Family Weekend Getaways

Mandurah is one of the most popular year-round destinations for family weekend getaways in WA. Check out some of our favourite things to do.

Family Weekend Getaways

Weekend getaways with the kids in Mandurah

A weekend getaway should be relaxing, right? After the long arduous car ride, bickering in the back seat, restless toddlers and constant squawks of ‘are we there yet’ sometimes it’s anything but.

An easy hour’s drive from Perth changes all that.  Mandurah is one of the most popular year-round destinations for weekend getaways in WA. Whether it’s on land or water, action-packed adventure or peaceful respite, there’s much fun in the sun to be had for everyone. 
We’ve hand picked some of our favourite things to do, to help you plan your next weekender with the fam in our relaxed part of the Peel.

Family-friendly places to stay

Where to set up base for your seaside adventures? Having enough space is always a factor when holidaying as a family, but the good thing is there are many different spacious accommodation options to choose from.

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Photo: Seashells Mandurah

If you’re after self-contained apartment style rooms, book your stay at Seashells. With its beachfront location, infinity pool, tennis court and free in-house movies, you’ll be perfectly relaxed for the weekend ahead.

Prefer to stay by the canals? Then head to C Mandurah Resort with your choice of 1,2 or 3 bedroom serviced apartments.

The modern family chalets at Marina Chalets are close to everything – just a five minute walk to the foreshore. And your front door is only 50 metres away from a child-friendly beach and playground. 

Love to caravan or camp? Then secure your powered spot at Mandurah Coastal Holiday Park. The park is located right in the city centre and close to Town Beach. Or book into Mandurah Caravan & Tourist Park , a 4 star family tourist park on the outskirts of Mandurah.

Things to do: Day 1

Before you check-in to your accommodation, stretch your legs and refuel at the newest kid on the block, Boundary Island Brewery overlooking – you guessed it – Boundary Island. 

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Boundary Island Brewery, Erskine

The beer is brewed right here on the waterfront, so it doesn’t get any more local than this! The kids will love the unique playground featuring Esmeralda – the spirit of Boundary Island. Oh and did we mention the food and service is amazing? 

P.S Dogs are welcome!

If you don’t plan to spend the whole afternoon at the brewery (we wouldn’t hold you back if you did), then it’s time to get adventurous with the kids. Jump aboard the iconic Pirate Ship Mandurah for a unique cruise through Mandurah’s dolphin highway and gorgeous marinas. You never know what underwater creatures you might spot!

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If your sea legs aren’t up for it, grab a map from the Mandurah Visitor Centre and follow the Instagram Trail where you can spot amazing 3D art along the way – definitely worthy of a few selfies and family snaps.

If the kids love to skate head to the newly developed Mandurah Skate Park – designed by skaters for skaters. It includes 3 skate zones for varying skills levels and it’s also great for BMX and scooters. You can find the skate park along the western foreshore.

After all of this fresh air, the kids are sure to build up an appetite. Swing by Mandurah’s Ocean Marina to grab some fish and chips for dinner, then set up a picnic at Town Beach for the best sunset views. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a fun-filled start to the weekend.

Where to eat and explore: Day 2

Start your day off on the right foot with a wholesome breakfast at one of Mandurah’s many delicious cafes along the foreshore or ocean marina. Depending on where you’re staying, our top picks include Café Moka along the marina, The Hummingbird and its sister café, The Hummingbird Plant Based on the terrace and The Bay Café by the estuary.

Ebike Ride along the Mandurah Foreshore

Mandurah is full of natural marvels and the best way to experience it on land is along one of the many family-friendly cycle paths. Choose the coast or the forest and start exploring! No need to tow bikes either, just pop into The Bike Kiosk at the Mandurah Visitor Centre to rent some e-bikes and a kids trailer.

Embark on a bike ride of a different kind – on water! Water Bikes are a fun way to hit the water – and our local resident dolphins love the company too.

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If you’re travelling with little people, treat them to a train ride around town on the Tourist Fun Train followed up by a visit to Amaze Miniature Park. Here the kiddies can explore 70 lifelike miniature buildings and interactive model trains, play a round of mini golf, wind their way around the hedge maze and run-a-muck in the playground.

Heading in by 4WD? Then make sure you pack your fishing rods on this trip and sneak in a session at Tims Thicket Beach – the closest 4WD beach south of Perth. With perfect weather year-round there’s no reason not to!

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Golf Weekends

Are you an avid golfer? Then surely you’ve heard of WA’s premier golf coast! If not, it’s time you packed your bags for a golfing weekender in Mandurah.

Golf Weekends

Tee up for a weekend away on Mandurah’s ‘Golf Coast’

Are you an avid golfer? Then surely you’ve heard of WA’s premier golf coast! If not, it’s time you packed your bags for a golf weekend getaway in Mandurah.

The Peel region may be one of the most underrated play and stay golfing destinations, but it’s here you’ll find a number of cleverly designed and challenging courses set amongst spectacular scenery.

Sure, you should come for the golf, but what makes Mandurah the ultimate golfer’s weekend away is everything else that exudes relaxation.

And you’ll be pleased to hear that two golf courses in this region are featured in Golfing Australia’s Top 100 courses for 2022 (read on to find out which ones they are).

Here’s where to play, stay and dine on your weekend on the golf coast.

The Cut

If you only visit one course during the weekend, make it The Cut, located right on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Just don’t let the stunning ocean views put you off your game! Practice on the driving range, get some tips from a PGA pro then head out for a round of 9 or 18 holes. 

Coming in at #63 of the top 100 golf courses in Australia, it’s not hard to see why. As Ashley Clinch describes, “The Cut weaves its way through some big dunes next to the Indian Ocean. The first four holes on the front nine next to the ocean are good fun and the back nine from start to finish is all fun. I found the course in excellent condition given how much golf is played here.”

For your post round relaxation, the onsite café and bistro will have you replenished and back out for another round in no time! When it’s time to put your feet up, relax at your home base by the beach at Seashells Mandurah

Looking for somewhere to wine and dine? Venture over to Redmanna on the waterfront with even more gorgeous views. If you’re heading down with a group, Flic’s Kitchen has some of the best share plates to devour or for an extra special outing, get stuck into the chef’s choice 5 course degustation, with matching wines or gin optional.

