Walking Trails Mandurah and Peel
The Mandurah and Peel region offers some breathtaking scenic walking trails amongst the many forests, parks and rivers.
From coastal walks near Mandurah, to walking trails amongst the national parks, along the Murray River and throughout Lane Poole Reserve - the region's walking trails offer a fantastic way to view the sights and natural attractions.
Halls Head Coastal Trail
Distance: 6km | Time 2-5 hours | Difficulty: Moderate
The Halls Head Coastal Walk can be accessed from Boardwalk Blvd and skirts the Indian Ocean delivering a particularly spectacular view. There are boardwalk sections and many spots to sit and enjoy the view. Watch out for dolphins and birdlife as well! This walking trail will lead you to the mouth of the Estuary where you can keep doing all the way to the Old Mandurah Bridge. Facilities include wheelchair and pram access. Find out more.
Erskine Nature Trail
Distance: 6km return | Time: 2 hours | Difficulty: Easy
Located at the Len Howard Conservation Reserve, access to the walk is from Mandurah Quays or from Glandart Court, Erskine. This is a great walk or bike trail that skirts the Peel Inlet so you will be surrounded by water, flora and fauna. There are little seating alcoves along the way and boardwalks over the wetlands. The walking trail passes through the magnificent Mandurah Quays Residential Resort and if you are lucky, you will be greeted by one or many of the Dolphins that feed around the area. Find out more.
Marrinup Falls Walk Trail
Distance: 1.3km | Time: 45 minutes | Difficulty: Easy
Discover the Marrinup Brook and Falls on this 1.3 km family friendly walk. This is a relatively easy walk meandering through lovely native bush with a few up and downs which can be slippery. Spring is especially beautiful with flowing waterfalls and wildflowers. Facilities include carpark, with fuel and shopping available in town. Find out more.
Tullis Bridge Walking Trail
Distance: 3km | Difficulty: Easy
Enjoy a walk around the old Tullis Bridge originally built in 1912 to connect Narrogin to Pinjarra. Located approximately 8km from Boddington, the bridge can be accessed via Morts Road off Farmers Avenue. The walking trail follows the Hotham River and the rail line to Tullis Bridge. Walkers will enjoy bird watching, wildflowers in season and stunning scenery. Lots of natural shady areas are available for the day tripper to stay and enjoy lunch or a snack while enjoying the natural environment of Tullis Bridge. Find out more.
Tullis Bridge Rail Trail
Distance: 8km | Difficulty: Moderate
The Tullis Bridge Rail Trail makes use of the Hotham Valley Railway Line from Boddington to Tullis Bridge. This 8km walking trail runs beside the beautiful Hotham River and through mostly flat paddocks and timber reserves. Once arriving at Tullis Bridge walkers can have a rest or continue along the 3km Tullis Bridge Trail. Find out more.
Ranford Pool Walk Trail
Distance: 2.5km | Difficulty: Easy
Starting from Lions Weir in Boddington, this walking trail follows the Hotham River to historic Ranford Pool. The first part of the walk is fully paved, wide enough for push bikes, horses, prams and wheelchairs and takes in the scenery along the river’s edge along to the Hotham Valley Bridge. Once you have passed the bridge, the path reverts to a more natural state and ends up as a narrow walking trail only. Fishing, canoeing and bird watching can be enjoyed in this part of the river. Find out more.
Lane Poole Reserve Trails, Dwellingup
King Jarrah Track
Distance: 18km loop | Time: 5-6 hours | Difficulty: Difficult
The King Jarrah Track is an enjoyable walk trail through a mixture of jarrah and banksia dominated forest. The walk climbs quickly from the Nanga Mill campground offering good views of the valley below and then continues along the ridge - the highlight of the walk is of course the 300-600 year old King Jarrah Tree. You can join the track from a number of locations on the route, and there is plenty of signage along the way. Facilities include carpark, toilets and camping areas. The track is suited to experienced walkers. Find out more.
Chuditch Walk Trail
Distance: 6-9km loop | Difficulty: Moderate
Starting at either Chuditch or Nanga Mill campgrounds, the majority of this delightful trail is on wide tracks with gentle gradients. There is one short section of narrower trail near Chuditch that has short steep sections. The walk passes mostly through Jarrah forest with impressive stands of grass trees. Observe small woodland birds such as Scarlet Robins and Red-winged Fairy Wrens amongst the understorey, or Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos feeding high up in the canopy. Find out more.
Island Poole Walk Trail
Distance: 2.1km | Time: 1 hour | Difficulty: Moderate
This walk leads up the side of the Murray River valley and provides excellent views of the valley and the river below. The seasonal appearance of wildflowers makes this a popular trail in the springtime. There is a riverside picnic area and Island Pool is a popular swimming spot on warm days. Toilet facilities are available in the upper car park. Find out more.
