Dolphin Watching

A visit to Mandurah wouldn’t be complete without the sighting of at least 1 dolphin.

Dolphin Watching

A visit to Mandurah
wouldn’t be complete
without the sighting
of at least 1 dolphin.

Mandurah, Australia’s Top Tourism Town, is home to one of the country’s largest dolphin populations. These intelligent creatures have long known that Mandurah is the place to be. They grace the pristine waters of Mandurah, making it a cherished natural haven for locals and a top attraction for visitors. So, if you’re seeking an encounter with these friendly marine companions, you’ve come to the right place.

Our Marvelous Mandurah Dolphins

The Mandurah dolphins that inhabit the Peel-Harvey Estuary and adjacent coastal waters are Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins.

Our dolphins are a special breed – highly social and known for their playful antics. They often travel in pods, with the privilege of witnessing gatherings of up to 15 dolphins or more. Within these pods, female dolphins maintain vast networks of friends, creating strong social bonds. Males, too, create lifelong alliances, demonstrating their close-knit nature. The young ones, the juveniles, learn essential life skills from their families, from hunting techniques to social etiquette.

Mandurah’s inland waterways offer protection for birthing and an abundance of fish for feeding, making this area an ideal playground for dolphins.

Dolphin Cruise Views Mandurah

Best way to watch dolphins

Whilst you can see dolphins in Mandurah all year round, the best time for dolphin watching is between September and May.

A dolphin cruise is a great way to see these friendly creatures and enjoy a scenic tour. The friendly, playful dolphins often surf on the wake of the boat, sometimes stopping to take a good look at the people on board!

Or hire a boat, kayak or canoe and seek them out for yourself. It’s truly magical when they suddenly pop up right next to you to join you on your very own water adventure.

Dolphin Cruise & Views, Mandurah
Dolphin Cruise & Views, Mandurah

Best locations for dolphin spotting in Mandurah

Mandurah’s unique waterways offer the perfect sanctuary for these delightful creatures. It’s no surprise that Mandurah is considered one of the best places to watch dolphins in their natural habitat. You can spot Mandurah’s dolphins playing in the estuary, boat harbour, Serpentine and Murray River and in the Indian Ocean.

The top locations for witnessing these friendly marine mammals include:

Dawesville Cut

As one of the best spots, the Dawesville Cut provides an excellent vantage point to observe the dolphins’ graceful dance. They frequently pass through this scenic passage, offering an unforgettable sight.

The Dawesville Cut Mandurah
The Dawesville Cut Mandurah
Mandjar Bay

The calm waters of Mandjar Bay are a favorite hangout for our friendly dolphins. Their playful antics are a common sight here, making it a must-visit for anyone seeking to connect with these marine marvels.

Mandurah Estuary

The Mandurah Estuary is a natural playground for our playful dolphin friends. This picturesque location provides an ideal setting for a serene dolphin-watching experience. You can easily hire a boat or houseboat as well as a canoe or kayak without the need for a skipper’s ticket.

The tranquil waters and abundant fish in the estuary make it a favoured spot for dolphins and a top choice for those wanting to watch our dolphins.

Dolphin Spotting while kayaking in Mandurah Estuary
Mandurah Estuary
Mandurah Ocean Marina

The marina is another top location to spot dolphins. Whether you’re sipping a latte at a waterfront café or navigating the marina’s tranquil waters in a hire boat, this location offers the perfect vantage point.

Dolphins often delight visitors by riding the wake of passing boats, providing an up-close and personal connection with these friendly marine companions. So, if you’re looking for a relaxed and convenient spot to witness these aquatic marvels, Mandurah Ocean Marina has you covered.

Serpentine River

Near Riverside Gardens Reserve in Greenfields and the picturesque Goegrup Lake, the Serpentine River in Mandurah is a hidden gem for dolphin fans.

This tranquil river offers a pristine setting for watching our friendly dolphins and provides a beautiful backdrop to witness these intelligent and playful marine creatures in their natural habitat. Don’t miss the opportunity to create unforgettable memories as you watch the dolphins of Mandurah play in this idyllic setting.

Dophin spotting at Serpentine River Mandurah
Serpentine River (Riverside Gardens Reserve, Greenfields)

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Jet Ski Hire & Tours

Experience the exhilarating thrill of flying across the water on a jet ski with Stag Watersports.

Jet Ski Hire & Tours

Feel the thrill of driving your own jet ski

The scenic sheltered waters of the Peel-Harvey Estuary provide a fun, safe and comfortable ride for all experience levels.

