On the first weekend in June, the Pinjarra Festival brings visitors from near and far to the vibrant country town. With the festival over for another year, what will you do on your next visit to Pinjarra?
[ADVERT]The Pinjarra area holds an abundance of spiritual stories and its share of supernatural sightings. Rich in history, the town is known as one of the oldest and first established by migrants. It is also deep in culture from the native ancestors who originated in the area before settlement.
Mr Kerr's Pinjarra venture will be aided by Zack Williams his 'assistant.' While Zack is helping out, I think he may play a bit more of a theatrical role during the tour; possibly scaring unsuspecting tourists into believing in the existence of ghostly beings.
Just to spook you even more. A special Halloween tour is set for Wednesday, 31st October called 'All Hallows Eve.' If you come dressed in theme costume, you pay half the ticket price and have a chance to get your photo published.
Either way, get in early to experience the tours, after 4th November, 2012 regular prices will be instated and are more than double the cost.
Current tour prices are: Adults $10, with children under 12 years old $5.
To find out more visit the website. Bookings are necessary
call 0468 387 897.
Where to STAY?
Now you're probably thinking nowhere historical; might be a little too scary.
There are a few options available to you here for accommodation. We'll look at these from least to most expensive, within a 10km radius from Pinjarra town centre.
I have also included AAA Tourisms' quality star rating which 'officially accredits' some of the establishments listed. Other ratings are given informally by the guests who stayed.
4 star lazing in comfort and relaxed surroundings, suites from $300 per night.
This is quite possibly the crème de la crème of accommodation in Pinjarra. Set on 5 acres at the banks of the Murray River, you'll be at peace with nature with your every need catered for, whilst enjoying the quiet existence at Lazy River Boutique B & B.
3 star from 1 room at $100 per night. Cabins & cottages are different sizes, with varying numbers of beds. Rent is per an entire cabin or cottage basis.
Some people say this place is haunted. True? On New Year's Eve it won't matter to most and will be all booked out for the ORIGIN NYE 2012/2013 party. Don't miss out on the camping adventure – read about it here.
For relatively cheap lodging in and around Pinjarra, please check out stayz.com.au. Usually advance booking and a minimum two night stay is required to secure a house.
Other booking sites are available, other than the two links chosen.
What to EAT?
Again, here is an area where there are a number of food ideas and places to choose from. Some I simply list, whereas others I include a little more detail.
Firstly, whatever your trusted or popular franchise is, these four outlets are all in close proximity to one another at the Pinjarra Junction shopping complex, (which also has a Coles Supermarket and local butchers' Pinjarra Meat Supply).
The local operation of Pinjarra Bakery has been built from the ground up and is a thriving hotspot for locals & visitors. Whether to please customers or win awards, the family and team are continually striving for the next best pie or baked goods concept.
The couple at Pinjarra Fish & Chips have been commented on as lovely people who always smile, remember a face and give great service. I would have to say this is definitely true from my own experience. They are located at Shop 2, Peel Street, with access from McLarty Road, South Western Highway.
Travelling back the opposite way, past Pinjarra Junction and over the Pinjarra Bridge with the scenic Murray River flowing below, you'll find the Premier Hotel. This grand old piece of history was constructed in 1894. Meals here are affordable and reliable for a pub meal.
Continue on 5km out of town along South Western Highway, take the right-hand turn at Fairbridge Road and travel 3.5km to reach Exeter Coffee Shop & Gallery @ Fairbridge Village.
Coming back across the Pinjarra Bridge and onto main George Street at the corner of Henry, are the Heritage Tearooms at Edenvale. The tea rooms are open 7 days a week from 8.30am to 5pm; hours may vary.
Heading back out of town along Pinjarra Road are two hidden delights:
Raven Wines Restaurant is tucked away on the corner of Pinjarra & Wilson Road. You can see the grape vines from Pinjarra Road side looking lush in season, ready to be picked for wine making by the owners.
They also utilise local Peel Region grapes for winemaking and produce for their menu. For further insight into this spectacular little hideaway, refer to this article.
Redcliffe on the Murray has all-round talent when it comes to eating and entertainment if you can find their secret location.
Back on Pinjarra Road, head towards Mandurah. At around 7km you'll discover Ravenswood and to the right from the bridge you'll see the Ravenswood Hotel.
If you're staying in South Yunderup, go back a short distance from Ravenswood and take a right turn from Pinjarra Road and eat at the Sandy Cove Tavern, 146 South Yunderup Road.
The tavern has a restaurant with bistro menu, bar, outside playground for the kids, beautiful canal views, TAB facilities and 14 T.V. screens. Enquiries can be made if you wish to hold a function here.
