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A small yet concentrated collection
of wildflowers can be seen as
spring arrives (September) in the
forest outside of Dwellingup. The
Marrinup Falls walking trail begins
at the car park on Greys Road, off
Banksiadale Road. The trail is a
pleasant 1.4km walk along a
well-established path that offers
views of cascading waterfalls as
it winds its way through the forest.
There are peak concentrations of
rare crimson, spider, donkey and
cowslip orchids, native wattle and
Beachcombing in the Peel region
is a pleasant way to waste some
time, while inland the walking/
cycling options increase with the
Bibbulmun Track and Munda Biddi
Trail. The 1000km Bibbulmun takes
in Dwellingup, offering terrific
walking, no matter your level of
fitness. The Munda Biddi cycling
trail cuts through Peel, taking in
the region’s best scenery at North
Dandalup Dam, Dwellingup forests,
and Lane Poole Reserve. Winter/
spring is the best time to head out,
when the weather is mild and the
landscape lush and green
There are two major 4WD
adventures on offer in the Peel
region: beach driving and forest
tours. Beginning at Preston Beach
at the region’s southern tip, there
are miles of beach driving options
leading north to Tim’s Thicket.
Dune preservation is paramount,
so consult City of Mandurah
Ranger (08) 9550 3630 for access
information and condition reports.
Winter weather and tidal changes
can alter the beach conditions, so
caution is advised. Forest tracks
around Dwellingup, Waroona and
Lane Poole offer mid-winter camp
sites and riverside rest points, and
are prime 4WD destinations.
Mandurah and Peel mark the
beginning of a chain of lakes and
estuaries from Perth to Bunbury,
providing habitats for many
species of water and bush birds.
They are within easy reach of the
new freeway and trains from Perth.
Mandurah Estuary | Pelicans,
gulls, cormorants, darters and
spoonbills can usually be observed
feeding in the estuary between the
two Mandurah traffic bridges.
Erskine Lake | Many common
water birds can be seen at close
quarters, and night herons are
known to breed here.
Creery Wetlands | Up to 60
species of water birds have been
recorded, including 22 species
of migratory shore birds. Low
tides and extensive mudflats in
summer attract large numbers of
waders. Because of its importance
for water birds, the region was
nominated for listing under
international wetlands agreement
the Ramsar Convention. Regular
bird surveys include sharp-tailed
sandpipers, red-necked avocets,
fairy terns (nesting), herons,
egrets, banded and black-winged
stilts, plovers, osprey and several
other raptors. Two entrance gates
are located off Darwin Terrace,
Coodanup – Creery Wetlands
itself is protected by a feral-
proof fence. The area provides
boardwalks, viewing platforms
and interpretive information.
Look out for bush birds in the
scrub. Visit creerywetlands.info for
Lake McLarty | A freshwater lake
that can contain thousands of
water birds in summer as other
lakes dry up.
The Creery Wetlands Reserve is a
favourite destination for birdwatchers
(Photography Chris Tate).
Peel is popular with
View of the marina
(Photography Chris Tate).
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo.
(Photography Peel Zoo).
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