Mandurah Crowned Top Tourism Town 2022

Mandurah was named the winner of the 2022 GWN7 Top Tourism Town Award at the 2022 Perth Airport WA Tourism Conference Dinner on 22nd June. Mandurah claimed the Gold Medal in the Top Tourism Town category, with Geraldton claiming Silver and Esperance taking out Bronze.

Mandurah is WA’s Top Tourism Town

Mandurah Crowned Top Tourism Town 2022

Mandurah was named the winner of the 2022 GWN7 Top Tourism Town Award at the 2022 Perth Airport WA Tourism Conference Dinner on 22nd June. Mandurah claimed the Gold Medal in the Top Tourism Town category, with Geraldton claiming Silver and Esperance taking out Bronze.

Mandurah has been crowned Western Australia’s Top Tourism Town at today’s 2022 GWN7 Top Tourism Town Awards.

Mayor Rhys Williams said Mandurah has always been a significant place in WA and is delighted to see it get the recognition it deserves.

“We are so proud to see Mandurah awarded Top Tourism Town for 2022,” said Mr Williams.

“Woven by waterways, Mandurah is a city with a village heart. Blessed with endless stretches of pristine coastline, tree lined walkways, plenty of attractions and safe swimming beaches; Mandurah is the perfect family holiday destination and it’s truly wonderful to see it recognised as such.”

The GWN7 Top Tourism Town Awards recognise and reward towns in Western Australia that demonstrate a strong commitment to encouraging tourism and increasing visitation to the destination. Mandurah competed against Collie, Esperance, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Karratha and Kununurra for the top spot.

Mandurah Top Tourism Town 2022
Image: City of Mandurah

Visit Mandurah General Manager, Anita Kane, said the recognition came at the perfect time.

“Over the last few years, Western Australians have explored their State and Mandurah has fast become a much-loved tourism destination,” said Ms Kane.

“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, long-running tourism operators have launched new products and news attractions have opened their doors. As such, Mandurah has become a major competitor in the tourism industry and this award acknowledges this,” said Ms Kane.

With an estuary twice the size of Sydney Harbour, Mandurah is one of Australia’s most spectacular playgrounds for boating, fishing and wildlife watching. The Mandurah Estuary and Peel Inlet provide endless water-based activities including riding waterbikes, floating on BBQ boats, SUP Yoga, houseboating and many more.

This is the second time Mandurah has been awarded Top Tourism Town. In 2017, Mandurah competed against Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Albany.

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Top things to do in Winter in Mandurah

There’s so much to love about Winter in Mandurah! Mandurah is here to showcase the best activities this Winter for each and everyone.

Top things to do in Mandurah this Winter

Winter in Mandurah – Beat the Winter Blues

Whether it’s outside or inside, you’ll discover there are plenty of things for everyone to enjoy during winter in Mandurah and surrounds. Here are our top things to do in Mandurah this winter.

Just because Winter has arrived doesn’t mean you have to hibernate at home waiting for the warmer weather to come back. Grab your family or special someone, jump in the car (or on the train) and visit Mandurah. These glassy winter days here are just magical.

Create lasting family memories this winter. From free events, interactive entertainment and educational experiences – there are many exciting things to do in Mandurah this winter. Just make sure you bring along your camera, there’s going to be plenty of snap-worthy moments!

Tourist Fun Train

Toot Toot! All aboard the Tourist Fun Train! Be sure to save you and your family a seat, this is the only road licensed, trackless train in the whole of Australia. With the capacity to hold 60 people, jump on board and enjoy the ride to Mandurah’s most popular attractions. 

Amaze Miniature Village 

Welcome to a fascinating world where everything is miniature! Lose yourself within the 70 miniature buildings, interactive model trains and 4 acres of beautifully manicured gardens. Mandurah’s Amaze Miniature Village will satisfy your curiosity and spark your imagination. Plus, enjoy complimentary mini golf on your visit!

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Dolphin Tours

One of the (many) luxuries of visiting Mandurah is seeing dolphins on a daily basis! Grab a ticket for a Dolphin & Scenic Marine cruise to spot the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins playing around in their natural habitat and explore the impressive waterways that border the town. 

Pirate Ship

Attention all! Pirates have landed on the Mandurah foreshore! And they’re welcoming little rascals on their ship to play dress ups, sing chanteys, steer the wheel, ring the bell and stay on lookout for any oncoming ships. Join Pete Blackbeard and his crew and awaken your inner pirate. 

mandurah pirate ship

Zookeeper 4 A Day

Does your family love animals? So do we! Join us for an interactive experience with the Zookeeper 4A Day program. This is an unforgettable program that will get you up close and personal with some of Australia’s favourite animals at Ranger Red’s Zoo. Tasmanian Devils, koalas, kangaroos, snakes, ferrets, lizards and a variety of bird species – discover a newfound appreciation for the impressive wildlife found in Mandurah and WA.

Skating in Mandurah

Get your skates on! Mandurah’s Ice Skating Rink is a great winter activity for the indoors from 1st July – 17th July 2022. Whether you are new to skating or a pro, there is something for everyone. And to top it all off, there will even be an ice slide! This magical winter wonderland is a must-visit destination, perfect for the whole family.