Another place to eat at is The Clansman on Lot 2, Tatham Road, South Yunderup. I haven't eaten at The Clansman before, so I'm unable to give a complete review at this point in time.
Like I was saying, there are many choices listed here … and many more that are not.
What to DO?
Peel Zoo is across the road from Redcliffe on the Murray, set in natural bushland surroundings in Murray River Estate, Pinjarra.
Home to more than 100 species of animals and birds; including the infamous and endangered Tasmanian devil, brought here for a crucial breeding programme that has already seen worthwhile results.
Kids who are old enough, or feel comfortable to feed the birds inside the enormous aviary, receive a lot of joy out of hand-feeding. Sometimes the birds find more amusement by landing on your head or your arm.
Bags of feed can be purchased on your way in for $3 each. Feed can be given to all animals that have a specific walk-in feeding area. Younger children especially should have supervision. At times, like the school holidays, the animals are hungry waiting for you to feed them and some can tend to bite.
The easiest birds to feed would most likely be the Sun Conures. Native to South America, they are gorgeous and particularly friendly here at the zoo. It would be perfectly normal to see a child with three perched on his arm and one in the bag.
Kangaroos, alpacas, sheep, deer and more can also be fed. The zoo has a special 'Zoo-keeper 4 A Day' program as well. If your child is 8 years old and over, he or she may be interested to participate for a cost and get their hands dirty.
Upon entry you are given a map naming all the species using a numbered system. After a while your child may be able to tell you what the animal is without using it. The zoo is likely to introduce another system in the future using a downloadable application to automatically look up details.
Cost for Admission:
Child – Under 3 years – FREE
Child – 3 to 15 years - $9 each
Adult – 16 years & over - $18 each
Family – 2 adults & 2 children - $49 total
Senior – Australian - $13.50 each
The Peel Zoo is open:
Monday to Friday from 10am – 4pm
Saturday to Sunday from 9am – 5pm
School & Public Holidays from 9am – 5pm
Last admission is accepted 1 hour before closing
BBQs, picnics and birthday parties are among some of the possibilities at the zoo. For full details visit the website or call (08) 9531 4322.
Some of the Tasmanian Devils have now escaped from their enclosure, reports saying that a tree fell down and aided their freedom. If anyone in the area sees one they are advised not to approach them, as you can lose your fingers if they bite you.
Call the zoo and let them know if you sight one of the little devils. Who knows, they might end up doing their own wild breeding program.
Pinjarra Golf Club
Pinjarra Golf Club is located at the entry to Murray River Estate on the left-hand side corner.
Whether you're looking to become a member or a guest just having a hit for the day, it's a good idea to check out the website or give them a call on (08) 9531 1252.
The new Pinjarra Skate Park can be found next to Pinjarra Primary School on Roe Avenue. Kids (& the big one's too) bring your scooters, bikes, skateboards, plus helmets and anything you can legally ride. Oh, and leave your bad behaviour at home. The skate park has 24hr CCTV surveillance and will capture your image day or night.
Murray Leisure Centre in Camp Road is open to visitors on a casual or membership basis. The newly built aquatic section has a 25 metre lap pool, kid's pool with varying areas & depths and a hydrotherapy pool.
The centre has gym facilities, group fitness classes, sports programs, a crèche and more. Open Monday to Friday from 6am to 7pm and Saturday from 8am to 3pm; these hours will vary slightly and with the seasons. Visit the website or call (08) 9531 2000 for details.
The Pinjarra Harness Racing Club can be found at Pinjarra Paceway, on the corner of South West Highway & Greenlands Road, Pinjarra. For racing, special events or any other information contact the club on (08) 9531 1941.
Pinjarra Race Club
Pinjarra Race Club handles thoroughbred racing at Pinjarra Park in Racecourse Road, Pinjarra. Families are welcome to attend and there's plenty of room for kids to run around. Looking for a fun day out or organising a function? Give them a call on (08) 9531 1956.
Edenvale Tea Rooms & Garden
The Edenvale Heritage Tea Rooms & Garden is on the corner of George & Henry Streets, Pinjarra. The Pinjarra Visitor Centre is also found here, for information on local and surrounding areas call (08) 9531 1438.
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There are additional activities and sights to see in Dwellingup and other towns; I just haven't listed them here, as they are out of the 10 kilometre radius from Pinjarra. Look around and you'll find plenty to do in and surrounding Pinjarra.
This was once a small, sleepy town & grazing settlement which is slowly gaining momentum into a lively, vibrant township. Hopefully it will always have minimal land space (banking on the local farmers not selling) to maintain the valuable attraction of a country town.