Canal Christmas Lights Tours

If you are a lover of all things Christmas, then you won’t want to miss the Mandurah Christmas Lights cruise.

Canal Christmas Lights Tours

You won’t want to
miss the Mandurah
Christmas Lights cruise.

The coastal city of Mandurah, less than an hour south of Perth, is often compared to a little modern Venice because of its spectacular waterways and canal living. But did you know that Mandurah turns into a little Las Vegas every year from December until mid-January?

The Mandurah residents who live on the canals like to dress up their houses for Christmas with over 200 houses along the canals lit up all in the spirit of Christmas.

Experience a Christmas wonderland on water in Mandurah.

Thanks to the Mandurah canal residents for putting in an enormous effort and dressing up their houses for Christmas at their own expense, every year more than 200 homes come alive with lights and everyone wants to stand out. There is some healthy competition in the canals and people who do not light up their houses are called the grinches – in a friendly manner of course.

Some residents have about 100 items plugged in, spend about 80 man-hours to install their Christmas lights decoration, and use 15 timeclocks powered by 30 power boards from 20 extension leads.

The best way to watch this spectacle is from a boat. As you drift down the canals by boat or on board a cruise or private charter, there is a water wishing well with all proceeds going to local charities.

Ever popular, this delightful cruise experience becomes increasingly beautiful each year. Dress for the occasion, sing along with the Christmas carols and bring your Christmas cheer. This is a very special tour at a special time of year.

Don’t miss out on this spectacular event and book your Christmas Lights Cruise early with one of these local operators.

MANDURAH CRUISES

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Departing every night except Christmas Day from 1 December – early January.

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Cruise options include Standard 1 hour, Premium 1 hour and 1.5 hour sunset & lights. Plus special events of a 2 hour family and 2 hour New Year’s Eve Fireworks cruise.

Departure times include 7.15pm 7.30pm, 7.45pm, 8.45pm and 9pm (times vary depending on cruise type and vessel).

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Ticket prices vary depending on cruise types with price brackets of Adults – 13 years and over, Child – 3 to 12 years and Children under 3 – FREE on all cruises.

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PIRATE SHIP MANDURAH

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Departing every night except Christmas Day from 1 December – early January.

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Hop aboard The Pirate Ship for a 1 hour Christmas tour that combines two of our favourite things, Pirates and Christmas as they cruise through Mandurah’s beautiful inland waterways and canals.

The Pirate Ship is an open air vessel offering the 360 ̊views, BYO alcohol and of course a steering wheel for the kids!

Departure times: 7.30pm and 8.45pm.

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The Pirate Ship is an open air vessel offering the 360 ̊views, BYO alcohol and of course a steering wheel for the kids!

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MANDURAH BOAT CHARTERS

Charter a Deluxe Pontoon Boat for your very personal Christmas Lights Cruise. Mandurah Boat Charters have a  very comfortable and luxurious 16-person or 20-person pontoon boat to choose from. A skipper will be provided.

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Charter a 16-person or 20-person luxury pontoon to enjoy Mandurah's Christmas Lights.

SOULMATE CHARTERS MANDURAH

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Departing every night in December to early January except 24 – 26 December and 31 December.

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Choose from 1 hour, 1.5 hour and 3 hour cruises.

Departure times: 5.15pm for the 3 hour Christmas Light, Sunset and Chill cruise and 8.30pm for the 1.5 hour Christmas Lights cruise.

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Soulmate Charters is a personalised cruise taking no more than 12 passengers at a time so you can relax, taking the hassle out of operating a boat.

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Mandurah Christmas Lights

ECO BBQ BOATS

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Departing every night except Christmas Day from 1 December – early January.

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Get the ultimate and uninterrupted 360 ̊ view of Mandurah’s famous Canal Christmas Lights onboard unique open boats.

Enjoy the spectacular lights while comfortably sitting at a round table with a maximum of 9 passengers per boat on a very exclusive cruise.

80 minute guided tour, with two departure times: 7.30pm and 9pm.

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Single tickets available or hire the whole boat for a private Christmas Lights tour for you and your friends and family.

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MANDURAH HOUSEBOATS

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Departing every night except Christmas Day from 1 December – early January.

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Hire their Party Pontoon Boat for up to 6 people with one of their staff onboard to show your family and friends the lights.

The 1 hour 15 minutes guided cruise departs at 7:30pm or 9pm

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Max 6 passengers (the boat is yours and there are no minimum numbers). No skipper’s ticket required.