Skating in Mandurah 2022

Get Playing in Smart Street Mall

Enjoy some free games in Smart Street Mall. Suitable for all ages, hop, sip and jump into it. Fall back in love with childhood favourites, suggest new additions, make up your own rules, and challenge new and old friends to a friendly competition. Here for a limited time and changing installations, the selection of stores, food and services in Smart Street Mall means there’s always something new to discover.

More Fun

Find more inspiration on how to keep the kids entertained these school holidays by clicking here.

Mandurah is woven by waterways and the glassy conditions you get in winter are just magical. With the labyrinth of canals and winding rivers, the long stretches of coastline and awe-inspiring lakes there’s plenty to see and do with the water alone. Making a splash in one (or all) of the activities is simply a must!

Mandurah Cruises Murray River Lunch 

Sit back, relax and soak up the stunning scenery as you cruise through the Murray River. Mandurah Cruises will take you on a delightful journey through one of the last remaining major rivers that hasn’t been dammed. Enjoy a delicious lunch and take it easy on this popular cruise.

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Boat Hire & Private Charters

Mandurah is often called Australia’s Venice for its hidden canals and impressive waterways. If you’re visiting the city, then exploring by boat is essential. Choose to either be guided on a cruise or choose your own journey with our self-drive boat hire. For those looking for a private charter, check out Mandurah Boat Charters, Soulmate Charters or Luxury Boutique Boat Charters.

For the adventurers looking to take things in their own hands Mandurah Boat Hire and Eco BBQ Boats will sort you out. 

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Mandurah Boat Hire

House Boats

Live out your dream by spending your stay on one of Mandurah’s House Boats! Fully equipped with everything you need to explore the beauty of the Peel Inlet, Harvey Estuary and the Murray River. Choose to drop anchor and hide away in one of the many nature pockets along the river or, stop by the many restaurants, bars, parks and cafes central in Mandurah.

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Mandurah Houseboats

Foodies, rejoice! Indulge your taste buds and delight your senses with the delicious culinary experiences on offer in Mandurah. Make sure you have a big appetite because Winter is proving to be a flavour-packed season. 

Boundary Island Brewery

Enjoy a pint of one (or two… maybe three) of Boundary Island Brewery‘s delicious craft beers, brewed on site, taking in beautiful estuary views. Born from two Mandurah families who love great beer, beautiful food and a great atmosphere summer or winter, Boundary Island Brewery is a ‘must’ for all lovers of good food, beer and wine. You can get to the brewery by boat, car, bus, foot or bike enjoying Mandurah’s unique lifestyle.

Boundary Island Brewery Mandurah

Craft Beer and Wine Trail

These cooler days make for even better exploring. Why not follow our epic Mandurah and Peel Region Craft Beer and Wine Trail and enjoy some locally made drinks with your mates?

The craft beers and wine from our region are somewhat unassuming but they certainly won’t disappoint any lover of locally made beer and wine. This trail pins together seven of the region’s best beer and wine offerings, providing an authentically local experience – enjoyed at your own pace.

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Winery Tour 

Organised by Kaleidoscope Tours, indulge in decadence with a tour to three wineries spread across Mandurah and the Peel region. Guided by one of the informative Kaleidoscope tour guides, it’s a wonderful way to learn about the land and understand the local area. Exquisite glasses of wine coupled with breathtaking landscapes, it’s a scenic and delicious day out!

craft-beer-and-wine-trail

Peel Produce Market

There’s just something about local produce that is unmatchable. Join the local area at the Peel Produce Market every Saturday as nearby farms and growers share their seasonal fruits and veggies. Remember to bring along your reusable bags to fill up with fresh produce.  

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For the big and little adventurers, check out the thrilling family friendly activities on offer! Try your luck on a SUP board or take a ride on a mountain bike – the options for adventure are endless. 

Hire an e-Bike or e-Scooter

Hands down the best way to travel in Mandurah – hire an eBike or eScooter from the Bike Kiosk to take you from one activity to another! Enjoy the fresh air, don’t waste time at traffic lights and have fun! Psst… and make sure to keep an eye out for the incredible street artwork that is sprinkled throughout the town on buildings, walls and bus stops. 

Mountain Biking and Cycling

Mandurah and surrounds are spoiled with exciting mountain bike trails and cycling paths catered to all skill levels. From the iconic Bridges Loop ride in Mandurah to the more difficult Turner Hill Trail in Dwellingup – there’s plenty to choose from for your biking route. 

Guided Nature Tours

Mandurah is a global biodiversity hotspot with open waterways, bushland reserves and the internationally recognised wetlands – there’s so much to see and do both on land and on water. Get the most out of your visit to Mandurah by booking a tour with Salt & Bush Eco Tours or Ways To Nature.

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 SUP & Kayak Hire

Soak up the Winter sun whilst paddling on a stand up paddleboard (SUP) or lounging in your Kayak supplied by Mandurah Boat Hire. Glide through the glassy water and be relaxed by nature.

Mandurah is also renowned for its incredible art and culture. Explore the many art spaces and galleries in town. 

Art galleries

It’s amazing to think that most of the art galleries in Mandurah are all free! Home to impressive talent, Mandurah art galleries showcase some of the best artworks in WA. Visit the Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery for seasonal exhibitions, Black Stump gallery for an exhibition on Mandurah’s own Emma Blyth and Contemporary Art Spaces (CASM) for recent graduates and emerging artists.

