Abingdon Miniature Village is a unique tourist attraction in WA. Situated just a few minutes out of Mandurah along Pinjarra Road, less than an hour from Perth on the Kwinana freeway, or you can catch the train to Mandurah and pick up a 600 or 604 bus from the station (Monday to Friday service only).
One of the attractions of Abingdon Miniature Village is people of all ages can be entertained for hours.
No matter which season, the gardens are always stunning. Spend an hour or a day, bring your own picnic or enjoy some home baked delights at the heritage tearoom.
If you love outdoor fun and water then you’re going to love Just 4 Fun Aqua Park. Situated on the western foreshore in Mandurah, WA, and now at Rottnest Island, WA too!
Just 4 Fun is a locally owned and operated family business which began as a vision by the Smith family to create a floating fun park.
Just 4 Fun has a range of family activities and inflatable equipment suitable for All AGES, kids, youth ,adults and even has a KNEE DEEP PARK for little kids and toddlers.
Our custom built course is outstandingly beautiful with lots of mounding and varying elevations accented by colourful landscaping.
Adventure golf is a competitive, challenging game that everyone can enjoy. Sand traps and water hazards come into play on many holes to add a whole new element of excitement. Its great for the whole family, young and old. And whether playing for score or just for laughs come along and join in the fun.
The Australian Sailing Museum, incorporating the America’s Cup Museum, is open Monday - Sunday, 9am - 5pm and is located on the Boardwalk, Ormsby Terrace, City of Mandurah, Western Australia; the southern gateway to the exciting Mandurah Ocean Marina.
This fully interactive museum provides the WOW factor. You’ll be able to spend a day smooth sailing around the displays, enjoy light meals and refreshments as well as purchase from our museum store.
Lake Clifton in the Yalgorup National Park, south of Mandurah is well known for its special rock-like formations that provide a unique look at what life was like at the dawn of time. These amazing formations are called thrombolites, and like the famous stromatolites at Shark Bay, they are built by micro-organisms too small for the human eye to see. It's one of the few places in the State where living thrombolites survive. These peculiar structures live on the eastern edge of Lake Clifton and are most easily seen in March and April. There's an observation walkway that allows you to get up close to the thrombolites. Microbial mounds, which are the remains of thrombolites, can be seen at nearby Lake Preston. Yalgorup National Park is about half an hour's drive south of Mandurah.
For more years than they can count, the famous Miami Bakehouse has been treating holidaymakers and locals to freshly baked pies, breads and pastries. With more than 400 awards to their name, Miami Bakehouse is a tourist icon and a food lover's perfect destination.
Now with two locations, it doesn't matter where you are in Perth, everyone can enjoy Miami's famous treats. Their success comes from their dedication to baking fresh every day, using only the best ingredients.
With a huge variety of gourmet pies, specialty breads and delicious fresh cream cakes and slices, Miami has something to suit every tastebud. Try the award-winning Garlic Prawn, Cajun Chicken and Classic Steak pies or have a taste of Australia's Best Seafood Pie, all available from Western Australia's most awarded bakery.
On the drive down south, pop into their Falcon bakehouse for the perfect start to your travels. They're open seven days a week, so every day you can experience their hand-crafted creations. You simply must stop by one of their cafes to try their mouth-watering wares. One taste and you'll know why everyone is saying Mmm - Miami Bakehouse.
Peel Pottery has the largest individual range of pottery in Mandurah and the Peel Region. Specialising in small to medium size functional stoneware pottery to suit the travelling tourist. There is also a large range of Pit Fired and Raku Pottery which is all made by Murray and Pam Lewis. Children also have the unique opportunity to make their own piece of pottery in an air conditioned studio and take it home. Admission to Peel Pottery is free and all are welcome.