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MANDURAH BOAT HIRE

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Boats available every night, except Christmas Day & News Year’s Eve.

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Hire your own boat for your personal Christmas Lights cruise. A skipper’s  ticket/boat licence is required for all boat hire after sunset. However, if you do not hold a Recreational Skippers Ticket, we will supply a guide at an additional cost (the guide will be counted in the passenger numbers).

Departure times start at 6.30 pm and run till 10 pm. Boats can be rented for an hour to all night long. The choice is up to you.

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Enjoy the spectacular Christmas lights aboard your own private boat, BYO drinks & food.

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Mandurah is often compared to a modern Venice due to its network of canals.

Self-Drive Boat Hire

Mandurah is often
compared to a modern
Venice due to its network
of canals

Explore these stunning waterways at your own pace with a hire boat, and you don’t need a boat licence.

Mandurah Boat Hire

Experience the adventure of being a skipper for an hour or the whole day by hiring a boat from Mandurah Boat Hire. Choose from well-maintained and GPS tracked dinghies, pontoon boats, or luxury Sun Tracker-style boats and enjoy the scenic views and watch dolphins play while you cruise through the Mandurah Canals and Estuary. Pets are welcome on board and you can also hire fishing and crabbing gear if needed.

Mandurah Boat Hire offers a series of other water activities; this includes single sit-on-top kayaks, double seater sit-on-top kayaks, and stable beginner stand up paddle boards in either fibreglass or inflatable.

Eco BBQ Boats

Another great and unique way to enjoy Mandurah’s waterways is Eco BBQ Boats. Hire Western Australia’s only donut-shaped electric BBQ boats to float around the beautiful Mandurah Ocean Marina and Venetian Canals and enjoy your very own floating barbecue with up to 10 people. Bring your own food and drinks or take advantage of their BBQ meat packs. With all equipment supplied and no skipper’s ticket required, this is the ultimate 360 degree dining experience on the water.

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Mandurah Houseboats

To completely unwind, take your holiday home with you by hiring a fully-equipped houseboat from Mandurah Houseboats who have boats leaving from Mandurah Ocean Marina (their office location) and from Ravenswood on the Murray River.

Enjoy waterways for days cruising the estuary and Murray River, dining at one of the riverbank restaurants, fishing, crabbing or just relaxing on the deck as you enjoy the spectacular views. One of their houseboats even has a spa on the deck! How good is that? And the best thing is you don’t need a boat licence to drive these houseboats. You’ll get a 1 hour tutorial by their friendly staff and you’ll be ready to go on your holiday of a lifetime.

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Emily Louise suitable for wheelchair users (Mandurah hOUSEBOATS)

Emily Louise can comfortably accommodate 8 people; offering 2 double bedrooms with queen-sized beds, a set of bunks in the passageway and a pull out double sofa bed in the lounge room along with a shower and 2 toilets. A fully equipped galley includes a microwave and Nespresso coffee machine. Reverse cycle air-conditioning and all linen are also included. The large rear deck has a luxurious spa, BBQ and outdoor table and chairs.

Emily Louise is a luxury 2020 purpose built houseboat. Suitable for wheelchair users, she offers ramp access, spacious rooms, wide doorways/passageways and handrails in wet areas. The toilet/shower, helm, benchtops and light switches are all positioned to allow wheelchair users easy access.

Wheelchair Accessible Houseboat

EXPLORING WITH YOUR OWN BOAT?

Boat owners have the option to rent short or long term pens at Mandurah Ocean Marina. You can hire a pen through a flexible licence, ranging from one night to one year. Find out more.

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Boat Tours & Cruises

Mandurah’s pristine, uncrowded beaches are playgrounds for all ages and interests.

Boat Tours & Cruises

Explore an estuary twice the size of Sydney Harbour

A relaxing way for you to explore the vast, calm, inland waterways around Mandurah is on a guided tour.

Mandurah Cruises

Experience the best of Mandurah’s incredible natural environment on 1-hour, half-day or full-day marine adventures with Mandurah Cruises.

Encounter Western Australia’s best dolphin population on their daily 1 Hour Dolphin & Scenic Marine Cruise which offers you the opportunity to experience playful wild dolphins in their natural environment, wetlands teeming with diverse bird life, magnificent canal homes, heritage listed pioneer and cultural sites, live commentary and more. You can even enjoy a delicious, fresh fish & chips lunch on board!

If you’re after a relaxing half day on the water, then join Mandurah Cruises for a Murray River Lunch Cruise or learn about the region’s rich indigenous history and culture on a Dreamtime Cruise. They also offer seasonal and special event cruises across the year.

