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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Jet Ski Hire & Tours

Experience the exhilarating thrill of flying across the water on a jet ski with Stag Watersports.

Jet Ski Hire & Tours

Feel the thrill of driving your own jet ski

The scenic sheltered waters of the Peel-Harvey Estuary provide a fun, safe and comfortable ride for all experience levels.

Book a guided jet ski tour or do your own thing around Stag Watersports’ Freestyle Circuit which is permanently set up just off the Dawesville Foreshore.

After a briefing with Stag Watersports, jump on board the sleek Yamaha VX110 Sport 3 seater jet ski and feel your heart race as you speed across the Estuary.

Experience the exhilarating thrill of flying across the water on a jet ski as you follow your knowledgeable guide on an Adrenaline or Dolphin Sightseeing Tour. Cross the Estuary, start jumping waves and take in the beautiful views of the Peel-Harvey Estuary.

Even if you are not the most adventurous person in the world, we highly recommend you to get out of your comfort zone to go on this unforgettable adventure. We know you will love it.

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Canoeing, Kayaking, Stand-up Paddling

The calm waters of the Mandurah Estuary make this area perfect for an easy paddle.

Canoeing, Kayaking, Stand-up Paddling

The calm waters of
the Mandurah Estuary
make this area perfect
for an easy paddle.

There are endless places to explore along the way with a variety of bird life and you have high chances of kayaking next to dolphins as you paddle through the canals, past beautiful homes. Kayak hire is available on the Estuary’s Western Foreshore.

An especially magical experience is to paddle Mandjar Bay, Mandurah Estuary and through the canals in the early morning or late afternoon. The sheltered waters at Dawesville Foreshore, Dolphin Pool in the Mandurah Ocean Marina, Town Beach and Falcon Bay Beach are popular with paddlers.

Mandurah Boat Hire and Star Surf offer canoe, kayak, and paddleboard hire or lessons in Mandurah.

Or float and flow with Be Yoga as they take you through a slow and steady yoga practice on a stand up paddle board. Experience a state of complete peace as you center yourself amongst the quiet movements of water. The perfect way to take a moment for yourself amongst the busyness of the week.

Salt and Bush Eco Tours offer 2-hour guided kayak tours and 3-hour sailing yak tours along rivers of the Peel-Harvey Estuary – it’s a great way to experience the Mandurah waterways and look out for birdlife and dolphins along the way.

And for something a little different, you can now pedal your way across Mandjar Bay with Mandurah Waterbikes, and go dolphin spotting while you’re at it!

The inland lakes and rivers are all suitable for paddling and you can even white-water raft on the Murray River with Dwellingup Adventures in Dwellingup in winter.

Paddling Trails

Mandurah Central Paddle Trail

Explore Mandurah’s spectacular and protected waterways on a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard.

Float lazily down the calm Mandurah Estuary, paddle past impressive multi-million dollar mansions and explore the impressive birdlife around Mandurah’s extensive wetlands system.

Whether you are a novice or experienced paddler you will love this easy to paddle trail. Dolphins are regularly spotted in the area, so do not be surprised if they suddenly pop up right next to you to join you on your water adventure.

Start your paddling experience in the heart of Mandurah where you can also hire kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards from the centrally located hire outlets if you do not have your own equipment.

For landing spots and public boat ramps download the Mandurah Boating Guide.

For more information on Trails in the Peel district see https://mehg.org.au/canoe-trail-friends/.