The Peel Region Paddling Trails meander along the Serpentine and Murray Rivers surrounding Mandurah and Pinjarra in the Peel Region, an hour south of Perth. There are two trails, with various options and several entry/exit points. The Serpentine River Trail, which includes the Peel Inlet and Mandurah Estuary. An easy half-day paddle on the Serpentine River takes you past beautiful natural bushland, historical sites and new and old developments including the Mandurah Foreshore. The 24 kilometre Murray River Trail commences in Pinjarra and finishes on the Mandurah Foreshore. The reverse journey is also easily achievable depending on the time of year and river flow. Specific interests of the trail include the historical Cooper Mill, Old Mandurah Bridge, Pinjarra Station and Hotham Valley Railway. There are various indigenous heritage sites along the trail and beautiful native flora and fauna (black swans, dolphins and blue manna crabs). The views across the Peel Estuary and the Mandurah foreshore are spectacular. These Top Trails form a part of the state canoe trails network, with a number of maps being developed for other canoe trails, including the Warren River, Blackwood River and Frankland and Deep Rivers.
Walk, jog, cycle or just sit alongside the estuary at Mandurah's Foreshore Reserve. Children will enjoy playing in one of Western Australia's favourite playgrounds, where parents can watch on from shady picnic tables. Swimming areas are complimented by free barbeques and extensive walk ways. Along the northern end of the foreshore is the Boardwalk precinct where you can catch a movie, a show, enjoy a coffee or a bite to eat or visit the Australian Sailing Museum. From there it's a short walk to Dolphin Quay where you will find markets, restaurants and cafes with views of the marina. Situated in the heart of Mandurah, it is an easy stroll to the shopping precinct with a range of clothing boutiques, home wares and souvenirs. During summer the reserve hosts markets and festivals, including the popular Channel Seven Mandurah Crabfest. Mandurah is an aquatic paradise with an extensive river system, expansive estuary and kilometres of white sandy beaches, and is home to over one hundred bottlenose dolphins. Located just a one hour drive south of Perth, Mandurah is a popular holiday destination. The train runs frequently between Perth and Mandurah stations, with shuttle buses provided to the foreshore and boardwalk precincts.
You don’t need to traverse Western Australia to experience the state’s diversity and amazing experiences. Just an hour south of Perth, the Peel Region offers everything from hiking and mountain biking through jarrah forests to open ocean jet skiing, fishing trips, white water rafting and skydiving.
Encompassing the shires of Serpentine/Jarrahdale, Murray, Waroona, Boddington and the City of Mandurah, the Peel Region is the perfect destination for the nature lover and adventure seeker.
Whatever the season, you will always find exciting activities and adventures here.
Just 74 km south of Perth, the city of Mandurah enjoys some of the most spectacular waterways in the country, often compared to a modern Venice. So if you’re looking for a seriously large aquatic playground, you’ll find it here! The Peel-Harvey estuary which is twice the size of Sydney Harbour is ideal for canoeing, kayaking, jet-skiing, boating, houseboating, fishing and crabbing. Enjoy 136 square kilometres of water fun!
To explore Mandurah’s vast waterways you can hire a kayak or bring your own. As Mandurah is home to one of Australia’s healthiest dolphin populations, more often than not some of these beautiful creatures suddenly pop out of the water right next to you when you paddle on Mandjar Bay, right in the city centre or on the Serpentine and Murray River. An experience of a lifetime!
Fishing and crabbing enthusiasts will love catching river prawns in the early summer (November/December), king prawns in autumn (March – May), and scooping for the famous blue swimmer crabs in the shallow waters of the Peel Inlet in the late summer (January – March). These crabs are brilliant blue and very tasty.
For a true fishing adventure go on a deep sea fishing trip. The best time is from December until April. All equipment, plus breakfast and lunch will be provided but dinner you’ll have to catch yourself!
Just 15 minutes south of Mandurah, 4WD enthusiasts find the closest southern locations from Perth where they can legally drive on the beach. Head to Whitehills Beach, Tim’s Thicket or Preston Beach to give your 4WD a bit of a workout. Activities such as beach fishing as well as having a BBQ and picnic by the beach at one of the many picnic areas are very popular there, too.
