A retired business owner, my passions are cooking, photography and eating. I use all three of these when I write for recipeyum.com.au which is on HubGarden
Published December 4th 2017
Have a day or two away from the bustle of the city
I used to live in the Peel Region and this area has a lot of fun things for the whole family to see and do. It can be a great day trip for the family and at just 50 minutes from Perth, can be a great day out.
Of course, there are many fabulous places to stay from 5-star hotels to camping areas, should you want to spend more than a day there and indeed, to see a few of the facilities in the area, you need several days at least.
1. AMAZE MINIATURE PARK
When I was living close to this miniature park, I went there several times - a few times just for afternoon tea as the surroundings were delightful. In those days, it was called Abingdon Miniature Village and was in the next street to where I had an acreage property.
Located 5 minutes from Mandurah, this wonderful attraction has a large and fascinating display of scale model miniature buildings and railways. Many of the models are exact replicas of well known historic buildings from Abingdon Village, parts of the United Kingdom and Germany.
It is set amongst four acres of beautifully manicured gardens and is great for young and old alike!
When you pay for this, also included in your entry fee is the hedge maze, circular maze, secret garden, lakes, water features, playground and other activities. The grounds also have a 12 hole miniature golf course.
WHERE 24 Husband Road Barragup
2. CENTENNIAL PARK, WAROONA
This park is also known as Drakesbrook Centennial Park and is a public space which is maintained by the Shire for locals and visitors. It is not far from Mandurah and an easy drive of about 30 minutes.
Centennial Park is situated on South West Highway at the southern end of the town of Waroona. They have a nice children's playground, picnic seating, gas barbecues and tall trees which provide a relaxed setting. The park is home to an interactive memorial to the old Drakesbrook School which burnt down in 2006.
Admission is free and it is located on South West Highway, Waroona.
3. DISC GOLF
Disc Golf is a free and fun activity for people of all ages and abilities. It is situated at Hall Park on the Western Foreshore of Mandurah and here you can enjoy a round of Disc Golf on the nine basket course.
It is a unique golf course design where instead of hitting the ball with a club, the players throw a disc - like a Frisbee - from a particular tree to an elevated metal basket to complete the course with a minimum of throws.
4. TREES ADVENTURE, DWELLINGUP
Trees Adventure is Australia's premier tree top adventure ropes experience. It features tree courses high up in the tree canopy, and it is for the whole family who will be able to leap, climb and "fly" through the forest.
This course runs for 2 hours, and you will get to choose which of the tree top courses you'd like to adventure on at Trees Adventure in Dwellingup.
Bookings are essential for this fun event and this is Western Australia's first Treetop Adventure and is located inside the Lane Poole Reserve, and Dwellingup is about a 40 minute drive from Mandurah.
5. ECHO BBQ BOATS
Here you can hire eco-friendly BBQ Boats equipped with an electric outboard motor for a dining experience on the water. You do not need any sort of boat license for this family event.
Eco BBQ Boats offer self-drive circular boats that are specially designed for enjoying a barbecue on the water. The BBQ boats are made of fiberglass and are fully equipped, and seat 6 to 10 people who are seated around a gas barbecue!
They also have large umbrella so that you are not in the hot sun all day, and these boats are unique!
The hire fee includes quality BBQ, porcelain plates, stainless steel cutlery, plastic tumblers, cooking oil and a Bluetooth sound system that can be connected to any mobile device, so you can even have music while you eat.
1 Spinnaker Quays
6. INFLATABLE WORLD
This inflatable world is the largest indoor playground in Australia, and is also great for birthday parties, functions, school holiday activities and of course, is fun for all ages!
Here you can jump, slide, and climb - there is fun for everyone at this fabulous water playground in the heart of Mandurah. Apart from being for all ages, there is also a knee deep zone for the very small children and toddlers.
Please also check out my Part 2 of this series of family events in Mandurah and drive safely!