  • How the route runs

    You can launch at either Western Foreshore or Osprey Waters Foreshore and paddle north, through Mandurah Estuary, and/or into the bays and canals east and west off the Estuary, and/or into Dolphin Quay marina and bay. Landings cannot be made in the canals but many options to land are available along the estuary, in adjoining bays and the marina. Most of these provide access to cafes, picnic areas and conveniences. Use local paddling maps to plot outward and return journeys, keeping in mind time available, wind and water conditions and boating traffic.
  • Difficulty

    This is a Grade 2 trail; easy, with small waves and/or flowing water. Observe boating rules; keep to the righthand side, or outside, of designated boating channels.
  • Points of Interest

    Wild dolphins, waterbirds, historic and modern architecture, Mandurah War Memorial opposite historic Moreton Bay fig tree, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, extensive marina and mooring pens, parklands and beaches.
  • Approximate Distance and Duration

    Approximate Distance: 1 – 15 km
    Approximate Duration: 1 – 5 hrs

Osprey Waters – Peel Inlet Paddle Trail

Blessed with 134 km² of calm inland waterways, Mandurah is the ultimate water playground for everyone and a true paddler’s paradise. The shallow Peel Inlet (commonly referred to as ‘the estuary’) stretches from Mandurah’s Estuary Bridge to the Dawesville Cut.

The Peel Inlet together with the Harvey Estuary to its south are listed under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland and ecosystem of international significance.  Osprey Waters Foreshore Reserve, about 2 kms from the Mandurah city centre, provides a great starting point for the exploration of the northern part of the Peel Inlet and the canals of nearby Mariners Cove.

View black swans, ospreys and dolphins along this trail which are regularly seen. The return paddle to Osprey Waters is dependant on water levels; if water levels are high, then the return leg can be via either side of Channel Island, and then the eastern side of the main channel. If water levels are low, then there is no other option than to follow the main channel for the full journey.

For landing spots and public boat ramps download the Mandurah Boating Guide.

For more information on Trails in the Peel district see https://mehg.org.au/canoe-trail-friends/.

  • How the route runs

    Start the Peel Inlet Paddle Trail at Osprey Waters where you can follow the shoreline south to Mandurah Quay, keeping west of the main boating channel. From here it is a short distance across Sticks Channel to the northern end of Boundary Island.
  • Difficulty

    This is a Grade 2 trail; easy with small waves and/or flowing water. Observe boating rules; keep to the righthand side, or outside, of designated boating channels. Avoid power boats and keep clear of the wash created by them.
  • Points of Interest

    Flora and wildlife habitats
    Water vistas
    Canal construction and canal front homes
  • Approximate Distance and Duration

    Osprey Waters to Mandurah Quay return 3 kms. The loop; Osprey Waters, Mandurah Quay, Boundary Island, Channel Island, Osprey Waters around 5 kms. Add another 3 kms for exploration of Mariners Cove canals. Approximate duration: 1 – 4 hours.

Serpentine River Paddling Trail

The Serpentine River is one of three rivers flowing into the Peel-Harvey Estuary, providing a habitat to many species of fauna and flora. Explore the incredible nature and birdlife on this beautiful and easy paddling trail.

For landing spots and boat ramps download the Mandurah Boating Guide.

For more information on Trails in the Peel district see https://mehg.org.au/canoe-trail-friends/.

  • How the route runs

    The lower reaches of the Serpentine River are readily accessed by launching at Riverside Gardens Reserve (cnr of Redcliffe and Wanda Roads, Greenfields). Paddle downstream toward Barragup Bridge, Pinjarra Rd, observing birdlife, occasional dolphins and a mix of sheoak, river gum and paper bark vegetation. Several small beaches offer rest points along the way. Paddle upstream into Goegrup Lake (0.5km), a large shallow waterbody best paddled in winter and spring after good rains. You’ll see many waterbirds and even occasionally some dolphins. No good landing beaches available.  (For the experienced paddler looking for a longer paddle, the Serpentine River enters the Peel Inlet approximately 5kms beyond the Barragup Bridge).

  • Difficulty

    This is a Grade 1 trail; suitable for both the experienced paddler and those with novice canoeing/kayaking skills and average level of fitness.
  • Points of Interest

    Surrounded by beautiful natural bushland, habitat to many species of flora and fauna. The bird life in particular is outstanding. There are some jetties and residences at different points along the river.
  • Approximate Distance and Duration

    Approximate Distance: 1 – 6 km
    Approximate Duration: 1 – 3 hours

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Canal Christmas Lights Tours

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

Christmas Lights Tours & Cruises

You won’t want to
miss the Mandurah
Christmas Lights cruise.

