An hour’s drive from Perth, Mandurah and the surrounding Peel region offer plenty of eco adventures.
Looking to get outside and into nature over the summer? The Mandurah and Peel Tourism Organisation has come up with some suggestions for enjoying the great outdoors over the holidays.
1. Take a Ninebot (that’s the new generation of Segways) on a 1.5 hour tour with Wheeling Adventures through Mandurah’s Len Howard Conservation Park.
2. Swing like a monkey among Dwellingup's pine and jarrah trees with a tree ropes course at Nanga Mill Campground. There are 80 aerial challenges from an airborne skateboard to a flying fox. Trees Adventure offers a two-hour experience and you can pick your level from easy to insane. Book before you go.
3. Stalk and scoop Mandurah's blue manna crabs in the shallow waters of the Peel Inlet. Mandurah Cruises takes you to your hunting site and then teaches you how to prepare and cook your catch. Afterwards, enjoy a barbecue lunch as you cruise back to Mandurah.
4. Experience the natural attractions and scenery of the Mandurah Estuary with Aqualib. Explore around Boundary Island, venture into the wetlands, see and learn about the birdlife, and get up close to the playful dolphins.
5. Hungry? Cook your barbecue whilst on the water. Eco BBQ Boats has barbecue boats for hire with no skipper's ticket required. All you need is your own food and drinks.
6. Take a walk on the boardwalk through wetlands. Creery Wetlands sanctuary has a series of connected boardwalks and hard pathways with informative signage and bird-watching areas. It is a feeding ground for waterbirds and shorebirds which migrate to the area every year from northern Asia and Alaska. There are also many animals, including a colony of quendas (bandicoots).
7. The Len Howard Conservation Park is a wetland in Mandurah / Erskine with nature walking trails along the estuary and bird-watching sites. There's also a wetland connected to the reserve which has walk trails around it and a grassed area for picnics.
8. Head to Island Point Reserve for bird watching, bush walking and estuary beaches.
9. The Riverside Gardens Reserve and Lake Goegrup have the Riverside Heartwalk walk trail, which runs along the Serpentine River. There are also boardwalks that cross the wetlands. Lake Goegrup is a shallow, sandy water body that forms part of the Serpentine River system.
10. Yalgorup National Park is home to the ancient thromobolites that reside in Lake Clifton. The wetland system has achieved international recognition as an important area for migratory waterbirds, and supports several threatened plant and animal species.
- For more, go to visitpeel.com.au.
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