‘Welcome to country’ wall artwork 

Inside the Mandurah Visitor Center itself is a breathtaking piece of artwork from Bindjareb Boodja artists Peta and Corey Ugle. Telling the story of Mandurah, its beautiful waterways and abundant wildlife – this piece of artwork is simply not to be missed. 

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Emma Blyth at her Blackstump Gallery located inside the Mandurah Visitor Centre

Mandurah Art Trails

Take a stroll through the colourful streets throughout Mandurah. Inspired by the natural beauty that is at the heart of Mandurah’s culture, the artwork varies from 3D illusion paintings from Jenny McCracken, the 100% recycled bike rack sculpture by Gary Aitken and lots more magnificent artistic surprises. Choose to walk along either Mandurah’s light blue or dark blue trail. 

3D crab art painting in Mandurah
3D crab art painting on Mandurah Bridge | Image: John Taylor

With so many exciting and wonderful events happening in Mandurah, you’ll be tempted to plan a weekend getaway! Plan your itinerary and book in your activities. We look forward to seeing you down here this Winter

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Just because Winter has arrived doesn’t mean you have to hibernate at home waiting for the warmer weather to come back. Grab your family or special someone, jump in the car (or on the train) and visit Mandurah. These glassy winter days here are just magical.

Create lasting family memories this winter. From free events, interactive entertainment and educational experiences – there are many exciting things to do in Mandurah this winter. Just make sure you bring along your camera, there’s going to be plenty of snap-worthy moments!

Tourist Fun Train

Toot Toot! All aboard the Tourist Fun Train! Be sure to save you and your family a seat, this is the only road licensed, trackless train in the whole of Australia. With the capacity to hold 60 people, jump on board and enjoy the ride to Mandurah’s most popular attractions. 

Amaze Miniature Village 

Welcome to a fascinating world where everything is miniature! Lose yourself within the 70 miniature buildings, interactive model trains and 4 acres of beautifully manicured gardens. Mandurah’s Amaze Miniature Village will satisfy your curiosity and spark your imagination. Plus, enjoy complimentary mini golf on your visit!

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Dolphin Tours

One of the (many) luxuries of visiting Mandurah is seeing dolphins on a daily basis! Grab a ticket for a Dolphin & Scenic Marine cruise to spot the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins playing around in their natural habitat and explore the impressive waterways that border the town. 

Pirate Ship

Attention all! Pirates have landed on the Mandurah foreshore! And they’re welcoming little rascals on their ship to play dress ups, sing chanteys, steer the wheel, ring the bell and stay on lookout for any oncoming ships. Join Pete Blackbeard and his crew and awaken your inner pirate. 

mandurah pirate ship

Zookeeper 4 A Day

Does your family love animals? So do we! Join us for an interactive experience with the Zookeeper 4A Day program. This is an unforgettable program that will get you up close and personal with some of Australia’s favourite animals at Ranger Red’s Zoo. Tasmanian Devils, koalas, kangaroos, snakes, ferrets, lizards and a variety of bird species – discover a newfound appreciation for the impressive wildlife found in Mandurah and WA.

Skating in Mandurah

Get your skates on! Mandurah’s Ice Skating Rink is a great winter activity for the indoors from 1st July – 17th July 2022. Whether you are new to skating or a pro, there is something for everyone. And to top it all off, there will even be an ice slide! This magical winter wonderland is a must-visit destination, perfect for the whole family.

Skating in Mandurah 2022

Get Playing in Smart Street Mall

Enjoy some free games in Smart Street Mall. Suitable for all ages, hop, sip and jump into it. Fall back in love with childhood favourites, suggest new additions, make up your own rules, and challenge new and old friends to a friendly competition. Here for a limited time and changing installations, the selection of stores, food and services in Smart Street Mall means there’s always something new to discover.

More Fun

Find more inspiration on how to keep the kids entertained these school holidays by clicking here.

Mandurah is woven by waterways and the glassy conditions you get in winter are just magical. With the labyrinth of canals and winding rivers, the long stretches of coastline and awe-inspiring lakes there’s plenty to see and do with the water alone. Making a splash in one (or all) of the activities is simply a must!

Mandurah Cruises Murray River Lunch 

Sit back, relax and soak up the stunning scenery as you cruise through the Murray River. Mandurah Cruises will take you on a delightful journey through one of the last remaining major rivers that hasn’t been dammed. Enjoy a delicious lunch and take it easy on this popular cruise.

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Boat Hire & Private Charters

Mandurah is often called Australia’s Venice for its hidden canals and impressive waterways. If you’re visiting the city, then exploring by boat is essential. Choose to either be guided on a cruise or choose your own journey with our self-drive boat hire. For those looking for a private charter, check out Mandurah Boat Charters, Soulmate Charters or Luxury Boutique Boat Charters.

For the adventurers looking to take things in their own hands Mandurah Boat Hire and Eco BBQ Boats will sort you out. 

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Mandurah Boat Hire

House Boats

Live out your dream by spending your stay on one of Mandurah’s House Boats! Fully equipped with everything you need to explore the beauty of the Peel Inlet, Harvey Estuary and the Murray River. Choose to drop anchor and hide away in one of the many nature pockets along the river or, stop by the many restaurants, bars, parks and cafes central in Mandurah.

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Mandurah Houseboats

Foodies, rejoice! Indulge your taste buds and delight your senses with the delicious culinary experiences on offer in Mandurah. Make sure you have a big appetite because Winter is proving to be a flavour-packed season. 