Meadow Springs Golf and Country Club

Meadow Springs Golf and Country Club Mandurah

After a good night’s sleep at The Sebel Mandurah, it’s time to hit the green at Meadow Springs, voted #57 by Golf Australia

It’s golf as nature intended, with a course that’s set by the natural features of the land. The towering 200 year old Tuart trees that line the generous fairways are a sight to behold. Few of the holes run parallel to each other, which only adds to the feeling of having the course all to yourself and being at one with nature. Which is what we’re all about in Mandurah!

The first class facility features a day and night driving range, putting and chipping green and 3 practice bunkers. Just like The Cut, you don’t have to be a member to come play, but dress standards do apply. Golfers must wear a collared shirt, dress pants or shorts, soft spiked golf shoes or approved footwear with socks. Females also have the option of wearing a dress or skort.

When it’s time for a bite and brew, head straight to brewvino on the boardwalk where you can unwind and talk tactics for tomorrow.

Pinjarra Golf Club

Just a stone’s throw from Mandurah is where you’ll find another exciting course to tackle. Pinjarra Golf Club plays host to a number of annual major events including the WA 2 Ball Ambrose Championships and Ladies and Mens Amateur Open competitions. Tournament Director of Golf Australia has even gone as far to say, “the club’s putting greens are “among the best putting surface in Australia”.

You’ll need to be a member to play at Pinjarra Golf Club, but flexi memberships are available for both 9 and 18 holes – perfect for the occasional weekender.

While you’re in Pinjarra, make sure you stop by the award winning Pinjarra Bakery – voted Australia’s best meat pie in the 2021 and 2019 Great Aussie Pie Competition. Something tells us though, you won’t stop at just the meat pie!

For another stay option, rest easy at Dolphin Quay Apartments with all the self-contained essentials to make this place your home away from home. 

Secret Harbour Golf Links

Secret Harbour Golf Links

A great way to round off your weekend of golf is at Secret Harbour Golf Links. The 18-hole golf course designed by golfer Graham March is open to the public – no membership required. You can enjoy the ultimate golfing experience, which includes 18 holes, a motorised cart and brassiere lunch. Book online to take advantage of their special rates. 

Brilliant golf courses, stunning views, top-notch food and accommodation. What more could you ask for in a weekend getaway to Mandurah?

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Romantic 2 Night Getaway Near Perth

Looking to rekindle the romance in your relationship or need to score some serious brownie points with your belle or beau?

Romantic 2 Night Getaway Near Perth

Loved up in Mandurah – your romantic 2 night getaway near perth

Looking to rekindle the romance in your relationship or need to score some serious brownie points with your belle or beau? This time of year calls for a surprise romantic weekend getaway, and you don’t have to travel far to make it one to remember.

Couples, here’s the perfect bitesize rundown for spending a relaxed and romantic weekend in Mandurah.

Romantic places to stay – just the two of us

To make the most of your raunchy weekend away, we suggest arriving the night before, or arrange an early check-in on the day of your arrival (subject to availability of course), so you can take advantage of the full day ahead.

For a relaxing waterfront retreat, nothing beats The Sebel. Spoil your plus one staying in a stylish king spa suite, with magical views of Mandurah’s picturesque Mandjar Bay, or settle in with all the creature comforts lounging around in a one bedroom self-contained apartment.

Missing the Bali vibes? Then an adults only stay at Bali @ Avalon will make you feel like you’re a world away. This hidden Balinese oasis is not your typical B&B. You can book the entire place for just the two of you or with another couple. Relax by your own private pool, soak up the sun and put your feet up and imagine you’re in paradise!

Day 1

Before checking in, drop in for lunch at the 2021 Travelers’ Choice Winner – Café Coast in Wannanup along the Port Bouvard Marina. If you love seafood, you’ll appreciate their extensive menu from the ocean. Book your table ahead or just call in.

Must try: Grilled octopus with garlic and chilli, fresh seafood fettuccine marinara and Rottnest swordfish.

How to spend a romantic afternoon

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Mandurah’s relaxed by nature and there’s no better way to get amongst it than being on the water. Hire a waterbike, pedal at your own pace and choose where you cruise. Chat with the friendly crew at Mandurah Waterbikes for an inside scoop on the wildlife hotspots and the best views along Mandurah’s spectacular canals.

Prefer to give the legs a rest? Be your own skipper and hire a boat for the arvo. Cruise along the waterways and soak up the summer sun with your bestie by your side. Best of all there’s no skippers ticket required.

If you want to bump up the adrenalin then Stag Watersports is the name to remember. Jump on a jet ski and go exploring together or sign up for a thrilling eco tour. They even offer dolphin spotting sessions – doesn’t get any closer than this!

Where to eat and drink for romantic vibes

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After pulling up on dry land, you’ll be ravenous with stylish dining options aplenty along the waterfront and Dolphin Quay marina. Our top picks for a bevvy and amazing fare include Brewvino, The Pen, Flics Kitchen, Bar Therapy and Wood and Stone

Happy to stay out on the water? Get yourself on board Mandurah Cruises’ popular Sunset Tapas Cruise. Send romantic vibes soaring while you watch the stunning sunset and see what nature gets up to at night.

Day 2

Energy boosting breakfast options

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Whether you’re up with the crows at first light or opt for a lazy start (we wouldn’t blame you if you do), whenever you’re ready to get your day started, we’ve got you both sorted. 

A wholesome option favourite is Mataya Eatery. Pop in for brunch until 12.30pm where the crew are known for their delicious acai bowls, inventive bagels and killer specialty coffee. They also have a great selection of food on the run should you wish to head out early and explore.

Must try: Green breakfast bowl

Where to enjoy each other’s company

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Get back to nature with your plus one with Salt and Bush Eco Tours. Take a guided kayaking tour through the protected wetlands of the Peel-Harvey estuary, where you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away, not another soul in sight. 

Or head bush and get into the wild with Ways to Nature. Connect with nature – and each other as Sarah Way leads you both off the beaten track on a guided nature walk in the wilderness. Sarah’s itineraries are at a leisurely pace. Nothing is rushed, so you can truly immerse yourselves with all the wonder around you.