To experience more of the region’s natural beauty, head inland to the rolling farmlands and majestic forests and national parks of the Peel Region.
The Murray area, with its historic towns Pinjarra and Dwellingup, is a wonderland of natural attractions and heritage sites.
Enjoy native wildlife and reconnect with nature at the 50,000 hectares Lane Poole Reserve near Dwellingup. It’s here where you find the closest tree top adventure experience to Perth - challenging obstacle courses high up in the tree canopy, also suitable for kids from 4 years of age.
There’s also an extensive network of bushwalking tracks along the Murray River and numerous opportunities for mountain biking, swimming, fishing, canoeing and white water rafting (usually from June – October) with hire equipment and organised tours available in Dwellingup.
Dwellingup is where trails meet. Traversing 1000 km, the Bibbulmun Track meanders through towering jarrah and marri forests of Dwellingup. Follow the triangular markers symbolising the Waugal, the rainbow serpent of Aboriginal dreaming.
Or check out the Munda Biddi Trail, meaning “path through the forest”, and enjoy over 1,000 kilometres of cycling heaven. As well as passing through magnificent Lane Poole Reserve with its swimming, camping and canoeing opportunities, the trail also takes cyclists through the historic timber towns of Jarrahdale and Dwellingup in the Peel Region.
Langford Park, near Jarrahdale also, is a popular mountain biking destination for beginners and advanced riders alike due to the gradual hills and fast, flowing single track. It has a whole host of trails in the area with a longer 17km outside loop. Just pick a path and go!
The Baldwin’s Bluff Nature Track at Serpentine Falls National Park requires hikers to be reasonably fit as it climbs up gravel tracks to Baldwin’s Bluff. You will pass through jarrah and marri woodlands, eventually coming to wandoo woodland and then finally over exposed granite. But it’s worth the effort. When you get up to the top, you will enjoy a view to die for.
From September to November wildflower hunters can find incredible colour and variety across the region on bush walks through Jarrahdale and Serpentine National Park, around Oakley Dam in Dwellingup and the coastal areas of Yalgorup National Park which is home to the ancient thrombolite reef. These circular rock-like formation provide a window into what our world looked like hundreds of millions of years ago.
About 50 km east of Dwellingup, you find Boddington. Half of the shire is state forest and the area is popular for camping and fishing and ideal for hiking, picnics and bird-watching. Enjoy a picnic by the Hotham River and soak up the view.
About 35 kilometres south-west of Dwellingup, Lake Navarino, also known as Waroona Dam, in the town of Waroona is a popular spot for bush walking, mountain biking, 4WDing and camping.
For more information on Mandurah & the Peel Region, go to visitpeel.com.au.
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Get active and enjoy bushwalking trails, bird watching, fishing and camping at Yalgorup National Park south of Mandurah. The park occupies a narrow coastal strip and is home to 10 lakes that run in a chain. The name Yalgorup is derived from Nyoongar Aboriginal words meaning place of swamp or lake. Lake Clifton and Lake Preston are the two main water ways which harbour a big variety of bird life. Go bushwalking around these lakes and you're likely to see black swans, parrots, kingfishers and several varieties of dotterel. Other animals including kangaroos, wallabies and emus are also common, while the vegetation is a mix of tuart woodlands, paperbark swamps and eucalypts. Go swimming, fishing and camping at Preston Beach, and explore special rock-like formations known as thrombolites. These formations are built by micro-organisms that are so tiny they're not visible to the human eye. It's one of the few places in the State where living thrombolites survive. They provide a unique look at what life was like at the dawn of time. You can see them at the edge of Lake Clifton in March and April. Yalgorup National Park is about half an hour's drive south of Mandurah. Camping in Western Australia's natural areas is a special experience. Selected campgrounds from across the state are now bookable online for a trial period.