Wildflower Walks in Mandurah

Mandurah is home to a diverse range of wildflower species, making it a perfect destination for nature enthusiasts and hikers. Join us as we take you on a virtual journey through the wildflower walks in Mandurah, where vibrant colors and delicate petals await.

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Exploring Nature’s Beauty: Wildflower Walks in Mandurah

Mandurah, located in the heart of Western Australia, is a place of natural beauty and tranquility. While its pristine beaches are famous worldwide, there’s another natural wonder waiting to be discovered – the stunning wildflowers that bloom across the region.

Mandurah is home to a diverse range of wildflower species, making it a perfect destination for nature enthusiasts and hikers. Join us as we take you on a virtual journey through the wildflower walks in Mandurah, where vibrant colors and delicate petals await.

Why Mandurah?

Before we delve into the specific wildflower walks, let’s take a moment to understand why Mandurah is such a hotspot for wildflower enthusiasts.

  1. Biodiversity: Mandurah’s unique geographical location offers a wide range of ecosystems, from coastal dunes to wetlands, which support an incredibly diverse range of wildflowers.
  2. Climate: The Mediterranean climate in Mandurah with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers provides the perfect conditions for wildflowers to flourish.
  3. Timing: Spring, especially September to November, is the best time to witness the wildflower bloom in Mandurah, as temperatures start to rise and the landscape transforms into a colorful tapestry.
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Spider Orchid

Best wildflower walks in Mandurah

The Estuary Walk

Discover the natural beauty of Mandurah on the scenic Estuary Walk at Len Howard Conservation Park. Covering a distance of 6km, this 2-hour walk offers a tranquil escape from the city. To get there, follow Old Coast Road to Erskine, then turn into Wattleglen Avenue and Silverton Crescent until you reach Len Howard Conservation Park.

Along the way, keep an eye out for native wisteria, cowslip orchids, blue lace flowers, white myrtle, and more, nestled among towering wattles, tuarts, and paperbarks. As you stroll along the shores, you’ll also encounter banksias, flaxes, and rushes, making this a diverse and picturesque nature adventure.

Halls Head Coastal Walk

For those who prefer a leisurely stroll with stunning ocean views and wildflower sightings, the Halls Head Coastal Walk is perfect. You’ll find coastal wildflowers like sea lavender and beach daisies adorning the path.

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Beach Daisies

Samphire Cove Nature Reserve

Samphire Cove is a coastal gem teeming with wildflower diversity. The trail meanders through dense coastal vegetation, offering breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and an opportunity to spot native orchids and coastal daisies.

Island Point Walk

Embark on a delightful journey through nature at Island Point Walk, located in the picturesque Island Point Nature Reserve near Herron.

This 4km trail offers a two-hour escape into the heart of Western Australia’s beauty. To reach this natural haven, simply follow Southern Estuary Road and exit onto Island Point Road.

The tracks at Island Point Nature Reserve are thoughtfully designed for walkers of all levels, promising an enjoyable adventure.

Keep your eyes peeled for the vibrant tapestry of wildflowers along the way, including spider orchids, enamel orchids, cowslip orchids, banksias, native buttercups, and wisteria. The best time for wildflower viewing is late September through October, ensuring a colorful and memorable experience.

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Yalgorup National Park

Yalgorup National Park is a must-visit for any wildflower enthusiast. Explore the Thrombolites Trail or the Lake Preston Loop to discover a dazzling array of wildflowers against the park’s stunning coastal backdrop.

Lake Pollard Nature Reserve

Another fantastic spot to witness the wildflower spectacle is Lake Pollard. The area is known for its carpets of everlastings and orchids. Hike along the designated trails, and you’ll be immersed in a sea of colors. This 2-hour walk starts at the entrance to the Martins Tank campground on Preston Beach Road.

Lake Pollard is renowned for its high numbers of black swans between October and March and you can see Parrotbush, cockies tongues, Christmas tree (which blooms from December) and the rough-barked Fremantle mallee.

