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Lane Poole Reserve
If you haven’t already pitched a tent at one of the
many campsites in this 55,000-hectare reserve, then
a day visit will have you wishing that you had. Hire some
mountain bikes or a canoe from nearby Dwellingup
Adventures and get active. You’ll find launch spots for
rafts and canoes at locations including Baden Powell,
Stringers, Scarp Pool, Island Pool and Yarragil. The
Bibbulmum Track and the Munda Biddi Trail both
run through the reserve. Well-equipped campsites
have picnic benches, barbecues, and toilets. Campsites
at Charlies Flat, Tonys Bend, Nanga Townsite, Stringers
and Yarragil, are all on the riverbank and are great
spots during the warmer months.
Hotham Valley Railway
If you are looking for a relaxing distraction with
your kids, or simply love trains, the Hotham Valley
train ride is a great idea. The train meanders through
jarrah forest for about 30 minutes, stops for 25 minutes
to give everyone time for a walk and then heads back
to the station. It is run entirely by good-humoured
volunteers. You can buy drinks and coffees to take on
board at the Millhouse Cafe and the guards sell snacks
and drinks at the turnaround point. From around
November to May, a diesel-powered train replaces
the steam train, due to fire risk. It runs at 10.30am
and 2pm on weekends and public holidays and
runs more regularly during holiday periods.
Catching blue manna crabs is a Mandurah ritual,
whether it’s from a boat with drop nets or wading
through the water with a scoop net (far more fun).
Catching them is only half of it – eating the sweet,
succulent flesh is a real treat. Fishing of all kinds
remains one of the most popular pastimes. Do it from
the beach, fishing platforms, the estuary or offshore.
The best time to catch them is about half an hour
after sunrise, and one hour before sunset. There’s
no licence required but there are rules for crabbing,
though, as laid out by the Department of Fisheries.
Lake Clifton, south of Pinjarra, is home to a reef
colony of thrombolites, over 6km long and 120m
wide. Regarded as the largest thrombolite colony in
the southern hemisphere, it is world-famous and well
From 9am to 4pm every
Sunday you can wander
through the stalls under
the shade of the foreshore
trees, with various
handcrafted arts and
crafts on offer.
Browse the trinkets at the
Mandurah Antiques and
Collectors Fair. Vintage
goods aren’t just for fuddy-
duddies... you’ll be sure to
come across some unique
ornaments to suit even the
most modern household.
Pinjarra Civic Centre,
Oct 19-20 .
The foreshore will be
transformed into a colourful
and interactive playground,
making the festival
a great family outing.
Along with kid-orientated
entertainment there will
be plenty of food and
Mandurah, Oct 27.
This dynamic weekend is
full to the brim with plenty
of free entertainment
and events. Friday night
kicks of the rodeo with
a community festival,
Saturday is full of
activities and rodeo,
then Sunday closes
with community markets.
The whole family will get
a kick out of the barrel
racing and bull riding.
Old School Oval,
Boddington, Nov 1-3.
Cheer on some of the
best professional triathletes
from Australia and the rest
of the world. The triathlon
involves a sheltered swim
through the Mandurah
canals, a bike course
along the ocean, and
a run course to the finish
line and celebration
at Mandjar Bay.
Mandurah, Nov 10.
Park yourself and the
family on the main streets
or foreshore and admire
floats. Santa will
be at the celebrations,
which conclude with
a fireworks display at
9pm. Mandurah, Dec 10.
worth seeing. Access the boardwalk lookout via
the scenic Clifton Downs/Mount John loop road
off Old Coast Road and enjoy the many walks in
the Yalgorup National Park from here. There is
a winery for lunch, orchards and stunning country
scenery along the loop road.
When the wildflowers are blooming in spring and
early summer, explore the many walking trails in the
Yalgorup National Park or head to Dwellingup and
Lane Poole Reserve to access the Bibbulmun Track
and Munda Biddi mountain bike trail. The scenic
61km Waterous off-road cycling trail starts at Lake
Navarino and meanders through the rolling hills
of the Darling Scarp connecting the Waroona Dam
with the Munda Biddi Trail at Lane Poole Reserve.
If you haven’t got your own bike you can hire
mountain bikes in Dwellingup and Mandurah.
There are several golf courses in the Peel and
Mandurah region and of the seven, some are
considered first rate. Secret Harbour and The Cut at
Port Bouvard are spectacular courses overlooking
the ocean, while Meadow Springs is a classic design,
winding through a natural bush setting. Although
the courses have an urban feel, don’t be surprised if
you’re approached by friendly resident kangaroos and
wildlife. Each course is open to the public with club
and cart hire available – but you do need to book.
Private country courses at Mandurah and Pinjarra have
limited public access with very reasonable green fees.
Thrombolites in Lake Clifton (photography Tourism WA).
Photography City of Mandurah
The Cut golf course
WHAT TO DO
Mandurah Foreshore (photography Diane Clare)
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