New things to see and do in Mandurah

The city has changed, with new developments, dining spots, and experiences. Explore all new things to see and do in Mandurah!


Discover all the new things to see and do in Mandurah.

Mandurah offers far more than the iconic dolphins, crabs, and fish & chips that it’s known for. The city has changed, with new developments, dining spots, and experiences. Stay in the loop with the latest and come explore what’s new in Mandurah!

Mandurah has something truly special in store for both locals and visitors alike. From unique wellness endeavours to captivating outdoor exhibitions and delightful dining experiences, Mandurah is unveiling an array of new and exciting opportunities for you to explore. In this article, we’ll take you through some of the latest experiences and quirky dining spots and shops that are making waves in this charming seaside town.

New Experiences

Discover the Giants of Mandurah on the Big Toot Ride

Embark on a magical adventure with the Giants Tour of Mandurah – Big Toot Ride.

This captivating outdoor exhibition showcases giant wooden sculptures by Thomas Dambo, celebrating the natural beauty of Mandurah’s waterways, wetlands, and wildlife.

Yaburgurt Winjan Cirkelstone by Thomas Dambo, Coodanup Foreshore
Yaburgurt Winjan Cirkelstone by Thomas Dambo, Coodanup Foreshore

Hop on the ‘Big Toot,’ Australia’s only tourist road train, as it takes you on a whimsical journey to two of the awe-inspiring giants: the Yaburgurt Winjan Cirkelstone Giant at Coodanup and the Santi Ikto Giant at Halls Head.

This 1.5-hour experience promises an enchanting day out for the whole family, making memories that will last a lifetime.

Check out our Giants tour page to find out more about this tour and other great ways to tour the Giants.

Big Toot Tourist Fun Train Mandurah
Big Toot Tourist Fun Train

Embark on a 3D Augmented Reality Journey of Mandurah’s Aboriginal Heritage

Unveil the captivating history of Mandurah’s waterways through an innovative lens at the Mandurah Visitor Centre.

Step into a realm of 3D Augmented Reality, where the renowned ‘Welcome to Country’ mural by artists Peta & Corey Ugle springs to life.

This immersive experience, launched during NAIDOC week 2023, offers a profound journey into the Aboriginal narrative of how Mandurah’s expansive waterways were brought into existence.

Don’t miss the chance to engage with history in a whole new dimension and discover the cultural richness that defines Mandurah’s past.

3D Augmented Reality Experience at the Mandurah Visitor Centre
Come to the Mandurah Visitor Centre to enjoy a 3D Augmented Reality experience.

Crafting Art from Clay: Unleash Your Creativity with Two Muddy Men Workshops

Unleash your inner artist with Two Muddy Men, a dynamic team dedicated to transforming mud into stunning works of art. Whether you’re a beginner venturing into the world of pottery or a seasoned potter refining your craft, Two Muddy Men welcomes you at every stage of your creative journey.

Located at Terraform Pottery Studio on the picturesque Mandurah Foreshore, along the Smart Street Mall, these workshops offer a chance to get your hands dirty in the most delightful way.

From novices to experts, everyone can immerse themselves in the world of ceramics and discover the joy of crafting mud into masterpieces.

Explore the exciting range of ways you can dive into the world of pottery and embark on a journey of artistic exploration like never before.

Two Muddy Men Mandurah
Two Muddy Men Mandurah

Fresh Faces in Dining and Sips

Alfie’s Cafe 22

Indulge your taste buds in the heart of Mandurah at Alfie’s Cafe 22 on Sholl Street.

A true embodiment of Australian pride, this family-owned gem serves up culinary delights that reflect the essence of the region.

With a commitment to fresh ingredients sourced from local producers, Alfie’s ensures that every bite is a celebration of the finest Australian produce.

From delectable dishes to locally crafted wines, every aspect of the dining experience speaks to a passion for excellence.

Culinary Excellence at Saltbush Training Restaurant

For a dining experience that combines exceptional food with a purpose, the Saltbush Training Restaurant is a must-visit.

Housed at the South Metropolitan TAFE Mandurah Campus, this newly opened restaurant serves as a live, interactive training environment for budding hospitality and cookery students.

Enjoy the exquisite creations crafted by these future culinary stars as they demonstrate their skills in preparing and serving food and drinks.

With lunch and dinner options available on select days, Saltbush Training Restaurant is an opportunity to savour delectable dishes while supporting the growth of aspiring chefs and hospitality professionals.

Mandurah invites you to explore these new experiences and culinary havens that are redefining the town’s landscape.

Whether you’re seeking well-being, artistic wonder, or delectable delights, Mandurah has something special in store for every adventurer and food enthusiast. So, venture forth and immerse yourself in the magic that Mandurah has to offer!

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Elevate Your Well-being at The Wellness Store

Step into a realm of well-being that goes beyond the ordinary at The Wellness Store.

This family-owned and operated establishment believes in the transformative power of investing in one’s health to embrace a life full of joy, gratitude, and happiness.

Far from your typical health store, The Wellness Store redefines the wellness journey by curating an array of products that contribute to healthier bodies, minds, and lifestyles.

Embrace holistic living and let their knowledgeable team guide you toward a more enriched and vibrant life.

The Wellness Store Mandurah
The Wellness Store Mandurah

Crystallize Your Dreams: Botanical H2O’s Magical Jewellery Boutique in Mandurah

Discover the enchanting world of BotanicalH2O, where jewelry becomes a conduit for magic and meaning.

Meet Danielle, the imaginative mind behind the brand, and her devoted team, who meticulously handcraft each piece using ethically sourced, high-quality crystals.

After delighting online patrons since 2017, BotanicalH2O has found its physical home in Mandurah. With a blend of artistry and spirituality, BotanicalH2O offers a mesmerizing array of treasures, from crystal bracelets and necklaces to cleansing tools and gemstones for your sacred space.