Book a guided jet ski tour or do your own thing around Stag Watersports’ Freestyle Circuit which is permanently set up just off the Dawesville Foreshore.

After a briefing with Stag Watersports, jump on board the sleek Yamaha VX110 Sport 3 seater jet ski and feel your heart race as you speed across the Estuary.

Experience the exhilarating thrill of flying across the water on a jet ski as you follow your knowledgeable guide on an Adrenaline or Dolphin Sightseeing Tour. Cross the Estuary, start jumping waves and take in the beautiful views of the Peel-Harvey Estuary.

Even if you are not the most adventurous person in the world, we highly recommend you to get out of your comfort zone to go on this unforgettable adventure. We know you will love it.

Jet Skiing on the estuary in Mandurah

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Canoeing, Kayaking, Stand-up Paddling

The calm waters of the Mandurah Estuary make this area perfect for an easy paddle.

Canoeing, Kayaking, Stand-up Paddling

The calm waters of
the Mandurah Estuary
make this area perfect
for an easy paddle.

There are endless places to explore along the way with a variety of bird life and you have high chances of kayaking next to dolphins as you paddle through the canals, past beautiful homes. Kayak hire is available on the Estuary’s Western Foreshore.

An especially magical experience is to paddle Mandjar Bay, Mandurah Estuary and through the canals in the early morning or late afternoon. The sheltered waters at Dawesville Foreshore, Dolphin Pool in the Mandurah Ocean Marina, Town Beach and Falcon Bay Beach are popular with paddlers.

Hire

Mandurah Boat Hire and Star Surf offer canoe, kayak, and paddleboard hire or lessons in Mandurah.

Tours

Join Down Under Discoveries on one of their kayak tours with founder Chelle, an Eco-certified guide. Glide through serene waters, where each paddle stroke is a new chapter of connection and discovery in Mandurah, the ‘meeting place of the heart.’

Salt and Bush Eco Tours offer 2-hour guided kayak tours and 3-hour sailing yak tours along rivers of the Peel-Harvey Estuary – it’s a great way to experience the Mandurah waterways and look out for birdlife and dolphins along the way.

 

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Only a 30-minute drive north of Mandurah, you’ll find Capricorn Seakayaking who will take you on a Penguin and Seal Island Wildlife Adventure kayak tour suitable from 8+ years of age. The perfect way to get close and personal with nature.

The inland lakes and rivers are all suitable for paddling and you can even fast-water-raft on the Murray River with Dwellingup Adventures in Dwellingup in winter.

Paddling Trails

Mandurah Central Paddle Trail

Explore Mandurah’s spectacular and protected waterways on a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard.

Float lazily down the calm Mandurah Estuary, paddle past impressive multi-million dollar mansions and explore the impressive birdlife around Mandurah’s extensive wetlands system.

Whether you are a novice or experienced paddler you will love this easy to paddle trail. Dolphins are regularly spotted in the area, so do not be surprised if they suddenly pop up right next to you to join you on your water adventure.

Start your paddling experience in the heart of Mandurah where you can also hire kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards from the centrally located hire outlets if you do not have your own equipment.

For landing spots and public boat ramps download the Mandurah Boating Guide.

For more information on Trails in the Peel district see https://mehg.org.au/canoe-trail-friends/.

  • How the route runs

    You can launch at either Western Foreshore or Osprey Waters Foreshore and paddle north, through Mandurah Estuary, and/or into the bays and canals east and west off the Estuary, and/or into Dolphin Quay marina and bay. Landings cannot be made in the canals but many options to land are available along the estuary, in adjoining bays and the marina. Most of these provide access to cafes, picnic areas and conveniences. Use local paddling maps to plot outward and return journeys, keeping in mind time available, wind and water conditions and boating traffic.
  • Difficulty

    This is a Grade 2 trail; easy, with small waves and/or flowing water. Observe boating rules; keep to the righthand side, or outside, of designated boating channels.
  • Points of Interest

    Wild dolphins, waterbirds, historic and modern architecture, Mandurah War Memorial opposite historic Moreton Bay fig tree, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, extensive marina and mooring pens, parklands and beaches.
  • Approximate Distance and Duration

    Approximate Distance: 1 – 15 km
    Approximate Duration: 1 – 5 hrs
Mandurah Central Paddling Trail
Mandurah Canals

Osprey Waters – Peel Inlet Paddle Trail

Blessed with 134 km² of calm inland waterways, Mandurah is the ultimate water playground for everyone and a true paddler’s paradise. The shallow Peel Inlet (commonly referred to as ‘the estuary’) stretches from Mandurah’s Estuary Bridge to the Dawesville Cut.

