Stargazing in Mandurah

You don’t need to wander far to discover some of the best stargazing locations. Explore the night sky in its full splendor in Mandurah and surrounds.

Stargazing in Mandurah

Discover the best stargazing locations in Mandurah and surrounds

by Suzanne Jones, Starbright Wonderland Photography

Our view of the night sky here in the Western Australia is better than just about anywhere else on Earth. The Peel Region is home to some of the best stargazing spots in the southwest. You don’t need to wander far from Mandurah to discover some incredible dark sky locations.

From beaches to bushland and the shore of the Peel-Harvey Estuary you are spoilt for choice when looking for a dark sky location.

Best Spots

Santi Ikto by Thomas Dambo, Halls Head

The friendly Santi Ikto, one of Thomas Dambo’s Giants of Mandurah, sits every night watching for shooting stars. The short undulating walk from the carpark leads to the perfect spot to sit, look out to sea and observe the night sky.

 

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Island Point Reserve

This peninsular at the southern end of the Peel Harvey Estuary is a great spot for birdwatching  with many pelicans and swans nesting on the little island just offshore. The area has very low light pollution, especially to the south and east. Parking is easy and you don’t need to walk far from your car to get a great view of the sky. You may even spot the resident bandicoot family.

 

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Lake Clifton Thrombolites

Lake Clifton offers an excellent opportunity to enhance your astrophotography proficiency. Renowned for its thrombolites, among the rarest living fossils on Earth, the lake provides a captivating subject for up-close exploration. Positioned along the lake’s shores, these intriguing formations also serve as a compelling foreground for astrophotography. With luck, you may witness the mesmerizing Southern Lights, or Aurora Australis, from this location. On moonless nights, you might be treated to an unobstructed and pristine view of the Milky Way.

 

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Drakesbrook Weir

A charming swimming area not far from Waroona with picnic tables, barbecues and ammenities. After sunset the night sky lights up with stars.

Serpentine Dam

Serpentine Dam is a popular spot for astrophotographers with a beautiful view over the water.

Arrive at sunset to watch the red-tailed black cockatoos come in to roost in the trees.

Between March and October you may even be able to make out a faint grey band across the sky. This is the core of our very own solar system, the Milky Way.

 

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When is best?

We can enjoy stargazing all year around. As Earth travels around the sun our view of the universe changes so what we see one month will be different the next. To see the most stars it is best to head out on a moonless night. The bright moon makes it hard to see fainter stars. You don’t need any fancy equipment, just a warm drink and sense of adventure.

Here in the Peel region we can enjoy cloudless-skies most of the summer and autumn. However the earlier sunset in the winter means families can look for shooting stars and still be home for bedtime. Clear skies is ideal but don’t let a little wispy cloud get in the way of your night sky viewing.

To see the best view of the stars find a spot with no bright lights such as street lights or houses. Turn off your torch and give your eves a few minutes to adjust to the dark. Slowly you will see more and more stars appear.

Stargazing Calendar

  • Summer - December to February

    The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds to the south

    Geminid Meteor Shower – December

    Saturn – setting to the east after sunset (2023/24)

    Orion – east after sunset

  • Autumn - March to May

    Milky Way Core rising to the east after sunset

    Eta Aquaria Meteor Shower – May

    Orion – west after sunset

  • Winter - June to August

    Perseids Meteor Shower – mid August

    Mars – rising to the east before sunrise (2024)

  • Spring - September to November

    Milky Way Core setting to the west after sunset

    Jupiter – rising the east after sunset (2023)

    Venus – setting to the west just after sunset (2024)

    North and South Taurids Meteor Shower – November

    Super Moons – September 17th and October 17th

The Southern Cross

The offical name for this constellation is the Crux, but of course in Australia we know it as the Southern Cross. Although it is visible to the south year round the constellation sits very low on the horizon in Summer making it more tricky to see.

Close to the Southern Cross you will see two bright stars called Alpha and Beta Centauri. Navigators use these together to fine due south.

Fun fact: Alpha Centauri is not one star but three in a ‘triple star system’

The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds

These two dwarf galaxies are some of our closest celestial neighbours. They can be easily seen in Spring and Summer as two grey ‘clouds’ to the south.

 

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What can you see with the naked eye?

You will be able to see all the cosmic objects described above with the naked eye. The astrophotographs are created using a long exposure to capture more detail than with our eyes. Most smart phones can take a reasonable image of the night sky.

Tip: Why not try using the night-time mode on your phone and see what you can capture?

What else can you see?

Heading out after dark just about stars and planets. You may spot a brush-tailed possum or bandicoot foraging for food. Sometimes even the dolphins come very close to the shore of the estuary, and in very shallow water.

