track between Preston Beach and Whitehills Beach, and you will be bestowed with stunning views.
WALK THE BIBBULMUN TRACK FROM DWELLINGUP
Another bucket list item to tick off is walking the Bibbulmun Track. This 1000 km long-distance walking trail also passes through the rustic township of Dwellingup, the gateway to Lane Poole Reserve – the largest park in the northern jarrah forest. The 120 km section between Dwellingup and Collie is a unique wilderness experience.
PADDLE WITH DOLPHINS
Hire a kayak and explore Mandurah’s vast waterways. When you paddle on Mandjar Bay, right at the city centre, more often than not dolphins suddenly pop out of the water right next to you. An experience of a lifetime!
WALK THE BALDWIN BLUFF NATURE WALK
Walk the Baldwin’s Bluff Nature Track at Serpentine Falls National Park. This walk requires you to be reasonably fit as it climbs up gravel tracks to Baldwin’s Bluff. You will pass through jarrah and marri woodlands, eventually coming to wandoo woodland and then finally over exposed granite. But it’s worth the effort. When you get up to the top, you will enjoy a view to die for.
CUDDLE A KOALA
Cuddling a koala is another thing that should not be missed on your bucket list! At Cohunu Koala Park in Byford, you can get this wonderful experience plus a souvenir photo of you holding this cutie.
GO ON A GUIDED HERITAGE WALK
Discover the Mandurah’s history with a free foreshore heritage walking tour or drop into the small but delightful local Community Museum open daily except Mondays. This free leisurely walking tour is 1 hour in duration and runs on Fridays and Saturdays at 10am during spring and summer.
CATCH BLUE MANNA CRABS
Mandurah is famous for blue swimmer crabs which can be caught easily usually during summer from late January to April.
In the canals, you can usually get a few crabs from November onwards, however the summer hot weather gives them a growth spurt and many more reach the legal size.
The crabs are brilliant blue. When they come out of the water they look magnificent in the sunlight, but you must be careful handling them. Netting for crabs is illegal unless you have a license. Find out more.