Boundary Island Brewery

Enjoy a pint of one (or two… maybe three) of Boundary Island Brewery‘s delicious craft beers, brewed on site, taking in beautiful estuary views. Born from two Mandurah families who love great beer, beautiful food and a great atmosphere summer or winter, Boundary Island Brewery is a ‘must’ for all lovers of good food, beer and wine. You can get to the brewery by boat, car, bus, foot or bike enjoying Mandurah’s unique lifestyle.

Boundary Island Brewery Mandurah

Craft Beer and Wine Trail

These cooler days make for even better exploring. Why not follow our epic Mandurah and Peel Region Craft Beer and Wine Trail and enjoy some locally made drinks with your mates?

The craft beers and wine from our region are somewhat unassuming but they certainly won’t disappoint any lover of locally made beer and wine. This trail pins together seven of the region’s best beer and wine offerings, providing an authentically local experience – enjoyed at your own pace.

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Winery Tour 

Organised by Kaleidoscope Tours, indulge in decadence with a tour to three wineries spread across Mandurah and the Peel region. Guided by one of the informative Kaleidoscope tour guides, it’s a wonderful way to learn about the land and understand the local area. Exquisite glasses of wine coupled with breathtaking landscapes, it’s a scenic and delicious day out!

craft-beer-and-wine-trail

Peel Produce Market

There’s just something about local produce that is unmatchable. Join the local area at the Peel Produce Market every Saturday as nearby farms and growers share their seasonal fruits and veggies. Remember to bring along your reusable bags to fill up with fresh produce.  

Peel Produce Market 1700x872 1

For the big and little adventurers, check out the thrilling family friendly activities on offer! Try your luck on a SUP board or take a ride on a mountain bike – the options for adventure are endless. 

Hire an e-Bike or e-Scooter

Hands down the best way to travel in Mandurah – hire an eBike or eScooter from the Bike Kiosk to take you from one activity to another! Enjoy the fresh air, don’t waste time at traffic lights and have fun! Psst… and make sure to keep an eye out for the incredible street artwork that is sprinkled throughout the town on buildings, walls and bus stops. 

Mountain Biking and Cycling

Mandurah and surrounds are spoiled with exciting mountain bike trails and cycling paths catered to all skill levels. From the iconic Bridges Loop ride in Mandurah to the more difficult Turner Hill Trail in Dwellingup – there’s plenty to choose from for your biking route. 

Guided Nature Tours

Mandurah is a global biodiversity hotspot with open waterways, bushland reserves and the internationally recognised wetlands – there’s so much to see and do both on land and on water. Get the most out of your visit to Mandurah by booking a tour with Salt & Bush Eco Tours or Ways To Nature.

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 SUP & Kayak Hire

Soak up the Winter sun whilst paddling on a stand up paddleboard (SUP) or lounging in your Kayak supplied by Mandurah Boat Hire. Glide through the glassy water and be relaxed by nature.

Mandurah is also renowned for its incredible art and culture. Explore the many art spaces and galleries in town. 

Art galleries

It’s amazing to think that most of the art galleries in Mandurah are all free! Home to impressive talent, Mandurah art galleries showcase some of the best artworks in WA. Visit the Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery for seasonal exhibitions, Black Stump gallery for an exhibition on Mandurah’s own Emma Blyth and Contemporary Art Spaces (CASM) for recent graduates and emerging artists.

‘Welcome to country’ wall artwork 

Inside the Mandurah Visitor Center itself is a breathtaking piece of artwork from Bindjareb Boodja artists Peta and Corey Ugle. Telling the story of Mandurah, its beautiful waterways and abundant wildlife – this piece of artwork is simply not to be missed. 

flair-it-up-emma-blyth-gallery
Emma Blyth at her Blackstump Gallery located inside the Mandurah Visitor Centre

Mandurah Art Trails

Take a stroll through the colourful streets throughout Mandurah. Inspired by the natural beauty that is at the heart of Mandurah’s culture, the artwork varies from 3D illusion paintings from Jenny McCracken, the 100% recycled bike rack sculpture by Gary Aitken and lots more magnificent artistic surprises. Choose to walk along either Mandurah’s light blue or dark blue trail. 

3D crab art painting in Mandurah
3D crab art painting on Mandurah Bridge | Image: John Taylor

With so many exciting and wonderful events happening in Mandurah, you’ll be tempted to plan a weekend getaway! Plan your itinerary and book in your activities. We look forward to seeing you down here this Winter

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Mandurah’s Top Notch Experiences

Sorted out your Easter holiday plans yet? With a four day break from the daily grind, it pays to think about where you’ll spend it.

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Here comes your Must See and Do List for Mandurah

It’s time to get excited about being out in Mandurah again. Because there is plenty to amuse and entertain you and we’re itching to show you how we’ve grown into a destination of water wonderment.

You’ll find there is a new level of adventure, a refreshed meaning to ‘day trip’ with recent revamps and a tribe of new players to check out. Whether you want to see the sights from the Mandurah Estuary, discover a favourite with fresh eyes or explore the natural beauty of the region, here’s a few suggestions to get you thinking and planning.

Release the water-lover in you

Spending time on the waterways is the most popular pastime in Mandurah, and joining a boat cruise is the best way to do this.

Mandurah Cruises have a number of different tours available, all with commentary. One of the most popular boat cruise is the Dolphin & Scenic Marine Cruise where you will discover the unique marine world that Mandurah is so famous for, on an interactive 1 hour cruise through the city’s calm, inland waterways.