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 turns into a little Las Vegas every year from December until mid-January?

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.

Experience a Christmas wonderland on water in Mandurah.

Thanks to the Mandurah canal residents for putting in an enormous effort and dressing up their houses for Christmas at their own expense, every year more than 200 homes come alive with lights and everyone wants to stand out. There is some healthy competition in the canals and people who do not light up their houses are called the grinches – in a friendly manner of course.

Some residents have about 100 items plugged in, spend about 80 man-hours to install their Christmas lights decoration, and use 15 timeclocks powered by 30 power boards from 20 extension leads.

The best way to watch this spectacle is from a boat. As you drift down the canals by boat or on board a cruise or private charter, there is a water wishing well with all proceeds going to local charities.

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 these local operators.

MANDURAH CRUISES

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Departing every night except Christmas Day from 1 December – early January.

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Cruise options include Standard 1 hour, Premium 1 hour and 1.5 hour sunset & lights. Plus special events of a 2 hour family and 2 hour New Year’s Eve Fireworks cruise.

Departure times include 7.15pm 7.30pm, 7.45pm, 8.45pm and 9pm (times vary depending on cruise type and vessel).

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Ticket prices vary depending on cruise types with price brackets of Adults – 13 years and over, Child – 3 to 12 years and Children under 3 – FREE on all cruises.

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PIRATE SHIP MANDURAH

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Departing every night except Christmas Day from 1 December – early January.

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Hop aboard The Pirate Ship for a 1 hour Christmas tour that combines two of our favourite things, Pirates and Christmas as they cruise through Mandurah’s beautiful inland waterways and canals.

The Pirate Ship is an open air vessel offering the 360 ̊views, BYO alcohol and of course a steering wheel for the kids!

Departure times: 7.30pm and 8.45pm.

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The Pirate Ship is an open air vessel offering the 360 ̊views, BYO alcohol and of course a steering wheel for the kids!

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MANDURAH BOAT CHARTERS

Charter a Deluxe Pontoon Boat for your very personal Christmas Lights Cruise. Mandurah Boat Charters have a  very comfortable and luxurious 16-person or 20-person pontoon boat to choose from. A skipper will be provided.

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Charter a 16-person or 20-person luxury pontoon to enjoy Mandurah's Christmas Lights.

SOULMATE CHARTERS MANDURAH

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Departing every night in December to early January. Closed Christmas Day only.
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Choose from 1 hour, 1.5 hour and 3 hour cruises.

Departure times: 5.15pm for the 3 hour Christmas Light, Sunset and Chill cruise and 8.30pm for the 1.5 hour Christmas Lights cruise.

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Soulmate Charters is a personalised cruise taking no more than 12 passengers at a time so you can relax, taking the hassle out of operating a boat.

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ECO BBQ BOATS

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Departing every night except Christmas Day from 1 December – early January.

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Get the ultimate and uninterrupted 360 ̊ view of Mandurah’s famous Canal Christmas Lights onboard unique open boats.

Enjoy the spectacular lights while comfortably sitting at a round table with a maximum of 9 passengers per boat on a very exclusive cruise.

80 minute guided tour, with two departure times: 7.30pm and 9pm.

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Hire the whole boat for a private Christmas Lights tour for you and your friends and family.

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MANDURAH HOUSEBOATS

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Departing every night except Christmas Day from 1 December – early January.

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Hire their Party Pontoon Boat for up to 6 people with one of their staff onboard to show your family and friends the lights.

The 1 hour 15 minutes guided cruise departs at 7:30pm or 9pm

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Max 6 passengers (the boat is yours and there are no minimum numbers). No skipper’s ticket required.

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MANDURAH BOAT HIRE

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Boats available every night, except Christmas Day & News Year’s Eve.

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Hire your own boat for your personal Christmas Lights cruise. A skipper’s  ticket/boat licence is required for all boat hire after sunset. However, if you do not hold a Recreational Skippers Ticket, we will supply a guide at an additional cost (the guide will be counted in the passenger numbers).