What to bring?

  • Sturdy shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Drinks and snacks
  • A torch
  • Insect repellent

All of the locations suggested here have easy parking and paved paths but it is still a good idea to wear sturdy shoes and use a torch as you find the best vantage point. Stick to the paths to preserve the vegetation. Then turn off your lights and enjoy the night sky show!

Fun fact: Did you know it takes up to 20 minutes for your eyes to adjust to darkness?

Why not set up a picnic and wrap up in warm blankets watching for shooting stars? It is the perfect way to end a day of exploring in Peel. The ultimate Relaxing in Nature experience.

Several apps are available to help you identify different planets and constellations.

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Eco-friendly experiences in Mandurah

Mandurah is a place of exceptional natural beauty and a strong commitment to sustainability. As Australia’s Top Tourism Town, this coastal paradise offers eco-conscious visitors a wide range of sustainable adventures that truly connect with the heart.

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Mandurah’s Top Spots for Sustainable Fun

Mandurah is a place of exceptional natural beauty and a strong commitment to sustainability. As Australia’s Top Tourism Town, this coastal paradise offers eco-conscious visitors a wide range of sustainable adventures that truly connect with the heart.

Ready for a journey that combines the best of nature and sustainability? In this guide, we’ll unveil the hidden gems that allow you to connect with the environment while having a fantastic time. From the Giants of Mandurah to electric-powered boats, we’re about to take you on a green journey through Mandurah’s top eco-friendly experiences.

Giants of Mandurah

The Giants of Mandurah, crafted by the acclaimed Danish recycle artist, stand as a remarkable testament to the creative power of recycling.

Crafted from reclaimed wood, these five larger-than-life sculptures are more than just artistic wonders; they symbolise the importance of protecting our natural world.

What makes the Giants even more impressive is that they’re not just there to be admired – they invite you on a quest. Cleverly hidden in natural settings around Mandurah, you’ll need to embark on a delightful treasure hunt to find them, following a trail of clues.

To assist in your quest, you can pick up a free booklet at the Mandurah Visitor Centre, complete with QR codes and Google Maps coordinates to locate the parking areas at the trail heads.

But before you set out, artist Thomas Dambo invites you to listen to his poem, “The Rhythm of Raindrops”, which beautifully intertwines with the creation story of the traditional owners, the Bindjareb Noongar people.

This quest takes you on a journey through the cycle of water, from the ocean to the air, from the air to the land, and back again. You’ll traverse the lands of the Bindjareb Noongar people, explore the Peel Yalgorup wetland system, and venture out onto an estuary that’s twice the size of Sydney Harbour, all while unraveling the story of these majestic giants.

Yaburgurt Winjan Cirkelstone by Thomas Dambo on Coodanup Foreshore, Giants of Mandurah
Yaburgurt Winjan Cirkelstone by Thomas Dambo on Coodanup Foreshore, Giants of Mandurah

Eco BBQ Boats

Be the captain of your own eco-friendly mini-cruise with Mandurah’s renowned Eco BBQ Boats. Glide through the waterways at your own pace, and immerse yourself in the natural beauty. These electric-powered boats offer a fume-free and quiet ride, respecting the marine world while you enjoy a barbecue with friends.

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Cruising Mandurah's Venetian Canals aboard an eco-friendly BBQ Boat

The Bike Kiosk Mandurah

For land-based exploration, The Bike Kiosk Mandurah provides e-bike tours and e-bike and e-scooter rentals. Unleash your inner explorer as you embark on eco-friendly adventures, pedaling through picturesque landscapes or zipping around on an e-scooter.

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Exploring Mandurah's beautiful coastline by e-bike

Tourist Fun Train

The Tourist Fun Train Company operates eco-friendly electric-powered trains, the Mini Toot, and the Big Toot, offering a fun way to explore Mandurah. These trains are eco-conscious and ideal for a hop-on-hop-off tour that takes you through the city, providing a unique perspective.

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Tourist Fun Train Company's electric 'Big Toot' hop on/hop off train

Mandurah Cruises’ Wild Seafood Experience

Catch, learn, indulge, and enjoy Western Rock Lobster on this popular seafood lunch cruise. Mandurah is proud to have one of the healthiest fisheries in the world, recognised for sustainable fishing practices by the Marine Stewardship Council. The crew will teach you about these fascinating creatures and local conservation efforts.

Mandurah Cruises is not just about providing a delightful waterway experience; they’re champions of sustainability. With ECO accreditation and a deep commitment to environmental initiatives, they support local wildlife conservation and marine research.

