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Ashort drive inland from bustling Mandurah by the sea lie the flat plains of the Peel
region. Bordered by the forests and rolling hills of the Darling Scarp, the area is fed
by the Murray, Serpentine and Harvey rivers that flow into the vast Peel Inlet and
Harvey Estuary. Hundreds of thousands of birds fly thousands of kilometres every
year to feed, rest and recuperate here – birdwatchers from around the world fly to admire them
en masse. The migratory shorebirds arrive in spring and leave again in autumn. Others enjoy
the crabs, fish, prawns and other bounty on offer all year round – as do many keen fishermen.
Dolphins are a regular sight and even swim as far upstream as Pinjarra. In winter, the rivers
come alive and the whitewater rapids become irresistible to experienced paddlers. Spring sees
outdoor enthusiasts flock to Dwellingup and the regions’ many dams and lakes for picnics,
bushwalking, mountain biking, and to admire the wildflowers and lushness of the countryside.
The area is an equestrian centre, and horse riding along the Darling Scarp near Waroona
– taking in the magnificent ocean vistas – is one way to appreciate the beauty. Skydiving is
another. The region’s rich pioneering history is brought to life by heritage walks through the
well-preserved historic towns. A ride along the State’s last surviving pioneering railway, on
Hotham Valley Railway’s original ‘steam ranger’, is a truly exhilarating experience.
This is the destination of choice for city dwellers wanting an affordable
luxury weekend away, only an hour from Perth. With its resorts and luxury
waterfront holiday apartments, fine dining options and designer-label
shopping, there is much to do for all ages.
Step into the past and walk the heritage trail along the stunning Murray
River, surrounded by cattle and horse country. It’s a bustling town centre
with one of the State’s top bakeries and a designer boutique to fit you out for
the many thoroughbred races the area is known for.
Nestled in the jarrah forests of the Darling Escarpment is the adventure trails
hub where the Bibbulmun Track and Munda Biddi Trail meet. Here you can
4WD the Nanga Heritage circuit (a 51.3km loop), go whitewater rafting on
the Murray (rainfall permitting) or simply relax at a luxury retreat.
Best known as an agricultural hub and for its annual agricultural
show, Waroona is a picturesque town surrounded by gentle, undulating
hills. Nearby, Drakesbrook Weir and Lake Navarino are popular for
Explore the region
“Disc over an outdoor adventure
playgr ound that comes t o life in
winter and spring”
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