Waroona Nature Trails
Distance: 4.5km | Time: 1-1.5 hours | Difficulty: Easy
This walk explores the many different vegetation types of Yargolup National Park. It begins at the information bay on Preston Beach Road and is well signposted and best during late winter and spring.
Lake Pollard Walk Trail
Distance: 6km | Time: 2 hours | Difficulty: Easy
Lake Pollard is renowned for its high numbers of black swans between October and March. The walk begins at the entrance to Martins Tank campground on Preston Beach Road. The walking trail is well sign-posted and is perfect for nature enthusiasts. Find out more.
Hamel Wetland Walk Trail
Time: 15 - 30 minutes
In the past years the Hamel Wetlands has just been a forest. In 2005 the pine plantation was chopped and the land owner, the department of environment and conservation, decided the wetlands should be a nature reserve. There is a Gazebo at the end of the trail where you can see ducks, birds, black swans and their babies. It is a 15 to 30 minute walk. Turn off the south west highway onto Cornucopia Street and into the exploring trail.
Mandurah Public Art Walks
The Federation Heritage Art Walk will take you on an enlightening journey through Mandurah and Peel. The works highlight the colonial history of the region and allows you to experience the best this region has to offer. See a description of some of the art work pieces below or grab a map from the Mandurah Visitor Centre.
First Government School
This school opened in 1900 with Mr Robert Dalrymple from Belfast as both head master and teacher. The classes included writing, reading, arithmetic, history and geography. Today the First Government School site is occupied by the Mandurah Community Museum and Historical Society. The school classroom recreated within the museum is very popular and looks much as it did in 1900. Artist Anne Neil.
Mrs Lyttleton's Inn
Mrs Sarah Lyttleton was the wife of Dr Lyttleton, employed by the founder of the area Thomas Peel, as the surgeon for the settlement. She and her husband moved to Albany in the late 1830's. However on his death in the early 1840s Mrs Lyttleton returned to Mandurah, and on an acre of land near the ferry she built an inn and boarding house. The artwork (2000) at this site is a reminder of the many travellers who passed this way and is made of tinted cement fondue. Artist Claire Bailey.
First Government Jetty
Since the beginning of the colony, lack of direct transport to and from Mandurah was a problem. Most things arrived by sea, yet a sandbar at the mouth of the estuary could be problematic. In mid 1890 the Government undertook improvements and opened the bar, and in 1896 the Public Works Department contracted the building of the First Government Jetty. The artwork (1998) evokes the aspiration of ‘life’s journey’ within us all and consists of three separate cast bronze works on top of old jetty pylons. Artist Claire Bailey.
Peel Inlet Preserving Works
In September 1880 the first tins of fish were turned out by C.Tuckey & Co's Peel Inlet Preserving Works. The first fish canned were sea mullet caught by sieve nets in large quantities between September and March in the estuary and along the coast. Fishermen were paid seven to eight shillings for each 100 fish delivered to the cannery. The artwork (1998) charmingly acknowledges ‘the early pioneering days’ of Western Australia’s commercial fishing industry and is made of cast bronze. Artist Mary Knott.
Aboriginal Fishing Site
The Mandurah estuary is recognised as an important traditional fishing site for Aborigines. The artwork (1999) celebrates the spiritual beliefs and cultural traditions of the Noongar people and highlights the significance of the waterways in Aboriginal lore. The design was researched and created by Noongar artist Sandra Hill. She worked with ceramic artist Jenny Dawson and members of Winjan Aboriginal Corporation and their families, in creating this outstanding hand-made mosaic. Artists Sandra Hill and Jenny Dawson.
In the early 1900's, a Mr Scrivinern initially owned the bakery. In the early years bread was sold in a 2 pound loaf, and some customers were known to bring back their loaf because "it didn't weigh enough!". In the 1930's the bakery was taken over by William Munice, and 'Muncie's Renown' continued to be celebrated for bread baked in wood ovens right up until the 1970's. The mosaic artwork (2000) and old jetty pylon seating asks you to sit down, enjoy a tasty snack and watch the pelicans watching you - in the hope of a feed! Artist Claire Bailey.
Open Air Picture Gardens
Originally owned by Mrs Lanyon, the picture gardens were bought by Hobart Tuckey in the late 1920's and run by Mildred Edith Tuckey and her son Owen, who helped during school holidays. The picture show had a big impact on the social life of the community. The new items in the early 'talkies' were an important way for people to gain information. The mosaic artwork (2000) is an invitation to "please be seated", and enjoy the scene in downtown Mandurah. Artist Claire Bailey.