The Peel Inlet together with the Harvey Estuary to its south are listed under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland and ecosystem of international significance.  Osprey Waters Foreshore Reserve, about 2 kms from the Mandurah city centre, provides a great starting point for the exploration of the northern part of the Peel Inlet and the canals of nearby Mariners Cove.

View black swans, ospreys and dolphins along this trail which are regularly seen. The return paddle to Osprey Waters is dependant on water levels; if water levels are high, then the return leg can be via either side of Channel Island, and then the eastern side of the main channel. If water levels are low, then there is no other option than to follow the main channel for the full journey.

For landing spots and public boat ramps download the Mandurah Boating Guide.

For more information on Trails in the Peel district see https://mehg.org.au/canoe-trail-friends/.

  • How the route runs

    Start the Peel Inlet Paddle Trail at Osprey Waters where you can follow the shoreline south to Mandurah Quay, keeping west of the main boating channel. From here it is a short distance across Sticks Channel to the northern end of Boundary Island.
  • Difficulty

    This is a Grade 2 trail; easy with small waves and/or flowing water. Observe boating rules; keep to the righthand side, or outside, of designated boating channels. Avoid power boats and keep clear of the wash created by them.
  • Points of Interest

    Flora and wildlife habitats
    Water vistas
    Canal construction and canal front homes
  • Approximate Distance and Duration

    Osprey Waters to Mandurah Quay return 3 kms. The loop; Osprey Waters, Mandurah Quay, Boundary Island, Channel Island, Osprey Waters around 5 kms. Add another 3 kms for exploration of Mariners Cove canals. Approximate duration: 1 – 4 hours.

Serpentine River Paddling Trail

The Serpentine River is one of three rivers flowing into the Peel-Harvey Estuary, providing a habitat to many species of fauna and flora. Explore the incredible nature and birdlife on this beautiful and easy paddling trail.

For landing spots and boat ramps download the Mandurah Boating Guide.

For more information on Trails in the Peel district see https://mehg.org.au/canoe-trail-friends/.

  • How the route runs

    The lower reaches of the Serpentine River are readily accessed by launching at Riverside Gardens Reserve (cnr of Redcliffe and Wanda Roads, Greenfields). Paddle downstream toward Barragup Bridge, Pinjarra Rd, observing birdlife, occasional dolphins and a mix of sheoak, river gum and paper bark vegetation. Several small beaches offer rest points along the way. Paddle upstream into Goegrup Lake (0.5km), a large shallow waterbody best paddled in winter and spring after good rains. You’ll see many waterbirds and even occasionally some dolphins. No good landing beaches available.  (For the experienced paddler looking for a longer paddle, the Serpentine River enters the Peel Inlet approximately 5kms beyond the Barragup Bridge).

  • Difficulty

    This is a Grade 1 trail; suitable for both the experienced paddler and those with novice canoeing/kayaking skills and average level of fitness.
  • Points of Interest

    Surrounded by beautiful natural bushland, habitat to many species of flora and fauna. The bird life in particular is outstanding. There are some jetties and residences at different points along the river.
  • Approximate Distance and Duration

    Approximate Distance: 1 – 6 km
    Approximate Duration: 1 – 3 hours
Serpentine River Paddling Trail
Serpentine River, Greenfields

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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.

Christmas Lights Cruises & Tours

Don’t miss out on Mandurah’s famous
Christmas Lights.

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 and on land 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.

Christmas Lights Cruises

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. So don’t forget to take some cash and gold coins!

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.

For the most up-to-date information on availability and remaining seats for Mandurah’s Christmas Lights Cruises, please contact the Mandurah Visitor Centre at (08) 9550 3999.

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 Lights Cruise or 1.5 hour Sunset and Christmas Lights Cruise that combine 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:

  • 1-hour Christmas Lights Cruise: Departs Monday-Thursday at 7:30pm & 8:45pm and on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:45pm.
  • 1.5 Hour Sunset & Christmas Lights Cruise: Departs on Friday, Saturday & Sunday evening at 7pm.

Departure jetty:

The jetty is located out the font of 9 Mandurah Terrace.

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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!

Click here for more information and to book or call (08) 9581 3349.

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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.

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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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 and New Year’s Eve from 1 December – early January.
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Hire their Party Pontoon Boat for up to 6 people with one of their staff (skipper) onboard to show your family and friends the lights.

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

Cruises depart from 13a Dolphin Drive, Mandurah.

Guests are free to bring their own snacks and drinks.

