Cantwell Park Final Stage Complete

The third and final stage of the redevelopment of Pinjarra’s popular Cantwell Park play space is complete and the equipment ready for use. With the addition of apparatus including rope net climbing activities, an adult fitness area, a giant nest swing and double cable way flying fox, the Stage Three works extended the appeal of the Park from the initial toddler to 12 year old user group through to adults. Additional pathways were constructed and landscaping works undertaken. The Cantwell Park play space redevelopment was proudly supported by Alcoa, Lotterywest, Shire of Murray and Bendigo Bank.

ATEC Group Cruises into Peel

More than 25 key inbound tour operators enjoyed a calm water dolphin cruise of the canals and waterways of Mandurah on a perfect morning recently.

The group, who were visiting Western Australia to take part in Extraordinary Tourism Exchange (ETE) were treated to a Mandurah Cruises experience
to showcase the Peel waterways and inlet. The visit to WA was made possible by Tourism Western Australia and the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC), the peak industry body representing Australia’s $33.4 billion tourism export sector.

MAPTO has recently joined ATEC and will benefit from its global perspective as well as opportunities to showcase our region to key international markets by hosting more agent and media familiarisations. Click for the full Mandurah Coastal Times article.

Mandurah Hosts 2017 Australian Veterans Table Tennis Event

The newly redeveloped Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre will host its first national event, The 2017 Australian Veterans Table Tennis Championship, from 7th to 14th October. More than 400 participants are expected to participate and will be accompanied by family and friends from all states and territories as well as from overseas. This annual event commenced in 1984 and has grown to be the largest table tennis event on the National table tennis calendar. The event is strongly supported by the City of Mandurah and MAPTO through marketing and the provision of the venue.

Liquor License Reform Welcomed

MAPTO is very pleased to see the reforms to our state’s liquor licensing laws that will directly benefit tourism operators. Tourism Council WA has been campaigning for more than three years for accredited tourism businesses to be able to serve alcohol without the cost or effort of obtaining a liquor license. The government’s new Exemption Policy will enable positive change as tourism operators will now be able to include and serve alcohol to visitors without a liquor license, subject to certain conditions. TCWA will continue to advocate to eliminate unnecessary restrictions and on outstanding issues such as exemptions for farmers markets. To see the new regulations and policy, click here. If you have any questions or would like assistance with the exemption, please email Tourism Council WA.

Tourism Works

tourism-works-for-mandurah-and-peel-regionMAPTO has welcomed the new Tourism Works campaign launched by the Tourism Council of Western Australia which highlights the value of tourism that contributes 97,000 jobs and $9.3 billion to the WA economy.

Here in the Peel Region we host nearly half a million visitors every year who
directly contribute to the livelihood of tourism employees and operators whether that be front line staff at hotels and attractions, tourism supplies and services or professionals and businesses that their tourism derived income supports i.e. accountants, petrol stations etc. The Tourism Works campaign highlights the diversity of all the different people whose jobs are tourism-related and tells their stories to showcase the importance of this economic sector to consumers, retailers, and people who may not realise how much tourism matters as a driver of our economy. MAPTO is on board and we will be featuring our own campaign with local Peel tourism workers as heroes in the coming weeks and months.

The Tourism Works promotion is rolling out in Western Australia’s cities and regional centres with commercials airing on Channel 9 and 10 as well as GWN7 and WIN.

Get involved and you could win! Here’s how:

– Get the look – download Tourism Works logos and use online and offline
– Post a selfie – Take a selfie at work and post it with #tourismworks
– Wear it – get your Tourism Works merchandise and wear it proudly
– Spread the word – tell people how tourism works for your business, town or region
– For more information, visit

Duyfken Visits Mandurah

DUYFKEN Sails into MandurahA replica of the Dutch ship Duyfken will dock near the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club from 5th – 14th September as part of the State Government’s celebration of the first recorded evidence of Europeans to set foot on Western Australia 400 years ago.

Members of the public as well as school groups will be able to board the Duyfken and step back in time to the early 1600s.

There will be a fully integrated audio tour illustrating the challenges faced by crews as they ventured from the Netherlands to the Spice Islands. Tickets are available from Ticketek at $12.74 for adults 17 and over and $5.10 for five to 16 year-olds.

Mandurah Visitor Centre is also in discussion with Duyfken regarding ticket sales.

Peel Discovery Day Tours

Explore Tours Perth has successfully operated their first Peel Region Discovery Day Tour in June showcasing Peel’s attractions to Perth residents and visitors. The day tour company shared feedback with MAPTO and reported the tour and the products were very well received.

Guest Careen Brash Elsner thanked Explore Tours Perth on their Facebook page, saying “Thanks for a fantastic day out!  The price of the tour is very good value as all food is included and we spent the day discovering all the sights I hadn’t seen or heard of before.  Thank-you for the experience of a fabulous day spent unwinding in the South-West!”
Highlights of the day tour included:

  • Thrombolites
  • Morning Tea at the Cape Bouvard Winery and Brewery by Lake Clifton
  • Drakesbrook Antiques & Collectables and Waroona Visitor Centre & Art Gallery
  • Lunch at Redcliffe on the Murray
  • Edenvale Homestead and guided tour
  • Serpentine Dam and afternoon tea with views at Café on the Dam


Forest Heritage Centre Relaunched

Forest Heritage Centre Dwellingup
















One of the region’s best known visitor attractions has been revitalised and relaunched after major grants from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program. The Forest Heritage Centre at Dwellingup has completed significant improvements and repairs to roofing, insulation and air-conditioning  and created the Emu Directional Walk Trail.

The trail connects the Centre to Dwellingup town and features signage created by local artist Wendy Binks. Emu footprints mark the trail every five metres, and visitors are encouraged to photograph the signs and post/share/hashtag their photos on social media to raise the profile of the Forest Heritage Centre.

Harmony Retreat

Harmony Retreat

A new camp site on Nanga Road offering family friendly retreats of half day workshops, affordable weekend campovers featuring yoga, vocal alchemy, sound meditation, Australian bush healing, art, fire, music, dance and more.