Spot playful wild dolphins as they feed, rest and play in their natural environment. Mandurah is home to Western Australia’s largest population of residential Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins – around 120 dolphins reside here! Mandurah’s waterways are teeming with marine life including blue manna crabs and crayfish. Watch the tour guide  how to catch these iconic creatures and see them up close in the onboard live tank.

You can opt to explore the estuary, the canals and beyond at your own pace by organising a boat charter. Soulmate Charters and Mandurah Boat Charters offer a unique experiences with personalised charters of up to 12 or up to 20 people.

If you prefer to explore the waterways at your own pace, hire dinghy or pontoon boats for up to 12 people from Mandurah Boat Hire. A skipper’s ticket is not required.

Another leisurely way to explore is on a self-drive, circular boat from Eco BBQ Boats, where you can cook a barbecue or enjoy a picnic with friends on board as you float around the marina and canals.

Salt & Bush Eco Tours can take you a little further inland on a guided kayak tour with easy foot peddled kayak. You can even try your hand at a sailing kayak, experiencing the wind blowing through your hair as you glide silently along the water with not a care in the world.

New to town is Mandurah Waterbikes, the coolest way to get around on the water is by riding it. These catamaran cycles can be hired for a minimum of 30 minutes so you can cycle your way around Mandjar Bay, check out the amazing waterfront properties nearby and spend time with the playful dolphins.

Land-based Experiences

Those who’d like to keep their feet dry can discover Mandurah on the Visitor Centre’s 1.5 hour free guided walking tour around Mandjar Bay and the Eastern Foreshore.

Follow the Mandurah Instagram Trail and look out for the larger-than-life, colourful 3D art pieces along the foreshore and into Mandurah’s Dolphin Quay precinct.

Or hire an e-bike or e-scooter from The Bike Kiosk to explore Mandurah’s beautiful coastal cycle paths.

Explore the great outdoors and learn about Mandurah’s waterways and wildlife on a guided walking tour with Ways to Nature. Tours are operated by zoologist Sarah Way, around the beautiful reserves of the Peel-Yalgorup Wetlands.

For boutique and personalised tours, Salt and Bush Eco Tours take you on intimate nature walks and kayak tours, even star gazing tours. Naturalist guides Jamie and Base will share the wonder and awe of the natural world through geology, wildflower, kayaking and sailing tours.

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How the Locals like it – Myrianthe Riddy

I arrived in WA in 2016 with my young family in search of a sea change. I was instantly drawn to Mandurah because of its laid back vibes and beautiful waterways.

How the locals like it

Myrianthe Riddy,
Owner Mandurah Cruises

Less than an hour’s drive from Perth you’ll find Western Australia’s largest regional city. But it’s not the size that attracts visitors to this coastal town. Just ask Myrianthe Riddy, owner of Mandurah Cruises. She’s travelled and worked all over the world, but the place she chose to call home is Mandurah.

Myrianthe Riddy Visit Mandurah Board

I arrived in WA in 2016 with my young family from Qatar in search of a sea change. I was instantly drawn to Mandurah because of its laid back vibes, warmth and the natural beauty of its waterways.

My husband and I were looking for somewhere we could raise our children. After working many years in the oil and gas industry overseas, we wanted to shake up our lifestyle and have more flexibility to spend time with our kids.

We knew we wanted to run our own business. My husband had boating in his blood, and we love being on the water. An opportunity to purchase Mandurah Cruises was too good to pass up and we’ve been here ever since.

What I love about Mandurah is the sense of community and connectedness – regardless if you’re a resident or just visiting. Everyone here is so friendly and makes you feel welcomed, it’s just so easy and relaxing.

Mandurah’s waterways are twice the size of Sydney Harbour! It’s hard to explain the feeling when you’re out there, the waters are calm, it’s very peaceful and deserted (except for the dolphins). You get the sense you’ve been transported to another place.

I always feel safe taking my kids out on the water here. Living within walking distance of the beach is great too, and Mandurah has some great surfing spots that don’t get too crowded. It’s the best place to learn how to surf – the surf program here is first class.

Mandurah is home to around 100 bottlenose dolphins. They’re such a playful and friendly bunch that you’ll often spot them getting up to mischief while on one of our dolphin cruises. They especially love to surf alongside the vessel! I have a soft spot for Nicky. She’s the matriarch of the dolphins and the most recognisable due to her cut-off fin.

Although I love being on the water and the amazing beaches that stretch for miles, I do enjoy taking time out going bush, exploring the national parks and discovering the many walking trails. My favourite trail is at Island Point Reserve. It’s at the far end of the estuary and it’s a great area to explore – even after dark on a guided nocturnal walk.

If you had to pick a time to visit, come during the festive season. The city embraces Christmas like you wouldn’t believe. The Mandurah canals, or modern day Venice as the locals call it, come alive with Christmas lights. It’s an experience unlike any other, and I would go as far to say we’re one of the only places in the world where residents put on such a massive display on the water. We have thousands of visitors who come especially to see the spectacle every year on our Christmas Lights Cruise.

Mandurah has come a long way from being known as WA’s crabbing destination. The city is thriving with arts and culture, plenty of things to see and do and incredible natural encounters that are waiting to be explored.