First Government Post and Telegraph Office
In 1887 the telegraph lines were extended to Mandurah and helped to reduce 'the tyranny of distance' for the early settlers. The Office was also an important meeting centre for the area when people came in by foot, horse or carriage to collect their mail. The artwork (2000), made of hand-made tiles, reminds us to remember someone with a handwritten postcard or letter. Artist Claire Bailey.
Mandurah Art Trails
Discover Incredible Public Art in Mandurah. Mandurah's public artworks can be found along the Eastern Foreshore, down laneways and on the pavements and facades of buildings. See below some of the highlights of the Mandurah Art Trail and click here for more information. Don't forget to take a photo and hashtag #visitmandurah.
Blue Swimmer Crab
Located at the East end of Mandurah Bridge, this interactive 3D art painting was created by highly-awarded Australian pavement artist, Jenny McCracken. It is the safest and one of the most fun ways to pose with Mandurah's famous blue swimmer crab!
Floral Swing Mural
Thanks to the community-run organisation Shape Mandurah, Tuckey Lane (between 5 and 8 Manudrah Terrace) was transformed into a Mandurah Instagram hotspot thanks to an amazing Foral Swing Mural. It's a great place to have your photo taken!
Giant Deck Chair
Sit back and relax on Mandurah's Eastern Foreshore in this giant chair that was commissioned by Visit Mandurah and made by the Men's Shed Mandurah - a local not-for-profit organisation. Mandurah's famous Moreton Bay fig tree and the estuary create the perfect backdrop for an Instagram photo.
Mandurah is known as Mandjoogoordap in Noongar language which translates as 'meeting place of the heart'. After European settlement the name was adapted to Mandurah. No visit to Mandurah is complete without a photo in the aluminium heart sculpture, found on the Mandurah Eastern Foreshore, which was designed by local artist Gary Aitken.
Marine Wildlife 3D Art Pavement Painting
Location: in front of Mandurah Visitor Centre, 75 Mandurah Terrace
In front of the Mandurah Visitor Centre (75 Mandurah Terrace) is another masterpiece created by 3D pavement artist Jenny McCracken. The painting remarkably depicts Mandurah's abundant marine wildlife, jumping out from the pavement in front of the Mandurah Visitor Centre.
Take a stroll along the boardwalk in front of the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, and you'll find this sculpture by local artist Gary Aitken. This aluminium sculpture encourages you to interact by framing your view.
Seafood Nation - Giant Marine Wildlife
Get your photo with a giant western rock lobster, shark, bottlenose dolphins or blue swimmer crabs at Dolphin Quay, Mandurah Ocean Marina. A fun way to spend the time while your food is being cooked.
Pelican - 3D Art
Also at Dolphin Quay Marina, is this fun 3D painting of a hungry pelican! Get creative here and snap another fun pic.
Peel Heritage Trails
Discover the Stories of the Peel Region. The Peel Region is steeped in interesting history, both Indigenous and European, and most of the small towns you visit have stories you'll want explore.
Pinjarra Heritage Trail
Pinjarra, one of WA's oldest established towns, offers rich grazing lands, with the town quickly becoming known as a centre for dairy and cattle farming. The 1.2 km Pinjarra Heritage Trail is a fascinating way to explore the region. Starting from the Edenvale Heritage Precinct. this trail heads past the Court House (1935), the Post Office (1895) and down beside the Murray river. Highlights include St John's Church, the Old Schoolhouse (1896), Liveringa (1885) and Edenvale (1888).
Tullis Bridge and Tullis Bridge Walk Trail
Tullis Bridge is located approximately 9 kms out of Boddington and can be accessed via Morts Road off Farmers Avenue. The bridge was built in 1912 in the trestle style and was used to link the railway line from Pinjarra to Narrogin for use by the timber industry up until 1968. At Tullis Bridge you can enjoy a picnic at the picnic tables or sit under the canopy of trees that stretch alongside the Hotham River. Toilets are available at this site. The drive out to Tullis Bridge along Morts Road offers some magnificent vistas, taking you past the back of the BHP Boddington Bauxite Mine, Marradong Reserve, olive groves and orchards.
The Brook Trail
The three kilometre Brook Trail takes you through a semi-natural wildlife reserve for passive recreation, biodiversity conservation and for its Aboriginal heritage values. Dogs are welcome on a leash and rubbish should be placed in bins or taken home. Access to trail is from Cardup Siding Road.
Mandurah Foreshore Heritage Walk Tour
Duration: 1 hour
Go on a trip down memory lane whilst taking in the sights along the Mandurah foreshore. This FREE leisurely walking tour is 1 hour in duration and runs on Fridays and Saturdays at 11.00am - Bookings are essential . The tour commences at the Mandurah Community Museum. Find out more.
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