8 epic outdoor school holiday adventures for the whole family

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.

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!

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!

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.

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. And be sure to download a trail map before you go.

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.

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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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!

Get your kids to master a new skill these school holidays in the surf. Led by accredited surfing instructors, they’ll be taught how to launch themselves onto a board safely and get on top of their first wave. Ever wanted to try it yourself? Join in and give Star Surf a go!

Jump on board 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.


Easter endless long weekend hop down for some family fun

Not only is Mandurah jam-packed with adventures the City has been running a successful series of Endless Long Weekends. The Easter long weekend is bursting with family friendly events from easter egg hunts, music, carnival rides, family movies and much more.

So, make the most of the sun while it’s still out and Visit Mandurah these school holidays.

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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

Adventure Activities
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.

1. Tee off from WA’s Golf Coast

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


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

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


3. Take a hike on a bush or coastal trail

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


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

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

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

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


5. Use your paddle power to explore the vast waterways

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


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

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


7. Enjoy high-speed thrills on a Dolphin Adventure Cruise

Mandurah Cruises’ Dolphin Island Adventure not only gets you close to Mandurah’s wild dolphins, you will also cross the expansive Peel Inlet and cruise through the Dawesville Cut in the high-speed vessel.


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

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


9. Journey into nature on a camping trip

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


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

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


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