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ROD BishOP | MusT-DOs
FLOWER FANCIERS Head to the
region from September to October.
The beautiful purple enamel,
donkey and tiny star orchids are
in full bloom on the Yokine Binda
wildflower trail at Dwellingup’s
Forest Heritage Centre.
BIRDWATCHERS Visit the Creery
Wetlands between October and
March every year for great bird-
spotting. More than 80 species have
been recorded here, including
migratory shorebirds from northern
Asia and Alaska.
YOUNG FAMILIES Jump in the car
for an affordable break with plenty
to see in Mandurah city, and even
more within easy driving distance.
Coastline, walking trails...
DAYTRIPPERS Hop on the train
to enjoy a 48-minute journey to
Mandurah from the Perth CBD, then
spend the day relaxing by the estuary.
RAFTERS Brace yourselves for a
wild and exhilarating ride on the
Murray River from June to October
while the river is full and rushing.
HIKERS You’ll love the beauty of
the forests at the end of winter,
while the ground is firm and a
bit damp, and there’s plenty of
shadow cast by the trees.
Rod is an ex-fisheries officer who
has lived in the region for 13 years
and has owned Bouvard Cruises
for three, so he has plenty of local
knowledge to impart. Mandurah’s
waterside location fits him to a tee.
“It’s such a fantastic lifestyle,” he
says. “We’d never go anywhere else.
We live on the canals, with a boat
out the front, and it doesn’t get any
better.” Rod’s top five activities
aren’t all in the water, though:
1. Take a cruise with the
award-winning Bouvard Cruises
to see playful dolphins and other
wildlife, an award-winning
marina, plus world-class canals
and the multimillion-dollar
homes that line them.
2. Visit Abingdon Miniature Village,
showcasing scale model replica
historic English buildings set
among 1.6ha of award-winning
gardens. Have fun losing yourself
in the village’s 1000sqm maze or
try your skills at mini golf.
3. Dine at one of Mandurah’s many
restaurants, such as Cafe Pronto,
The Stage Door, Red Manna or the
Miami Bakehouse. Sample the
local produce, including wines
from Raven Wines or Peel Estate
Winery. Or simply enjoy a picnic
on the Mandurah Foreshore.
4. Stay at one of Mandurah’s
waterfront or beachfront resorts,
or hire a house boat to enjoy a
relaxed stay in the Peel region.
5. Visit the thrombolites (top) at Lake
Clifton in Yalgorup National Park,
they are ‘living rocks’ that reach
heights of up to 1.3m.
TRAVEL DIARY All these events and more with venue maps and ticketing info can be found at scoop.com.au .
Peel Farmers Market, every sunday, western foreshore, 0414 232 422, www.peelfarmersmarket.com.au • The illusion of Magic, July 24, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (08) 9550 3900, www.manpac.com.au
• The Fairies, July 25, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (08) 9550 3900, www.manpac.com.au • shorter + sweeter, July 28, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (08) 9550 3900, www.manpac.com.au • Elvis to
the Max, August 7, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (08) 9550 3900, www.manpac.com.au • Peace Train – The Cat stevens story, August 14, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (08) 9550 3900, www.manpac.com.au
• The Australian Ballet presents Don Quixote, August 17, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (08) 9550 3900, www.manpac.com.au • Peel Region Canoe Week, August 28-september 12, Dwellingup, Mandurah,
Pinjarra and shoalwater, www.visitmandurah.com • Waroona show, October 9, Waroona Town Oval, Waroona, www.waroonashow.com.au .
on Lake Clifton.
The new marina.
RIGHT Take a canel cruise.
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