Departure times start at 6.30 pm and run till 10 pm. Boats can be rented for an hour to all night long. The choice is up to you.

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Enjoy the spectacular Christmas lights aboard your own private boat, BYO drinks & food.

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Stay a little longer

Instead of rushing back to normality or back to Perth, stay overnight and relax a little longer. Choose from our great Mandurah accommodation options. There’s something to suit all tastes and budgets – a choice of hotels, caravan and camping sites, charming bed and breakfasts, self-contained apartments, and even houseboats for hire.

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Self-Drive Boat Hire

Mandurah is often compared to a modern Venice due to its network of canals.

Self-Drive Boat Hire

Mandurah is often
compared to a modern
Venice due to its network
of canals

Explore these stunning waterways at your own pace with a hire boat, and you don’t need a boat licence.

Mandurah Boat Hire

Experience the adventure of being a skipper for an hour or the whole day by hiring a boat from Mandurah Boat Hire. Choose from well-maintained and GPS tracked dinghies, pontoon boats, or luxury Sun Tracker-style boats and enjoy the scenic views and watch dolphins play while you cruise through the Mandurah Canals and Estuary. Pets are welcome on board and you can also hire fishing and crabbing gear if needed.

Mandurah Boat Hire offers a series of other water activities; this includes single sit-on-top kayaks, double seater sit-on-top kayaks, and stable beginner stand up paddle boards in either fibreglass or inflatable.

Eco BBQ Boats

Another great and unique way to enjoy Mandurah’s waterways is Eco BBQ Boats. Hire Western Australia’s only donut-shaped electric BBQ boats to float around the beautiful Mandurah Ocean Marina and Venetian Canals and enjoy your very own floating barbecue with up to 10 people. Bring your own food and drinks or take advantage of their BBQ meat packs. With all equipment supplied and no skipper’s ticket required, this is the ultimate 360 degree dining experience on the water.

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Mandurah Houseboats

To completely unwind, take your holiday home with you by hiring a fully-equipped houseboat from Mandurah Houseboats who have boats leaving from Mandurah Ocean Marina (their office location) and from Ravenswood on the Murray River.

Enjoy waterways for days cruising the estuary and Murray River, dining at one of the riverbank restaurants, fishing, crabbing or just relaxing on the deck as you enjoy the spectacular views. One of their houseboats even has a spa on the deck! How good is that? And the best thing is you don’t need a boat licence to drive these houseboats. You’ll get a 1 hour tutorial by their friendly staff and you’ll be ready to go on your holiday of a lifetime.

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Emily Louise suitable for wheelchair users (Mandurah hOUSEBOATS)

Emily Louise can comfortably accommodate 8 people; offering 2 double bedrooms with queen-sized beds, a set of bunks in the passageway and a pull out double sofa bed in the lounge room along with a shower and 2 toilets. A fully equipped galley includes a microwave and Nespresso coffee machine. Reverse cycle air-conditioning and all linen are also included. The large rear deck has a luxurious spa, BBQ and outdoor table and chairs.

Emily Louise is a luxury 2020 purpose built houseboat. Suitable for wheelchair users, she offers ramp access, spacious rooms, wide doorways/passageways and handrails in wet areas. The toilet/shower, helm, benchtops and light switches are all positioned to allow wheelchair users easy access.

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EXPLORING WITH YOUR OWN BOAT?

Boat owners have the option to rent short or long term pens at Mandurah Ocean Marina. You can hire a pen through a flexible licence, ranging from one night to one year. Find out more.

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Boat Tours & Cruises

Mandurah’s pristine, uncrowded beaches are playgrounds for all ages and interests.

Boat Tours & Cruises

Explore an estuary twice the size of Sydney Harbour

A relaxing way for you to explore the vast, calm, inland waterways around Mandurah is on a guided tour.

Mandurah Cruises

Experience the best of Mandurah’s incredible natural environment on 1-hour, half-day or full-day marine adventures with Mandurah Cruises.