Heathlands Walk Trail

Embark on the captivating Heathlands Walk Trail in Yalgorup National Park. This 2-hour journey unveils diverse vegetation, from majestic tuarts to delicate limestone ridge flowers, and the unique swamp banksia, limestone mallee, and Fremantle mallee.

Lakeside Loop Walk Trail

Explore the Lakeside Loop Walk Trail, a 2-hour journey around Lake Clifton. It’s home to the southern hemisphere’s largest thrombolite community and a haven for waterbirds. You’ll observe varying vegetation, from lakeside Paperbark trees to peppermint, tuart trees, and the delightful honey myrtle.

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Tips for a Memorable Wildflower Walk:

  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes and carry plenty of water, especially during the warmer months.
  • Bring a camera to capture the beauty of the wildflowers.
  • Respect the natural environment by staying on designated trails and not picking wildflowers.
  • Check the bloom season in advance to ensure you visit during peak wildflower time.
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Mandurah’s wildflower walks offer an opportunity to connect with nature in a truly unique way.

As you explore these picturesque trails, you’ll not only witness a riot of colors but also gain a deeper appreciation for the remarkable biodiversity of Western Australia.

So, lace up your hiking boots, grab your camera, and embark on a wildflower adventure in Mandurah – where nature’s beauty knows no bounds.

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Mandurah’s Dark Corners 2023

Explore Mandurah’s forgotten histories and folklore on this spooky historic walking tour along Mandurah’s Eastern foreshore, running selected weekends in July.

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A very different historic walking tour

Experience Mandurah’s beautiful Eastern Foreshore from a new perspective, in this spooky heritage walking tour. This event was a booked-out success at the Mandurah Arts Festival in 2022 and Visit Mandurah is delighted to be reviving it for the Winter holiday season.

Mandurah’s Dark Corners illuminates the past, using new technologies of projection-mapping and augmented reality to enhance the oldest of art forms; the ghost story. Featuring local stories, collected from local archives and the Mandurah community, Dark Corners is a beautiful and immersive experience uncovering the historic tales that haunt us still.

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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

Beat the Winter Blues in Mandurah

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.

Make unforgettable family memories this winter with a variety of exciting activities that are perfect for kids and adults alike. Don’t forget your camera – there are plenty of picture-perfect moments to capture!

Giants of Mandurah

Explore the enchanting Giants of Mandurah,  a series of larger-than-life wooden sculptures by Thomas Dambo. Nestled in secret locations, these giants celebrate the natural beauty of Mandurah’s wetlands, waterways, and bushland. This free outdoor exhibition is a must-see!

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Little Lui by Thomas Dambo, Parklands

Amaze Miniature Village 

Feel like a giant as you wander through Mandurah’s Amaze Miniature Village. With 70 intricate miniature buildings, model trains, and 4 acres of beautiful gardens, this attraction will spark your imagination. Plus, enjoy mini golf, a maze, and a Lego exhibition during your visit.

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Amaze Miniature Park

Dolphin Tours

Mandurah is famous for its friendly dolphins. Hop on a Dolphin Cruise & Views boat tour to spot the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins frolicking in their natural habitat. It’s a magical experience that highlights Mandurah’s stunning waterways.

Pirate Ship

Ahoy, mateys! Join the pirate crew aboard Mandurah’s very own Pirate Ship for a swashbuckling adventure. Kids can dress up, sing pirate songs, steer the ship, and shoot the water canons. It’s a pirate’s life for you!

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The Pirate Ship Mandurah

Zookeeper 4 A Day

Give your child a day they’ll never forget as a Zookeeper at Ranger Red’s Zoo. They’ll interact with Tasmanian Devils, koalas, kangaroos, snakes, and more, gaining a new appreciation for Australia’s wildlife. 

Two Muddy Men School Holiday Pottery Workshops

Get your hands dirty at the Two Muddy Men Terraform Studio! Create magical lamps with your child at these fun pottery workshops. Available on Fridays during the winter school holidays, it’s a great way to bond and create something special together.

Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing Centre

Rain or shine, Mandurah’s Indoor Rock Climbing Centre offers thrilling activities for all ages and skill levels. With bouldering, rock climbing, ninja training, and more, there’s something for everyone. Just bring your comfortable clothes, water bottle, and socks, and get ready for an adventure!

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Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing Centre

Escape Squad

Dive into a world of mystery and puzzles at Mandurah’s Escape Squad. With themed rooms ranging from stopping a nuclear disaster to escaping school detention, it’s a perfect indoor activity for families and friends. Each room offers a unique challenge that will test your teamwork and creativity.

Room 1: The Nuclear Express
Prevent a nuclear disaster on a runaway train. Suitable for 2-6 players, this room is a thrilling challenge for those seeking adventure.

Room 2: School’s Out
Escape Friday afternoon detention and make it to the biggest party of the year. Ideal for families and beginners, this room is fun and accessible.

Room 3: The Adventurers’ Guild
Answer the king’s call and retrieve a mystical relic to save the prince. This quest requires 4 players and offers an immersive experience for those seeking a fantasy adventure.

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For more ideas on how to keep the kids entertained this winter, check out our School Holidays page.

Mandurah’s waterways are a winter wonderland, where glassy conditions make for stunning scenic views. With its labyrinth of canals, winding rivers, expansive coastline, and breathtaking lakes, there’s no better place to embrace the water. Here’s how to make a splash with the best water activities Mandurah has to offer!

Murray River Lunch Cruise

Kick back and relax on the Murray River Lunch Cruise with Mandurah Cruises. This half-day boat tour takes you through one of the last undammed major rivers, offering a serene and scenic experience. Enjoy a delicious lunch on board as you soak up the stunning views of the river and surrounding landscapes. It’s the perfect way to unwind and enjoy Mandurah’s natural beauty.

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Private Charters & Boat Hire

Exploring Mandurah by boat is a must. Known as Australia’s Venice, the city’s hidden canals and impressive waterways are best seen from the water. Choose a guided cruise or set your own course with self-drive boat hire.

Luxury Boutique Boat Charters Mandurah: For a very intimate experience, this option is perfect for 2 to 4 guests. Choose from their Breakfast & Birdsong Cruise, Bubbles & Grazing Board Cruise, or the signature Sunset & Tapas Cruise. Each cruise promises a unique and personalised journey.

Mandurah Murray River Cruises: Enjoy serene voyages for up to 10 people with options like the Murray River Cruise, Sunset Cruise, and Dolphin Cruise. Convenient pick-up locations and customisable private cruises make it easy to plan your perfect day on the water. Bring your own snacks and drinks for a personalised touch.

Mandurah Boat Charters: Ideal for group celebrations, they offer 16- and 20-person skippered pontoon boats. Perfect for birthday parties and special occasions.

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Mandurah Boat Charters

For those who love to be their own captain, Mandurah offers fantastic options to explore the waterways at your own pace.

Mandurah Boat Hire: From 4-person dinghies to 12-person pontoons, Mandurah Boat Hire has the perfect vessel for your adventure. Cruise along Mandurah’s picturesque canals and waterways, soaking in the tranquil surroundings at your leisure.

Mandurah BBQ Boats: Take your outing to the next level with a donut-shaped BBQ boat from Mandurah BBQ Boats. Equipped with an electric outboard motor and seating for up to 10 people around a central round table with a charcoal BBQ, it’s the ultimate floating BBQ experience in Mandurah’s stunning Ocean Marina. Gather your friends and family for a memorable day on the water.

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Mandurah BBQ Boats

Mandurah Houseboats: Spend your entire weekend or holiday aboard a boat with Mandurah Houseboats. These fully equipped floating homes, some even featuring outdoor spas, provide the perfect base for your water-based getaway. No skipper’s ticket needed – simply anchor in a secluded nature pocket for a peaceful retreat or visit the waterfront pubs, cafes, and breweries around Mandurah for a livelier experience.


From award-winning breakfasts to locally crafted beers and fresh seafood, Mandurah has something to satisfy every foodie. Bring your appetite and prepare for a flavour-packed adventure!

