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Being so close to Perth, it wasn't going to be long
until Mandurah served up a cosmopolitan lifestyle.
The luxury marina has a range of
award-winning restaurants, shopping and
accommodation that attracts crowds looking for a
high-end night out and a relaxing holiday.
There's nothing more soothing than awakening
to a view of the ocean, which is why new
developments such as the Sebel Mandurah, are
introducing waterfront luxury accommodation,
service and facilities to the region.
The 4.5 star hotel is within walking distance of
Mandurah's best cafes, dining and shopping and offers
all of the creature comforts of a world-class hotel.
No holiday is complete without indulging
Jump in the car, follow the signs, and inside an hour you
are in one of WA's most diverse and fastest developing
travel destinations. New developments, restaurants and
accommodation are attracting demanding crowds in Mandurah
and the coast, and it is only a matter of time before this
develops into a renowned luxury destination. Yet, head 30
minutes inland and experience the serenity and isolation of the
hidden country, jarrah forests, rivers and lakes, walking and
riding trails and beautiful camping grounds. TEXT: CLARE RYAN
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
in fine food and wine. Fix your craving for
fresh produce and a memorable experience at
Cafe Pronto. Located on a historic site on the
corner of Mandurah Terrace and Pinjarra Road,
the restaurant offers a gourmet experience
overlooking the water.
The restaurant collected a silver medal at
the 2009 WA Tourism Awards in the category
of Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services,
overcoming some of the state's best restaurants to
win the award -- be sure to pop in and see what
the fuss is about.
Continue your luxury experiences by heading
inland to Pinjarra's Raven Wines.
The contemporary venue offers a selection of
award-winning wines and tasty meals and owners
Warren and Annette Brown have some new plans
for the venue in 2010.
Make sure you stay updated by visiting
www.ravenwines.com.au or call (08) 9531 2774.
Whether you're looking for a quiet spot in the
sand to relax and soak-up the sun or you're after
some adventure, the coastline is full of activities to
Preston Beach is only 20 minutes south of
Mandurah and is famous for its pristine sand,
fishing spots, and untouched coastline that is
waiting for you explore -- and drive on. Preston
Beach has some of the best four-wheel drive terrain
in the state, especially if you're an inexperienced
driver. For a full stretch of coastline get on at
Preston Beach and head north and exit at White
Hill Road, or head south to Myalup. The distance
from White Hill Road to Myalup is around 50km.
There are a few rules you need to follow,
though, such as only driving at a speed limit of
20kmh, not driving along the dunes and not
camping or lighting fires on the beach. Take the
kids for a fishing trip with a difference and drive
along the beach and let them pick the perfect
fishing spot. The new Perth to Bunbury highway
means the trip to Preston Beach from Perth is even
shorter. Follow the signs and turn off Old Coast
Road on to Preston Beach Road and you're there.
As you leave Preston Beach, make a quick stop
into Yalgorup National Park and check out the
thrombolites at Lake Clifton.
One of the few locations in WA, and the
world, that has these living fossils. The lake has
a viewing platform that lets you get close to the
amazing "living rocks".
Mandurah & Peel
(this picture) Mandurah
Foreshore (image courtesy
Tourism WA); (right) the
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