Home' Traveller : Scoop Traveller WA 018 Contents MANDURAH ESCAPE Start unwinding before you’ve even got there
by hopping on a train to Mandurah – it’s only 48 minutes from the Perth
CBD. Go for a stroll to the boardwalk for a coffee and nibble while you
overlook the estuary. From there, it’s an easy walk to catch an exhibition
at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre. Hop across to Dolphin Quay for
lunch; browse the complex; it’s full of great boutiques and amazing views
of the gigantic houses on the canals. Stroll through the Australian Sailing
Museum – it’s the most extensive sailing museum in Australia – and finish
the day with a few quiet drinks at one of the pubs along the terrace.
DAYTRIPPING IN THE PEEL If you’ve got a bit more time up your
sleeve, Mandurah is the perfect place to base yourself and take daytrips
out to explore the rest of the Peel region. With short, scenic drives to each
destination, you can take the kids and it won’t cost the earth.
PINJARRA + DWELLINGUP Jump in the car after work on Friday
and make the most of it – if you leave at 5pm, you’ll be there in time
for fish and chips on the Mandurah foreshore for dinner. Start the next
day with a trip out to the Edenvale Historic Complex in Pinjarra and
finish your visit with morning tea. From there, it’s a 20-minute drive to
Dwellingup for a guided tour through the Forest Heritage Centre (you will
love discovering the flowers and wildlife, plus the treetop canopy walk
is one not to miss). After that, relax with a glass of red and a meal at one
of the local wineries. For the kids, the Peel Zoo in Pinjarra is close by and
home to plenty of local animals. If you’re feeling particularly energetic,
it’s not far from there to the Abington Miniature Village in Barrup, which
includes scale model miniatures of historic buildings from the United
Kingdom, as well as 1000sqm of maze to lose yourself in. And, it’s an
easy drive back to Mandurah in time for tea.
LAKE CLIFTON + WAROONA After a bit of a lie-in, pack a picnic
basket in the car and take the scenic tourist drive along Estuary Road and
the foreshore at Dawesville. Weaving through bushland all the way down
to the inlet where it follows along the water’s edge for several kilometres,
Peter loves to jump on a bike or in a kayak – or anything else that gets
him outside and active – and has been managing Dwellingup Adventure
Tours for the past 17 years. We ask him to draw from his extensive
experience to recommend his top five things to do in Dwellingup.
1. Kayaking and rafting “Kayaking through the Middle Murray is great
simply from an easy-access perspective. It’s suitable for intermediate
kayakers, but you can just jump in, paddle around for a couple of hours,
then take off to a winery afterward. For novices, go to the Upper Murray
– the river runs through plateau flats perfect for the inexperienced. The
views of marri and jarrah forest are incredibly picturesque – and if you
want to camp by the side of the river at Lane Poole, you can. Rafting is
an exhilarating experience – we do daytrips suitable for any skill level
PETER WhiTE | Top 5 Dwellingup adventures
you can stop off and enjoy your picnic at one of the many spots along the
water’s edge. After lunch, continue on to the thrombolites at Lake Clifton.
This reef of living fossils is more than 4000 years old – a rare natural
wonder that draws people from all over the world to see them. Take a
quick detour to some of the award-winning cellar wineries and sample
the unusual bottles of fruit wine grown in Lake Clifton’s limestone soil.
If it’s a weekend, you should go to the Frog Sanctuary on Holmes Road.
An educational facility, the Frog Sanctuary allows you to get up close and
personal in a purpose-built eco enclosure for the native green tree frog
an endangered species only found in the South West of WA. If you’ve
got a bit of energy to spare, take to the Waroona Heritage Trail by foot,
otherwise you can drive it – it’s marked by signposted bollards, passing
by heritage sites and buildings throughout town. Pick up your map at the
Visitor Centre, which also houses an art and craft gallery.
BODDINGTON About an hour-and-a-half’s drive inland lies
Boddington, a tranquil nature-lovers’ paradise filled with green, hilly
bush set on the banks of the Hotham River. If you’re taking the trip out,
it’s worth packing a picnic before you go, so you can take in as much
of the State Forest (which accounts for half of the shire of Boddington).
Arrive in the township and take an easy two kilometre walk along the
banks of the Hotham River - there’s wheelchair access between the
caravan park and Randford Pool. Stop for lunch at Randford Pool, before
continuing on to Lions Weir, which can be accessed by road, via the
visitors’ car park. Cast a line for redfin during spring and autumn, hop in a
canoe and explore the waterways, or go for a swim before heading home.
Best way to enjoy the region? Try our suggestions.
Mandurah & Peel insider
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