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Mandurah & Peel insider
Just an hour or less from Perth by car
will get you to a beautiful coastline, lush
bushland and more adventure than you
can poke a stick at. It’s perfect for a
daytrip to relax at the marina, for a lazy
weekend exploring the bush or for a
week of action-packed holidaying.
ENJOY... adventure in the bush while
the trees are at their greenest, the creeks
at their fullest and the ground its firmest.
Region size: 5600sqkm
Distance from Perth: 45km
• 48 minutes by train from Perth’s CBD
• 0 dollars to park your car
• 7 stunning golf courses
• 14 wineries with cellar door
• 130 different species of bird
• 4000-year-old thrombolites, made of
ancient microbes, at Lake Clifton.
• WA’s largest dolphin population is here.
• Mandurah makes the cover art of The
Triffids’ album Born Sandy Devotional.
• Dwellingup’s tree-top walk is 11m high.
• The Bibbulmun and Munda Biddi
tracks run through this region.
CLIMATE Day temperatures of 18oC
in July, up to 25oC by November. Rainiest
month is July (153mm average).
Get down to the Peel Farmers
Market to peruse the local produce
every Sunday through June as
it moves from the Mandurah
foreshore to its winter location in
Greenfields. As the weather starts
to cool in July, chase away the cold
wineries with cellar door through
the Peel region. Adventurous types
should head to Dwellingup in
August – pitch a tent at Lane Poole
Reserve and take a hike through
the forest or go rafting just as the
rains ease, or take to the Munda
Biddi Trail on your mountain bike
while the ground is still firm and
not dusty. September and October
are best for thrill-seeking white
water rafters as the rapids are full
and flowing. It’s also the peak time
for wildflower-chasers to head to
Dwellingup for orchids and to
take tours of the private gardens
in this area through the Open
Garden Scheme. November brings
the fishers to Mandurah’s beaches
and jetties to try their luck. And, as
the heat starts to rise in December,
take refuge at the city’s many
white sandy beaches, or take a
dolphin-spotting cruise on the
Beautiful sunsets, beaches,
fish – it’s all in this region.
THINGS TO DO
Mandurah & Peel | July to December 2010.
REASONS TO GO
What’s a visit to Mandurah without
a duck down to the foreshore? With
grassed area and space for a barbecue
right on the estuary, it’s an ideal outing
for all. If you’d rather eat out, cafes
and bistros run along the main drag (as
well as a killer Old English lolly shop).
The Mandjar Markets run from mid-
November every Sunday – have a trawl
through to pick up a bargain.
LANE POOLE RESERVE
A must-visit for anyone who loves the
great outdoors, the Lane Poole Reserve
is an excellent place to set up camp
and explore – fees apply for campers.
Dog owners, take note: you can bring
your pooch so long as it’s on a leash.
Adventurous types love visiting during
the winter when the rivers are running
full and the ground is firmer for biking,
and it’s full of families swimming and
hiking when the weather turns warmer.
THE CREERY WETLANDS
Classified as a ‘wetland of international
signifacance’ by the Ramsar Convention,
the Creery Wetlands are an important
habitat for waterbirds, including 22
different species of migratory shorebirds
who visit each year from October and
which come from as far away as Alaska.
There’s also a quenda (southern brown
bandicoot) colony. Explore this eco-
system via designated walk trails and
viewing platforms provided.
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