Want to get a real life glimpse of what life was like before humans stepped on earth? Make new discoveries with Mandjoogoordap Dreaming on a fascinating tour of the 2,000-year-old thrombolite reef at Lake Clifton. Learn about the history and cultural significance of these rare living rock-like structures. Right now is also the best time to view the thrombolites while water levels are low.

Closer to town, take a romantic stroll around the city’s unique and hidden art scene on one of Mandurah’s art trails. Get loved up on the Spring Swing along Tuckey’s Lane, take a couples snap by the Heart or Love sculpture and find other insta-worthy locations on the Instagram trail.

We could go on and on—but that would spoil all the surprises waiting for you to uncover yourselves.

Savour the moments, the memories and magic on a romantic escape to Mandurah this summer.

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Set your sights on a romantic getaway near Perth

When was the last time you spontaneously jumped in the car and took off for a romantic weekend away without any distractions – just you and your plus one?

ROMANTIC WEEKEND GETAWAYS

Set your sights on a romantic getaway near Perth

When was the last time you spontaneously jumped in the car and took off for a romantic weekend away without any distractions – just you and your plus one?

Whether you’ve been together for only few months, one year or too many to mention, you never need an excuse to breakaway and spend quality time together.
And Mandurah certainly fits the brief for a romantic weekend or cheeky midweek getaway.

Only an hour’s drive south of Perth, Mandurah is where the Darling Ranges disappear into the Indian Ocean. It’s where WA’s love affair (and perhaps yours soon too) begins, connecting the land and water. Where serene rivers flow through amazing bush landscapes, and where pristine beaches run for kilometres on end, sometimes without a soul in sight.

Whether your idea of romance is a laidback retreat relaxing on the water, getting amongst nature, immersing yourself in delectable foodie delights or a heart-thumping adventure, we’ve curated our top romantic picks for things to do in Mandurah, which should definitely score you some brownie points.

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Amazing attractions

DOLPHIN ENCOUNTERS

There’s no better time than now to go dolphin spotting. With the breeding season well underway, this is when dolphins are at their most playful. The best vantage point to see these loveable creatures is without a doubt on the water. And there’s no shortage of ways to do it.

Take a scenic cruise or become your own skipper and hire a boat – no skippers ticket or boat licence required. If you want to get active, grab yourselves a stand up paddleboard from Mandurah Boat Hire or Star Surf & Skate and float your way along the waters to get up close and personal, jump on a tandem kayak and test your coordination, or have fun out on a waterbike.

Explore nature’s wonderland

This time of year is perfect for getting back to nature, and Mandurah has so much on display. From hiking and kayaking, sailing to stargazing – choose your preferred method and let the explorations begin!

There’s nothing like a dose of fresh air and if you both enjoy hiking, there are trails aplenty for you to discover together. Sarah Way from Ways to Nature is full of local knowledge. She can show you the remarkable wildlife that exists in tucked away places across Mandurah’s diverse parks and wetlands. Take a guided nature walk with her through the wilderness and you won’t be disappointed.

If you’ve never visited the Lake Clifton thrombolites in Yalgorup National Park, then this is a must-see. These rock-like formations date back 2,000 years and are the largest cluster of thrombolites you’ll find in the southern hemisphere. Scientists believe they are one of the first life forms on earth (way before dinosaurs were ever around!). Stroll along the jetty for some insta-worthy shots, or gain some insider knowledge on a guided tour with Salt and Bush Eco Tours.

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Soak up the atmosphere

Discover more of Mandurah from a new perspective. Stroll the streets along Mandurah’s foreshore on a fascinating art trail, or take on a completely different kind of trail for the love of craft beer and wine

If you’re both foodies at heart, make the most of your day – and your palate on one of the many culinary tours on offer. For the history buffs, there are a number of interesting buildings and museums that delve into the city’s remarkable past that are definitely worth a peruse.

A visit to Mandurah wouldn’t be complete without embracing the coast. And a great way to explore the endless strip of spectacular coastline, is to rent a couple of bikes and get pedalling on an e-bike from The Bike Kiosk that has recently opened up right next to the Mandurah Visitor Centre. With loads of opportunities for cruising convos with your plus one, you’ll quickly clock up the miles without even realising it. When it’s time to refuel, take a well-deserved break at Dolphin Quay.

Destination flavour

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Fall head over heels with Mandurah’s burgeoning food and wine scene, where fresh local seafood is the hero of the dish. Book a table at Red Manna and splash out on a romantic lunch or dinner for two, where you’ll be spoiled for choice from the rotating seafood menu.

Mandurah is buzzing with cool spots to grab a bite. One that stands out is Flics Kitchen and their award winning tapas share-style menu. If you’re staying over the weekend, make sure you stop by for their popular bottomless brunch. 

A popular bar to hit Mandurah’s foodie scene is Brewvino. Enjoy the relaxing vibes with great views, great beers on tap, an extensive wine list and tasty dishes prepared using the best of WA produce. Not hungry? Just head in for a cheeky night cap!

Rooms with a view

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When a few days away beckons, we’ve got you covered with the perfect romantic spots to stay not too far from Perth, no matter what your budget.

Book your stay in a luxurious spacious beachfront apartment at Seashells Mandurah. Wake up to million dollar ocean views and when evening hits you can enjoy the amazing sunsets right on your doorstep. Take a dip in the heated infinity pool, sit back with a glass of wine, or completely unwind at the onsite day spa.

For the ultimate indulgence, put your feet up for some passionate pampering in a superior king room with a spa, overlooking the picturesque waters of Mandjar Bay at the Sebel Mandurah

Rug up on the water and relax surrounded by nature on your doorstep, with a houseboat stay in Mandurah. Drop anchor and relax in a secluded hideaway and cruise the magnificent waterways at your own pace (no licence required).

Stay in the heart of Mandurah’s ocean marina in one of Dolphin Quay’s self-contained apartments, offering everything you need for a romantic escape right by the water. Savour the views, keep an eye out for dolphins and if you can bring yourself to leave, enjoy endless dining options just a short walk away.

SOUND GOOD?

With all the planning done for you, that’s your romantic getaway to Mandurah sorted! If you need a break or getaway and need someone else to organise it for you, check out our Mandurah Packages.

The fantastic photographs of Mandurah below were captured by our incredible *Instagram followers. To visit the photographers Instagram pages, please click on the image. To share a Mandurah image with us #VisitMandurah on Instagram and follow https://www.instagram.com/visitmandurah/.

