Peel Region has family focus
Peel Region has family focus

The Peel Region is a place to create memories and reinvigorate the senses and is great for family fun and adventure. There are organised events as well as National Parks, picnic areas and camp sites, from Jarrahdale to Yarloop, which can be enjoyed by the whole family.

A visit to King Carnival, on Leighton Road, east of Mandurah, is a must for the whole family. The theme park offers a range of rides and a mini golf course and both kids and adults will have fun. The 50m waterslide is touted as the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere. The park's carousel features crafted horse replicas which are great for young kids to jump on and the Tilt A Whirl is perfect for the older kids.

Also for the young kids, the Toon Train, Critter Train and London Bus are sure to bring a smile to their faces. The old favourite, Dodgem Cars will appeal to the whole family and a ride on the 50-year-old Ferris wheel is worth a ride for a grand view of the whole town. Other rides include the Simulator, Bungee trampolines, the Super Skate and the Flume Ride. Visitors can also take to the Adventure Golf course where they will putt through a garden filled with sand traps, water hazards and numerous ups and downs. Entry to King Carnival is free and tickets are purchased for rides and activities.

·See or phone 9581 3735.

North East of Mandurah, along the South West Highway is the Serpentine Dam, a great opportunity for a family day out in the bush. Nestled in the Serpentine National Park the area is perfect for a bushwalk or a day under the trees for a barbecue picnic. The park has a cafe for refreshments and families can cool off in the calm waters near Serpentine Falls.

A trip with the kids to the Peel Region is a perfect chance to pitch a tent and experience the natural environment. Lane Poole Reserve is a 55,000ha park filled with rock pools, rapids, waterfalls, valleys and woodlands. The Baden Powell campsite is the only Murray River site that has bitumen road access and can cater for caravans and other large vehicles. The campground has barbecues, toilets, picnic tables and visitors can enjoy the Murray River which flows through the site. Popular activities include canoeing, swimming and white water rafting. The reserve is south of Dwellingup and east of Waroona.

·Go to or phone 9538 1078.

The Just4Fun Aqua Park is a great water playground for kids of all ages and is certain to keep them entertained while on a trip to Mandurah. Located on the western foreshore of Mandurah, Just4Fun features an inflatable water playground just metres from the beach. The older kids can launch themselves from the water trampoline and the little ones can splash and play in the Knee Deep Park area. While the kids are swimming and splashing the parents can jump onboard a paddle boat for a gentle cruise up the beach. Prices start from $12.50, for half an hour on the floating playground, to $55.00

As a family night out in the country a dinner at the Quindanning Inn is ideal, especially for families camping in the area. Located alongside the Williams River, east of Lane Poole Reserve, this is a classic WA pub bursting with character and charm. Families can stay overnight or more and enjoy a hearty cooked breakfast in the morning.

The West Australian

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