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Stopover in Western Australia

 

Qantas is now flying daily direct on the Perth – London route and people are making the most of the new service to take some time out and explore Western Australia.

For Australian passengers travelling to or from other parts of the country on the direct route, Qantas is offering a Perth stopover with no additional stopover fee, depending on fare type.

This is a fantastic way to break up the journey and see more than just Perth.

Only an hour south of the capital by train or car, Mandurah and the Peel Region showcases the best of everything that WA is renowned for including stunning beaches and waterways, unrivalled seafood, world-recognised golf courses, spectacular views, history and culture, wineries, breweries, shopping and adventure.

Mandurah is Western Australia’s largest and fastest growing regional city and is set against a backdrop of magnificent beaches and an estuary twice the size of Sydney Harbour.

It has recently been named Western Australia’s Top Tourism Town and is the perfect base to take day trips to explore the wider Peel Region. In an easy half hour drive you’ll find beautiful wineries, breweries, winding waterways, rolling green hills and tiny timber towns nestled in the forest.

Mandurah and the Peel Region is home to one of Australia’s healthiest dolphin populations which you spot on a dolphin cruise or while dining in one of the many waterfront restaurants.

Seafood lovers will rejoice in the number of dining options available from the great Mandurah tradition of a picnic fish and chips on the newly refurbished foreshore to ‘catch and cook’ cruises featuring blue manna crabs, native to Mandurah waters, and rock lobster.

If you enjoy a spot of fishing, you’re sure to land a catch in the Peel Region.

Mandurah boasts Western Australia’s own modern Venice, with a network of canals featuring luxury homes. You can hire a boat and cruise them yourself or join an organised tour.

If it’s a holiday with a difference you’re after, Mandurah is the only place near Perth you can hire a houseboat. Completely unwind and take in the views while slowly meandering down the Murray River or Peel-Harvey-Estuary for days at a time.

Travel Facts

Getting there

Mandurah is less than an hour south of Perth. When driving, travel the Kwinana freeway south, easily accessible from many points in Perth, and exit at Mandjoogoordap Drive. Trains and buses operate between the two cities and depart from the Perth city centre. www.transperth.wa.gov.au

Staying there

Mandurah and the Peel Region has a range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. There is a choice of resort hotels, caravan and camping facilities, charming bed and breakfast accommodation, self-contained apartments, forest cabins and even houseboats for hire.

Getting around

Buses operate around Mandurah, but if you want to explore the Peel Region extensively you can hire a car or join a tour. Taxis and Uber drivers are also available in Mandurah.

When to go

The Peel Region can be visited any time of the year. Being on the coast, it’s spectacular in spring and in summer. But during winter, the scenery is amazing. You can find something to do all year around.

Further Information on Mandurah and the Peel Region visit www.visitpeel.com.au

cruise

Cruise the coast and see the outback in one holiday

Cruise holiday specialist ecruising.travel has just released one of its most popular Australian ‘Rail and Sail’ packages for 2019, combining a coastal cruise on the renowned Queen Elizabeth with rail travel through the outback on Australian’s iconic The Ghan.

coast cruise and outback railThis package is ideal to give passengers a glimpse into the true Australian lifestyle mix of land and sea over 11 days in one inclusive holiday package.

It includes return economy flights from Sydney (other capital cities available on request), Gold Service rail accommodation, meals and beverages, rail stop excursions, cruise accommodation and meals, hotel accommodation in Perth, Adelaide and Darwin and all transfers and some -making it great value.

Fly into Perth on February 2, 2019 for two nights and enjoy a full day Margaret River, Cave, Wine & Cape Leeuwin Tour.

Embark on the Queen Elizabeth for four nights sailing and enjoy the quality Cunard service and the ships’ renowned facilities such as the gourmet meals, 24-hour complimentary room service, world class entertainment, on-board educational programs and much more.

Board The Ghan in Adelaide for two nights in Gold Class and travel through spectacular scenery such as the Flinders Range, view the sunrise at Marla in S.A, explore Alice Springs and learn all about the local culture with an immersive tour in Alice Springs before reaching Darwin for your final night.

This package is priced from $4099 per person twin share. There are optional extra rail tours that passengers can book.

For more details search for package on the new website www.ecruising.travel or call a cruise specialist on 1300 369 848.

rv friendly

Jarrahdale, now RV friendly!

THE PEEL Region’s historic town of Jarrahdale, only 50 minutes south of Perth, is now an RV Friendly Town.

To qualify for the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia’s program, towns must meet the needs of RV travellers and satisfy stringent criteria, including access to a general shopping area, provision of low cost overnight parking, and access to potable water and a free dump point

CMCA also considers the general attitude of the local council and community, so as to truly identify the friendliest areas in Australia.

Therefore, travellers can enter any RV Friendly Town™ with the knowledge they will be welcomed and adequately provided for.

Jarrahdale provides a short stay area for fully self-contained RV’s. Travellers can leisurely experience the historic town as a tourist destination and all that it offers.

CMCA director Ken Kipping said the results of the RV Friendly Town™ program continued to be promising.

“It is great to see an increasing number of towns qualifying as RV Friendly,” he said.

“The designation of RV Friendly Towns continues to encourage all RV travellers to stop, shop and enjoy what all the various towns in Western Australia have to offer.

“It is now up to these communities to make the tourists welcome. If you see them around the town, say hello and tell them about some of the great things to see in the Shire.”