*Dolphin images shared by Mandurah Cruises on behalf of Mandurah Volunteer Dolphin Rescue Group.

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8 epic outdoor school holiday adventures

Feels like yesterday that the school term started, and now we quickly find ourselves staring down the barrel of another round of school holidays.

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.

Be a pirate for a day

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!

Dolphin spotting

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!

Or hire a boat! Mandurah Boat and Bike Hire offers boats tanging from a four person dingy up to a 12-person pontoon boat and are conveniently located right in the heart of Mandjar Bay. Kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, fishing rods and crabbing nets are also available for hire.

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.

Hit the bike trails

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. 

Cycle alongside dolphins

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.

Go into the wild on a kayak

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.

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Visit one of WA’s best skate parks

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! Find out more.

Learn to surf

Get your kids to master a new skill these school holidays. Star Surf‘s accredited surfing instructors will teach them how to launch themselves onto a board safely and get on top of their first wave. Get to know Ian ‘Wooly’ MacPherson from Star Surf.

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All aboard the fun train

Jump on board the Tourist Fun Train, 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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If you’re looking for a seaside escape jam-packed with activities for the whole family to enjoy, now’s the perfect time to head to Mandurah for the school holidays.

The summer holidays are bursting with family-friendly activities including Mandurah’s new Estuary pool that is ready to have you and your kids splashing around. 

So, make the most of the sun and Visit Mandurah during these school holidays.

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Spring in Mandurah

Drifting on vast waterways, exploring wonderful wetlands, casting a line, watching dolphins play, and following pathways full of colour, you’ll discover there are plenty of things for everyone to enjoy this Spring in Mandurah.

Spring in Mandurah

Experience the flow of life by the waterways this Spring in Mandurah

Drifting on vast waterways, exploring wonderful wetlands, casting a line, watching dolphins play, and following pathways full of colour, you’ll discover there are plenty of things for everyone to enjoy this Spring in Mandurah.

Spring, the most vibrant time of year, has arrived. Mandurah’s nature blooms with the return of sunny days, welcoming new life and bright colours along our coast, wetlands, foreshore, and national parks. Spring is the ideal time to jump in the car (or on the train) with family, friends, or someone special and visit Mandurah. The city has many upcoming events and festivals including art, nature, fashion, and sport. So read on to find out why this season will not be complete without a trip to Mandurah.

Spring on the Water

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Get the crew together for a guided kayak tour along the protected Peel-Harvey estuary to truly rejuvenate and feel like you are miles away from it all. It’s the kind of peace and solitude you won’t appreciate until you’re in the moment. Worth bumping up to the top of your list of things to do.

 

Meet the famous local inhabitants on a day of dolphin spotting. With over 120 dolphins calling our estuary home, they’re considered one of the healthiest dolphin populations in Australia. And there’s plenty of ways to seek them out on the water. You can hire a boat,  waterbike or paddleboard or take a cruise

 

Have you always wanted to sleep on the water? Book a houseboat and cruise Mandurah’s tranquil waterways at your own pace. Mandurah Houseboats can sleep anywhere from 4 to 10 people, complete with all the amenities you need (some even have a spa), and you don’t need a Skipper’s ticket to get going.

 

Looking for a new hobby? Why not try surfing. Surfing is all about fun. Surfing increases your fitness, strength, balance, and flexibility. Spending time in and around the ocean positively impacts your health, and the more you do it, the more your confidence in the ocean increases. Mandurah Surf Lessons runs surfing and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) lessons for all ages.

 

Mandurah is home to kilometres of pristine beaches, and one of our favourites is Falcon Bay. This beautiful bay on Spinaway Parade in Falcon is much loved by the locals. Northern facing and protected from southerly winds, it’s perfect for spending all day swimming and relaxing by the water.

It also has shady grassed areas, picnic tables, BBQs, a playground and toilet/shower facilities and the famous Falcon Bay Beach Cafe’ nearby, selling everything from coffee and cake to a delicious, filling lunch with views across the ocean.

The calm waters make it an excellent spot for paddlers too. It also has a reef area ideal for exploring or snorkelling at high tide.

 

And finally, float around the beautiful Dolphin Quay and Venetian Canals on your very own floating barbecue onboard a doughnut-shaped ECO BBQ boat seating up to 6 or up to 10 people. Bring your own food and drinks or take advantage of locally prepared hampers. All BBQ equipment is supplied, and no skipper’s ticket is required. This is the ultimate 360-degree dining experience on the water.

Spring in the City

This Spring, immerse yourself in a thriving arts scene by discovering Aboriginal stories and traditions, local arts and crafts, talented artists, stirring performances and exciting events.

 

The hugely successful Plein Air Down Under, Outdoor Painting Festival is returning to Mandurah. The festival dates are the long weekend of 25, 26 and 27 September 2021, with additional pre-festival workshops and activities designed to celebrate the art of painting outdoors. The festival will be held around Mandurah’s town centre, cultural precinct and the historic town of Pinjarra.

 

Mandurah is filled with incredible public art, but not all of it is as obvious as the silver metal heart sculpture on Mandurah’s Eastern Foreshore. Hidden down laneways, on the pavement or on the facades of buildings, artworks are all around us in Mandurah, and we’re going to help you find them.

 

With a delicious foodie scene across the city, Spring is the perfect time to indulge your taste buds by experiencing the city’s culinary delights. To avoid roaming around until you’re ravenous and weak at the knees hungry, we’ve hunted down the legendary foodie stops, popular eats and yummy experiences that you might otherwise only know about if you were a local.

 

Wearable Art will be back later in the season (4-27 November), with the In the Fold – Wearable Art Mandurah Paper Category. Wearable Art Mandurah celebrates revolutionary works of art on the body by introducing an exciting new category – Paper.

Artists have accepted the challenge of fabricating a garment made from 90% paper. Wearable art Mandurah categories have traditionally always been showcased on stage. However, with its fragile and often subtle aspects, paper wearable art is better suited to the gallery.

 

There are tonnes of other indoor and outdoor attractions for the kids, including the brand new skate park featuring 3 different skate zones and plenty of space to run around. It’s epic!