There are also great seasonal cruises for you to choose from.

Calling all beer lovers – this one’s for you. Mandurah Cruises’ Brewery Cruise caters to all budding beer connoisseurs with a half day excursion along the water towards the Peel-Harvey Estuary, arriving at the new Boundary Island Brewery. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a pint of one (or two… maybe three) of their delicious craft beers, brewed on site.

Enjoy a 1.5-hour Sunset Cruise, set against a golden summer sunset, accompanied by live music. Sit back and relax with a drink in hand from the bar on board as you take in the stunning views. Taste the region’s delicious local produce with a charcuterie board for 2 or enjoy a serve of WA’s number 1 fish ‘n’ chips aboard by Cicerello’s.

Enjoy a scrumptious high tea on the relaxing 2-hour High Tea Cruise through Mandurah’s luxurious canals and picturesque inland waterways. Included is a complimentary glass of sparkling and unlimited tea & coffee. Specialty cocktails, wine and spirits can also be purchased from the bar on board.

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The Pirate Ship Mandurah

The Pirate Ship Mandurah offers tours through the inland waterways and canals throughout the year on board a custom-built Pirate Ship.

Take your seats as you depart from the Eastern Foreshore for a 45 minute cruise and venture through Mandurah’s inland waterways and canals on the fun pirate adventure for children and adults of all ages.

As you cruise through Mandurah’s canals, you can steer the pirate wheel, ring the bell or sit back and enjoy the scenery and lookout for the wildlife that call the Mandurah canals home, including the famous bottlenose dolphins.

The Pirate Ship Mandurah

Mandurah Boat Charters

Why not charter a boat for the day and explore the waterways of Mandurah? Get a group of friends and family together and head out for a day of sightseeing and fishing, or cruise along the estuary, stopping for a drink or bite to eat. It’s the ultimate way to relax and enjoy our beautiful waterways.

Hire a Deluxe Charter Pontoon Boat with Mandurah Boat Charters for a fun day out on the water. A skipper comes with the pontoon when you hire the the 16-person or 20-person Deluxe Pontoon.

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Soulmate Charters Mandurah

You can cruise Mandurah’s waterways at a slower pace with  Soulmate Charters Mandurah.

With only 12 guests on the vessel, you have a more personalised experience and without the hassle of operating it.

The 2 hour Cruise and Chill Adventure takes you through the Mandurah canal and then heads into the Peel Inlet, later anchoring to take a swim or paddle board. The 3 hour Sunset and Chill cruise explains all in it’s  name – it’s the ideal cruise to watch the sunset and see Mandurah from a night perspective.

You’ll be wowed by the canal Christmas lights on the 1.5 hour Christmas Light Cruise, and dazzled by a beautiful Mandurah sunset and cruise through the canals on the 3 hour Christmas Light, Sunset and Chill cruise. Each are memorable, relaxing cruises, showcasing Mandurah’s best.

Let Soulmate Charters show you Mandurah’s backyard while you lay back and live the Mandurah lifestyle.

Soulmate Charters Mandurah

Luxury Boutique Boat Charters Mandurah

Come and join in the fun and experience a different side to Mandurah’s waterways and Peel inlet.

Luxury Boutique Boat Charters Mandurah offer unique, personalised and intimate chartered experiences on the beautiful Murray River for a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 4 guests.  If you book, you’ll have the skippered boat to yourself.

Luxury Boutique Boat Charters Mandurah offer 3 cruises per day. Choose from the Breakfast & Birdsong Cruise or their Bubbles & Grazing Board Cruise or their signature cruise,  the Sunset & Tapas Cruise.

From the moment your skipper welcomes you aboard, all  you have to do is relax and enjoy!

All cruises are 2 hours in duration and are inclusive of food.

Luxury Boutique Boat Charters Mandurah will accommodate whatever it is you would like to do.

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Climbing & Treetop Adventures

Swoop, swing and fly your way through a thrilling day on a flying fox or treetop adventure that will make even the biggest adrenaline junkie jealous.

Climbing & Treetop Adventures

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Climbing & Treetop Adventure

Swoop, swing and fly your way through a thrilling day on a flying fox or treetop adventure that will make even the biggest adrenaline junkie jealous. Soar through the air and experience flying…if only for a short time with ziplining or enjoy the adventure of a high ropes course.
Fast, fun and exhilarating, our climbing and treetop adventures are experiences you’ll never forget.