MYRIANTHE’S TIPS ON WHERE TO HEAD OUT

The foodie scene here is constantly evolving and it’s hard to keep up! My go-to place for a coffee is Mataya. Without fail, I always order the gnocchi at Flic’s Kitchen and if I’m heading out with friends, you’re sure to find me at Bar Therapy. I also love the new distillery Little Stiller.

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How the Locals like it – Ian MacPherson

There’s nothing more relaxing than getting out on the ocean and in Mandurah being relaxed by nature is what it’s all about.

How the locals like it

Ian ‘Wooly’ MacPherson,
Owner Star Surf + Skate

There’s nothing more relaxing than getting out on the ocean and in Mandurah being relaxed by nature is what it’s all about.

Ian Wooly MacPherson
Photo: Dylan O'Brien

Local surfer Ian ‘Wooly’ Macpherson wouldn’t have it any other way. He’s been surfing in Mandurah since he was a little tacker.

If he’s not chasing the best break, he’s teaching others how to surf, coaching aspiring pro surfers and sharing tips on land at his surf shop – Star Surf + Skate.

Sure, the South West is known for its surf, but Mandurah has loads of popular surfing spots to rival, making it a perfect day trip for Perth surfers.

And the best time to hit the surf is now!

Wooly says ideal surf conditions occur between autumn and spring, with winter the best time due to large storms bringing swells to the WA coast.

We checked in with the local surfing legend to discover more about the Mandurah surfing scene and why we should all pick up a board and learn to surf.

I started surfing when I was around 9 or 10 years old at Avalon Bay. My parents’ property was a small stroll from Avalon and my mum was a swimmer, so we spent a lot of time at the beach during the 70s and 80s.

I started off on a ‘foamie’ – a small coolite surfboard made of polystyrene beaded-foam. I remember painting it with house paint so I wouldn’t get a rash. I soon progressed to a second-hand fibreglass ‘single fin’ board and found myself learning at the little rolling lefts of Falcon Bay.

Ian MacPherson

When I was 12 years old, I joined the Mandurah Board Riders Club and I’ve been a member pretty much ever since.

Surfing has made up a massive part of my life and has moulded me into the person I am today.

All the places I have travelled evolve around the surf and most of my work has been in and around the surf industry since I was a teen. The feeling of being submerged in the ocean, riding waves is unmatched anywhere in any other sport.

Mandurah has been good to me growing up and having the beach on my doorstep. The local community has been very supportive of my surf school and surf shop since we started.

Surfing is all about fun. Surfing increases your fitness, strength, balance and flexibility (we stretch before every class). 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.

Ready to hit the surf? Give it a go in Mandurah!

WOOLY’S FAVOURITE SURFING SPOT IN MANDURAH

My favourite spot is Geary’s – named after a City Beach surfer, Ray Geary. He built a shack there and at 80 years of age he still lives there today!

Geary’s a wave that doesn’t break very often and needs a big swell to start to work properly. It gets very crowded with keen surfers these days, but I have very fond memories of days out there as a teenager surfing with just a few mates.

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How to spend summer in Mandurah

Dreaming of a day trip or relaxing weekend away? If you’re looking for the ultimate short break, there’s nothing quite like Summer in Mandurah to soak up the laidback vibes and take in the fresh coastal air. Heavenly.

6 Ways to Spend Summer in Mandurah

6 ultimate ways to spend summer in Mandurah

Dreaming of a day trip or a relaxing weekend away? If you’re looking for the ultimate short break this summer, there’s nothing quite like Mandurah to soak up the laidback vibes and take in the fresh coastal air. Heavenly.

We’ve got your water play covered including all the fun holiday things you’d expect on a summer vacay. And it’s super easy to get to from Perth! Mandurah’s just a short 1-hour drive south down the main drag (Kwinana Freeway). Or, if you’re coming back from down south, it’s the perfect pitstop to extend your little getaway.

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The ultimate scene to sail

Mandurah Packages

Play skipper for the day and explore Mandurah’s waterways at your own pace. Whether you’re cruising or casting a line, you’re in for a treat. And there’s no shortage of options. Mandurah Boat Hire offer everything from GPS tracked dinghies, pontoon boats and luxury sun tracker-style boats.

If you’re up for something a little different, enjoy the 360-degree views on a deluxe Eco BBQ Boat – so much fun! Planning to stay a few days? Hire out a houseboat, complete with a spa on deck.

Best of all, there’s no skippers ticket required to sail on any of these vessels.

The ultimate place for paddling

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Mandurah’s aquatic wonderland is perfect for stand up paddle boarding (SUP). If you’re a beginner, there’s plenty of sheltered waters to give paddling a go. Once you get over the wobbles, you can choose a trail and explore to your heart’s content. Or, until your core gets sore! Glide past multi-million dollar mansions, marvel at the impressive birdlife and if you’re lucky, our resident dolphins might join you for the ride!

Don’t have your own equipment? No worries! There’s plenty of places you can hire a SUP.

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The ultimate spot for social gatherings

With Mandurah’s dolphins of course! And it’s the best time of the year for it too. Set sail on a dolphin cruise where you’re likely to spot this playful bunch frolicking through the waterways. You might even catch one surfing by the boat.

Keen to go it alone? Jump on a waterbike, kayak or canoe to really get up close and personal with these friendly curious creatures. You just never know when they’ll pop up beside you!