Encounter Western Australia’s best dolphin population on their daily 1 Hour Dolphin & Scenic Marine Cruise which offers you the opportunity to experience playful wild dolphins in their natural environment, wetlands teeming with diverse bird life, magnificent canal homes, heritage listed pioneer and cultural sites, live commentary and more. You can even enjoy a delicious, fresh fish & chips lunch on board!

If you’re after a relaxing half day on the water, then join Mandurah Cruises for a Murray River Lunch Cruise or learn about the region’s rich indigenous history and culture on a Dreamtime Cruise. They also offer seasonal and special event cruises across the year.

There are also great seasonal cruises for you to choose from.

Calling all beer lovers – this one’s for you. Mandurah Cruises’ Brewery Cruise caters to all budding beer connoisseurs with a half day excursion along the water towards the Peel-Harvey Estuary, arriving at the new Boundary Island Brewery. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a pint of one (or two… maybe three) of their delicious craft beers, brewed on site.

Enjoy a 1.5-hour Sunset Cruise, set against a golden summer sunset, accompanied by live music. Sit back and relax with a drink in hand from the bar on board as you take in the stunning views. Taste the region’s delicious local produce with a charcuterie board for 2 or enjoy a serve of WA’s number 1 fish ‘n’ chips aboard by Cicerello’s.

Enjoy a scrumptious high tea on the relaxing 2-hour High Tea Cruise through Mandurah’s luxurious canals and picturesque inland waterways. Included is a complimentary glass of sparkling and unlimited tea & coffee. Specialty cocktails, wine and spirits can also be purchased from the bar on board.

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The Pirate Ship Mandurah

The Pirate Ship Mandurah offers tours through the inland waterways and canals throughout the year on board a custom-built Pirate Ship.

Take your seats as you depart from the Eastern Foreshore for a 45 minute cruise and venture through Mandurah’s inland waterways and canals on the fun pirate adventure for children and adults of all ages.

As you cruise through Mandurah’s canals, you can steer the pirate wheel, ring the bell or sit back and enjoy the scenery and lookout for the wildlife that call the Mandurah canals home, including the famous bottlenose dolphins.

The Pirate Ship Mandurah

Mandurah Boat Charters

Why not charter a boat for the day and explore the waterways of Mandurah? Get a group of friends and family together and head out for a day of sightseeing and fishing, or cruise along the estuary, stopping for a drink or bite to eat. It’s the ultimate way to relax and enjoy our beautiful waterways.

Hire a Deluxe Charter Pontoon Boat with Mandurah Boat Charters for a fun day out on the water. A skipper comes with the pontoon when you hire the the 16-person or 20-person Deluxe Pontoon.

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Soulmate Charters Mandurah

You can cruise Mandurah’s waterways at a slower pace with  Soulmate Charters Mandurah.

With only 12 guests on the vessel, you have a more personalised experience and without the hassle of operating it.

The 2 hour Cruise and Chill Adventure takes you through the Mandurah canal and then heads into the Peel Inlet, later anchoring to take a swim or paddle board. The 3 hour Sunset and Chill cruise explains all in it’s  name – it’s the ideal cruise to watch the sunset and see Mandurah from a night perspective.

You’ll be wowed by the canal Christmas lights on the 1.5 hour Christmas Light Cruise, and dazzled by a beautiful Mandurah sunset and cruise through the canals on the 3 hour Christmas Light, Sunset and Chill cruise. Each are memorable, relaxing cruises, showcasing Mandurah’s best.

Let Soulmate Charters show you Mandurah’s backyard while you lay back and live the Mandurah lifestyle.

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Luxury Boutique Boat Charters Mandurah

Come and join in the fun and experience a different side to Mandurah’s waterways and Peel inlet.

Luxury Boutique Boat Charters Mandurah offer unique, personalised and intimate chartered experiences on the beautiful Murray River for a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 4 guests.  If you book, you’ll have the skippered boat to yourself.

