Mandurah & Peel Mandjoogoordap
Just an hour’s drive south of Perth, the darling scarp melts into the Indian Ocean. So begins the love affair between Western Australia’s land and water, where rivers flow through the dense forest and outback vistas, and pristine beaches curl up beside charming seaside towns. Known as Mandjoogoordap by the region’s first people, the name means ‘Meeting Place of the Heart.’
A stunning coastline, rugged scrub and powder-blue skies cause an endless yearning to escape the daily grind. Thankfully, you won’t need to traverse too far from the city to find one of Western Australia’s most beautiful regions.
Inland Peel is a hotbed of mountain biking, bush-walking, kayaking, abseiling, white-water rafting, horse-riding and camping activities all year round. You can find a gentler pace aboard the steam train, by exploring the historic towns of Dwellingup and Pinjarra, or just relaxing in your chalet.
The wineries, cafés and country pubs not only serve up local produce, but are also wonderful settings to share adventure tales.
Accommodation options include self-catering apartments, rural cottages, camping, luxury chalets, hotels and houseboats.
Before you go
Don’t leave town without relaxing along the Mandurah foreshore, where you might spot dolphins playing in the water.