Mandurah to kick off new seafood and wine trail

Dining on seafood at the Mandurah Crab Fest.
Dining on seafood at the Mandurah Crab Fest.

A WA seafood and wine tourism trail is earmarked to start in Mandurah.

The WA Fishing Industry Council has confirmed it is looking at the concept as a way to use WA’s world-class seafood as a tourism drawcard.

Mandurah and Peel Tourism Organisation chief executive Karen Priest said MAPTO was keen to be involved in the planning.

“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,’’’ she said.

“Waterfront and water view dining choices here are excellent, from the Mandurah tradition of fish and chips on the foreshore through to award-winning seafood restaurants.

“Blue Manna crabs are arguably the star of the seafood show and its great to think so much more than just eating seafood can feature at the trail’s start in Mandurah.

“We could promote fishing, crabbing events such as Mandurah Crab Fest and tourism experiences like the Crabbing and Eco Tour and the new Wild Seafood Experience from Mandurah Cruises.

“And there are a number of excellent award-winning wineries in the Peel region that could form part of the trail.”

According to reports, the next phase of the plan is to develop a scoping paper and then test the trail which is likely to run from Mandurah to Albany.

Tourism WA research shows four out of five visitors to WA are interested in culinary tourism with Tourism Australia citing one in every five tourism dollars spent is on food and wine.