Trees Adventure Lane Poole Park

At Trees Adventure in Dwellingup you can experience the iconic Australian bush like never before. Climb, weave and fly through the tree tops on self-guided rope courses that are built around the beautiful Pine and Jarrah trees of Nanga Mill Campground, with exhilarating views as you flying fox through the treetops or quickly stop to catch your breath in the middle of one of our suspended bridges! This obstacle course is the adventure you’ve been waiting for. There is even an airborne skateboard!

Dare Adventures

Dare Adventures in Dwellingup and the Fairbridge Village Adventure Course in Pinjarra are outdoor adventure camps with a range of activities especially for kids.

Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing

Or get a grip at Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing where you’ll find many challenges including 40 top ropes, great bouldering cave, slack line, climbing club, circus and aerial classes.

It’s a great way to get fit, all while having fun in a safe and friendly environment.

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Water Adventures

Experience Mandurah to its fullest on these adrenaline pumping water activities. You’ll be spoilt for choice.

Water Adventures

Thrilling fun
on the water

Experience Mandurah to its fullest on these adrenaline pumping water activities. You’ll be spoilt for choice.

 

Jet Ski Tour

The Estuary is a safe location to enjoy the thrills of riding a jet ski. This surely will get your adrenaline pumping! You can hire jet skis in Mandurah as well as Dawesville with Stag Watersports so you won’t have to go far for your jet ski adventure.

Fishing & Seafood Tours

A fishing or seafood tour is a great adventure. Journey out to the Indian Ocean on Mandurah Cruises’ Wild Seafood Adventure and help to pull baited crayfish pots, before enjoying your hard work with a delicious barbecue lunch cooked on board by a chef on board. Enjoy your day out on the water as you cruise the calm estuary waters. And don’t forget to get your crayfish selfie taken! 

Or book a fishing charter providing you fishing lessons so you can catch your own dinner. 

Mandurah Cruises offers fishing charters from Mandurah and Port Bouvard Charters from Port Bouvard marina for experienced and novice fishers.

Houseboat Adventure

Have you ever considered spending your holiday or weekend getaway on the water? Sounds like a great adventure, doesn’t it?

Less than an hour’s drive from Perth you can hire one of the many different Mandurah Houseboats from 3 different pick up locations around the city. These houseboats are fully equipped with bedrooms, bathrooms, hot water showers, a kitchen; basically everything you’d want from your holiday home! The only difference is that you can take this holiday home with you! 

You can completely unwind and take in the views while slowly meandering down the Estuary or Murray River before finding an idyllic and secluded hideaway spot at night to drop your anchor. 

But you won’t be completely alone; you’ll probably get some company of the many waterbirds and dolphins you’ll find in the Peel Harvey Estuary.

And you don’t need a skippers ticket to drive these boats.

Scuba Diving

If you’re an experienced and passionate scuba diver, check out Bouvard Reef, between Bouvard and Preston Beach, that has a diversity of marine life and reef fish. The James Service Reef has a shipwreck that creates a wonderful manmade reef. It lies approximately 8 kilometres north west of the Mandurah Estuary.

White Water Rafting

Gear up and head down to the Murray River for a remarkable day of white water rafting with Dwellingup Adventures – take in the amazing views during a gentle paddle, and feel your heart hammer as you rough the rapids.

Looking for a day of hands-on excitement and exhilarating rafting rides? Then, this is perfect for you.

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Fishing & Crabbing

Mandurah is renowned for its seafood and fantastic fishing.

Fishing & Crabbing

Mandurah is renowned
for its seafood and
fantastic fishing.

The Mandurah fishery is also the first joint recreational and commercial fishery that received the international tick for sustainable fishing and quality from the Marine Stewardship Council in 2016.

This means that both the commercial and recreational fishers of Mandurah are showing the world how sustainable fishing should be done. Something we’re very proud of, so we hope you follow the rules and guidelines too when you go out to catch yourself dinner.

Fishing

Fish for herring, sand whiting, bream, cobbler, tailor or garfish in the Mandurah Estuary. In season you can fish for salmon and tailor on the beach, and the Dawesville Cut is the best place to catch King George whiting.

You can also catch trout and redfin all year in Lake Navarino (also called Waroona Dam) and Drakesbrook Weir in Waroona. If you love some black bream, mulloway and whiting, Murray River is a great spot to try your luck. Upstream, the river has been stocked up with trout. At Preston Beach, fish for whiting, herring, skippy and salmon (when they run) straight from the beach.