Spring in Nature

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Did you know that WA has the most wildflowers in the world? Our beautiful state is home to over 12,000 species, with almost two thirds unique to WA, and there’s lots of ground to cover. What you see can vary each year depending on the weather, and given our bumper winter rains, this wildflower season could be one of the best yet! Right now is when the Peel region starts to bloom. As a biodiversity hotspot, you can expect to see a vivid display of colourful species, including a wide variety of acacia and native orchids. And you don’t need to be a nature expert to appreciate how spectacular it all is.

 

The Wetlands Weekender Festival is on again from 8th to 10th October 2021 and with a jam-packed program full of fun activities for the whole family to celebrate and explore our natural environment! We are delighted to share this year’s program with you and hope you can join us to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day and welcome migratory shorebirds back to our neighbourhood! Sarah from Ways to Nature is full of local knowledge. She can show you the remarkable wildlife that exists in tucked-away places across Mandurah’s diverse parks and wetlands. Take a guided nature walk with her through the wilderness, and you won’t be disappointed.

 

Mandurah is all about kicking back and enjoying the fresh open air, and there’s plenty of ways to do it. To really take in the wonders of Mandurah’s vast natural landscape, you can go for a leisurely bike ride along the coastal path, drift along the waters on a stand-up paddleboard or, hire out your own boat for the day and tell the skipper where you want to go.  

 

End your day in Mandurah this Spring by creating a memorable moment with an evening of stargazing, led by expert local guides, nature lovers Sebastian and Jamie of Salt and Bush Eco Tours. The striking skies of Mandurah are perfect for stargazing, and you’ll be able to get a closer view of the night sky through a telescope.

Mandurah is the perfect destination to relax, unwind and indulge with your favourite peeps this Spring. And, as it’s just a short drive from Perth, there’s no excuse not to make a weekend of it soon!

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The ultimate foodies guide to Mandurah

While it’s easy to fall into the trap of hitting up the same place you went to last time or the first stop you see, there are many incredible food havens to feast your eyes on, that we bet you haven’t even heard of.

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While it’s easy to fall into the trap of hitting up the same place you went to last time or the first stop you see, there are many incredible food havens to feast your eyes on, that we bet you haven’t even heard of.

To avoid roaming around until you’re ravenous and weak at the knees hungry, we’ve hunted down the legendary foodie stops, popular eats and yummy experiences that you might otherwise only know about if you were a local.

The best coffee stops in Mandurah

Groundswell Coffee

The coffee roasters at Frothin Coffee like to do things old school, and by that we mean they roast their beans using a 100-year-old wood-fired method. Did you know, the very first commercial coffee roasters were wood fired? Owner and coffee roaster, Purri Gould is sticking with this tradition, using his authentically handmade wood-fired roasting machine made in Italy by Trabattoni, a 100+-year-old traditional coffee roasting family, to produce some pretty special blends.

These guys are pretty good at knowing what you want – even when you don’t! So, where can you find them? Head to Groundswell Drivethru – 99 Pinjarra Road, or lookout for the bright orange kombi van around town. 

Mataya Eatery

Step inside those iconic pink doors and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed. It’s always warm and toasty at Mataya, and why wouldn’t it be with speciality coffees and wholesome goodness galore. But it’s not always about the coffee, these guys do a mean caffeine-free chia latte. With a dash of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon, it’s sings heaven to your tastebuds.

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Come for a quick daytime meal, linger in the courtyard area, or stop by when you need food on the run. Our top picks are the acai bowls, warm bagels, toasties and you can’t go past their almond croissants. Mataya Eatery is situated on Sholl St just a short stroll from the Mandurah foreshore. 

Frisky Deer

It’s impossible not to smile here! After you’ve perused all the gorgeous homewares, interiors, apparel and gifts at the Frisky Deer shop, make sure you order a fresh Margaret River Roasting Co coffee from the friendly baristas. Their lovingly baked homemade sweet treats and organic raw slices are also hard to pass up. The rest of the neighbourhood knows it too, so make sure you get in early before the cabinet runs out!

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The best brekky breaks in Mandurah

Café Moka 

No place does brunch quite like Café Moka. No matter what time of the day you wake up, Moka serves up their delicious brunch menu from 7 am to 3 pm. And it’s a nice stroll down to the waterfront along Mandurah’s Dolphin Quay Marina.

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Before you hit up their selection of freshly made cakes that are baked in-house daily, you may want to check out the chef’s daily specials. Some past favourites include Cajun fried chicken on waffles, homemade potato and leek rosti, or a Spanish flair chorizo, slow roasted sofrito. The kids will also love love love the pancakes.

Miami Bakehouse

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Does the average meat pie ever leave you wanting more? That’ll never be the case when you try one of the award-winning and unique pie flavours at Miami Bakehouse. All of their pies (and there are many to choose from) are made from scratch using the best local, WA ingredients.

But this bakehouse isn’t just about the pies. If you get in early enough, grab a loaf of their organic flour sourdough bread, and with a cabinet full of doughnuts, custard tarts, slices, chocolate eclairs, cheesecakes, lamingtons and more treats than we can mention, there’s something to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.

As if they haven’t won enough awards already, Miami Bakehouse also recently won the Most Successful Pastry Exhibitor and Champion Pastry Exhibit at the Perth Royal Food Awards 2021. Stopping by their Myalup store? Make sure to check out the fun KangaART installation for some Insta snaps.

Tods Cafe

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Take a walk on the boardwalk along Mandurah Terrace, and you’ll stumble upon a local favourite where it’s all about great coffees, authentic food and friendly service. Mandurah is innately relaxed by nature, and Tods Cafe effortlessly offers up the leisurely quality that comes with dining outdoors. Slow down for a moment, embrace the morning sun, and let your mind wander as you people watch and tuck into Tods belly-aching brekky menu.

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Wood and Stone

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There’s a lot of flavours that can be packed in between two buns, and Wood and Stone’s gourmet burgers are exactly what you’ll crave after a morning spent hitting the walking trails, birdwatching or exploring the natural wonders and wetlands. This homey café is the perfect place to put your feet up and recharge. And they’ve just launched their spring menu, which features their famous mouth-watering pulled pork burger, buttermilk fried chicken burger and southern fried cauliflower burger.