Wood and Stone Cafe

Kickstart your day with an award-winning breakfast at Wood and Stone Cafe, the proud winner of two Gold Plate awards for Best Breakfast in 2022 and 2023. Located on the foreshore in the heart of Mandurah, this family-run cafe offers an inner-city vibe with boutique breakfast options like Caprese baked eggs, signature waffles, and brekky burgers, all paired with premium coffee. The friendly service and quality food make it a must-visit spot for breakfast lovers.

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Wild Seafood Experience

Set sail on the Wild Seafood Experience and enjoy a catch-and-eat adventure. Haul in crayfish (Western rock lobster) and watch as it’s cooked on board. Then, savor an 8-course deluxe seafood lunch. This cruise is a foodie’s paradise!

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Boundary Island Brewery

Boundary Island Brewery is a must-visit for beer enthusiasts. Sip on delicious craft beers brewed on-site while taking in stunning estuary views. This brewery, born from the passion of two local families, offers great beer, delicious food, and a welcoming atmosphere year-round. Whether you arrive by boat, car, bus, bike, or on foot, you’ll love the unique Mandurah lifestyle that Boundary Island Brewery embodies.

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Thorny Devil Brewery

Thorny Devil Brewery crafts exceptionally smooth and easy-drinking beers from rainwater. Nestled on the shores of Lake Clifton, it’s the perfect spot to unwind after exploring the Lake Clifton Thrombolites or hunting for Giants. Let the kids play on the grass while you enjoy a cold beer and a meal from the BBQ restaurant, all against the backdrop of beautiful scenery.

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Wedgetail Brewing Co.

Discover the essence of West Australian craftsmanship at Wedgetail Brewing Co., a local gem for beer enthusiasts. Indulge in their expertly crafted Pilsner, Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, and Double Red Ale, each boasting traditional brewing techniques and top-notch quality. Visit Wedgetail Brewing Co. for an authentic experience where great tunes and downright awesome beers create the perfect backdrop for a laid-back hangout with your crew.

Craft Beer and Wine Trail

Cooler days are perfect for exploring Mandurah’s Craft Beer and Wine Trail. This trail connects seven of the region’s best breweries and wineries, offering an authentically local experience. Gather your friends and enjoy locally made craft beers and wines at your own pace. Each stop promises unique flavors that won’t disappoint.

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Peel Produce Market

Experience the unbeatable freshness of local produce at the Peel Produce Market. Held every Saturday on Dawesville Foreshore and every first Sunday at Madora Bay, this market showcases seasonal fruits and veggies from nearby farms and growers. Bring your reusable bags and stock up on the finest local produce.

Peel Produce Market Mandurah

Mandurah is a global biodiversity hotspot with open waterways, bushland reserves, and internationally recognised wetlands. Whether on land or water, there’s an adventure waiting for you. Check out our natural attractions and let nature’s beauty relax you. And for those who prefer a bit of guidance, there are plenty of guided tours available.

Guided Nature Tours

Salt and Bush Eco Tours offer intimate, guided nature tours in Mandurah. With small groups of up to 10, explore the area’s diverse ecosystems through kayaking and nature walks. Led by knowledgeable geologists, these tours provide a deep understanding of local flora, fauna, and geology, making for a fascinating and educational outdoor adventure​.

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E-Bike and E-Scooter Hire

The best way to get around Mandurah? E-bikes and e-scooters from The Bike Kiosk! With options including premium e-bikes, electric cargo bikes, and e-trikes, you can explore Mandurah’s 600 kilometers of cycleways in style. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the incredible street art scattered throughout the town. Helmets and other safety gear are provided, ensuring a fun and safe ride for everyone.

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 SUP & Kayak Hire

Get out on the water with a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) or kayak from Mandurah Boat Hire. Glide through the serene, glassy waters and soak up the winter sun, enjoying a tranquil adventure on Mandurah’s stunning waterways.

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 Climbing Fun

For those who love to climb, swing, and challenge themselves, Mandurah offers two great options. Treetops Adventure Dwellingup lets you navigate high-up obstacle courses in the treetops, while Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing Centre offers climbing fun for all skill levels, regardless of the weather.

