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The 499km Munda Biddi cycle
trail cuts through a corridor south
from Jarrahdale on its way to
Nannup. The Peel section of the
trail loops around North Dandalup
Reservoir before detouring through
Dwellingup and Lane Poole
Reserve. Alternatively, tackle
the 8km Marrinup loop trail,
which passes through some of
the country’s oldest rocks, on the
Darling Scarp near Dwellingup.
The trail starts at the old Marrinup
townsite – its loose bauxite gravel
makes things interesting for
There are several golf courses in
the Peel region, two of which are
considered world-class. In fact,
the region is known as WA’s Golf
Coast. Secret Harbour and The Cut
at Port Bouvard are spectacular
courses overlooking the ocean,
while Meadow Springs is a classic
design, winding through a natural
bush setting. Each course is open
to the public with club and cart
hire available – but you do need to
book. Private country courses at
Mandurah and Pinjarra
have limited public access with
very reasonable green fees.
Visit golftourismwa.com for
Head to Yalgorup National Park for
each-way views – there’s saltwater
lakes to the east and ocean to the
west. A host of easy-to-moderate
walks put you in the way of
the vistas. The name Yalgorup
is derived from two Nyoongar
Aboriginal words: yalgor, meaning
‘a swamp or lake’, and up, a suffix
meaning ‘place of’. Fittingly the
park protects 10 lakes that run in
a chain. Lake Clifton is one of only
a few locations in the world where
you can see thrombolites. These
rocks, built by micro-organisms
too small for the human eye to see,
are on the eastern side of the lake
and most easily seen in March and
April. There’s a specially designed
viewing platform where you can
view these fascinating organisms
without damaging them. If you’re
there at sunset, the view over the
boardwalk to ancient dunes in the
west is a breathtaking sight.
Pinjarra locals Annette and Warren Brown own Raven Wines, where
bocce is played on the lawn and the grazing plates stretch to delights
like smoked salmon with gin-infused sheep’s yoghurt, and crispy-skin
pork belly with braised lentils. Annette suggests some regional sights and
activities for the whole family.
For the kids | A visit to Abingdon Miniature Village and the Peel Zoo is
a must. Go crabbing, fishing and boating with the kids – they love it!
In Mandurah, King Carnival and Just 4 Fun Aqua Park on the western
foreshore just can’t be missed in the warmer months.
Food and drink | You can’t always take kids out for lots of meals
so I suggest buying the best possible local produce and creating
your own feast. Pinjarra Meat Supply is a magnificent butcher,
and you can’t go past the Pinjarra Bakery for their award winning
pies and fresh bread – not to mention their delicious gelato.
Ravenswood Fresh is the best place for fruit, vegetables, cheeses
and a selection of gourmet items. The Peel Farmers Market (Sundays,
8am-12pm) is also great for local produce and handcrafted items.
Shopping | Mums should take the opportunity to immerse themselves
in style at DD’s boutique in Pinjarra (and now also in Mandurah).
Every woman that comes to the winery and who has also been there
raves about the clothes, shoes and accessories. While Mum is enjoying
this special treat, Dad can take the kids for a walk along the riverbank
and over the suspension bridge.
Relax and enjoy | Redcliffe on the Murray is a wonderful place in
Pinjarra where people of all ages can enjoy listening to live music
on the banks of the river.
The Cut is one of the region’s
world-class golf courses.
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