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Practise your swing
This region boasts seven golf courses
of varying degrees of difficulty. The epic
links course named The Cut, located in Port
Bouvard, boasts state-of-the-art facilities and
oceanfront views, while the Pinjarra Golf Club
is one of the state’s oldest. Meadow Springs
Golf and Country Club is located amongst
natural bushland with 200-year-old tuart trees.
Sample the wines
There are a number of excellent boutique
wineries dotted throughout the Peel region;
there’s Raven Wines in Pinjarra, The Wine Tree
in Dwellingup, Cape Bouvard Winery & Brewery
in Mandurah, and Peel Estate near Karnup,
to name just a handful. Spend a leisurely
afternoon on a self-guided ramble, or
jump on one of the food and wine tours
that depart from Mandurah.
Cruise in a houseboat
There’s no better way to explore the waterways
around the Peel Region than by houseboat; cruise
the Peel Inlet and Harvey Estuary at your own pace,
scooping up a crab or two along the way. The
houseboats can be picked up at three locations
– Mandurah Marina, Ravenswood and the Port
Bouvard Marina – and sleep up to 10 people.
There’s no skipper’s ticket required, just
a sense of fun and adventure.
Catch of the day
Autumn is a great time of year to catch your
own seafood dinner. King prawns are plentiful
around the Dawesville Cut, while the Mandurah
Estuary and Peel Inlet also produce excellent-
sized blue manna crabs. Popular spots to cast
a line include the landings under the two
Mandurah bridges, but if you have a boat,
there’s a big waterway to explore – 155 square
kilometres in total. Further inland, the Murray
and Hotham Rivers are top for trout fishing.
Check fisheries websites to check seasons
and fishing licences.
Head to the races for
day, featuring a great
atmosphere, food and
entertainment, and of
course, the nags. Pinjarra
Park, Apr 13.
Running for 16 years,
this family fun day is an
annual tradition. As well
as the giant pumpkin
weigh off, there are stalls,
kids activities, live music,
raffles, silent auctions, and
more. Dwellingup Primary
School, Apr 19.
Head out for a day
of family fun with
rides, face painting,
and plenty more. Watch
as up to 15,000 rubber
ducks ride the tide to
the finish line for charity.
Foreshore, Apr 19.
This regional arts festival
offers a diverse program
of quality performing and
visual arts, workshops,
exhibitions and film. The
festival brings the people
of Mandurah together
engagement projects that
reflect and celebrate local
Apr 20-May 4.
WA’s most popular family
camping festival, where folk,
roots, blues, acoustic, Celtic,
a cappella and world music
take place on the bushland
site of Fairbridge Village.
Fairbridge, Apr 25-27.
The markets are held every
Sunday from 8am to midday.
The little ones will enjoy
the animals, kid-friendly
activities and live music.
Catch a train
Travel back in time with Hotham Valley Tourist
Railway, based at Dwellingup Railway Station.
There are three separate train rides to choose from,
each with their own routes and characteristics.
The historic Forest Train ride combines historical
commentary and a 20-minute bush walk to finish,
while the Steam Ranger takes a leisurely pace
before huffing and puffing as it climbs WA’s
steepest and most spectacular section of railway,
through the Darling Range Escarpment. For
a different way to experience the bush, enjoy
a five-course meal aboard the Restaurant Train
in a 1919 vintage dining car and 1884 Club
car. All aboard!
Pitch a tent
The cooler autumn weather is perfect for
camping, and the Peel Region has plenty of
sites to choose from. Lane Poole Reserve is
on the banks of the Murray River in Dwellingup
where water activities such as kayaking, canoeing
and rafting are popular. You can hire all the camping
gear you need at Dwellingup Adventures in town,
and they also have mountain bikes for anyone keen
to tackle the Munda Biddi cycle trail. Further west,
Pinjarra Park offers four acres of lush, grassed
grounds with ‘ensuite style’ amenities including
hot and cold water, power and barbecues. There is
also a basic shelter 13km south of Dwellingup at the
Swamp Oak Campsite on the Bibbulmun Track.
Houseboating is a great way to experience the region.
Fairbridge Festival features the likes of
The Perch Creek Family Jug Band.
WHAT TO DO
Golfing at The Cut in Port Bouvard.
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