The state's darling scarp and splendid coastlines meet, exemplifying the very best of Western Australia. Mandurah & the Peel Region's diverse environment means endless holiday experiences to choose from, only an hour south of Perth. To make it a little easier we've made a list of the top ten reasons why you should visit.
1. CLOSE TO PERTH
A holiday doesn't have to be a big deal. And what's easier than a one-hour trip? Once you're bushwalking on Bibbulmun Track, picnicking amidst the Jarrah forest, and cruising through Mandurah's pristine waterways, your city life will seem miles away.
2. WATER PLAYGROUND
Mandurah isn't called the water playground for nothing. The Mandurah Estuary and Peel Inlet covers 155 square kilometres, making it twice the size of Sydney Harbour! Meet friendly dolphins on a leisurely canoe ride, watch the sunset while you paddle board, or go fishing with the family on your boat. You can just hire a boat and be your own captain.
3. BEACHES FOR EVERYONE
Sure, Western Australia isn't exactly short of world-class beaches but in Mandurah & the Peel Region there's a beach for everyone. Four-wheel drivers can drive on sand through Tims Thicket, Preston Beach and Whitehills Beach. Safely swim with the family at Preston, Silver Sands, Doddi's and Falcon Bay. Hit the surf at Pyramids and Avalon Point.
4. NATURAL WONDERS
Descended from the earliest life forms on earth, thrombolites are rock-like structures that are over 2000 years old. To view them, walk along the boardwalk at Lake Clifton as part of an adventure to Yalgorup National Park in Waroona. The park covers an area of over 12,000 hectares, and contains 11 coastal lakes and wetlands. It's also home to hundreds of migrating birds.
5. LAID-BACK LIFESTYLE
It's the simple pleasures that make Mandurah a seaside town to remember. Grab some fish and chips (there are plenty of places to choose from), and sit along the foreshore. Devour the region's best seafood in one of the many restaurants dotted along the waterfront, converse with coffee and cake at a cool cafe, and visit one of the funky bars in town for a refreshing beverage.
6. STATE FORESTS AND NATIONAL PARKS
Dwellingup State Forest's luscious greenery and Murray River's dotted rock pools are enough of a reason to head south. Serpentine National Park boasts beautiful natural scenery with walking tracks, picnic stops and the popular Serpentine Falls. With its lakeside camping area, Waroona's Lake Navarino is the ideal place to unwind, while reconnecting with nature.
7. FANTASTIC FISHING AND CRABBING SPOTS
Fishing is one of Mandurah's favourite pastimes. Catch Herring, Sand Whiting, Bream, Cobbler (catfish) and Taylor from jetties along Mandurah Estuary, or book a deep sea fishing trip with one of the region's charters (suitable for all skill levels). Blue Swimmer Crabs are native to Mandurah, and the area is renowned for excellent crabbing. By January the Peel-Harvey Estuary is swimming with full size crabs ready for dinner.
8. ART, CULTURE AND HISTORY
Overlooking Mandjar Bay, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre is the epicenter for performing and visual arts in the Peel Region. Weave through Mandurah and its many landmarks on one of the art trails. History buffs will learn about the Peel Region's fascinating beginnings at heritage sites including, Edenvale Homestead and Fairbridge Village.
9. STATE LOVED EVENTS
Mandurah & the Peel region host large events loved by the state, as well as local country festivals. You've read about Mandurah's seafood, so why not visit the Peel Region during Mandurah's infamous and award-winning Crab Festival in March? You'll try the region's culinary delights in one place, while partaking in the activity and entertainment on the foreshore.
10. KIDS WILL HAVE A BLAST
The kids definitely won't be bored during your Peel escape. Mandurah's amusement park King Carnival has 18-hole mini golf, rides, arcade games and water slides. There are great parks to visit, especially the farm-themed Adventurescape in South Yunderup. And of course, there's plenty to do in the water, including Just 4 Fun Aqua Park in Mandurah.
For more information on Mandurah & the Peel Region, go to visitpeel.com.au.