Escaping with the fam on a getaway that might actually be relaxing? Here’s how.
Parents of Perth, if the thought of getting your squad out the door for a fun and memorable winter getaway has you breaking out in a cold sweat, don’t panic. We’ve found the perfect family escape that’s far easier - and closer - than you think.
The best part? Before your kids ask "Are we there yet?”, they'll already be here. Easy and fast access makes Mandurah and the Peel region the perfect, hassle-free family getaway anytime of the year.
Room with a view
Start by checking into one of the beautiful Mandurah Ocean Marina Chalets, conveniently close to waterside restaurants, the cinema, the beach and playgrounds. Or for guaranteed thrills and memories, hire some floating accommodation from Mandurah Houseboats and spend a couple of blissful nights on the peaceful estuary waters.
Brekky options to boot
A far cry from your weekday alarm, wake up to the fresh sea breeze drifting through the houseboat then fuel up for the day over smashed avo and pancakes at one of the many stylish cafés and restaurants at Dolphin Quay at Mandurah’s Ocean Marina.
Cruise the waterways
Enjoy fresh fish and chips on board while you keep your eyes peeled for the local Bottlenose dolphins surfing the waves on a one hour Dolphin and Scenic Canal Cruise. For a cruise with a difference, kick back with a coffee while the kids go nuts dancing and singing their way around the estuary on a Disco Cruise.
One for the animal lovers
If staying on dry land is more your thing, get the family over to Peel Zoo in Pinjarra for a hands-on native animal experience. Nestled in wetland beside the Murray River, it’s home to over 150 animals. Get up close and personal with snakes, emus, birds or kangaroos while mum or dad take all the snaps.
Tarzan for a day
Watch the kids try their hands at swinging between the trees at Trees Adventure in Dwellingup. WA’s first tree ropes course offers nine different levels and over 20 flying foxes. If they can’t get enough of climbing, head to Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing Centre the next day for even more action.
Hotham Valley Steam Ranger
If your kids love trains, a ride on board the Hotham Valley Tourist Train will make their day. Based in Dwellingup, the Steam Ranger (Sundays from May – October) is a must-do and offers a stunning view of the forest.
Round off the day in style at one of Mandurah’s many cafés and family-friendly restaurants. Lots of restaurants offer specials for families including Golden Cloud Spur, Cicerello’s and Hog’s Breath Cafe where kids eat free on certain days of the week.
Keep your kids busy these July school holidays with a range of fun activities in Mandurah and the Peel region. Find more inspiration and deals for your next getaway at visitpeel.com.au.
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