The Peel region is a truly unique and beautiful part of the world with diverse landscapes and stunning environmental features that span both land and sea. This, along with its proximity to Perth and the south west, as well as its emerging craft beer industry, world-class seafood and local wineries make it the perfect location for food and beverage tourism trails.

With so many food and beverage purveyors in the region, visitors, and even locals, can sometimes feel overwhelmed with options. Self-guided trails offer people the experience of leisurely making their way from place to place to see, taste and sample both the produce of the providers along the way, as well as the scenery and landmarks of the region.

Mandurah and Peel Tourism Organisation (MAPTO) CEO, Karen Priest, said the focus was on providing an authentically local experience. “In developing this trail, the idea was to work with local businesses to narrow down the offerings and make them more accessible by creating a trail showcasing the Peel Region’s best locally produced beverages.”

The Peel Craft Beer and Wine Trail will appeal to both beer and wine lovers alike. Featuring seven of the region’s best beer and wine offerings, this trail offers participants a truly local experience while showing off the diversity of the Peel.

Purveyors included on the trail are Three Rivers Brewing, Peel Estate Wines, White Lakes Brewing, King Road Brewing Co, Millbrook Winery, Drakesbrook Fine Wines, and the Skipworth Wine Company.

The development of the trail was the result of a workshop hosted by Tourism WA and MAPTO and incorporates an easy to read map that includes transport options, food and beverage options along the way as well as general information about the region. Copies are available at Peel Region visitor centres and the participating wineries and breweries.

In a similar direction, the WA Fishing Industry Council has confirmed it is looking at the tourism trail concept to develop the state’s world-class seafood as a tourism drawcard.

MAPTO CEO, Karen Priest, said they were keen to be involved in the planning of a WA seafood and wine tourism trail in earmarked to start in Mandurah and run right through to Albany. “It’s fantastic to see Mandurah named as the likely starting point for a WA seafood and wine trail,” Ms Priest said. “It makes perfect sense given our abundance of fresh, local seafood as well as a variety of restaurants and tourism experiences for people to enjoy.”

From the great Mandurah tradition of fish and chips on the foreshore, to award-winning seafood restaurants, the waterfront and waterview dining options are abundant. Blue Manna crabs epitomise our local seafood specialty and are spotlighted beautifully with events like Mandurah Crab Fest and tourism experiences like the Crabbing and Eco Tour and the new Wild Seafood Experience from Mandurah Cruises.

Flanked by Peel’s superb, award-winning wineries, the region is well-placed to become a renowned and flourishing culinary tourism destination.

This article was first published in the Peel Magazine, Spring/Summer 2018 – vol 4.2 – to read and download the full magazine, click here.