Luxury Boutique Boat Charters Mandurah offer 3 cruises per day. Choose from the Breakfast & Birdsong Cruise or their Bubbles & Grazing Board Cruise or their signature cruise,  the Sunset & Tapas Cruise.

From the moment your skipper welcomes you aboard, all  you have to do is relax and enjoy!

All cruises are 2 hours in duration and are inclusive of food.

Luxury Boutique Boat Charters Mandurah will accommodate whatever it is you would like to do.

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Fishing & Crabbing

Mandurah is renowned for its seafood and fantastic fishing.

Fishing & Crabbing

Mandurah is renowned
for its seafood and
fantastic fishing.

The Mandurah fishery is also the first joint recreational and commercial fishery that received the international tick for sustainable fishing and quality from the Marine Stewardship Council in 2016.

This means that both the commercial and recreational fishers of Mandurah are showing the world how sustainable fishing should be done. Something we’re very proud of, so we hope you follow the rules and guidelines too when you go out to catch yourself dinner.

Fishing

Fish for herring, sand whiting, bream, cobbler, tailor or garfish in the Mandurah Estuary. In season you can fish for salmon and tailor on the beach, and the Dawesville Cut is the best place to catch King George whiting.

You can also catch trout and redfin all year in Lake Navarino (also called Waroona Dam) and Drakesbrook Weir in Waroona. If you love some black bream, mulloway and whiting, Murray River is a great spot to try your luck. Upstream, the river has been stocked up with trout. At Preston Beach, fish for whiting, herring, skippy and salmon (when they run) straight from the beach.

A licence is required for freshwater and boat fishing and you can obtain it via fish.wa.gov.au. Fishing gear is available for hire in Mandurah.

Seafood and Fishing Tours

Learn tips and tricks from the pros and get access to the best spots to catch seafood on a tour.

On Mandurah Cruises’ Wild Seafood Adventure you’ll journey out to the Indian Ocean and help haul in crayfish pots, before enjoying the rewards of your labour with a delicious barbecue lunch with local wines, served on board as you cruise the calm estuary waters.

Mandurah Cruises also offers 2 hour, half day and full day fishing charters, which include fishing lessons so you can cast out for a dhufish, snapper, samson or baldchin groper.

Port Bouvard Charters offers full day fishing charters from Port Bouvard marina for experienced and novice fishers.

If you’d prefer to go out fishing by yourself, boats and fishing gear can be hired from Mandurah Boat Hire.

Crabbing

Mandurah is well-known for its blue swimmer crabs and excellent crabbing.

Crabbing season opens on December 1st, just as the weather warms up for summer. By January the Peel-Harvey Estuary is swimming with full size crabs ready to be caught.

Early morning or evening is the best time to catch them and you can go crabbing from a boat, a jetty using drop nets, or wade into the shallows with long-handled scoop nets.

Rules for crabbing

You don’t need a licence to catch crabs, however they can only be caught from 1st December to 31st August and there are minimum size and bag limit regulations.

The minimum size limit is 127mm. The size of a crab is measured from the tips of its spikes across the widest part of the shell. Measure accurately using a crab gauge available from the Mandurah Visitor Centre and fishing tackle shops.

Keeping undersize crabs or egg-carrying (‘berried’) females is illegal and you could be fined up to $5,000. These crabs must be returned to the water immediately, before attempting to catch another crab.

The bag limit in the Mandurah area is 10 crabs per person per day. You must not catch crabs for anyone else. A bag limit of 20 crabs per boat per day applies.

If you use a powered boat to fish for crabs or to reach your fishing location, at least one person on board needs a Recreational Fishing from Boat Licence (RFBL), available for purchase from the Department of Fisheries.

See full details on crabbing rules in the Mandurah area here.

Best Locations

You’re more likely to catch full size crabs in January, and early morning and evening are the best times, when crabs come into the shallows.

