10 Affordable Family-Friendly Activities

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.
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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.

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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 $79, 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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

School Holiday Activities

Spring into Adventure this School Holiday Season in Mandurah!

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

Looking for an exciting way to keep your kids entertained during the Spring school holidays? Look no further than Mandurah and the beautiful Peel region, where a world of fun and adventure awaits.

Outdoor Activities

Giants of Mandurah

Prepare to be amazed by the Giants of Mandurah, a remarkable series of larger-than-life wooden sculptures created by the renowned artist Thomas Dambo. These incredible sculptures have found their home in secret and picturesque locations scattered throughout Mandurah. The best part? This outdoor exhibition is completely free to enjoy!

If you’d like some company and a bit of guidance on your Giant hunt, consider booking a guided Giant tour. There are guided e-bike, boat, and coach tours available to choose from.

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Santi Ikto Giant by Thomas Dambo

Cruise into fun with the kids

Exploring Mandurah is incomplete without embarking on a boat cruise. Join a cruise with Mandurah Cruises and dive into the world of marine wonders.

Take your family on a thrilling adventure as you meet Mandurah’s playful wild dolphins, spot pelicans, ospreys, and swans in the wetlands, and explore the city’s enchanting canals and marina. Kids can even help steer the ship from the junior captain’s helm, while adults can enjoy complimentary coffee and tea.

The Dolphin Cruise & Views sets sail daily at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm, with family passes priced at just $79. Plus, there’s a guarantee: if you don’t spot a dolphin on your trip, you can come back anytime in the next year for free!

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Dolphin Cruise & Views | Image courtesy of Mandurah Cruises

Pirate Adventures Ahoy!

Arr, matey! Did you ever think you’d find pirates in Mandurah? Join ‘Pete Blackbeard’ and his merry crew at Pirate Ship Mandurah for a fantastic day on the high seas. This open-air vessel allows kids to dress as pirates, steer the ship, ring the bell, and peer through telescopes for an unforgettable pirate role-playing experience.

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The Pirate Cruise

Splash & Cruise

The whole family will have a blast on this relaxed 2-hour cruise with Soulmate Charters, where you can explore Mandurah’s scenic waterways and even take a dip or lounge on a blow-up float. Try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding or simply relax and unwind.

Soulmate Charters Cruise Splash Cruise
Soulmate Charters

Float your boat in Mandurah

Mandurah is best explored by boat, and even if you don’t have your own, you can easily rent one. Alternatively, you can explore at a more leisurely pace on a paddleboard or kayak. Mandurah offers excellent cycle paths around the city center, marina, and coastline.

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

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Cruising the Mandurah Ocean Marina with a boat from Mandurah Boat Hire

Delight in Miniature Marvels

Captivate the imagination of young and old alike with a visit to Amaze Miniature Park, where you’ll discover 70 adorable miniature buildings and model trains. Set amidst four acres of beautifully manicured gardens, the park also features mini-golf, a hedge maze, and a playground.

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Amaze Miniature Park

All aborad the Tourist Fun Train

Hop on board Mini Toot, the friendly miniature train that runs along Mandurah’s Eastern Foreshore. Or embark on the Big Toot, a hop-on/hop-off tour suitable for all ages. These charming trains are operated by the Mandurah Tourist Fun Train Company and offer a fun way to explore Mandurah. Tickets are available at the Mandurah Visitor Centre or when boarding the train.

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Tourist Fun Train Company's Mini Toot

Explore on an e-scooter or e-bike

For an exhilarating way to explore the beauty of Mandurah with your kids, look no further than our fantastic biking options. Mandurah boasts excellent cycle paths winding through the city center, marina, and along the stunning coastline. And here’s the best part: you can enjoy a seamless and effortless journey with e-bikes and e-scooters available at The Bike Kiosk, conveniently located next to the Mandurah Visitor Centre.

But the adventure doesn’t stop there! Venture into the lush surroundings with family-friendly forest cycle trails scattered throughout the region. And for the daring explorers, the renowned Munda Biddi Trail, a world-class off-road cycling track, beckons from Dwellingup.

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Coastal Path Halls Head

Adventure Awaits at Mandurah (Bill Bowler) Skate Park and Koolaanga Waabiny Playground

Mandurah’s public spaces have received a major upgrade in recent years, including the expansion of the popular skate park and the completion of the spectacular Koolaanga Waabiny Playground next door. The skate park now boasts a massive new competition bowl with three zones suitable for all skill levels.

Next door, the Koolaanga Waabiny Playground features a 12-meter high play tower, swinging and climbing zones, slides, shaded cubby pods, music play areas, balancing logs, a spinning carousel, and even a human hamster wheel. Your little ones won’t want to leave!

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Mandurah Skate Park

Mandurah Instagram Trail

Uncover Mandurah’s most Instagram-worthy spots and capture fantastic photos while strolling along the Mandurah Instagram Trail.

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3D pelican at Mandurah Ocean Marina, Mandurah Instagram Trail

Be a zookeeper for a day

Is your child a wildlife enthusiast? Fantastic! They can become professional zookeepers for a day at Ranger Red’s Zoo, where they’ll have the opportunity to handle and feed over 100 species of birds and animals. Get up close to Tasmanian Devils, koalas, kangaroos, snakes, ferrets, lizards, and various bird species. Learn more about the Zookeeper 4 A Day program.


Indoor Activities

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

Dolphin Talk at Mandurah Visitor Centre

Free interactive school holiday activity at Mandurah Visitor Centre on Wednesday, 27th September and 4th October:
Learn all about Mandurah’s marine wonders with special guest Dudley the Dolphin, led by Estuary Guardians & Mandurah Cruises experts. Book your spot here.

Dolphin Cruise Views Mandurah

Escape Squad Mandurah

Book an epic escape room adventure with Escape Squad. Choose from three rooms with varying levels of difficulty, from easy to medium and hard.

Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing Centre

Challenge your family’s climbing skills at Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing, featuring 40 top ropes, a fantastic bouldering cave, slack lines, a climbing club, circus and aerial classes. It’s a fantastic way for kids to burn off energy while having a blast in a safe and friendly environment.

Check out Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing Centre’s school holiday program and workshops here.

Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing
Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing Centre

Bounce into Fun at Flip Out Trampoline Park

Flip Out Trampoline Park offers the ideal indoor activity in Mandurah. Bounce, jump, and leap for joy with your family in this massive trampoline arena. Who can resist the allure of 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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