8 epic outdoor school holiday adventures

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

School Holidays in Mandurah

8 epic outdoor school holiday adventures for the whole family

Feels like yesterday that the school term started, and now we quickly find ourselves staring down the barrel of another round of school holidays. Keeping the kids entertained is hard work, but with a little bit of inspiration and planning, it can be an adventure for everyone.

Less than an hour’s drive from Perth, Mandurah is perfect for a fun filled day trip outdoors, or an extended holiday spot. We’ve taken the guesswork out of what to see and do, with a range of unique activities the whole family will love.

Be a pirate for a day

Ahoy me hearties, your young explorers will have the ultimate time sailing the seven seas (Mandurah’s waterways and canals), on an epic pirate adventure on board a real life looking pirate ship.

Get your crew together and come dressed in your best pirate outfit, as you go searching for the infamous bottlenose dolphins and other wildly creatures. If you’re lucky, ye old sea captain may even let the kids steer the pirate ship and ring the bell. But beware, those who misbehave may be obliged to walk the plank!

Dolphin spotting

You don’t have to trek all the way to Monkey Mia to get up close to the wondrous bottlenose dolphins. Our pods of playful residents have made Mandurah’s waterways  their home for years, with more than 90 of these curious creatures leaping in and out of the Peel Harvey estuary every day. Take the family on a dolphin cruise and see how many you can spot!

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

Dolphins live and swim together in groups, so when you see one there’s likely to be more nearby, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled and camera ready.

Hit the bike trails

Get the kids out of the house and onto the track. Whether it’s in the bush or by the beach, there are stacks of cycling trails you can set off on at varying distances and levels. Bring your own bikes or save yourself the hassle and hire a bike for the day. 

Cycle alongside dolphins

Is it a catamaran or a giant banana? Jump on a bike ride of a different kind on the water with Mandurah waterbikes. Easier than riding a bike, these waterbikes are steady and stable, so you won’t even get wet as you gently pedal and glide through the water. Hire a waterbike any day of the week during the school holidays and choose where you cruise, exploring Mandjar Bay and the stunning canals from a new perspective.

Go into the wild on a kayak

Explore hidden parts of the Peel Harvey Waterways by kayak on a guided private river or estuary tour with Salt and Bush Eco Tours. The tandem peddled kayaks are great for beginners and all level kayakers, which means you can spend more time concentrating on the incredible scenery and wildlife around you.

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Visit one of WA’s best skate parks

Get your wriggly little humans moving at one of WA’s newest skate parks by the waterfront. Suitable for all abilities, you can skate, scoot or BMX your way around three different skate zones including the very cool skate bowl. Get the kids down for a session – they’ll love it! Find out more.

Learn to surf

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

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All aboard the fun train

Jump on board the Tourist Fun Train, Mandurah’s trackless train. Your little ones will love seeing the sights as the Big Toot or Mini Toot takes them on a fun journey around the foreshore and city.

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

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

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

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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

Challenge yourself on a
Climbing & Treetop Adventure

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

Trees Adventure Lane Poole Park

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

Dare Adventures

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

Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing

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

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

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Water Adventures

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

Water Adventures

Thrilling fun
on the water

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

 

Jet Ski Tour

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

Fishing & Seafood Tours

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

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

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

Houseboat Adventure

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

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

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

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

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

Scuba Diving

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

White Water Rafting

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

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

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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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bird’s eye view

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

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

WA Skydiving Academy

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

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

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

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Royal Aero Club of WA

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

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Golf

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

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Australia’s Golf
Coast

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

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

The Cut

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

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Meadow Springs Golf & Country Club

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

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Mandurah Country Club

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

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Pinjarra Golf Club

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

Secret Harbour Golf Links
Secret Harbour Golf Links

Secret Harbour Golf Links

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

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Top 10 Adventure Activities in Mandurah

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

Top 10 Adventure Activities in Mandurah

Pick Your Adventure in Mandurah

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

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

1. Speed across an estuary twice the size of Sydney Harbour on a jet ski with Stag Watersports.

2. Catch some waves surfing at Avalon Point, Pyramids or Tim’s Thicket.

3. Use your paddle power to explore the vast waterways. With rivers, estuaries, lakes, canals and 60km of coastline, there are so many waterways you can explore by canoe, kayak, water bike or paddleboard

4. Tee off by the coast at Meadow Springs Golf & Country Club or The Cut Golf Course, one of Australia’s 100 best golf courses.

5. Zip, jump and slide through the forest on a mountain bike. Get out there and away from it all by bicycle or mountain bike to explore and find all sorts of adventures. From top to bottom Mandurah and the Peel Region has all sorts of great tracks. Find out more.

6. Enjoy stunning aerial views on a scenic flight with the Royal Aero Club of WA from Murrayfield Aerodrome.

7. Get the ultimate thrill of a lifetime on a tandem skydive with WA Skydiving Academy over Mandurah Beach or Pinjarra.

8. Challenge yourself and have a climb at the Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing Centre.

9. Climb, swing and hang around high-up in the treetops on an obstacle course at Trees Adventure, Lane Poole Reserve.

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

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