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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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.

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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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