August top 5 escapes in Mandurah and the Peel Region
You won't be short of activities this August in the Peel Region.
Get inspired by our top 5 adventures for this month. Discover the magic of the Wine Tree in Dwellingup, explore the Creery Wetlands in Mandurah, go fishing and 4WDing on Preston beach, enjoy the Heron Trail, one of the Peel Region's most beautiful canoe trails, and see local art at Boddington.
Explore these weekend getaway option to stay active this winter:
Dwellingup, just over an hour’s drive south from Perth, is the perfect destination for a bush walk, for a mountain bike trip on Munda Biddi Trail or for a canoe adventure on the Murray River. After having had some action, you can refresh and unwind at the picturesque Wine Tree. Enjoy delicious fruit wine and cider. You can also bring your own picnic or BBQ. Besides nice fruit wine and ciders, you'll also find local produce such as jams, chilli sauce, soaps etc.
The Wine Tree is open from 10am - 5pm weekends and public holidays. Midweek, however, there is often someone around and so well worth trying your luck - if the winery door is open, please feel free to go in.
2. Explore the bird life at the Creery Wetlands: Bird life is abundant in Mandurah and the Peel Region which make it a perfect location for birdwatchers and nature lovers. The bird life around the Estuary is just impressive. Over 130 different species of native and migratory birds nest, breed and feed on the estuary. The Peel-Harvey Estuary is classified as a "Wetland of International Importance". Mariners Cove, only a 5 minutes' drive from the city centre, is part of the 29 hectare Creery Wetlands and is on the edge of the Peel Inlet. There are walking trails, information shelters and viewing huts and platforms for enthusiastic birdwatchers. The saltmarsh and shallow waters are an important resting and feeding area for waterbirds and shorebirds which migrate to the Mandurah area every year from Northern Asia and Alaska. Drive less than 45 minutes and enjoy the natural wildlife that Mandurah have on offer for you and your family – just remember to bring some insect repellent!
3. Take your canoe and explore the Heron Trail: This is a great time of the year to go paddling. The Heron Trail is one of a series of seven canoe trails of the Peel Region’s rivers and waterways. The Heron Trail forms part of the Serpentine River as it winds its way down from the Darling Ranges, over the Scarp, across the flood plains, pools, back waters and lakes, disappearing into the Peel Inlet.
Be inspired by the beautiful nature and wildlife.
4. Enjoy a family trip beach fishing and 4 WD at Preston Beach: The seaside Hamlet of Preston Beach is just a 25 minutes’ drive west of Waroona and just over an hour away from Perth. It has been renowned as a great place for fishing since early 1950's.
Preston Beach is a gorgeous beach and open to four wheel drives, well known for good fishing and has a range of accommodation options. Close to the beach is a children's playground, lawn area with shady trees, free electric barbecues and an ablution block with disabled facilities. You can drive both north and south, and enjoy endless, clean beaches. In fact, you can get onto the beach at Tim’s Thicket (when the tide is up) or Whitehills, and drive all the way south to Preston, Myalup, Binningup and then exit at Buffalo road. If you can’t catch fish at Preston, you aren’t trying hard enough. During the day herring and whiting (decent sized ones too) are extremely common. As the sun sets, tailor, mulloway and big stingrays are reasonably common.
See here Haley Thompson from WA Weekender going on her 4WD and fishing adventure at Preston Beach, just 40 minutes from Mandurah.
5. Boddington Arts and Crafts Centre: The Boddington Arts and Crafts Centre, located on the corner of Wuarming Avenue and Johnstone Street in Boddington, just 120 kilometres south-east of Perth, sells a diverse range of hand-crafted local arts and crafts and is the centre for many of the community arts groups. The shop is open Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday from 10.30am to 2.30pm. And after having visited the art gallery, you can check out Boddington's local cafes and the walk trail along the Hotham River. For enquiries please call: (08) 9883 8282
Explore the Peel region this August! Drive less, holiday more...