A licence is required for freshwater and boat fishing and you can obtain it via fish.wa.gov.au. Fishing gear is available for hire in Mandurah.

Seafood and Fishing Tours

Learn tips and tricks from the pros and get access to the best spots to catch seafood on a tour.

On Mandurah Cruises’ Wild Seafood Adventure you’ll journey out to the Indian Ocean and help haul in crayfish pots, before enjoying the rewards of your labour with a delicious barbecue lunch with local wines, served on board as you cruise the calm estuary waters.

Mandurah Cruises also offers 2 hour, half day and full day fishing charters, which include fishing lessons so you can cast out for a dhufish, snapper, samson or baldchin groper.

Port Bouvard Charters offers full day fishing charters from Port Bouvard marina for experienced and novice fishers.

If you’d prefer to go out fishing by yourself, boats and fishing gear can be hired from Mandurah Boat Hire.

Crabbing

Mandurah is well-known for its blue swimmer crabs and excellent crabbing.

Crabbing season opens on December 1st, just as the weather warms up for summer. By January the Peel-Harvey Estuary is swimming with full size crabs ready to be caught.

Early morning or evening is the best time to catch them and you can go crabbing from a boat, a jetty using drop nets, or wade into the shallows with long-handled scoop nets.

Rules for crabbing

You don’t need a licence to catch crabs, however they can only be caught from 1st December to 31st August and there are minimum size and bag limit regulations.

The minimum size limit is 127mm. The size of a crab is measured from the tips of its spikes across the widest part of the shell. Measure accurately using a crab gauge available from the Mandurah Visitor Centre and fishing tackle shops.

Keeping undersize crabs or egg-carrying (‘berried’) females is illegal and you could be fined up to $5,000. These crabs must be returned to the water immediately, before attempting to catch another crab.

The bag limit in the Mandurah area is 10 crabs per person per day. You must not catch crabs for anyone else. A bag limit of 20 crabs per boat per day applies.

If you use a powered boat to fish for crabs or to reach your fishing location, at least one person on board needs a Recreational Fishing from Boat Licence (RFBL), available for purchase from the Department of Fisheries.

See full details on crabbing rules in the Mandurah area here.

Best Locations

You’re more likely to catch full size crabs in January, and early morning and evening are the best times, when crabs come into the shallows.

Here are our tips for some good places to go crabbing:
  • Mandjar Bay
  • Mandurah Estuary
  • The Peel Inlet-Harvey Estuary by Boundary Island
  • Sticks Channel
  • Mandurah Estuary Bridge
  • Dawesville Cut

Our Tip: Visit the Mandurah Visitor Centre before heading out and ask if there are any new good spots this crabbing season.

Please check: Some areas around Mandurah are protected nature reserves and off-limits for crabbing all year around. Look out for signs before you start crabbing to make sure it is an approved area.

How to clean & prepare a blue manna crab

Now you’ve caught some nice full-sized crabs, but what to do next to be able to enjoy them?

Well, here you go:
  1. Ensure your crabs are dormant by putting them into the freezer for about 20 minutes.
  2. Turn the crab over.
  3. Pull the triangular flap down.
  4. Pull the triangular flap away from the body of the crab.
  5. Ensure that the triangular flap and attached underside of the crab are completely removed from the main body of the crab.
  6. Remove the grey gills of the crab.
  7. Scoop out the insides of the crab.
  8. Once you have washed your crab under freshwater it’s ready to use and cook.

It’s best to cook crabs a few hours after they’ve been caught, as they usually die quickly. Bring crabs to the boil in salted water, then simmer for 5-6 minutes (longer for more crabs). Once cooked, place in cool water. Serve with bread, lemon, vinegar or seafood sauce.

Crabbing Tours

Are you looking for a crabbing adventure but need some advice from the experts? No worries, we have you covered.

Mandurah Cruises will take you crabbing on their customised crabbing vessel where you can try your hand at “scooping” for Mandurah’s famous crabs in the shallow waters of the Peel Inlet. They will steam cook the crabs aboard and even throw some crabs on the BBQ. Sounds like a perfect day out, doesn’t it?

Where to buy crabs

If you don’t have much luck catching your own crabs, you can buy fresh local crabs here.

  • Wattsies Place

    • open 7 days a week from 8am to 5pm
    • Address: 2299 Old Coast Rd, Herron WA 6210
    • Cooked Crabs available daily. Raw Crabs only available Tues-Sat (24hrs notice required for raw crab orders).

