At the entrance to the Peel Inlet is Mandurah and it offers such wonderful activities as sunbathing on the beautiful beaches, swimming and fishing. This is also the gateway to the Australian South West.
Mandurah has always been known as a great place to have a holiday and a lovely place to live for lots of Western Australians. The town has an ideal location close enough to the capital of Western Australia Perth to enjoy the bustling city life and far enough to live among the wonders of nature. All around Mandurah are clean, clear waters for surfing, crabbing, dolphin watching, boating, swimming, fishing and even world-class golfing. This town counts as the fastest growing regional town in Western Australia.
The town center is situated around Mandjar Bay and it has a broad esplanade that is lined with restaurants and cafes. There are facilities for picnics and barbecues while people enjoy the environment. If you like you can go crabbing from the town jetty. Dolphins can be seen from the shore and they come swimming right into the bay. Mandurah has a rich arts and festival culture and street performances can be seen on the main foreshore in the summertime.
The town of Mandurah sits on the double-armed inlet of Harvey Estuary and the Peel Inlet, fed by the Serpentine, Murray, Harvey and Dandalup Rivers. A large man-made engineering feat, the Dawesville Cut was created so that development didn’t cause environmental problems. It lets flushing water flow between the ocean and inlet. Amazing city planning has created canal housing developments along the waterways of the cut, Where the cut meets the Indian Ocean one can do lots of fishing and even bag the huge jewfish. Mandurah has been also called Crab City because of the many large crabs in its waters.The Mandurah Boat and Fishing Show, Crab Fest, Stretch Arts and Community Festival are community event which are held every year.
A major tourist attraction and a bustling city is Bunbury. This city is located two hours south of the capital of Western Australia – Perth. It is linked by rail, air and road. Bunbury offers great shopping, had some of the state’s beat restaurants and an active nightlife. The city is on a peninsula that has clean, clear waters on both sides. There are many different events held here throughout the year including the Bunbury Show in April.
This city has often been called the dolphin capital of Western Australia. It is easy to get to see the gentle dolphins up close here. The Bottlenose dolphins make a regular visit to Koombana Bay where visitors to the Dolphin Discovery Center have a chance to interact with the dolphins on the beach. The best way to watch these dolphins surf and play in their natural environment is to get out on the bay on a cruise boat or a swim tour both of which operate from the center.
Close to Bunbury visitors can engage in adventures in the Geographe Wine Region. The town which surround this city have their own unique charm and history. Donnybrook is a rural town that has become famous for its orchards, arts and crafts and growing wine industry. The produce from this town is delicious and visitors are encouraged to pick their own fresh fruit right from the tree
The city of Busselton holds the Festival of Busselton every January. Events here include outdoor cinemas, a log chop, children’s treasure hunt, chalk art competition, float parade, sand castle competition, a fishing clinic and much more. One of the most popular events is Petticoat Lane when Busselton’s CBD is closed for the evening and around 8000 people look through 200 stalls for bargains or food. The city’s closing night concert features Aussie rock icon Daryl Braithwaite live onstage with a fantastic fireworks display bringing the festival to a close.
Geographe Bay is a well-known seaside destination for family holidays. More and more tourists are discovering it every year. There are many interesting national parks to explore. The seaside towns of Busselton and Dunsborough are located along the sandy shores of Geographe Bay. There are calm beaches that are protected from harsh winds and are popular with swimmers, fishermen, scuba divers and snorkelers. Both of these town hold the prestigious title of WA’s top tourism town.
Yallingup is located on the western side of Cape Naturaliste. It is surrounded by lovely, rugged cliffs, rolling green hills and native bushland. Yallingup is world-famous for its wonderful surf breaks and sandy beaches and coves. There are many accommodation choices for tourists such as caravan, camping and chalet services as well as serviced apartments, resorts, luxury retreats and B&Bs.
In the Margaret Wine Region are more than 80 wineries that offer tastings and sales from the cellar door. A great many of them are within an hour’s radius of Dunsborough.