10 Affordable Family-Friendly Activities Around Mandurah

If you’re popping down to visit the much-hyped Giants of Mandurah, or just looking for fun day trip ideas with the fam, check out our 10 fun family activities that won’t break the bank.

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10 Affordable Family-Friendly Activities Around Mandurah

by Troy Mutton for PerthisOK!

In case you missed the memo, Mandurah is poppin’ right now with so many BIG reasons to visit!

Along with winning a host of tourism awards this year including WA’s 2022 Top Tourism Town, the coastal city continues to expand its offerings, most recently launching the much-hyped Giants Of Mandurah attraction, which has been capturing the imagination of people from all over the state.
Thomas Dambo Giants of Mandurah
Little Lui by Thomas Dambo, Parklands

The Giants of Mandurah are the latest addition to WA’s ultimate aquatic playground, one that features vast stretches of beautiful beaches and lovely inland waterways and an array of fun and unique activities to enjoy.

Indeed, it’s an epic spot to take the whole family – including a heap of activities that won’t break the bank, just like the 10 we’ve listed below:

Pirate Ship Cruise

Sure you could drift around the waterways of Mandurah on a normal old boat, but if you ask us conquering the canals aboard a pirate ship is way, way cooler. This 45 minute cruise is great for all the family, and kids can have a go at steering the wheel, shooting water cannons and ringing the bell while you can sit back and relax, making sure to keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins. A family ticket will only set you back $68.

The Pirate Cruise Mandurah School Holiday Activities Mandurah
The Pirate Cruise

Dolphin Views & Cruise

Speaking of dolphins, your best chance at spotting Mandurah’s beloved bottlenoses is aboard Mandurah Cruises’ Dolphin Cruise & Views Tour. The one-hour scenic voyage explores the waterways of Mandurah with guides giving you the lowdown on Mandurah history, heritage landmarks and coastal sites along the way. Along with dolphins you’ll also spot an array of amazing waterbirds, grab a drink from the licensed bar and more. Family passes are $75, and come with a guarantee – if you don’t see a dolphin on your trip you can come back any time in the next year for free!

Dolphin Cruise Views Mandurah
Dolphin Cruise & Views, Mandurah Cruises

The Bike Kiosk

While cruising Mandurah’s waterways is a lot of fun, it can be equally as cool to explore Mandurah on land, and one of the most fun ways to do so is on an e-scooter or e-bike. The Bike Kiosk is located next to the Mandurah Visitor Centre and you can choose from a range of e-rideables to suit all preferences and experience levels.

E scooter hire in Mandurah
Hire an e-scooter from The Bike Kiosk, Mandurah

Amaze Miniature Park

It might be called the Miniature Park, but Amaze is so big you might need a whole day to tackle it all! The centrepiece is of course the 70 miniature buildings on display complete with interactive model trains, manicured lawns and even a replica of Perth’s famed Blue Boat Shed. There’s also the 1000 square metre hedge maze to get lost in, mini golf (included free with admission), shaded playground, the Tiny Teapot Café, and an incredible LEGO Exhibit as well.

The best part? Family passes are only $50.

Amaze Miniature Park Mandurah
Amaze Miniature Park

Tourist Fun Train

From tiny trains at Amaze to the real deal, Mandurah’s Tourist Fun Train is a fun way to explore the Eastern Foreshore. There’s two to choose from: BIG TOOT tackles 10 stations and goes for around 50 minutes, while MINI TOOT trips are great for smaller kids and only go for 15 minutes. Family tickets are only $45, though if you want to just send the kids on their way it’s only $7 each.

Mini Toot School Holiday Activities Mandurah
Mandurah Tourist Fun Train | Mini Toot

Cruise & Splash

The whole family will have a ball on this relaxed two hour cruise with Soulmate Charters where you will not only explore Mandurah’s waterways but can also enjoy a swim or float in their super fun blow-up lounges. Try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding or just sit back, relax and chill out in cool, coastal surroundings.

Soulmate Charters Cruise Splash Cruise
Soulmate Charters

Peel Produce Market

When you’re road tripping away from Perth there’s nothing better than finding a fresh farmers market with goods direct from the source, and that’s exactly what you’ll get at the Peel Produce Market, every Saturday morning from 7am-midday. There’s always plenty of free kids activities happening around the market to keep them busy while you stock up for the pantry or a picnic lunch.