Here are our tips for some good places to go crabbing:
  • Mandjar Bay
  • Mandurah Estuary
  • The Peel Inlet-Harvey Estuary by Boundary Island
  • Sticks Channel
  • Mandurah Estuary Bridge
  • Dawesville Cut

Our Tip: Visit the Mandurah Visitor Centre before heading out and ask if there are any new good spots this crabbing season.

Please check: Some areas around Mandurah are protected nature reserves and off-limits for crabbing all year around. Look out for signs before you start crabbing to make sure it is an approved area.

How to clean & prepare a blue manna crab

Now you’ve caught some nice full-sized crabs, but what to do next to be able to enjoy them?

Well, here you go:
  1. Ensure your crabs are dormant by putting them into the freezer for about 20 minutes.
  2. Turn the crab over.
  3. Pull the triangular flap down.
  4. Pull the triangular flap away from the body of the crab.
  5. Ensure that the triangular flap and attached underside of the crab are completely removed from the main body of the crab.
  6. Remove the grey gills of the crab.
  7. Scoop out the insides of the crab.
  8. Once you have washed your crab under freshwater it’s ready to use and cook.

It’s best to cook crabs a few hours after they’ve been caught, as they usually die quickly. Bring crabs to the boil in salted water, then simmer for 5-6 minutes (longer for more crabs). Once cooked, place in cool water. Serve with bread, lemon, vinegar or seafood sauce.

Crabbing Tours

Are you looking for a crabbing adventure but need some advice from the experts? No worries, we have you covered.

Mandurah Cruises will take you crabbing on their customised crabbing vessel where you can try your hand at “scooping” for Mandurah’s famous crabs in the shallow waters of the Peel Inlet. They will steam cook the crabs aboard and even throw some crabs on the BBQ. Sounds like a perfect day out, doesn’t it?

Where to buy crabs

If you don’t have much luck catching your own crabs, you can buy fresh local crabs here.

  • Wattsies Place

    • open 7 days a week from 8am to 5pm
    • Address: 2299 Old Coast Rd, Herron WA 6210
    • Cooked Crabs available daily. Raw Crabs only available Tues-Sat (24hrs notice required for raw crab orders).

    Fun Fact: Fishing in Mandurah since early 1890’s began with Alfred Loton Watts and wife Ester Watts (Nee Morfitt). Wattsies Place began trading approximately 46 years ago under a tree in the front yard of John & Diane’s house, since then the business has grown and prospered as Mandurah’s reputation for fresh seafood has spread. Visit Wattsies Place or pre-order via phone on (08) 9739 1065.

  • Fisho Singleton

    • open Wed-Sun from 9am to 6pm.
    • Address: Corner of Singleton Beach Rd & Mandurah Rd, Singleton WA 6175
    • Crabs are sold fresh or cooked

  • Fisho at Gilbert’s Fresh Market

    • open 7 days a week from 8am-5pm
    • Address:  13-15 Rouse Rd, Mandurah WA 6210.
    • Crabs are sold cooked only

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Beaches & Surfing

Mandurah’s pristine, uncrowded beaches are playgrounds for all ages and interests.

Beaches & Surfing

Mandurah’s pristine,
uncrowded beaches are
playgrounds for all ages
and interests.

Whether you’re after a family-friendly day by the seaside, a stroll along the shore spotting shells and marine creatures or an epic surf spot, Mandurah has it all. Here are some of our top picks.

Falcon Bay, Falcon

This beautiful bay on Spinaway Parade in Falcon is much loved by the locals. Northern facing and protected from southerly winds, it’s perfect to spend all day swimming and relaxing by the water.

It also has shady grassed areas, picnic tables, BBQs, a playground and toilet/shower facilities and the popular Falcon Bay Beach Cafe’ nearby selling everything from coffee and cake to a delicious, filling lunch with views across the ocean.

The calm waters make it a great spot for paddlers too. It also has a reef area ideal for exploring or snorkelling at high tide and a pontoon offshore in summertime.

Our tip: if you are keen to learn to Stand Up Paddle Board or surf, Star Surf has you covered, offering lessons at Falcon Bay and other nearby beaches.