Café Coast

Two words: Seafood frenzy. Mandurah and the Peel region is renowned for it and there’s no better place to enjoy freshly caught fare than at this casual waterside restaurant at Port Bouvard Marina. Don’t just take out word for it, Café Coast was named winner of the 2021 Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Award. Book a table or just call in!

Sharky’s Fish & Chips

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Sometimes all you’re craving is good old-fashioned fish and chips, right? Whether your preference is grilled or battered, the guys at Sharky’s Mandurah know their fish, and you can be sure it’s always fresh and locally sourced. Dine alfresco by the beautiful surrounds of Dolphin Quay or grab some takeaway for a picnic in the fresh open air. If you prefer to stay indoors, the new indoor kids play area will keep the young ones occupied while you enjoy a peaceful moment to eat.

Silk Thai

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Silk Thai is a local institution for authentic Thai cuisine. If you’re after a quick bite, their delicious lunch menu features flavoursome and aromatic curries and stir-fry dishes that really packs a punch. Silk Thai have honed their flavour profiles over many years, using fresh local ingredients without compromising the fragrant flavours that is Thai cuisine. 

Not a fan of the hot and spicy? You don’t have to be. Only half the dishes on their menu contain any chilli at all, and most can be adjusted to suit your taste. If you’re passing through, their new drive-thru service will have you in and out in a flash.

The Hummingbird Plant Based

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The Hummingbird Plant Based, Mandurah’s first exclusive plant-based café, is conveniently located next door to its sister café, The Hummingbird Waterside Café. Their all-day vegan and the gluten-free menu includes a ‘smoked salmon’ on rosti, chai panna cotta granola and Buffalo ‘chicken’ tacos.

Owner and chef Carly has also recently introduced flexible dining between their 2 venues. Vegans can enjoy a meal with friends and family without being frustrated there’s nothing on the menu for them. Order a meal off the plant based menu and they’ll bring it over to you at The Hummingbird. 

The best places to wine and dine for dinner in Mandurah

Flics Kitchen

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Not afraid to push the boundaries of Mandurah’s foodie scene, owner and head chef of Flics Kitchen, Felicity Evans continues to create culinary creativity with her forever changing menu at this casual dining establishment. And the flavour combos are out of this world, with ingredients too hard to pronounce. Think Exmouth Gold Band snapper with fennel a la greque, yuzu and truffle beurre. And handmade rabbit ravioli with Jerusalem artichoke, oyster mushroom, salted ricotta and sage brown butter. It’s not hard to see why they were voted winners of the 2021 AGFG Readers’ Choice Award for best Regional Café!

Flics also put on some epic dinner events. Coming up is a 5 course plant based dinner on Thursday 9 September.

Brewvino

Okay yes, this is technically a bar, but Brewvino is also a kitchen that serves an assortment of rustic and quirky dishes to share so that instantly elevates it to legend status. Brewvino’s motto is ‘good food is best shared with friends, so we recommend going with a few peeps and ordering the Abrolhos Islands half shell scallop with XO butter, pan-fried gnocchi, Backwood Valley beef rib eye, and throw in a pizza or two to really satisfy everyone’s appetite.

This venue’s stylish and relaxed vibe is what Mandurah is all about. It’s also one of the best spots to enjoy uninterrupted views of the waterways.

Catch 22

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If you’re in the mood for tapas and cocktails, then Catch 22 has got you covered. Take your pick from a wide selection of tapas plates all under $20, and if you’re looking for an even more affordable night out, head in for their $39 all can eat tapas on Wednesday or Thursday nights.

Redmanna Waterfront Restaurant

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Get yourself to Redmanna where legit, everything oozes pure class. Sourcing only the highest quality and best Australian ingredients, Redmanna recently introduced a new menu and we recommend trying their duck breast with beetroot, caramelised red cabbage and blueberry jus. Following the success of their recent truffle degustation dinner, they’re also serving their truffle menu Wednesdays to Sundays, but it’s only for a limited time.

Cobblers Tavern

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Cobbler’s Tavern has a reputation for warm service, delicious food, and a great atmosphere.

Whether you are after a spot for lunch or dinner, or a few drinks to wind down from the day – there’s something for everyone in this welcoming local pub. Enjoy local music sessions every weekend, live sports in their modern sports bar and tasty food & drink specials every day of the week.

Book ahead on their website to secure your table.

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Boundary Island Brewery

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What better way to welcome in the weekend with Boundary Island Brewery at Mandurah Quay Resort, Mandurah’s very own microbrewery. Enjoy delicious food, ice-cold craft beers and beautiful waterfront views.

Bar Therapy

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Welcome to the place you wish was your local. Bar Therapy is somewhere you can relax and enjoy good times with family and friends – the best kind of therapy! Aside from their killer cocktail list (there are too many delectable concoctions to mention), the kitchen dishes up a load of tasty morsels and burgers. We highly recommend going for their famous chilli salt squid and naan sliders.

You can find Bar Therapy at the historical Tuckey House landmark on Mandurah’s Waterfront.

Peel Estate

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If wines are more your palate, then a day drip to Peel Estate Winery is a day well spent. Open daily, you can sample their quality wines and hang out for hours in their beautiful picnic surrounds and BBQ areas. BYO food and drinks (non-alcoholic) is encouraged.

The Peninsula Bar & Restaurant

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Love kicking back with a drink in the sun? Then head to The Pen, featuring the biggest beer garden in town that offers both serenity and sunshine on the water’s edge. With 48 beers on tap, an extensive wine list and arguably some of the best cocktails in Mandurah, there’s no better way to relax and chill. 

Feeling peckish while you’re there? You can have your share of the bar menu with vegan options aplenty, or pull up a table at the restaurant.  

The Bridge Garden Bar 

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At the Bridge Garden Bar, it’s all about good food, good wine and good times. Bring on the weekend with TGIF drinks, lazy Sunday afternoons in the sunny garden bar, sip cocktails in the comfort of their cocktail bar and enjoy live acoustic sessions on Friday and Saturday nights. What more could you want?

Three Rivers Brewing

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Three Rivers Brewing Company doesn’t look like much, but when the weekend rolls around, this family-run microbrewery is the place to be. The taproom offers amazing craft beer and live music in a family-friendly atmosphere. Most weekends you’ll find food trucks or freshly baked pies and sausage rolls, but this place is so chilled they don’t mind if you BYO snacks.

