14 Reaons to Visit Mandurah & the Peel Region This Winter
Just because the Winter season is here doesn’t mean you have to curl up on the couch for 3 months until the warmer Perth weather comes back.
Now is the perfect time to grab your mates or your family, jump in the car (or on the train) and head down to Mandurah to experience the best the Peel Region has to offer.
1. Lake Clifton Thrombolites
Did you know: Lake Clifton is home to the largest thrombolite reef in the Southern Hemisphere.
Situated less than half an hour’s drive south of Mandurah you’ll find Lake Clifton and the Yalgorup National Park. There, you’ll see the largest thrombolite reef in the Southern Hemisphere – the living rock-like structures have formed on the edges of Lake Clifton, and are best viewed from the boardwalk.
After taking in the sights of the thrombolite reef go for a stroll with a 5km, 2 hours return walk trail that explores the eastern shoreline of Lake Clifton and is suitable for most ages and fitness levels.
Location: Mount John Road, Herron WA 6210 Australia
2. Hotham Valley Steam Train
Winter in Peel means that the steam train season has started. Yes there are still steam trains.
Hotham Valley Railway’s Steam Ranger departs from Dwellingup, only 90 km south of Perth, for a 2 hour leisurely trip over the steepest, twistiest railway in WA. Allowing passengers to travel back in time to experience the freedom of rail travel in the style of years gone by.
See Also: Hot Mandurah Winter Deals
The first part of the journey takes you down to Isandra Siding. Once you arrive in Isandra, the locomotive will move to the opposite end of the train, giving you a 30 minute stopover…This is a truly unique and fun experience for everyone and all ages.
Location: 1 Marrinup Street, Dwellingup
For more details visit dwellingupwa.com.au
3. White Water Rafting in Dwellingup
Winter means rapid season.
Ever been white water rafting? Action, water, speed, endless fun – that’s what you get when you go white water rafting in the rapids of the Murray River in Dwellingup.
Just 1 hour 15 minutes from Perth you will find your dose of adrenaline rush this winter season, because now is the best time of the year to visit this little town. You can book your white water rafting adventure with the local operator Dwellingup Adventures.
Location: 21 Newton St, Dwellingup
For more details visit dwellingupadventures.com.au
4. Trees Adventure Dwellingup
Ever wanted to walk and play amongst the trees?
Located 45 kilometres from Mandurah at Lane Poole Reserve in Dwellingup, Trees Adventure is the closest treetop experience from Perth.
The treetop courses are built around the beautiful pine and jarrah trees of Nanga Mill Campground, with amazing views as you take the flying fox through the treetops or quickly stop to catch your breath in the middle of one of the suspended bridges.
Take on over 80 challenges including over 1 kilometre of flying foxes when climbing in the jarrah treetops. There are 9 challenging levels to choose from including levels for kids from the age of 4.
Location: Nanga Rd, Dwellingup
For more details visit treesadventure.com.au
5. Hire a Houseboat
Looking for something unique – take a cruise down the river.
Explore the magnificent waterways of the Peel Inlet, Harvey Estuary and the Murray River onboard a fully equipped houseboat. The waterways abound with blue manna crabs, dolphins and waterbirds and the gentle, meandering Murray River is an idyllic setting for a relaxing and unique holiday experience.
Winter season also means great specials in the off-season with Mandurah Houseboats.
For more details visit houseboatsmandurah.com.au
6. Walking / Bushwalking
Just because its winter doesn’t mean you can’t go outside. Stay fit and explore the Peel region at the same time.
Serpentine National Park: Located just one hour from Perth you will find Serpentine National Park.
Not only is Serpentine National Park home to the famous Serpentine Falls you will also find three walking trails – Falls Walk Trail, Baldwins Bluff Nature Track and Kitty’s Gorge Walk Track.
For more details visitpeel.com.au/serpentine-falls-walk-trail
Bibbulmun Track:The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world’s great long distance walk trails, stretching 1000km from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills, to Albany on the south coast. Passing through Dwellingup the trail is easy to explore in shorter sections of course.