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 Flight Simulator Experience

Ever dreamed of flying a B737 around the world? Now you can, without leaving Mandurah! Head to SBS Simulators in Erskine for an indoor flight simulator experience where you take control of the jets as your own captain.

 Escape Room Adventure

Test your wits and teamwork skills at Escape Squad. With three different rooms to choose from, ranging in difficulty from easy to medium to hard, you’ll find the perfect challenge for your group. It’s an indoor adventure that promises excitement and brain-teasing fun.

 Joy Rides with Trike Tours WA

Discover the exhilaration of joyriding along Mandurah’s stunning coastline with Trike Tours WA. Select from a range of exciting tours, including the thrilling ‘Giants Tour,’ and experience Mandurah from a unique and adventurous perspective.

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Mandurah is an exciting place for anyone who loves art. This winter, explore the town’s fantastic galleries and exhibitions that showcase the amazing work of local artists. Here are some must-visit spots:

Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery

Start your artistic journey at the Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery inside the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre. This gallery features a variety of artworks by local artists and offers free public exhibitions. It’s a great spot to see a mix of styles and get inspired.

Contemporary Art Spaces (CASM)

CASM is a lively gallery that hosts eight different exhibitions and events throughout the year. You’ll find everything from modern sculptures to beautiful paintings by local and touring artists. Every visit promises something new and exciting.

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Terrace Art Framers

For those who love photography, Terrace Art Framers is a must-visit. This gallery showcases the stunning work of Western Australian photographer Christian Fletcher, known for his breathtaking landscapes and unique perspectives.

Black Stump Gallery

Visit the Black Stump Gallery at the Mandurah Visitor Centre to see the vibrant paintings of Emma Blyth. Her colorful depictions of wildlife and landscapes bring the natural beauty of Mandurah to life and are sure to brighten your day.

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Welcome to Country Mural – Augmented Reality Experience

At the Mandurah Visitor Centre, check out the 3D Augmented Reality experience of the ‘Welcome to Country’ mural by artists Peta and Corey Ugle. This interactive mural tells the Aboriginal story of how Mandurah’s waterways were created, offering a fascinating and immersive experience.

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Suzy Galloway Art

Near Mandurah’s beautiful foreshore and cozy cafes, Suzy Galloway Art features quirky and captivating paintings. Suzy’s artworks celebrate the local scenery with a playful twist, making her gallery a delightful stop for art lovers.

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Mandurah Instagram Trail

If you love getting the perfect Insta-worthy shot, then follow the Mandurah Instagram Trail and look out for quirky art pieces along the Mandurah Foreshore and into Dolphin Quay.

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3D pelican at Mandurah Ocean Marina, Mandurah Instagram Trail

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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Giants of Mandurah Tours

Enjoy an active, fun-filled day on our guided tours of Thomas Dambo’s amazing Giants.

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Discover the Giants of Mandurah on a guided tour

Enjoy an active, fun-filled day on our guided tours of Thomas Dambo’s amazing Giants.

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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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Best ways to enjoy Mandurah’s waterways

Here’s the best ways to enjoy Mandurah’s magical waterways, only an hour south of Perth,

Best ways to enjoy Mandurah’s waterways

Here’s how to enjoy Mandurah’s magical waterways

With an estuary twice the size of Sydney Harbour, and a collection of winding rivers, pretty lakes and long stretches of coastline, why wouldn’t you immerse yourself in Mandurah’s water life?

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Nature Bucket List

Take your pick from our list of top nature experiences in Mandurah and surrounds,

Top Nature Experiences

Your Nature Bucket List for Mandurah

The vast open blue skies, pristine forests and stunning waterways of the region make it the perfect destination to immerse yourself in nature. Wonder at world-class natural beauty and easily spot native wildlife as you explore by water or land.

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Mandurah’s Top Notch Experiences

Check out Mandurah’s top-notch experiences and must dos.

Our Top Notch Experiences

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.

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.


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.


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!


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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