The Oyster Bar

Who doesn’t love a bar that serves up oysters? Perfect for a quick catch up with friends or an evening out, Mandurah’s only waterfront wine bar is all the talk here. Whether you like your oysters chilled or grilled, baked or steamed, the Oyster Bar do it all. Team it up with their impeccable grazing plates and a wine list hand-picked from some of the best cellar doors in WA – and you have everything you need for a relaxing session.

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Your guide to the absolute best things to do near Perth

If you’re searching for a quick getaway that won’t eat up more than a day or weekend, Mandurah is the perfect destination for a staycation or to simply embrace the sunshine, with some of the best things to do close to Perth.
Here are our top 20 experiences loved by locals and wanderers alike.

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20+ incredible experiences to try close to Perth

If you’re searching for a quick getaway that won’t eat up more than a day or weekend, Mandurah is the perfect destination for a staycation or to simply embrace the sunshine, with some of the best things to do close to Perth.

Here are our top 20 experiences loved by locals and wanderers alike.

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Are you infatuated by nature’s beauty and have a keen sense of adventure? Then get ready to seek all things beautiful, with untouched places you can explore away from any crowds.

There’s a lot to do around Mandurah’s vast waterways and surrounding national parks, reserves and forests. Be inspired by these great activities and immerse yourself in nature, where you’ll discover a lot more than you bargained for. 

Meet the popular local inhabitants on a day of dolphin spotting. With over 120 dolphins calling our estuary home, they’re considered one of the healthiest dolphin populations in Australia. And there’s plenty of ways to seek them out on the water. You can hire a boatkayakwaterbike or paddleboard or take a cruise. Enjoy lunch on the boardwalk or a picnic on the Eastern Foreshore and you might be lucky enough to see some frolicking in the water.

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For the ultimate experience, spend an evening stargazing at the Lake Clifton Thrombolites. Rated by RACDestination Perth, and Blogger as one of WA’s top stargazing sites, this is one insta-worthy spot you don’t want to miss snapping. You’ll be in good company with Sebastian from Salt and Eco Bush Tours, who will take you on a star-studded tour of the night sky. His wealth of knowledge has earned him a highly regarded Forum Advocating Cultural and Eco-Tourism (FACET) Golden Guide nomination.

The thrombolites are a must-see attraction during the daytime, and the best way to experience it all is on a cultural walking tour with George from Mandurah Dreaming. Thrombolites are considered one of the first forms of life and George will share how they hold a significant place in their Dreaming stories.

Home to a plethora of native birds and migratory waterbirds, Mandurah’s wetland habitats are internationally protected. Sarah from Ways to Nature runs a birdwatching tour, where you can observe wildlife in their natural element, unrushed, to allow you ample time to connect with nature and experience the remarkable wonder around you.

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With a pristine coastline that stretches beyond what the naked eye can see, winding rivers, beautiful lakes and an estuary twice the size of Sydney Harbour, Mandurah is the ultimate aquatic playground. 

Love a good BBQ? How about on a circular self-drive Eco BBQ boat, where you can be your own captain and bob along the waterways – mates and BBQ in tow. If you want to linger longer on the water, why not spend the night on a fully equipped houseboat from Mandurah Houseboats, be captain for an afternoon and hire a boat with Mandurah Bike Hire, or hand over the helm to the experienced crew at Soulmate Charters with an adventure or sunset cruise.

The surf’s up in Mandurah, and if you’re a seasoned surfer you’ll want to hit Mandurah Wedge with swell sizes that can start from 1m-1.5m and hold up to 4m. If you want to give surfing a go, the accredited surf instructors at Mandurah Surf Lessons offer single day lessons for beginners.  

Launch yourself on a jet ski and explore the magnificent coastline from the oceans edge, or take it all in your stride on a stand-up paddle board. For a unique outdoor adventure, book a guided kayak tour along the Peel Inlet and bring your fishing gear along for a cast.

Food experiences

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Mandurah’s foodie scene keeps growing by the minute, and for an insider’s guide to all the best wineries and breweries around the Peel region, you’ll want to jump on a Kaleidoscope tour. If your prefer to go it alone then we’ve done all the homework for you, with the craft beer and wine trail, featuring seven of the region’s best drinking holes.

For the perfect lunch spot, take a seat at Wood & Stone, with a new alfresco area and autumn/ winter menu to tantalise the tastebuds. And if you’ve got big mouths to feed, head to Catch22 Tapas & Cocktail Lounge for dinner and enjoy all you can eat tapas for just $35 per head. 

Arts and culture experiences

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You don’t have to travel far to find amazing arts and culture in Mandurah. The art scene is buzzing here, and in between all your foodies experiences you’ll want to walk if off. What better way than on one of two public art trails, showcasing amazing local art in hidden laneways, on building facades, even the pavement! We’ve found them so you don’t have to, simply download the art trails brochure and you’re on your way.

With so many experiences to be had, isn’t time you started planning your next adventure in Mandurah?

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All the new things to see and do in Mandurah

When was the last time you visited Mandurah? Just like there’s more to Perth than Kings Park, there’s much more to Mandurah than it’s alluring canals.

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

There’s so much more to Mandurah than just dolphins, crabs and fish & chips. The City has been transformed significantly in the last few years. Catch-up on the latest new experiences and visit Mandurah this summer.

New Experiences on the Water

It’s here you’ll find a slice of the Venice life. The city’s canals, winding rivers, gorgeous lakes and over 130 km² of calm inland waterways, make Mandurah the ideal destination to enjoy all kinds of activities by the water.

And just when you think you’ve seen it all, here’s what’s new to discover on your next weekender or extended stay in Mandurah.

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Ever been on a waterbike before? Only in Mandurah can you cycle alongside the resident dolphins. Choose your own adventure and hire a waterbike for the day with Mandurah Cruises. The knowledgeable crew will give you the inside scoop on the best nooks to go dolphin spotting and find other amazing wildlife along Mandurah’s spectacular waterfront.

Alternatively, put your feet up and let someone else do the hard work for you with a cruisy day floating on a pontoon with Mandurah Boat Hire.

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Dip your toes in the water for a unique adventure with Soulmate Charters. Their personalised and intimate cruises will have you feeling like you’re relaxing on your own deck, as you meander through Mandurah’s playful waterways and the Peel inlet. Anchor up at one of their favourite spots, where you can enjoy a swim, float on a lounge, try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding or just sit back and relax.