    Fun Fact: Fishing in Mandurah since early 1890’s began with Alfred Loton Watts and wife Ester Watts (Nee Morfitt). Wattsies Place began trading approximately 46 years ago under a tree in the front yard of John & Diane’s house, since then the business has grown and prospered as Mandurah’s reputation for fresh seafood has spread. Visit Wattsies Place or pre-order via phone on (08) 9739 1065.

  • Fisho Singleton

    • open Wed-Sun from 9am to 6pm.
    • Address: Corner of Singleton Beach Rd & Mandurah Rd, Singleton WA 6175
    • Crabs are sold fresh or cooked

  • Fisho at Gilbert’s Fresh Market

    • open 7 days a week from 8am-5pm
    • Address:  13-15 Rouse Rd, Mandurah WA 6210.
    • Crabs are sold cooked only

  • Tuckey’s Tackle

    • open Mon-Thu 9am to 5pm, Fri & Sat 8.30am-5pm
    • Address: 152 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah WA 6210
    • Crabs are sold fresh and frozen Tues-Fri

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Skydiving & Scenic Flights

Feel the ultimate rush with a skydive or scenic flight and tick this experience off your Mandurah bucket list. Experience the thrill of a lifetime that you will never forget.

Skydiving & Scenic Flights

Get the ultimate
bird’s eye view

Feel the ultimate rush with a skydive or scenic flight and tick this experience off your Mandurah bucket list.

Experience the thrill of a lifetime that you will never forget.

WA Skydiving Academy

Book a Mandurah beach or Pinjarra tandem sky dive with WA Skydiving Academy. They offer jumps of up to 15,000ft – the absolute highest you can go in Australia, with at least 67 seconds of freefall.

A tandem skydive is by far the most popular method of entering into the world of skydiving. It only requires a 20 minute brief by one of WA Skydiving Academy’s highly experienced Tandem Masters before having a harness fitted snugly and venturing off to the plane. Enjoy the ride up in the aircraft before exiting at an altitude of your choice whilst securely attached to your Tandem Master. 

Experience the sensation of freefall, let your instructor do all the work as you travel at more than 200 km/hr through the air. Once under parachute take the opportunity to learn some aerial skills, or to simply lay back, enjoy the view, feel the wind and savour the exhilarating taste of adrenalin as you get flown back down to earth. Even the faint hearted have no excuse.

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Royal Aero Club of WA

Discover a hidden gem of Mandurah and the Peel Region when you fly with Royal Aero Club of WA at Murrayfield Aerodrome. Located 15 minutes from the heart of Mandurah, Murrayfield boasts a recreational flying atmosphere and guarantees the best views of Mandurah and the Peel Region. Get the ultimate bird’s eye view on one of their Mandurah Scenic Flights for up to 3 people and let their knowledgeable pilots point out the local landmarks and places not to miss.

Scenic Flight with Royal Sero Club of WA

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Golf

With several immaculately kept, superbly designed courses set in spectacular locations, the Mandurah region is a golfing holiday dream and is sure to excite and challenge golfers of all abilities.

Golf in Mandurah

Play Western
Australia’s Golf
Coast

With several immaculately kept, superbly designed courses set in spectacular locations, the Mandurah region is a golfing holiday dream and is sure to excite and challenge golfers of all abilities.

With so many courses in or near Mandurah it is easy to play a few over one weekend. In one day, you could be teeing off by the ocean in the morning and then in the afternoon watch kangaroos graze as you play on fairways surrounded by bushlands.

The Cut

Teetering on the edge of the Indian Ocean, this is the state’s ‘must play’ golf course. It’s a true links layout played over spectacular rolling dunes with dramatic coastal views from many of its 18 internationally recognised holes. Don’t just play golf, experience The Cut!

The Cut Golf Course Mandurah
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Meadow Springs Golf & Country Club

This course has proudly hosted seven Western Australian Opens and is your chance to experience immaculate fairways gently meandering through towering tuart trees. Meadow Springs Golf & Country Club’s course is a highly regarded test which is also very playable.

Meadow Springs Golf and Country Club Mandurah
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Mandurah Country Club

This incredible course enjoys an elevated location to offer superbly challenging golf through a parkland setting with majestic trees keeping it interesting all the way. Do not miss your opportunity to play this hidden gem. Expect to see plenty of kangaroos during the course of a round as a feature of Mandurah Country Club’s golf course is the resident kangaroo population of about 50 that are visible on all parts of the course.