Free parking available

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Max 6 passengers (the boat is yours and there are no minimum numbers since Mandurah Houseboats charge for the boat and not for the number of people.)

Mandurah Houseboats provide a skipper.

Click here for more information and to book. Or call (08) 9535 9898.

Christmas Lights Cruises Mandurah Houseboats
Christmas Lights Cruise with Mandurah Houseboats

THE WHITE PEARL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS CRUISE

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Luxury Pontoon ‘White Pearl’ available every night, except Christmas Day.
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See the Christmas Lights in style with aboard the luxury pontoon ‘White Pearl’. Limited to only 19 guests you can enjoy a laid back cruise as part of a public tour or private hire. The vessel has a toilet aboard and alcoholic drinks are BYO.

Cruises:

  • 1.5 hour Sunset & Christmas Lights Cruise: departs daily at 7pm from the 1st of December to early January.
  • 1 Hour Christmas Lights Cruise: departs daily at 8:45pm from the 1st of December to early January

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Enjoy the spectacular Christmas lights aboard the ‘White Pearl’.

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Christmas Lights Cruises White Pearl
Christmas Lights Cruise aboard 'White Pearl'

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 valid skipper’s ticket/boat licence is required for all boat hire after sunset.

There are three hire sessions available to book 7pm-8:30pm and 8:45pm-10:15pm. There is also an early bird special from 6pm to 8:30pm which is at a discounted rate because the first hour of your hire will still be day time. This is perfect for a sunset and Christmas Lights experience.

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

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Christmas Lights Cruise with Mandurah Boat Hire

Christmas Lights Tours on land

Big Toot Christmas Lights Tour

If gliding through the water isn’t your thing, we’ve got the perfect land-based option to soak in Mandurah’s mesmerizing Christmas lights!

Tourist Fun Train invites you to hop on and off The Spirit of Mandurah, affectionately known as Big Toot—a road-licensed trackless train, the only one of its kind in all of Australia.

Get ready to dive into the holiday spirit as Big Toot takes you on a Christmas adventure through the heart of the city. Let the magic and romance of the season surround you as you sit back and relax in the cosy carriage taking in all the sparkling lights.

Whether you’re a local looking for a new way to experience the city or a visitor in search of holiday cheer, this hop-on-hop-off train is your ticket to a joyous spectacle.

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Every night from 1st December 2023 – 6th January 2024.
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Hop-on Hop-off this road licensed trackless train between 6pm – 7.30pm and watch Mandurah sparkle with Christmas lights and decorations.
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Spirit Of Mandurah (Big Toot) Route:

  • STATION 1 “Eastern Foreshore – 73 Mandurah Terrace”
  • STATION 2: “The Cultural Centre”
  • STATION 3: “Stingray Point”
  • STATION 4: “Keith Holmes Reserve”
  • STATION 5: “Mandurah Ocean Marina”
  • STATION 6: “Breakwater Road”
  • STATION 7: “Smart Street Mall”
  • STATION 8: “Mandurah War Memorial/Kings Carnival”
  • STATION 9: ” Mandurah Skatepark”
  • STATION 10: ” Kwillena Gabi Estuary Pool”

Click here for more information and to book.

Big Toot Christmas Lights Tour
Big Toot Hop-on Hop-off Christmas Lights Tour

See what’s on at WA’s Christmas Capital

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Stay a little longer

Instead of rushing back to normality or back to Perth, stay overnight and relax a little longer. Choose from our great Mandurah accommodation options. There’s something to suit all tastes and budgets – a choice of hotels, caravan and camping sites, charming bed and breakfasts, self-contained apartments, and even houseboats for hire.

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Self-Drive Boat Hire

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.

Mandurah Houseboats

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:

Start the weekend with Mandurah Cruises’ Floating Bar Cruise  – Every Friday Night for ONLY $10!

Departing from Mandjar Square at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm & 8pm every Friday night, you can hop on board for one 45-minute loop or stay until the bar closes at 9pm. Enjoy sunset skie, sweet tunes, cocktail specials, and purchase chilled drinks from the bar. BYO share platters welcome.

Watch the sun go down on the water of Mandurah’s peaceful estuary on the 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. Dine on a delicious shared cheeseboard for 2 or munch on WA’s famous Fish & Chips for dinner from 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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Dolphin Cruise & Views | Image courtesy of Mandurah Cruises

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 1.5 hour Sundowner Cruise on the famous Mandurah Pirate Ship departs from the Eastern Foreshore and heads north towards the marina to see all the amazing boats.