For more details bibbulmuntrack.org.au
Len Howard Conservation Park: On the edge of the Peel-Harvey Estuary in Mandurah (Erskine), Len Howard Conservation Park has excellent bird watching opportunities. Take the Erskine Nature Trail along the foreshore and observe wildlife on the water from bird hides and lookouts.
For full list of Peel region walking trails visit visitpeel.com.au.
7. Winery Visits
It’s not just all about Margaret River.
Millbrook Winery is an award-winning winery and restaurant located in the historic town of Jarrahdale only 45 mins from Perth. Millbrook Winery focuses on providing a fresh and local experience with the kitchen growing their own fruit and vegetables on the property.
As for the wine? You will have to experience their award winning wines for yourself!
Location: Old Chestnut Lane, Jarrahdale WA 6124
For more details visit millbrook.wine.
8. Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
The Mandurah foreshore is home to the Peel Region’s cultural hub with the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre presenting world-class performances. Catch a show and then take a walk around the foreshore – taking in the stunning views and scenery.
For more details and a full list of events manpac.com.au.
9. Lunch at Quindanning Pub
Of course, there’s an old school pub you have to try.
Enjoy a beautiful scenic drive through the green winter landscape to discover Quindanning Hotel, South East of Mandurah.
Visit for a genuine country pub atmosphere, or stay in one of the 16 accommodation rooms available.
The Quindanning Hotel is one of the most easily recognisable historic buildings – with its generous use of Jarrah paneling, open fires, quiet location, large gardens and long verandas, the Quindanning Hotel is one of the cosiest places and is a must on your itinerary for a weekend or mid-week getaway.
Location: 9192 Pinjarra-Williams Rd, Quindanning
For more details visit quindanninginne.com.au
10. Golfer's Paradise
Up for a golfing weekend getaway?
Choose your favourite golf course in the Peel Region from the Peel Region’s rare variety of world-class golf courses, all in close proximity to Perth.
Immaculately kept fairways and greens and beautiful surroundings make the region a golfer’s dream.
Tee off at The Cut Golf Course, one of WA’s most prestigious and picturesque golf courses. Sculpted into the dunes, the stunning links layout features 14 holes with oceanfront views every golfer will admire.
For full list of golf courses visit visitpeel.com.au/adventure-and-sports/golf
11. Visit Beautiful Art Galleries
The Peel region is home to numerous talented local artists.
The Mandurah Performing Arts Centre also hosts the Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery adding an extra dimension to the cultural development of the Peel Region. There are always varied and exciting exhibitions on display. The Art Gallery has exhibited art works from local artists, schools, senior citizens and many other touring exhibitions.
See Also: 17 Mandurah Winter Specials
12. Visit the Mandurah Community Museum
Take in a Mandurah history lesson.
The Mandurah Community Museum features photographs, objects and information that reflect the progression of Mandurah from pre-settlement to the thriving city it is today – entry is free.
From the Mandurah Community Museum, you can trip down memory lane with the Foreshore Heritage Tour. This free leisurely walking tour is 1 hour in duration and runs on Fridays and Saturdays at 11.00am
Location: 3 Pinjarra Road, Mandurah
For more details visit mandurahcommunitymuseum.org
13. Mountain Biking
The best way to see Peel region is on 2 wheels.
The Peel region has numerous mountain bike trails to offer catering for all skill levels – beginners to pros.
Langford Park is one of the most popular tracks. A 22km / 3-hour experience, with a mixture of pea gravel and hard packed soil fire roads.
Location: Nettleton Road, Jarrahdale
For full list of trails visit visitpeel.com.au/adventure-and-sports/mountain-biking
14. Camping At Lake Navarino Holiday Park
Of course when you are coming down to explore the Peel region you will need somewhere to stay, relax and recharge.
Lake Navarino Holiday Park is an ideal spot to stay for your weekend getaway. With numerous accommodation options from cabins to glamping – it’s the perfect place to enhance your Peel journey.
For more details visit navarino.com.au