Mandurah Golf and Country Club
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Pinjarra Golf Club

Dating back to 1912, this historically impressive course offers you a fantastic day of play. Hone your skills on the practice fairways, take lessons with a golf pro, or simply soak up the charming scenery at Pinjarra Golf Club.

Secret Harbour Golf Links
Secret Harbour Golf Links

Secret Harbour Golf Links

This award winning, 18-hole golf course, designed by golfer Graham Marsh reflects the style of the traditional Scottish courses such as Muirfield, Turnberry and St Andrews. To all golfers who are used to tree lined parkland courses this will present a totally new and exciting challenge, and one to be savoured. Secret Harbour Golf Links is a unique golf course with couch grass fairways, second cut fescue grass and beautiful bent grass greens. The fully stocked pro shop is a member of Australia’s biggest on course buying group saving golfers money.

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Beaches & Surfing

Mandurah’s pristine, uncrowded beaches are playgrounds for all ages and interests.

Beaches & Surfing

Mandurah’s pristine,
uncrowded beaches are
playgrounds for all ages
and interests.

Whether you’re after a family-friendly day by the seaside, a stroll along the shore spotting shells and marine creatures or an epic surf spot, Mandurah has it all. Here are some of our top picks.

Falcon Bay, Falcon

This beautiful bay on Spinaway Parade in Falcon is much loved by the locals. Northern facing and protected from southerly winds, it’s perfect to spend 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 popular 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 a great spot for paddlers too. It also has a reef area ideal for exploring or snorkelling at high tide and a pontoon offshore in summertime.

Our tip: if you are keen to learn to Stand Up Paddle Board or surf, Star Surf has you covered, offering lessons at Falcon Bay and other nearby beaches.

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Town Beach

Town Beach and Seashells are beautiful beaches popular with everyone from young families to groups of friends hanging out.

Supervised by Surf Life Saving teams on the weekends, it is the perfect place to spend a summer day with safe swimming, cafes and restaurants within walking distance and a number of undercover shades on the sand.

Just a few metres back from the beach behind the car park are toilet facilities, BBQs and a playground, making it a winning spot for a day in the sun or a picnic with the family.

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Pyramids Beach, Dawesville

Popular with locals and tourists, this Dawesville beach boasts pumping swell and plenty of exciting beach activities almost all year round.

Patrolled by the Port Bouvard Surf Life Saving Club, this spot is always busy with surfers, swimmers and body boarders for good reason.

There is plenty of parking, public toilets/showers and shelters as well as a path weaving through the dunes along the 1.4km stretch of beach which is ideal for walkers and cyclists.

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Lido Beach, Dolphin Quay

Also known as Marina South Harbour Beach, this man-made swimming area is perfect for kids and families.

With plenty of sand to play with, a huge shelter to stay away from the sun’s rays, Lido Beach is especially fun for the little ones.

It also adjoins Keith Holmes Reserve with playgrounds, BBQ’s and all day parking, making it a top destination in Mandurah for a picnic and day of adventure.

As if it couldn’t get any better, it is also within walking distance of the Marina with plenty of restaurants, cafes and markets just minutes away.

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Blue Bay, Halls Head

This little slice of heaven in Halls Head is less protected but is an awesome spot for snorkelling, just metres from the shore.

Very clean and often quiet, there are plenty of rock pools to explore when the tide is out and there are always epic ocean views.

With plenty of parking and toilet/shower facilities at Blue Bay, it’s a great day out. Don’t forget to pack the sunscreen and the umbrellas because there is no shade here.

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Doddies Beach, Halls Head

A protected bay with a cafe, plenty of parking, playgrounds, shade, grass and BBQ facilities, Doddies Beach is a popular spot on a summer day for good reason.

Although it can be subject to collecting some seaweed from time to time, it is usually always good for swimming with calm waters.

Jet skis and boats can pull up not too far from Doddies Beach making it a great place for a day on the water!

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Village Beach, Wannanup

Another man-made beach, this Wannanup spot is easy to find by turning off Old Coast Road onto Northport Boulevard and then turning onto Batavia Avenue at the end of Northport Boulevard.

Technically not the ocean but estuary waters, this sheltered spot is perfect for the little ones with a large, sandy shore and safe swimming but is also an ideal location for paddling and stand up paddle boarding.

There is a grassy park right next to the beach with playgrounds, showers, BBQ’s and parking, making it another perfect spot for a day out or a picnic lunch.

Bonus points: this spot has great canal views.

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Silversands Beach, Silversands

If you’re looking for kilometres of pristine coastline, perfect swimming spots and even a couple of challenging surf spots including Fourth Groin, look no further than Silversands Beach.

