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PERTH & SURROUNDS
• Scoop for crabs
in the estuary
• 4WD along Whitehills Beach
• Walk the heritage
trail in Pinjarra
• Take the steam train
• Taste the local produce
in the Hotham Valley
• Take the kids to Peel Zoo
• Have a meal by the water
• Rent a house boat
• Visit the Forest
All these events and more at
BRINGING YOUR DOG ALONG?
Don’t worry about boarding kennels and the cost anymore – many of the national
parks and camping grounds in the Peel Region are pet-friendly.
The markets, on the Mandurah Boardwalk, are held every Sunday from 8am to
midday, and are the place to grab your fresh fruit, veg and provisions that are locally
grown in the region. Kids will enjoy the animals, kid-friendly activities and live music.
BODDINGTON LIONS RODEO
Recognised as the largest rodeo in Western Australia, this weekend event has
something in store for everyone: a shearing competition, fine arts and crafts, carnival
rides, entertainment, great bands and, of course, the rodeo itself, including bull
riding, steer wrestling, bareback riding and much more! Nov.
CHANNEL 7 MANDURAH CRAB FESTIVAL
It’s all things seafood again on the Mandurah Foreshore. Revel in live performances,
activities, cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, market stalls, the children’s
stage and an abundance of fine cuisine, with fireworks to close the event. Mar.
Western Australia’s most popular family camping festival. This friendly celebration
of folk, roots, blues, acoustic, Celtic, a cappella and world music takes place on
a self-contained bushland site of Fairbridge Village. Almost 100 acts will entertain
you on this amazing magical escape from our everyday lives. Come for the day or
camp for the three-day weekend! Apr.
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The Boddington Lions Rodeo
(photography Shire of Boddington).
Enjoying the Mandurah foreshore
(photography Diane Clare).
Drive your own vehicle up Whitehills
Beach, 15 minutes from Mandurah and
the closest place south of Perth to 4WD
along a beach. Keep driving south and
stop and to see the thrombolites, living
fossils easily viewable from a purpose-built
boardwalk: these babies are among the
earliest known lifeforms on earth! If you’re
headed to Preston Beach, there are miles
of beach driving options leading north to
Tims Thicket. This stretch of coastline has
terrific fishing and beach 4WD tracks. Camp
at Martins Tank within the Yalgorup National
Park, amidst the peppermint woodland and
tuart forest. Dune preservation is important,
so check with the City of Mandurah ranger
for access. There are inland forest tracks for
4WDing around Dwellingup, Waroona and
Lane Poole. The Nanga Heritage Circuit
winds through jarrah forest and river valley
along a network of timber tramways, steam
train tracks and trestle bridges. The Captain
Fawcett Commemorative 4x4 Track is an
easy to medium-grade track out of the
Lane Poole Reserve, showcasing more than
100km of forests, views, historic farmhouses
and early settlers’ bridges. There are also
mountain-bike and bridle trails.
Fishing for blue swimmer crabs in the Peel
Inlet and the channel entrance, Harvey
Estuary, Dawesville Cut, Novara and
Coodanup is a popular family activity in
summer. The best times to catch them are
about half an hour after sunrise and one
hour before sunset. There is no licence
required, but check with the Department
of Fisheries for new rules. Prawns are likely
to be plentiful throughout the estuary early
in summer – fish for them around the Old
Mandurah Bridge, or off a boat. Steer clear
of the mussels if you are unsure about them.
CAMPING AND NATURE
There are many campsites within the Peel
region, ranging from beach and estuary sites
to those tucked away in the forest. Always
go prepared and take mosquito repellent.
One top pick is the Lane Poole Reserve,
a nature lover’s paradise, where you can
enjoy abundant wildlife and ever-changing
landscapes. The reserve covers nearly
55,000ha, comprising rock-rimmed pools,
rapids and small waterfalls, opening out to
steep, forested valley slopes and undulating
woodlands. If the wildlife can be tricky to
spot at times, Peel Zoo is the ideal spot for
youngsters (age 8 to 16) to visit. They can
even suss out the life of a zookeeper for
a day and learn about animal husbandry,
feeding, animal handling, and captive
breeding. Get up close and personal with
Tassie devils, koalas, quolls, and so much
more. For mountain-bikers, there is an
extensive network of bushwalking tracks
along the Murray River, and the Munda
Biddi off-road cycle trail also runs through
the reserve, with many campsites on route.
There are numerous opportunities for
swimming, fishing, canoeing and rafting,
with hire equipment and organised
tours available from the nearby town of
Dwellingup if required. The Bibbulmun Track
also cuts through the reserve, and Swamp
Oak is the campsite on the track. Baden
Powell, Charlies Flat, Chuditch, Tony’s Bend,
Yarragil, Stringers, Icy Creek, Nanga and
Nanga Mill all offer camping and facilities.
There are also farmstays and cottages
aplenty in this region. The Bibbulmun Track,
Chuditch Walk Trail, King Jarrah Walk Trail,
Les Couzens Bridle Trail, Munda Biddi
Trail, the Murray Valley Circuit and Nanga
Heritage Circuit all criss-cross the reserve
and state forest. Swim at Baden Powell
(also a good place for kids to paddle), Bobs
Crossing, Island Pool, Yarragil and Stringers.
Lion’s Weir near Boddington is a popular
picnic spot adjacent to a caravan park.
CAR | Kwinana Freeway to Mandurah
takes an hour. The South Western
Highway goes to Pinjarra: from there,
Pinjarra Williams Road heads to
Dwellingup and Boddington. If you’re
going to Hotham Valley from Perth,
Albany Highway is more direct.
TRAIN | From Perth CBD, trains
depart regularly to Mandurah.
A more scenic route can be taken
aboard the Australind train, running
through Pinjarra and Waroona.
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