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Kids activities at Peel Produce Market

Mandurah Skate Park + Koolaanga Waabiny Playground

As far as public open spaces go, Mandurah has truly levelled up in the past couple of years with the expansion of their popular skate park, and the completion of the spectacular Koolaanga Waabiny Playground next door. Both are part of the $22m Mandurah Waterfront Project, with the skate park now featuring a massive new competition bowl, with three zones suitable for all levels.

Skate Park Mandurah
Mandurah Skate Park

Meanwhile its new neighbour boasts a 12m high play tower, swinging and climbing zones, slides, shaded cubby pods, music play zones, balancing logs, a spinning carousel and even a human hamster wheel. You won’t be able to drag them away!

Koolaanga Waabiny Playground Mandurah
Koolaanga Waabiny Playground. Western Foreshore Mandurah

Instagram Trail

Phones are of course a part of life for both adults and kids these days, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be incorporated into fun activities with positive outcomes. The Mandurah Instagram Trail is a great way to experience Mandurah’s picturesque natural and unique environments, while creating long lasting holiday memories you can look back on for years to come. There are almost 20 stops to snap, including quirky 3D art, murals, memorials and more.

Mandurah Instagram Trail 3D Pelican
3D pelican at Mandurah Ocean Marina, Mandurah Instagram Trail

Family-Friendly Restaurants + Great Picnic & BBQ Spots

While Mandurah is flush to the gills with great restaurants, it’s hard to go past one of the many delicious fish and chip shops around town. For an affordable seafood feast you’re truly spoilt for choice by the likes of Foreshore Fish & Chips, Halls Head Fish & Chips, Smiley Joe’s Fish & Chip Shop, Ginger Groper Blue Bay Fish & Chips, Sharky’s Fish & Chips… The options are endless, though must always finish with some sweet treats from Simmo’s or Cool Eats on the foreshore.

And finally, if you prefer to pack your own lunch there are BBQ facilities at most reserves around Mandurah, including the Eastern Foreshore Reserve, Dawesville Foreshore Reserve, Caterpillar Playground and Henry Sutton Grove. Forget the snags? Never fear, there’s plenty of great butchers in town who’ll help you out.

Family BBQ at Falcon Bay Beach Mandurah
Falcon Bay Beach

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School Holiday Activities

Give your kids the opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills and have adventures over the school holidays.

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Keep your kids entertained
these school holidays

Give your kids the opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills and have adventures over the school holidays.

You can keep your kids entertained with a number of attractions in Mandurah and fun things to do within the Peel region.

Outdoor Activities

Entertain the Kids on a Cruise

Exploring Mandurah isn’t half as fun unless you heard out on a boat cruise. Join a cruise with Mandurah Cruises and learn all about the marine environment as you tour the canals, estuary and wetlands.

Take the family on a fun-filled adventure. Meet Mandurah’s playful wild dolphins, watch a western rock lobster catch demonstration and see this iconic creature up close, spot pelicans, ospreys & swans on the wetlands, explore the city’s illustrious canals. Kids, help the Captain drive from the junior captain’s helm! And adults, help yourself to FREE coffee & tea.

The Dolphin Cruise & Views departs daily at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Family passes are $75, and come with a guarantee – if you don’t see a dolphin on your trip you can come back any time in the next year for free!

Dolphin and Scenic Marine Cruise Mandurah
Dolphin Cruise & Views

AHOY there, me hearties! What’s this? Pirates in Mandurah? Join ‘Pete Blackbeard’ and his buckos at Pirate Ship Mandurah for a fun day out on the water. It’s an open air vessel where kids can dress as pirates, steer the wheel, ring the bell and look through telescopes. It’s pirate role playing at its best.

The Pirate Cruise Mandurah School Holiday Activities Mandurah
The Pirate Cruise

The whole family will have a ball on this relaxed 2 hour cruise with Soulmate Charters where you will not only explore Mandurah’s waterways but can also enjoy a swim or float in a blow-up lounge. Try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding or just sit back and relax.

Soulmate Charters Cruise Splash Cruise
Soulmate Charters

Float your boat in Mandurah

Mandurah is best explored by boat. If you don’t have your own one, you can hire a boat or  explore at a slightly slower pace by paddleboard or kayak in Mandurah.

Or dip your toes in Mandurah’s magnificent new estuary pool on a sunny winter day. Named Kwillena (dolphin) Gabi (waters) by the traditional owners of Bindjareb Boodja, this natural waterway shares its habitat with local marine life.