Boasting clean sand, safe and calm waters and plenty of opportunities for the perfect Instagram photo, Silversands Beach is one of the best.

Take a casual stroll along the shore, join the many locals working out, take a dip in the water or enjoy the incredible sunsets that kiss the horizon goodnight along the coastline.

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Madora Bay Beach, Madora Bay

This idyllic beach is popular for beach fishing, a beautiful stroll or watching the sunset.

With a pristine coastline and often uncrowded, Madora Bay has brand new viewing platforms to take in all that Mandurah’s oceans have to offer.

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Seascapes Beach, Halls Head

Not as good for swimming but you will find some spots along the coast without reef for a refreshing dip.

Seascapes Beach is great for a stroll along the shore with the dogs as there is plenty of sand to run around on.

There are plenty of rock pools with cool marine creatures to explore during low tide all the way along Seascapes Beach.

With Pirate Park close by and plenty of restaurants including Spill the Beans cafe for breakfast or enjoy pizza or fish and chips as the sun goes down. Seascapes Beach has everything for the perfect summer day by the water.

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Top 10 Adventure Activities in Mandurah

For the adventure traveller, the Mandurah region is a playground of exciting activities guaranteed to get your heart pumping.

Top 10 Adventure Activities in Mandurah

Pick Your Adventure in Mandurah

For the adventure traveller, the Mandurah region is a playground of exciting activities guaranteed to get your heart pumping. Whether it’s on the water, in the forest or up in the air, there’s plenty of thrills for you to enjoy.

Take your pick from a bundle of different things to do right throughout Mandurah and the Peel region.

1. Tee off from WA’s Golf Coast

With so many courses in or near Mandurah, it is easy to play a few over one weekend. In one day, you could be teeing off by the ocean in the morning and then in the afternoon, watch kangaroos graze as you play on fairways surrounded by bushlands. Find out more here.

 

2. Get your heart pumping on a jet-ski tour

For those seeking to explore with some adrenaline-fuelled fun, ride the waves of the ocean or speed along the Peel Inlet on a jet-ski with Stag Watersports.

 

3. Take a hike on a bush or coastal trail

Get active exploring the outdoors. Whether you’ve only got an hour or all day or want a hike or a stroll there is a trail to suit you. Check out our top picks of hiking and bike trails here or pick up your trail guides and maps from your local visitor centre.

 

4. Breathe in salty air cruising the coast in a 4WD

Mandurah is the closest place to Perth you can drive right on the beach! Let your vehicle feel the sand between its tyres, stop and have a swim, cook lunch on the beach and do a spot of fishing. Preston Beach  and Tim’s Thicket are the best spots to go. 

Before entering the track you will have to lower your tyres’ pressure to prevent getting bogged in the sand. Please also pay attention to the tide and turn back if the tide is coming in.

Keep in mind that 4WDing is prohibited in the dunes and is only permitted on the beach and that no other vehicles are allowed including dirt bikes, 4 wheelers or buggies.

 

5. Use your paddle power to explore the vast waterways

With rivers, estuaries, lakes, canals and 60km of coastline, there are so many waterways you can explore by canoe, kayak or paddleboard. Find out more here.

 

6. Zip, jump and slide through the forest on a mountain bike

Get out there and away from it all by bicycle or mountain bike to explore and find all sorts of adventures. From top to bottom Mandurah and the Peel Region has all sorts of great tracks. Find out more.

 

7. Cruise Mandjar Bay by Waterbike

Step aboard a sleek catamaran cycle from Mandurah Waterbikes and cruise Mandurah’s Mandjar Bay and canals by waterbike. These can be hired for 30 minutes or an hour. Dolphin sightings are almost guaranteed but fun for definitely!

 

8. Take to the skies on a scenic flight or sky-dive

Take to the skies with the Royal Aero Club of WA or for the ultimate in sky-high adventure, book a Mandurah beach or Pinjarra tandem sky dive with WA Skydiving Academy.

 

9. Journey into nature on a camping trip

On the beach, deep in the bush or lakeside, you’ll find the ideal spot for your next camping adventure in Mandurah and the Peel Region. Find out more here.

 

10. Ride the waves at one of the many surf spots

With 60km of coastline there are plenty of options for you if you seek some waves. Pyramids, Tim’s Thicket and Avalon Point are the best spots for surfers and most beaches have man-made groins that create smaller waves for boogie-boarding. Find out more here.

 

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