Nature enthusiasts of all ages are invited to get involved with the Wetlands Weekender Mini Festival these school holidays in Mandurah from 8th to 10th October. Celebrating the waterways that are the lifeblood of our region, the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council’s annual festival program is packed with fantastic family-friendly activities, including a cultural tour and wildlife cruise, a Science Café, a dinner event and a free foreshore festival.

The Wetlands Weekender will launch on Friday 8th October evening at the Sebel Hotel. The “Journey Through Our Flyway Dinner” will include a three course dinner and feature stories by international guests from along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, inspired by the global journey of migratory birds that visit our wetlands.

Saturday 9th October is ‘World Migratory Bird Day’ which we celebrate through tours of our Ramsar-listed wetlands of international importance including a Noongar cultural tour in the morning and an estuary cruise and wetlands wander in the afternoon which will focus on water birds and other wildlife including our Peel-Harvey Estuary dolphins.

On Saturday evening a Science Café event ‘Creatures of the Deep’ will hosted by Peel Bright Minds at Tod’s Café in Mandurah, inviting participants to an informal but informative discussion with scientists from Murdoch University who will share tales of weird and wonderful watery creatures that live in our waterways which even locals might not have heard of.

The festival concludes on Sunday 10th October with its main event – the Wonders of Our Wetlands! Coodanup Foreshore will come alive from 8am to noon with live music, vibrant market stalls, and various food and coffee vans. Come and join in with a range of exciting interactive activities for all ages offered by the Bindjareb Middars, Coastal Waste Warriors, Mandurah Environment and Heritage Group, Estuary Guardians, Peel Bright Minds, BirdLife WA, WA Seabird Rescue, The Wetlands Centre Cockburn, Swanlandia Inc, Salt & Bush Eco Tours, Ways to Nature, Sharon Meredith Photography, Sciteam, The Nature Conservancy, Greening Australia and others at their foreshore stalls.

As part of the Wonders of Our Wetlands event on Coodanup Foreshore participants can bring their dogs to meet with City of Mandurah rangers and BirdLife WA for the Dog’s Breakfast between 8am to 10am. Bring your furry friend along and receive a free bacon and egg roll! For those who would like to get hands on in looking after the wetlands, join the Pave the Way clean up with Coastal Waste Warriors, starting at 9am and concluding at 11am.

PHCC’s Chairperson Caroline Knight says “The Wetlands Weekender festival brings the community together to celebrate and learn more about our Peel-Yalgorup Wetlands, recognised for more than 30 years as internationally significant through the Ramsar Convention for the habitat they provide for migratory birds and for a diversity of other species such as fish, crabs, dolphins and threatened communities like the thrombolites at Lake Clifton. We invite anyone who is interested in the natural environment to join us for the festival to explore our waterways and especially to welcome back migratory birds to our shores after their breeding season in the northern hemisphere”.

Be sure to visit the festival webpage for further information and to secure your place for the ticketed events that are selling out fast ahead of the festival weekend:

The Wetlands Weekender Festival is supported by the PHCC through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.


Media Contact:  Jane O’Malley, Chief Executive Officer, Peel-Harvey Catchment Council,, (08) 6369 8800

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