The ultimate destination for discovery

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For a truly unique experience, head to Lake Clifton in Yalgorup National Park. It’s here among the shallows you’ll find one of the world’s largest thrombolite reefs. Extremely rare on Earth, these incredible living rocks are around 2,000 years old. Scientists believe these micro-organisms were among the first life forms.

You can view this phenomena via the purpose built observation boardwalk, but the best way to experience the thrombolites and learn about their significance is on a guided tour.

Indulge

The ultimate setting for seafood

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Mandurah is renowned for its seafood, home to an abundance of crabs, lobsters, crayfish and many other mouth-watering ocean delicacies.

Culinary seafood options are aplenty! Our favourites include Flics Kitchen, Redmanna Waterfront Restaurant and the Oyster Bar. If you’re on the hunt for fresh sustainably caught seafood to cook back at your accommodation, look no further than Wattsies Place.

The ultimate chance to cheers

Want to put your feet up and let someone else do the driving? Hit up Kaleidoscope Tours for a full day of fun. There’s something here for everyone, whether you’re a lover of wines, partial to a beer paddle or want a change of scenery, these guys have it all. They can even create a custom tour for you if you’re after something extra special.

STAY

The ultimate for rest and relaxation

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Take the guesswork out of where to stay with these great package deals. We have accommodation packages available for families, mid-week escapes, girls’ trips and romantic escapes. Just pick your dates, pack your bags and we’ll see you soon.

Short summer breaks here we come! Although we won’t be surprised if you want to stay longer.

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WA’s Christmas Lights Capital

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

WA’s Christmas Lights Capital

You won’t want to
miss Mandurah’s
Christmas Festivities.

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 comes alive at Christmas and is known by many as Western Australia’s Capital of Christmas?

MERRY CHRISTMAS – it is time to celebrate the festive season in WA’s Christmas Capital! Experience the magic of Christmas in the heart of Mandurah. Check out our top tips for a merry festive season.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TRAIL

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The Mandurah Christmas Lights Trail presented by Seaside Estate is back bigger and better than ever before, with bright new additions around every corner from the Eastern Foreshore, into Mandjar Square and across to the Mandurah Ocean Marina.

Santa will be sparkling on the foreshore, and at 4.4m tall, you can’t miss him. He’ll be joined on the illuminated lights trail by a massive reindeer, Volkswagen bus and a 10.5m tall Christmas tree, as well as a beautifully lit pirate ship.

Say cheese! Pose with your loved ones and snap a picture sitting in the glistening selfie wreath, under the bright yellow stars, alongside the present boxes or amongst the selfie elves.

Christmas Lights Capital

This Christmas, we’re going bigger and brighter! Some new lights trail additions to extend the festive fun include a huge Christmas boot, a Sleeps ‘til Christmas Countdown Clock, 50 interactive stepping stones, Santas motorcycle and more!

With over 23 installations to make up the lights trail, you’ll see why Mandurah really is the capital of Christmas. Whether you wander through the lights up close or view them in all their glory from afar, you’re sure to stumble across reindeers, presents, stars, trees, elf’s, trains, or the big man himself in the heart of the city, this Christmas in Mandurah!

Roving Carolers

Keep an eye out for roving carolers and street performers each evening, as well as pop up activities and activations the whole family, will enjoy. Thanks to Halls Head Community Bank there will have a variety of community groups throughout the lights trail on Thursday (TBC Monday and Tuesdays). Something for everybody all month!

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS CANAL TOURS

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.

The best way to watch this spectacle is from a boat. 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 our local operators.

Mandurah Christmas Pageant

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This wonderful tradition sees local community groups and businesses parade their floats through Mandurah’s CBD. Then after the parade head to the Eastern Foreshore where the festive cheer continues with lots of family fun and excitement for all ages.

  •  Visit Santa’s Grotto
  • Participate in fun festive activities and workshops
  • Listen and sing along to the wonderful live Christmas carols and more.

Mandurah Christmas Charity Ride

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The Mandurah Murray Ulysses will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their Motorcycle Charity Ride. Join them on December 11th as they ride through the local streets and toot their horns at the spectators. Come dressed as Santa, an Elf, or just come as you are. Even Spiderman is welcome!!

Find out more information here.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

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Visit Mandurah this New Year’s Eve for a spectacular fireworks display to welcome in 2022. The first fireworks display is at 9 pm for families followed by another grand display at midnight.

Viewing locations:
– Eastern Foreshore
– Stingray Point
– Henry Sutton Grove
– The Mandurah bridge pedestrian walkway.

Mandurah will be full of festive magic, so come visit our Christmas Wonderland by the Water.

What’s On this festive season

Thanks to Community Bank Halls Head.

Santa and Elves

Every night throughout December from 6pm – 9pm

Mandjar Square

Salvation Army – Carols on the Foreshore

Saturday 4 December

Eastern Foreshore – Rotunda

Free Kids Christmas Activities

Wednesdays 7 pm – 9 pm from 8-22 December

City Centre

Wanslea and NDIS Christmas Craft and Face Painting

Thursday 9 December from 6 pm

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Community Activation Evenings

Thursdays 7 pm – 9 pm from 9-23 December

City Centre

Traditional Christmas Carols – Salvation Army

Saturday 18 and Friday 24 December from 7 pm – 8.30 pm

Eastern Foreshore

Community Bank Halls Head, Bendigo Bank Community Night

Wednesday 15 December from 7 pm – 9 pm

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Kingdom City Christmas Concert

Thursday 16 December from 7 pm

Eastern Foreshore – Rotunda

Metro Modelling Christmas Performances

Thursday 23 December from 7 pm

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Festive Roving and Street Entertainment

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday 7 pm – 9 pm from 4-19 December

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Mandurah – the most accessible-friendly city in WA

Mandurah is known for many things, from its Venice-like canals, picturesque waterways and fabulous nature reserves to days spent out on the water fishing, crabbing, spotting the local dolphins and enjoying the relaxing lifestyle – there’s a lot to brag about. And now Mandurah can add WA’s most accessible community to the list.