Kwillena Gabi Estuary Pool Mandurah
Kwillena Gabi Estuary Pool on Mandurah's Eastern Foreshore

Cycle Tracks and Trails

Mountain biking and cycling are a great and easy way to get out and explore with kids. Mandurah has good cycle paths around the city centre, marina and along the coast. You can enjoy the effortless experience of an e-bike with The Bike Kiosk, based at the Mandurah Visitor Centre.

There are also family-friendly forest cycle trails throughout the region and don’t forget the Munda Biddi Trail, a world-class off-road cycling track, running through Dwellingup.

Explorer of the wetlands

As soon as you arrive in Mandurah, you feel relaxed and get this instant holiday feeling. Why? Because in Mandurah, we’re relaxed by nature.

Mandurah is like an outdoor classroom where you can learn about the incredible, internationally significant Peel Yalgorup Wetlands System and the wildlife on guided nature walks and even nocturnal bush walk tours with Salt & Bush Eco Tours and Ways to Nature.

This is literally your golden opportunity to immerse yourself in nature because Salt and Bush Eco Tours owner and tour guide Jamie van Jones was named ‘Australia’s best tour guide’ at the 2022 Australian Top Tourism Awards held in Canberra.

Visit the 2,000 year old Lake Clifton thrombolite reef at Yalgorup National Park which can only be found in a few places in the world! Mandurah has many bird visitors too as it is considered one of the few locations in Australia chosen as a rest stop for migratory birds.

Amusement Parks and Rides

Appeasing the imaginations of those big and small, there are 70 adorable miniature buildings and model trains at Amaze Miniature Park. It is set among four acres of beautifully manicured gardens along with mini golf, a hedge maze and a playground.

And from very small to very tall, you can jump aboard the King Carnival Ferris wheel or tower ride or have a go on the dodgem cars and amusement arcade. It’s a great day of fun for kids of all ages.

Amaze Miniature Park School Holiday activities Mandurah
Amaze Miniature Park

Locomotives Big and Small

They may be child-sized, but they sure have big hearts – Mini Toot, the friendly miniature train runs along Mandurah’s Eastern Foreshore – and the Big Toot is a hop on/hop off tour for all ages. These two are owned by the Mandurah Tourist Fun Train Company and is a fun way to tour Mandurah. You can purchase tickets at the Mandurah Visitor Centre or when boarding the train.

The Hotham Valley Railway in Dwellingup is a popular attraction, particularly for the train buff. Experience a ride aboard a heritage train in the heart of the jarrah forest. The tracks were built in the early 1900’s to transport timber from Dwellingup around the state, and today you can enjoy three different train experiences, the Steam Ranger operating in winter months only, May – October.

Mini Toot School Holiday Activities Mandurah
Mandurah Tourist Fun Train | Mini Toot

Be a zookeeper for a day

Are your children wildlife enthusiasts? Great, did you know they can be a professional zookeeper for a day at Ranger Red’s Zoo and experience first-hand handling and feeding the animals? They will learn how over 100 species of birds and animals are cared for and get up close to Tasmanian Devils, koalas, kangaroos, snakes, ferrets, lizards and a variety of bird species. Learn more about the Zookeeper 4 A Day program.

Peel-Zoo-Zookeeper-4-A-Day

Mandurah (Bill Bowler) Skate Park

Part of the Western Foreshore recreation precinct, the competition standard park is a concrete skate park with three skate zones for different skill levels, including a competition bowl and a plaza area.

It caters for skaters, BMX and scooter riders of all levels, is state of the art as far as skate parks go, and it’s a top pick for local skaters, being designed by skaters, specifically for skaters.

Indoor Activities

Even if the rain is pouring outside, the fun in Mandurah won’t stop this winter. Check out these family-friendly indoor activities.

Climbing fun

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 for your kids to burn some energy, all while having fun in a safe and friendly environment.

Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing

Flip Out Trampoline Park

This trampoline park is the ideal indoor activity in Mandurah. Bounce, jump and leap for joy with the family in this massive arena. Who can say no to a trampoline park? Find out more here.

Inflatable World

Another amusing indoor activity in Mandurah is one of Australia’s biggest indoor inflatable playgrounds. This family-friendly attraction will surely get the adrenaline rushing! Tickets are sold on the spot. Find out more here.

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