You’ll also cruise by Dolphin Quay before coming back into the estuary and into the Port Mandurah canals. Check out the magnificent homes before enjoying a spectacular sunset. The cruise is BYO and guaranteed to be a hit with the whole family.

The Pirate Ship Mandurah

Mandurah Murray River Cruises

Experience private boat charters with Mandurah Murray River Cruises.

Enjoy serene voyages for up to 10 people featuring scenic nature views, playful dolphins and stunning sunsets. Choose from various cruise options, including Murray River Cruises, Sunset Cruises, and Dolphin Cruises.

Convenient pick-up locations make it easy to integrate your cruise with lunch or dinner plans.

Custom Private Cruises are also available for personalised experiences. With complimentary ice and an esky provided, bring your own snacks and drinks for a relaxing journey on the water.

Unwind and create lasting memories with Mandurah Murray River Cruises.

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Mandurah Murray River Cruises

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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Mandurah Boat Charters

Charter the ‘White Pearl’ Vessel 

1 Hour Deluxe Scenic Dolphin Cruise

Step aboard the ‘White Pearl’ for the ultimate one-hour scenic dolphin watching cruise. Relax in comfort as you explore the vast inland waterways of Mandurah, which are twice the size of Sydney Harbour.

Your journey begins at the Marina, offering stunning views of Dolphin Quay and a variety of boats. Then, glide through the famous Mandurah canals, where you’ll marvel at million-dollar homes lining the waterfront. As you continue down the estuary, be sure to keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife, including black swans, cormorants, and Mandurah’s beloved resident dolphins.

This cruise is available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from September to April, providing an intimate experience for smaller groups and private charters, with a maximum of 19 people.

Departures are at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. Don’t miss the chance to discover Mandurah’s captivating aquatic world.

 

Mandurah Sunset Cruise

Indulge in a serene evening aboard this 90-minute Mandurah Sunset Cruise aboard the ‘White Pearl’. Experience the breathtaking Western Australian sunset as you set sail on select Saturday evenings from January to April.

This leisurely cruise offers a glimpse of the magnificent canal homes along the way, followed by a journey into the Peel Harvey estuary and the Mandurah Marina. The highlight? Watching the sun dip below the horizon with friends and family by your side.

Feel free to bring your favorite snacks and drinks to enhance your cruise experience.

Departing at 6:15pm in January and gradually adjusting to an earlier departure time as Easter approaches, this cruise promises unforgettable memories against the backdrop of Mandurah’s picturesque waterfront.

Mandurah Sunset Cruise aboard White Pearl vessel
Mandurah Sunset Cruise aboard White Pearl vessel

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. Check out all cruises here.

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.

Jet Ski Tours and Hire in Mandurah
Jet Ski Tours and Hire with Stag Watersports

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.

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Houseboat Adventure with Mandurah Houseboats

Fast Water Rafting

Gear up and head down to the Murray River for a remarkable day of fast water rafting (in winter) 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.

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Fishing at Dawesville Channel (Dawesville Cut)

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.

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.

Family crabbing in Mandurah
Crabbing at Novara Foreshore Reserve, Falcon

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 boat limit of 20 crabs per boat per day applies (as long as there are two fishers with their Recreational Fishing from Boat Licence on board).

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 a Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development office or online.

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:

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.

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

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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

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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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Skydiving over Halls Head with WA Skydiving Academy

Skydive Rockingham

With Skydive Rockingham, you’ll enjoy the ultimate thrill with spectacular views on the way down before coming in to your beach landing. With a range of tandem skydives, experiences for you and your plus one to do together and even a proposal package, you’ll find the perfect skydive in Rockingham for you!

Exit the plane from up to 15,000 feet for an insane 60 seconds of life-changing freefall.

Float under canopy for 5-7 minutes with spectacular views of the beautiful Shoalwater Islands Marine Park including Penguin Island, Cockburn Sound, Garden Island and all the way out to Rottnest Island. Plus relive the thrill with our awesome skydiving video and photo packages.

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Skydiving Rockingham

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

FlyOnE Sustainable Aviation

Embark on a cutting-edge aviation journey with FlyOnE Sustainable Aviation.

Soar through the skies of Mandurah and Perth on electric flights powered by renewable energy-fueled aircraft. Explore this new era in aviation through scenic trial introductory flights and comprehensive pilot training programs.

Discover the cost-effectiveness, comfort, and eco-friendliness of flying with FlyOnE Sustainable Aviation. Consider joining the flight school for an immersive experience or try a trial introductory flight to witness the enchantment of electric flight!

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