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Town Beach

Town Beach and Seashells are beautiful beaches popular with everyone from young families to groups of friends hanging out.

Supervised by Surf Life Saving teams on the weekends, it is the perfect place to spend a summer day with safe swimming, cafes and restaurants within walking distance and a number of undercover shades on the sand.

Just a few metres back from the beach behind the car park are toilet facilities, BBQs and a playground, making it a winning spot for a day in the sun or a picnic with the family.

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Pyramids Beach, Dawesville

Popular with locals and tourists, this Dawesville beach boasts pumping swell and plenty of exciting beach activities almost all year round.

Patrolled by the Port Bouvard Surf Life Saving Club, this spot is always busy with surfers, swimmers and body boarders for good reason.

There is plenty of parking, public toilets/showers and shelters as well as a path weaving through the dunes along the 1.4km stretch of beach which is ideal for walkers and cyclists.

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Lido Beach, Dolphin Quay

Also known as Marina South Harbour Beach, this man-made swimming area is perfect for kids and families.

With plenty of sand to play with, a huge shelter to stay away from the sun’s rays, Lido Beach is especially fun for the little ones.

It also adjoins Keith Holmes Reserve with playgrounds, BBQ’s and all day parking, making it a top destination in Mandurah for a picnic and day of adventure.

As if it couldn’t get any better, it is also within walking distance of the Marina with plenty of restaurants, cafes and markets just minutes away.

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Blue Bay, Halls Head

This little slice of heaven in Halls Head is less protected but is an awesome spot for snorkelling, just metres from the shore.

Very clean and often quiet, there are plenty of rock pools to explore when the tide is out and there are always epic ocean views.

With plenty of parking and toilet/shower facilities at Blue Bay, it’s a great day out. Don’t forget to pack the sunscreen and the umbrellas because there is no shade here.

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Doddies Beach, Halls Head

A protected bay with a cafe, plenty of parking, playgrounds, shade, grass and BBQ facilities, Doddies Beach is a popular spot on a summer day for good reason.

Although it can be subject to collecting some seaweed from time to time, it is usually always good for swimming with calm waters.

Jet skis and boats can pull up not too far from Doddies Beach making it a great place for a day on the water!

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Village Beach, Wannanup

Another man-made beach, this Wannanup spot is easy to find by turning off Old Coast Road onto Northport Boulevard and then turning onto Batavia Avenue at the end of Northport Boulevard.

Technically not the ocean but estuary waters, this sheltered spot is perfect for the little ones with a large, sandy shore and safe swimming but is also an ideal location for paddling and stand up paddle boarding.

There is a grassy park right next to the beach with playgrounds, showers, BBQ’s and parking, making it another perfect spot for a day out or a picnic lunch.

Bonus points: this spot has great canal views.

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Silversands Beach, Silversands

If you’re looking for kilometres of pristine coastline, perfect swimming spots and even a couple of challenging surf spots including Fourth Groin, look no further than Silversands Beach.

Boasting clean sand, safe and calm waters and plenty of opportunities for the perfect Instagram photo, Silversands Beach is one of the best.

Take a casual stroll along the shore, join the many locals working out, take a dip in the water or enjoy the incredible sunsets that kiss the horizon goodnight along the coastline.

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Madora Bay Beach, Madora Bay

This idyllic beach is popular for beach fishing, a beautiful stroll or watching the sunset.

With a pristine coastline and often uncrowded, Madora Bay has brand new viewing platforms to take in all that Mandurah’s oceans have to offer.

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Seascapes Beach, Halls Head

Not as good for swimming but you will find some spots along the coast without reef for a refreshing dip.

Seascapes Beach is great for a stroll along the shore with the dogs as there is plenty of sand to run around on.

There are plenty of rock pools with cool marine creatures to explore during low tide all the way along Seascapes Beach.

With Pirate Park close by and plenty of restaurants including Spill the Beans cafe for breakfast or enjoy pizza or fish and chips as the sun goes down. Seascapes Beach has everything for the perfect summer day by the water.

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