8 epic outdoor school holiday adventures for the whole family

School Holidays in Mandurah

8 epic outdoor school holiday adventures for the whole family

Feels like yesterday that the school term started, and now we quickly find ourselves staring down the barrel of another round of school holidays. Keeping the kids entertained is hard work, but with a little bit of inspiration and planning, it can be an adventure for everyone.

Less than an hour’s drive from Perth, Mandurah is perfect for a fun filled day trip outdoors, or an extended holiday spot. We’ve taken the guesswork out of what to see and do, with a range of unique activities the whole family will love.

Ahoy me hearties, your young explorers will have the ultimate time sailing the seven seas (Mandurah’s waterways and canals), on an epic pirate adventure on board a real life looking pirate ship.

Get your crew together and come dressed in your best pirate outfit, as you go searching for the infamous bottlenose dolphins and other wildly creatures. If you’re lucky, ye old sea captain may even let the kids steer the pirate ship and ring the bell. But beware, those who misbehave may be obliged to walk the plank!

You don’t have to trek all the way to Monkey Mia to get up close to the wondrous bottlenose dolphins. Our pods of playful residents have made Mandurah’s waterways  their home for years, with more than 90 of these curious creatures leaping in and out of the Peel Harvey estuary every day. Take the family on a dolphin cruise and see how many you can spot!

Dolphins live and swim together in groups, so when you see one there’s likely to be more nearby, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled and camera ready.

Get the kids out of the house and onto the track. Whether it’s in the bush or by the beach, there are stacks of cycling trails you can set off on at varying distances and levels. Bring your own bikes or save yourself the hassle and hire a bike for the day. And be sure to download a trail map before you go.

Is it a catamaran or a giant banana? Jump on a bike ride of a different kind – on the water with Mandurah waterbikes. Easier than riding a bike, these waterbikes are steady and stable, so you won’t even get wet as you gently pedal and glide through the water

. Hire a waterbike any day of the week during the school holidays and choose where you cruise, exploring Mandjar Bay and the stunning canals from a new perspective.

Explore hidden parts of the Peel Harvey Waterways by kayak on a guided private river or estuary tour with Salt and Bush Eco Tours. The tandem peddled kayaks are great for beginners and all level kayakers, which means you can spend more time concentrating on the incredible scenery and wildlife around you.

Get your wriggly little humans moving at one of WA’s newest skate parks by the waterfront. Suitable for all abilities, you can skate, scoot or BMX your way around three different skate zones including the very cool skate bowl. Get the kids down for a session – they’ll love it!

Get your kids to master a new skill these school holidays in the surf. Led by accredited surfing instructors, they’ll be taught how to launch themselves onto a board safely and get on top of their first wave. Ever wanted to try it yourself? Join in and give Star Surf a go!

Jump on board Mandurah’s trackless train. Your little ones will love seeing the sights as the Big Toot or Mini Toot takes them on a fun journey around the foreshore and city.

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Easter endless long weekend hop down for some family fun

Not only is Mandurah jam-packed with adventures the City has been running a successful series of Endless Long Weekends. The Easter long weekend is bursting with family friendly events from easter egg hunts, music, carnival rides, family movies and much more.

So, make the most of the sun while it’s still out and Visit Mandurah these school holidays.

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Escape to nature this Easter in Mandurah

Easter in Mandurah

Escape to nature this Easter in Mandurah

Sorted out your Easter holiday plans yet? With a four day break from the daily grind, it pays to think about where you’ll spend it. And what better way to unplug and get away from the stresses of everyday, than a zippy road trip to Mandurah, less than an hour from Perth.

Whether it’s unwinding in the company of nature or revving up for an outdoor adventure, taking timeout with the kids or a romantic couples retreat, a foodie escape or a cruisy getaway with mates, be inspired by our top picks of what to do in Mandurah this Easter long weekend.

A Nature Lover’s Paradise

From the bushland to the waterways, the Mandurah Estuary and Peel Inlet is twice the size of Sydney Harbour and home to a unique abundance of wildlife, birds and marine animals that’s worth exploring.

Jump onboard a custom guided private nature tour with Salt and Bush Eco-Tours and you’ll be amazed by this biodiversity hotspot right on your doorstep. There’s plenty to delve into when you wander and discover the incredible surroundings on a bushwalking trail, paddle or sail on a kayaking adventure with a difference, go bird-watching or simply settle in for a peaceful evening of stargazing.

Get wet and wild… or just chill out

With sunshiny days still hanging around, you can hit the water at whatever rate your heart can handle. Speed across the expansive estuary on a jet ski, drift naturally along on a paddle board or take a relaxing dip and enjoy the leisurely vibes at Falcon Bay Beach.

Wanna hang out with the locals? Go pedalling on a waterbike and get up close to playful bottlenose dolphins, or carve it up in the green room along 60km of uncrowded pristine coastline.

Back on dry land there’s a stack of mountain bike trails through amazing natural landscapes to get your adrenalin pumping. New to the Peel region is the Murray Valley Trails – three purpose-built downhill mountain bike trails catering for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders.

For a change of pace, Mandurah’s art scene is sprinkled all over town. From the foreshore to hidden laneways, on the pavement or building facades, we recommend checking out the insta-worthy art trail.

Relaxed by Nature

Cruising The canals

Mandurah is laidback central, so if you’re searching for the ultimate in relaxation, then get comfy because your best vantage point is on the water. There is no better spot to watch wild dolphins in their natural environment than along pristine and calm inland waterways of Mandurah aboard the Dolphin Scenic & Marine Cruise.

Kick back on a Murray River lunch cruise while enjoying impeccable views, or go it alone and get grilling on an Eco BBQ Boat – no skipper’s ticket required. When evening hits, there’s no better way to take in the west coast’s most spectacular sunsets than on a Sunset Tapas Cruise, with all you can eat tapas included. That’s your Saturday night – and appetite sorted!

Endless Long Weekends

The City of Mandurah has reshaped Mandurah’s event season, bringing a wide variety of events for everyone to enjoys. Easter long weekend is bursting with music, rides, Easter egg hunts, and family movies. What more could you ask for a fun-filled family Easter?

Indulge Your Tastebuds

Mandurah is a mecca for seafood, renowned for its blue swimmer crab. If you don’t fancy catching your own (although going crabbing is half the fun of it – just ask Justin Langer), there’s no shortage of cafes, bars, breweries and restaurants for you to cure the cravings after a jam packed day exploring the amazing outdoors.

Bags packed? We’ll see you soon!

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