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History, nature and adventure can all be found in equal measure in the township and tall-tree forests of Pinjarra - one of the oldest towns in Western Australia. Taking the Kwinana Freeway or South Western Highway south from Perth, you'll find yourself in Pinjarra in just one hour. From Mandurah, it's just a 20 minute drive to the south east. Settled in the early 1830s, Pinjarra has retained much of its scenic countryside and timber milling heritage for your enjoyment today, including the Edenvale Heritage Precinct. There, you can browse the Roger May Machinery Museum, Murray Arts and Crafts Centre, Liveringa Art Gallery and Heritage Rose Garden. Another memorable way to take in the region's history is by hopping aboard the lovingly preserved steam engines of the Hotham Valley Railway (running from May until October) for a nostalgic ride along the old timber milling route between Isandra Siding and Dwellingup. Pinjarra is also home to Peel Zoo - a unique boutique zoo offering a 'hands-on' feeding, holding and patting experience. There are more than 100 species of birds and animals to encounter there, including koalas, wombats, dingos, Bengal cats and spotted quolls. After good Winter rains, you can step up the pace with a paddle down the Murray River rapids in a kayak, while year-round thrills can be found by taking the plunge with a skydiving experience. Or join the locals for race day at the historic Pinjarra Race Club, which has played host to an array of thoroughbred and harness racing events since 1891. Catering to all who stop to enjoy Pinjarra's hospitality, many of the town's beautifully restored historic buildings now house cafes, tearooms, restaurants and charming accommodation. You'll also find budget-friendly options at the caravan park, motel and chalets. Visit in November, and you'll also be treated to some country-style fun at the annual rodeo. Or plan your trip for June to coincide with the popular Pinjarra Festival.
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