For the thrill seeking traveller Dawesville is anything but dullsville. The Peel Region, which includes Dawesville, Mandurah, Dwellingup and Pinjarra, has a number of outdoor activities for travellers looking to raise their heart rate.
First stop for the adrenaline junkies is the Harvey Estuary for a jetski ride. Nautical Adventures and Stag Watersports provide the watercraft for visitors to jump on and the idea is to see the coastline at exhilarating speed and from a different perspective.
Nautical Adventures are the only ski hire company in Perth and Mandurah to offer ocean skiing and skiers can follow the specially designed Indian Ocean course which guarantees to show each person a close up view of the estuary dolphins.
Nautical Adventures has two tours available for the jet skis; The Awesome Dolphin Spotting Tour and the Extreme Dolphin Sighting Tour.
The Awesome Dolphin Spotting Tour is a flat water tour which starts from Bouvard Marina and takes each skier along the Dawesville Channel into Australia's biggest inland waterway, the Harvey Estuary. Travelling into the Peel Estuary, travellers will see some of the many dolphin pods which inhabit the area, and Nautical Adventures guarantee a sighting. The Extreme Dolphin Sighting Tour takes visitors on an ocean ski tour which circumnavigates the Mandurah island. Skiers head out into open water in the Indian Ocean, bouncing off the open water swell and travelling along the Mandurah coastline with plenty of bird and other wildlife for skiers to see while on the tour.
Stag Watersports also offer jet ski tours from Estuary Road Dawesville, just 14km from the Mandurah city centre and jet ski hire in the Harvey Estuary. The estuary is an ideal place for jet skis because it offers smooth calm cruising water even when the ocean is rough. Stag has a fleet of Yamaha jet skis which offer enough performance for the casual user as well as proficient stability and safety to get the whole family involved. Stag also offer self-drive tours which are guided by one of the Stag Watersports staff. The one hour tour takes a group, of no more than four people on a high speed estuary crossing to Pelican Island and then on a slow cruise around the island and surrounding area to see the wildlife. The return journey includes some circuit cruising and some freestyle riding. This tour is available for $195 per Jet Ski.
The two-hour tour also includes the high speed estuary crossing but passes Pelican Island to enter the river mouth. Skiers are then taken on a slow cruise up the Murray River to see the sights and the wildlife. This is followed by a cruise past the riverside properties and a tie up at the jetty in front of the Pelican Café for lunch. After lunch the tour takes skiers back to the estuary for the high crossing and some circuits and free styling. The two hour tour is available for $295 per Jet Ski.
ˇFor Nautical Adventures, see nauticaladventures.com.au and phone 9534 4385. For Stag Watersports, go to stagwatersports.com.au and phone 0404 463 511.
Travellers looking for something less motorised in the Peel region also have options.
For those who like to get in a spot of fishing, Mandurah is the place to be. If the jetty and canals are too tame then maybe a fishing charter is the way to go. Port Bouvard Charter offers deep sea fishing charters from South of Falcon at the East end of the Dawesville Channel. Fishing enthusiasts will be treated to a full day on the ocean aboard the spacious 55ft conquest Blue Lightning where all rods, bait and tackle are provided. Port Bouvard Charters has been fishing the region for nine years and charter participants could be lucky enough to catch fish including dhufish, breaksea cod, pink snapper, red snapper, queen snapper and fox fish. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided as well as refreshments and any prize catches will be bagged and tagged to take home.
More Port Bouvard Charters information is at portbouvardcharters.com.au.
While in the Peel region a paddle on the water is a good way to get some fresh air, see some wildlife and get some exercise. Located on the western foreshore, next to Kings Carnival, Kayaks 4 U offer Canoes and kayaks for hire and purchase. Single person kayaks are available for $20 per hour and double kayaks are available for $35 per hour. Travellers can hire a kayak and take on a section of the Murray River and to end the adventure paddlers can stop in at the historic Ravenswood Hotel for a pub lunch.
Another option for paddling on the Murray River is to hire a range of different water vessels from Ravenswood Adventures. From the Ravenswood Hotel base visitors can hire kayaks, canoes, pedal boats and dinghies to experience the wildlife and scenery. While on the water, paddlers can drop in at the Peel Zoo or Pelicans Café for lunch. Both venues are accessible from the water so travellers can land their vessel for a break from the paddling. The hobby kayaks also have inbuilt pedals to give the upper body a break from all the paddling.
If kayaking, deep sea fishing or jet skiing does not quite suffice on a trip to the Peel Region then abseiling, skydiving or white water rafting might be the way to go. Dwellingup Adventures caters for a range of outdoor activities and the pick of the bunch is white-water rafting. The 12km trip takes on a 4m drop and grade two and three rapids as well as gentle paddling through the forest.
For a land based experience, Dwellingup Adventures can organise school and corporate group abseiling at Nanga Bush camp. Available for groups of 20 or more the abseiling experience is available for a three hour session or the whole day.
Travellers looking for something that is sure to make the hairs stand on end should head to the WA Skydiving Academy for a tandem skydive. The academy, on Pinjarra Williams Road, offers Mandurah beach jumps and jumps over the city of Perth. Jumpers will be treated to spectacular views of the WA coastline from Pinjarra, Mandurah and Perth to Rottnest Island. Accommodation for an overnight stay is available at the Pinjarra Drop Zone and travellers intending to stay can bring a pillow and sheets or a sleeping bag for the bunk room which houses overnight guests. Jumping is available seven days a week depending on numbers and the prices vary depending on the height of the jump and the amount of time in freefall. The jump heights range from 6000ft (1828m) to 14,000ft (4267m) and freefall times range from 10 seconds to 60 seconds. Prices depend on the freefall time, height of the jump and the location.
ˇFull details can be found at waskydiving.com.au or at 1300 13 78 55.Mandurah and the Peel region are ideally summer travel destinations. Featuring many water-based activities and outdoor experiences the coastal location means beach visits, harbour strolls and physical activity. In the cooler months, white water rafting is better given the higher water levels and faster, more action packed experience.