New experiences on land

Explore Mandurah’s beautiful coastal cycle paths on an e-bike. Hire one of these for one or two hours or for a half day from The Bike Kiosk Mandurah who opened its doors end of December outside the Mandurah Visitor Centre.

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Discover Mandurah’s waterways on a FREE guided walking tour. Departing from the Mandurah Visitor Centre, the 1.5 hour ‘Walk the Waterways’ tour will take you on a journey around Mandjar Bay and the Eastern Foreshore. The tour provides an overview of Mandurah and its history as well as discovering places of interest and quirky art installations along the way.

To book contact Mandurah Visitor Centre on (08) 9550 3999 or book online.

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Since opening in mid-2020, Salt and Bush Eco Tours have been opening up visitors’ eyes to the untouched wonders of Mandurah’s waterways, bushland and wildlife. Must-see experiences include a relaxed guided kayaking tour on foot peddled kayaks and laidback stargazing sessions. But don’t take our word for it, try it out for yourself next time you visit.

“This was such a great unique and special experience. We took a very peaceful paddle in our kayaks in the morning where a feeding dolphin greeted us. The foot peddle kayaks are amazing, hard to go back to using a paddle!” – David May

“Kayaking along the Serpentine River – it was the most beautiful and peaceful morning! Jamie and Base are the most friendly and knowledgeable pair. They spotted so much wildlife – so many beautiful birds and we saw dolphins too.” – Sinead Allsop

From the sea to the land, Epic Day Tours make it easy to explore the best of Mandurah with travel from Perth included. Get to know the real Mandurah with a day  choc-full of local and authentic encounters.

New places to dine

Little Stiller is the name of the gin and vodka distillery that has just opened in Mandurah. Situated on Mandurah Terrace, the boutique tavern is expected to become a popular tourism attraction with the distillery being the first of its kind in the City.

Mandurah’s very own microbrewery – Boundary Island Brewery – is the newest addition to the foodie and craft beer scene in Mandurah this summer. Located right on the beautiful water’s edge in Erskine you can take in incredible views of the Peel-Harvey Estuary while enjoying your beer that has been brewed on site.

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To experience more of Mandurah’s relaxed, local vibes, head to brewvino for some local beer and bites, while enjoying the best view in Mandurah upstairs on the boardwalk. Then switch it up for brekky, lunch or dinner with a visit to Wood & Stone where your tastebuds are in for a treat. Must-try dishes include their signature chilli mussels, seafood aglio e olio linguine, wild mushroom risotto and Wood & Stone’s famous Nail Oatmeal Stout braised beef brisket. Hungry anyone?

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Mandurah’s new Estuary pool is ready to have you splashing around! The new centrepiece of Mandurah’s waterfront features a floating jetty platform which gives you a nod back to the days of the Mandurah baths and Robert Day Memorial Pools in the 1950s and 60s.

Named Kwillena (dolphin) Gabi (waters) by the traditional owners of Bindjareb Boodja, this natural waterway shares its habitat with local marine life.

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The ultimate girls weekend getaway near Perth

Need to switch off from juggling a million and one things?

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Why Mandurah has girls trip written all over it

Need to switch off from juggling a million and one things? We all love a family holiday or a romantic getaway, but sometimes all you really need is to escape responsibilities and enjoy a short break in the company of your besties.

If a girls weekend getaway is long overdue, gather your gal pals and recharge your batteries in a place where the vibes are always relaxed by nature, Mandurah.

A place to… Relax

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For a splash of luxury without the price tag, set up base for the weekend at Seashells Mandurah. It’s the perfect spot for a laidback escape, with the beach virtually on your doorstep, but still close enough to all the delicious offerings around Dolphin Quay and the marina. Take a dip in the infinity pool, linger up with the girls for a private Pilates class or, for the ultimate in relaxation, enjoy a pamper session at the onsite day spa.

Dolphin Quay Apartments is also perfect for a girls’ retreat, with two bedroom fully self-contained accommodation, boasting spectacular views of the marina.

For a truly unique stay, book a houseboat and cruise Mandurah’s tranquil waterways at your own pace. Mandurah Houseboats can sleep anywhere from 4 to 10 people, complete with all the amenities you need, and you don’t need a Skipper’s ticket to get going.

A place to…Unwind

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Take it from the local residents who know all about relaxing in Mandurah. We’re talking about the friendly playful dolphins who choose to live here in the wild. Did you know, the largest population of bottlenose dolphins in WA can be found here? For the best vantage point, you and your girlfriends will want to jump on a Murray River lunch cruise.

Mandurah is all about kicking back and enjoying the fresh open air, and there’s plenty of ways to do it. Go for a leisurely bike ride along the foreshore, drift along the waters on a stand up paddle board or, hire out your own boat for the day and tell the skipper where you want to go.  

To truly clear the mind and feel like your miles away from it all, get the girlies together for a guided kayak tour along the protected Peel-Harvey estuary. It’s the kind of peace and solitude you won’t appreciate until you’re in the moment. Definitely worth bumping up to the top of your list of things to do.

Create memorable bonding moments with an evening of stargazing, led by expert local geologist and nature lover Sebastian of Salt and Bush Eco Tours. The striking skies of Mandurah are perfect for stargazing, and you’ll be able to get a closer view of the night sky through a telescope.

A place to… Indulge

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Whenever there’s beer or wine, you’re guaranteed to have a good time. Appoint a skipper for the day and explore the delectable tastes of Mandurah on a craft beer and wine trail.  Featuring seven of the region’s best beer and wine offerings, the trail provides an authentically local experience. Be sure to visit Peel Estate for a picturesque picnic lunch and tipple.

When the day is out, drop anchor on a sunset cruise before heading out for some bar therapy. The cocktails and fare here is nothing short of superb, so make sure you arrive on an empty stomach.  

Our top picks to sip and savour during your girls weekend include a late brekky at Cafe MOKA, and take your choice from tapas at either Flics Kitchen, Wood & Stone Café and Catch 22 – because food is always best shared.

Mandurah is the perfect destination to relax, unwind and indulge with your favourite gals. And, as it’s just a short drive from Perth, there’s no excuse not to make a weekend of it soon!

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