Western Australia’s winter season has started, but the temperate climate of the Peel Region, just one hour south of Perth, with plenty of sunny days makes it the perfect destination to visit, especially in the cooler months. Be inspired by our list of things to do this winter.
Wining & Dining
You don’t need to drive far from Perth to enjoy excellent food and wine. Millbrook is a boutique winery situated in the historic town of Jarrahdale in the Peel Region of WA, just 50 minutes south-east of Perth. The winery is located at the picturesque Chestnut Farm nestled among virgin jarrah forests, with stunning vistas of the rolling landscape. The acclaimed Millbrook restaurant is superbly located on the second level of the winery and features a high timber ceiling, Blackbutt floor and glass bi-folding doors, which open onto a Jarrah deck with spectacular views of the vineyard and Serpentine National Park.
Experience the thrill!
Action, water, speed, endless fun – that’s what you get when you go white water rafting in the rapids of the Murray River in Dwellingup. White water rafting is available during the winter months usually June to October. Book with the local operator, Dwellingup Adventures.
Travel back in time
At Dwellingup Station board the Etmilyn Diner Train and enjoy a five-course meal in the 1919 dining car or 1884 club car for an experience like no other. Your meal is served from the on-board wood stove as the train meanders through the forest, every Saturday night. Bookings essential. Or enjoy the scenery and magnificent sights and sounds of a Steam Locomotive hard at work climbing Western Australia’s steepest and most spectacular section of railway. The train operates on Sundays only (from May – October).
Off-road Mountain Biking
Langford Park, near Jarrahdale, is a popular mountain biking destination for beginners and advanced riders alike due to the gradual hills and fast, flowing single track. It has a whole host of trails in the area with a longer 17km outside loop. Just pick a path and go! Or check out the Munda Biddi Trail – over 1,000 kilometres of cycling heaven. As well as passing through magnificent Lane Poole Reserve with its swimming, camping and canoeing opportunities, the trail also takes cyclists through the historic timber towns of Jarrahdale and Dwellingup in the Peel Region.
Touching permitted at Peel Zoo!
Head to Peel Zoo in Pinjarra for a unique ‘hands on experience’. Hold a python, pet the kangaroos, tickle a ferret or feed the parrots at the walkthrough bird aviary. All guaranteed fun!
Float your boat
Board a large, comfy houseboat at Mandurah (no special licence required) and cruise the calm waterways through world heritage-listed wetlands, watching the bank’s wildlife and scenery and stopping by a riverside tavern.
Find even more information on the Peel Region at www.visitpeel.com.au