Accessibility

WA’s most accessible-friendly City

Mandurah is known for many things, from its Venice-like canals, picturesque waterways and remarkable nature reserves to days spent out on the water fishing, crabbing, spotting the local dolphins and enjoying the relaxing lifestyle – there’s a lot to brag about. And now Mandurah can add ‘WA’s most accessible community’ to the list.

The City of Mandurah recently won the top honour at the ‘2020/21 Most Accessible Community in WA (MACWA) Awards’. Read on to learn more about our accessible-friendly attractions.

Accessible-friendly attractions

Mandurah Cruises

Mandurah Cruises’ have a wheelchair accessible vessel that ensures no one misses out on a scenic day cruising the waters, whether it’s dolphin spotting or on the famous Murray River Lunch Cruise. The vessel can hold up to 85 guests and can also be booked out privately for functions or sundowners!

“My uncle and family visited Australia for the first time and decided to make Mandurah their first destination. My cousin is wheelchair-bound but was looking forward to going on the dolphin cruise. As advised on the website, I had to call to let the company know beforehand if wheelchair access is required. They were extremely accommodating and even changed the intended vessel to the Dancing Dolphin, the best one for wheelchairs. I was very touched by this arrangement and would like to thank you for going above and beyond for the disabled. My cousin has never felt so free going everywhere in a wheelchair and you guys certainly helped her feel what it’s like to be able to go out and do stuff like that. Thank you for your service with a heart.

  • Tripadvisor, August 2019
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Explore an estuary twice the size of Sydney Harbour.

Flip-ability

Flipout is all about having fun trampolining in a safe indoor environment. The team even offer special sensory-friendly sessions for those living with a disability. It’s a place where individuals, groups and their carers can have fun, get fit and further develop social relationships and confidence.

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Ways to Nature

There are many amazing natural wonders to discover on a guided nature walk in Mandurah and the Peel region, and Sarah at Ways to Nature is keen to share her experience and knowledge with everyone on her Walking Ways nature walk. She can customise the route for wheelchair users, just to be sure to let her know when making a booking.

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Photo: Ways to Nature

Accessible-friendly accommodation

Mandurah Houseboats

Mandurah Houseboats‘ luxury purpose-built houseboat, Emily Louise,  has been designed suitable for wheelchair use. It includes easy ramp access with wide doorways and passageways that lead into the spacious rooms. The bathroom amenities are all positioned to allow wheelchair users easy access and are wet areas that have handrails installed. This houseboat comfortably sleeps up to 8 people, with a fully equipped galley and a large rear deck with a luxurious spa, BBQ and outdoor table and chairs to watch the days drift by.

Wheelchair Accessible Houseboat

Sebel Mandurah

A great base for exploring Mandurah, the Sebel Mandurah provides accessible accommodation with spacious rooms including a wheel-in shower with handrails. Other reduced mobility facilities include wide doors, low power switches, ramps for easy access to the terrace or balcony and extra space around the bed. Access to the rooms is via reception so there is no lift required.

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Mandurah Ocean Marina Chalets

Quiet and secluded, yet close to everything, Mandurah Ocean Marina Chalets are an accessible and affordable place to stay. The special purpose-built chalets can sleep up to 4 people and come with everything you need for a relaxing stay in Mandurah.

Accessible-friendly places to dine

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If you’ve ever been to Mandurah, you know there’s no shortage of delicious dining options, and you’ll be pleased to hear the vast majority of them provide trouble-free disabled access. From a morning brew at Mataya and bottomless brunch at Flics Kitchen, to a relaxing lunch on the boardwalk at Catch 22, or a fun night out at The Brighton Hotel, there’s endless accessible-friendly places to eat and drink in Mandurah. Find more here.

Accessible-friendly beaches

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Photo: Town Beach by Craig William Moon

People with disabilities can use the beach matting to the water’s edge at Town Beach and Dolphin Pool at the marina.

There is an all-terrain wheelchair for hire to access beaches and walkways. Bookings can be made during office hours with Mandurah Ocean Marina Chalets, 6 Lido, Mandurah. Phone (08) 9535 8173 or email chalets@marinachalets.com.au. The wheelchair can be picked up from the Beach Access Storage Shed attached to the toilet block at Keith Holmes Reserve in Mandurah. The wheelchair and beach walker are available during office hours (8am – 6pm, 7 days a week).

The City of Mandurah has also been successful in securing a grant to purchase two types of all-terrain wheelchairs for use at the Estuary Pool and adjacent beach.

There is a liberty swing at Mandurah’s Eastern Foreshore playground and at Caterpillar Park.

Mandurah also has a changing facility with full size changing table and hoist near the Visitor Centre, which also has the access key.

Say welcome to WA’s most accessible city!

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