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Peel is an alluring blend of city and country that offers up a host of things to
do – countless waterways, five golf courses, and endless cycle and walking
trails, both coastal and inland.
Skipper a boat
Don your skipper’s cap and explore Mandurah’s
extensive waterways and canals. Catch some
fish or a tasty Blue Manna crab for dinner, or
simply cruise along at your own pace, marvelling
at waterside life.
Golfers are spoilt for choice in Peel, otherwise
known as the Golf Coast. Tee off at the Ian
Baker-Finch designed Kennedy Bay course,
the Graham Marsh designed Secret Harbour
Golf Links, or the Meadow Springs Country
Club, which is rated as one of the top ten resort
courses in Australia. Beware of the winds,
however: they can ruin your shots.
Cycle Marrinup Trail
A 7.9km moderate trail that can
be shortened to four kilometres for young
families, this varied track meanders through
native jarrah and redgum forest, and past
some of Australia’s oldest rocks. Be sure
to visit the little-known Cage in the Bush
where thousands of Italian and German
WWII POWs spent time cutting wood.
Dine by train
Enjoy a five-course meal in a vintage dining car
or club car aboard the Etmilyn Forest Diner.
While you eat, take in the sights of the softly lit
night forest around you.
Take your pick from
Mandurah’s triathlon season
of summer sporty events.
With a triathlon held every
two weeks, fitness junkies
can get their fix from a
variety of races.
Check Mandurah Triathlon
Club website for dates.
Don your cossies and
head to the high seas
for a challenge of
either a 1500m or
3000m ocean swim.
February 17, Silver
It’s all things seafood again
at the Mandurah Crabfest.
Revel in the entertainment,
live performances, activities,
by celebrity chefs, market
stalls, children’s stage
and an abundance of fine
cuisine with fireworks to
close the ceremony.
March 16, Mandurah
A community fun run and
walk of varying distances
for all abilities and ages,
plus a leisurely bike ride
and an 11km or 4km kayak
paddle. Kids will love
the colourful Splash and
Dash obstacles floating
on the foreshore.
March 24, Hall Park,
Wander through the stalls
under the shade of the
foreshore trees, with various
handcrafted arts and
crafts on offer.
Every Sunday on the
& COUNTRY FAIR
A family fun day with a
country twist, where the
big pumpkins steal the
show. Enjoy pumpkin
rolling and weigh off,
cowpat lotto, seed spitting
competitions, kid’s rides,
music, a silent auction and
March 30, Dwellingup
Discover the underwater marine treasures of
Mandurah – divers here can enjoy a number
of colourful reef locations. Five Fathom, five
kilometres offshore, is one of Mandurah’s best
known dive sites, while Bouvard Reef and James
Squire Reef – with its shipwreck, swimthroughs,
caves, tunnels and reef garden – are home to
manta rays, small sharks, turtles and dolphins.
Big tree trail
Get amongst the awe-inspiring tall timbers on
this six-kilometre return walk that starts at the
Dwellingup Visitor Centre and weaves past
some of the giants of the forest. Kids will love to
hop inside these hollow arboreal treasures and
marvel at their age, size and majesty.
Spot those birds
Specific to the area are the rare march
sandpipers at Mandurah Quays, thousands
of black swans near South Yunderup, and the
colourful rainbow birds at Lake Clifton.
Pinjarra walking bridge.
Golfing at The Cut.
Crabbing (Photography City of Mandurah).
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