The PHCC Wetlands Weekender Festival
Peel-Harvey Catchment Council’s Wetlands Weekender Festival is on again from 8th to 10th October 2021 and we have a program packed full of fun activities for the whole family to celebrate and explore our natural environment! We are delighted to share this year’s program with you and hope you can join us to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day and welcome migratory shorebirds back to our neighbourhood!
This event is delivered by the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program
Relaxed by Nature Activities
- Wildflowers – Japan has its cherry blossoms, Amsterdam flourishes with tulips, and Provence, France lights up with lavender fields. Here in Western Australia, we’re famously known as wildflower country. And rightly so.
- Ways to Nature– The best way to discover (or rediscover) what makes these stunning wetlands and the remarkable wildlife so special is on a guided walking tour with Ways to Nature.
- Salt and Bush Eco Tours – speciality bird, wildlife and nature trips can be land or water-based (from foot peddled kayaks) along the Ramsar protected wetlands of the Peel Harvey Estuary and Yalgorup Lakes – a truly unique way to be relaxed by nature.
- Dolphin Watching – A visit to Mandurah wouldn’t be complete without the sighting of at least one dolphin. Come and learn more about our famous inhabitants.
- Family Activities – With plenty of coastal, forest and urban adventures to keep everyone in the family entertained, you’ll discover everything holiday memories are made of.
Accommodation in Mandurah
Only an hour from Perth CBD, in Mandurah, you can take your pick from 4.5-star resorts and holiday houses that can overlook the stunning estuary and beaches. Mandurah also has plenty of bed and breakfasts, houseboats and caravan parks to choose from. To book accommodation in Mandurah click here.
Lake Mclarty Open Day
The celebrations of wetlands continue with a special open day at Lake McLarty on Saturday 16th October featuring kids activities, guided walks, free tours and a native seedling giveaway. To RSVP visit https://www.trybooking.com/BTBVT
For all the event details check out the event on PHCC’s Facebook page!
Wetlands Weekender – Mini Festival Date
FRIDAY 8TH OCTOBER
Festival Launch Event: Journey Through Our Flyway Dinner
5.30pm at The Sebel, Mandurah
Each year tens of thousands of migratory birds make an epic journey from the Arctic tundra to the wetlands of Western Australia. To launch the 2021 Wetlands Weekender Festival, join PHCC for a special three-course dinner with cuisine and international guest speakers inspired by the journey of the migratory shorebirds.
Tickets ($50 including a three-course meal, discounted tickets available for community volunteers) book here.
Saturday 9th October
10 am to 12 pm, Details TBA
Join a cultural excursion on Country with Noongar community leaders to learn about the cultural significance and stories of our wetlands, and how Noongar knowledge can be integrated with science and land management practices.
Express your interest to be the first to hear about tickets when they become available. Register interest here.
Estuary Boat Tour and Wetlands Wander
2 pm to 5 pm, Departing from Mandjar Bay
Enjoy a boat tour along the Peel-Harvey Estuary with expert tour guides who will share with you stories about the abundant wildlife and wetland environment. The tour will dock at Creery Wetlands for a guided nature walk, and on the return, journey participants will be treated to a taste of the Peel-Harvey catchment.
Tickets ($40, discounted tickets available for community volunteers). Book here.
Creatures of the Deep: Science Cafe with Peel Bright Minds
5.30 pm to 7.30 pm, Tod’s Cafe Mandurah
Discover some of the weird, wonderful, and lesser-known critters of the estuary and wetlands. Hear from scientists from Murdoch University about the tiny critters that are worth flying all the way from the North Pole for (according to migratory shorebirds, that is) and about a migratory fish species that is rarely seen but impossible to forget (clue – they have lots of teeth, but they’re not sharks).
Free Event, RSVP essential please for catering and capacity purposes. RSVP here.
Sunday 10th October
Wonders of Our Wetlands Festival
8 am to 12 pm, Coodanup Foreshore
Enjoy activities to engage curious minds of all ages, browse a selection of vibrant market stalls with quality local arts and produce. Enjoy live music throughout the day and grab a coffee or a tasty lunch from a selection of food vans.
8 am to 10 am, Coodanup Foreshore
Bring your furry friend to the Coodanup Foreshore for a free breakfast for you and your pooch, as well as a doggy bag of treats to take home! Meet City of Mandurah Rangers and BirdLife WA to learn how you and your dog can enjoy local walks around the wetlands whilst protecting local wildlife – how pawsome is that!?
Pave the Way
9 am to 11 am, Coodanup Foreshore
Join PHCC and Coastal Waste Warriors to clean up the Coodanup Foreshore and conduct a citizen science litter audit! This annual event is all about welcoming migratory birds back to the Peel-Yalgorup System, where they will stay for the summer before returning to the northern hemisphere to breed.