Whether you visit BotanicalH2O – The Boutique or explore their online haven, you’ll be transported to a realm where crystals radiate magic and wonder.

Botanical H2O Mandurah
Botanical H2O Mandurah

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A palette of experiences: Plein Air Down Under Festival in Mandurah

French for open air, ‘plein air’ painting is all about capturing the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject outdoors. And that’s exactly what the Plein Air Down Under Outdoor Painting Festival sets out to do.

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Love to paint? Why not take it ‘plein air’!
French for open air, ‘plein air’ painting is all about capturing the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject outdoors. And that’s exactly what the Plein Air Down Under Outdoor Painting Festival sets out to do.

Western Australia’s largest outdoor painting festival returns this year during the September long weekend (23-25 September), providing a unique opportunity for artists to share their love of painting outdoors amongst the magnificent surrounds of Mandurah’s town centre, cultural precinct and the historic town of Pinjarra.

But you don’t have to be a Vincent Van Gogh to enjoy what’s on offer. Whatever your age or level of artistic skills – there’s something for everyone – spectators and art collectors alike.

What’s on at the festival hub

The Mandurah Performing Arts Centre is where it all comes together. It’s where you can view exhibited works, sign up for workshops, watch various painting demonstrations with guest artists and in the evening, switch off and kick back with live music.

On Saturday 23rd September, the Lotterywest Demo Zone on the Eastern Foreshore will also be buzzing with a series of free hands-on painting demonstrations. Never tried painting with watercolours? See how easy it is to get started with award-winning artist Amanda Brett.

Be sure to check out the full line-up of free events across the weekend.

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Want to register as an artist?

All artists who register to paint at the Plein Air Down Under Outdoor Painting Festival can enter two paintings into the exhibition to be held at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre. Judges will be awarding artwork across various categories and there’s a prize pool of over $12,000 up for grabs.

Head to the festival website to register.

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There’s artwork to inspire you everywhere you go

Wherever you go in Mandurah, you’ll be immersed in the arts. Continuing outdoors, you’ll stumble upon some of the most creative artworks along Mandurah’s Instagram Trail

3D pelican - Mandurah Instagram Trail
Follow the Mandurah Instagram Trail to find this hungry pelican by artist Jenny McCracken

Thomas Dambo’s famous Giants are still calling Mandurah home, and with the mild weather in play, it’s the perfect opportunity to head further out and explore the Giants of Mandurah

Yaburgurt Winjan Cirkelstone by Thomas Dambo, Coodanup Foreshore
Yaburgurt Winjan Cirkelstone by Thomas Dambo, Coodanup Foreshore

Visit the Mandurah Visitor Centre to get started, choose the Giants you’d like to visit and embark on your self-guided expedition. Don’t forget to check out the amazing ‘Welcome to Country’ mural by artists Peta & Corey Ugle and the 3D Augmented Reality experience that brings the artwork to life by telling the Aboriginal creation story of Mandurah’s vast waterways.

3D Augmented Reality Experience at the Mandurah Visitor Centre
Come to the Mandurah Visitor Centre to enjoy a 3D Augmented Reality experience.

Leave your car at the hotel and hire an e-bike or e-scooter, or jump on a ‘Ride the Giants’ e-bike tour. You can also take a cruise with Soulmate Charters to visit the Giant ‘Seba’s Song’ – which is best viewed from the water. See all Giants of Mandurah tours here.

Seba's Song Giant by Thomas Dambo
Seba's Song Giant by Thomas Dambo

If you need a change of pace, head indoors and visit some of Mandurah’s colourful art spaces and galleries.

Black Stump Art Gallery in Mandurah
Black Stump Gallery by Emma Blyth, Mandurah

Where to venture beyond the festival

When you feel like taking a break from all the action on land, change up the scenery and hit the open water. If you’d like to see dolphins in the wild and up close, jump on a boat tour or cruise through Mandurah’s waterways and estuaries. It’s home to more than 100 Indo-Pacific Bottlenose dolphins – the largest population in WA. And if you’re exploring with little feet in tow, the Pirate Ship Mandurah is an absolute must! 

For more ideas on where to go and what to do, check out our top 10 things to do in Mandurah.

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Cruising the Mandurah Canals in Halls Head | image courtesy: Mandurah Cruises

Explore a different kind of palate

When you’ve run your paint palette dry and worked up an appetite, there’s no shortage of places to eat in Mandurah. Our top picks include breakfast at Wood and Stone Café, a relaxing lunch that lingers into the afternoon at Boundary Island Brewery and a dinner to share at Flics Kitchen

Boundary Island Brewery
Boundary Island Brewery

Mandurah’s restaurants are always cooking up great vibes no matter where you go. From popular local haunts Brewvino and The Pen to the iconic flavours of Redmanna on the waterfront – you’ll be spoilt for choice. There are so many great places to eat and drink in Mandurah. Just be sure to book ahead and reserve your table to avoid disappointment!

The Peninsula Bar & Restaurant
The Peninsula Bar & Restaurant

Where to stay in Mandurah

If you like to stay close to all the action of the festival, you’re in luck! Some of the best accommodation in Mandurah is centrally located for your convenience. The Sebel Mandurah and Dolphin Quay Apartments are footsteps away from popular attractions and dining options.

Venture a little further along the coast and Seashells Mandurah and C Mandurah Resort & Serviced Apartments have all the facilities you need for a relaxing stay by the water.

Check out all Mandurah accommodation here.

Seashells Resort Mandurah
Seashells Resort Mandurah

And if you don’t want to leave the pooch behind, there’s plenty of pet-friendly accommodation options and experiences.

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Walking along the Mandurah Estuary in Falcon

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