They also collaborate closely with Estuary Guardians and the Mandurah Dolphin Rescue Group, which monitors the health and wellbeing of our cherished dolphin friends. At Mandurah Cruises, conservation and exploration are top of their list.

Top eco-friendly experiences in Mandurah - Wild Seafood Experience
Mandurah Cruises' Wild Seafood Experience

Salt and Bush Eco Tours

Explore Mandurah with Salt and Bush Eco Tours, offering custom guided nature tours from bushland to waterways. Their strong business ethos includes carbon offsetting through local tree planting and collaborating with like-minded local businesses to reduce their environmental impact.

Top eco-friendly experiences in Mandurah - Salt and Bush Eco Tours
Salt and Bush Eco Tours

Creery Wetlands

Nestled away from the bustling heart of Mandurah lies the city’s best-kept secret – Creery Wetland Nature Reserve.

Just a short drive from the city center, these wetlands – that hold international importance as the largest wetland in South Western Australia – are a natural wonderland, making them a magnet for waterbirds and a seasonal haven for 22 species of migratory shorebirds that journey as far as Japan to wet their feathers.

If you’re a bird enthusiast, this is your sweet spot, offering endless delights through binoculars. The Creery Wetlands are gated to safeguard the resident wildlife from predators like foxes and stray cats.

With two boardwalks providing scenic views of the estuary, informative panels, a viewing platform, and a bird hide, you’ll find a fantastic vantage point to observe waterbirds.

These wetlands are more than just a picturesque escape; they are a vital habitat for various waterbirds, including those fascinating migratory shorebirds. Some of these extraordinary birds weigh as little as 30 grams and spend their southern summer in Australian lakes and beaches, only to embark on an incredible journey to their northern hemisphere breeding grounds.

But that’s not all – the reserve is also a home to a thriving population of Quendas, a native marsupial.

Located on the north-eastern side of the Peel Inlet, adjacent to the Mariners Cove residential estate, and south-east of the Mandurah Bypass bridge, the Creery Wetland Nature Reserve promises a nature-filled adventure in the heart of Mandurah’s unspoiled wilderness.

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Creery Wetlands, Dudley Park

In Mandurah, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: Picturesque views and sustainable adventures. Discover the natural beauty of this Top Tourism Town in perfect harmony with the environment.

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Top things to do in Mandurah in Summer

Mandurah is Australia’s Top Tourism Town 2023 – and that means it’s top of the list for a summer getaway! Immerse yourself in endless sunshine, pristine beaches, and exciting adventures, whilst creating unforgettable memories. Home to the Giants of Mandurah, the Christmas Lights Capital of WA and with waterways for days; Mandurah is the perfect choice this summer!

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This summer, Mandurah is your Top destination for endless adventures and cherished family moments. Dive into pristine waters, savour culinary delights, and explore nature’s wonders. Whether you’re a foodie, nature-lover, water enthusiast, or an adventurous soul, Mandurah offers top experiences for everyone under the sun.

Discover the top reasons to make Mandurah your summer destination. Explore our must-do experiences.

Create ‘Top’ Family Memories in Mandurah! Make this summer unforgettable with an array of top family experiences in Mandurah. From interactive entertainment to educational adventures, the entire family is in for a treat. Don’t forget your camera – there’ll be countless picture-perfect moments!

Giants of Mandurah

Thomas Dambo’s Giants of Mandurah are undoubtedly Mandurah’s Top attraction. Don’t miss this extraordinary outdoor exhibition that requires you to find these wooden sculptures following a trail of clues. This magical adventure will take you into some of Mandurah’s most iconic landscapes and breathtaking scenery. The Giants of Mandurah are a celebration of diversity and a powerful reminder to protect our precious natural environment.

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Tourist Fun Train

Toot Toot! All aboard the Tourist Fun Train! Meet Mini Toot, the charming miniature train gliding along the Eastern foreshore, and Big Toot, the ultimate top choice for a hop-on, hop-off tour suitable for all ages and a delightful way to discover Mandurah’s scenic wonders. Secure your tickets effortlessly online, at the Mandurah Visitor Centre, or conveniently as you step aboard the train.

Mini Toot Tourist Fun Train Mandurah

Amaze Miniature Village 

Welcome to a fascinating world where everything is miniature! Lose yourself within the 70 miniature buildings, interactive model trains and 4 acres of beautifully manicured gardens. Mandurah’s Amaze Miniature Village will satisfy your curiosity and spark your imagination. Plus, enjoy complimentary mini golf on your visit!

Amaze Miniature Park Mandurah

Explore on an e-scooter

Hire e-bikes or e-scooters from The Bike Kiosk for an active outdoor adventure along Mandurah’s Bike Trails.

Dolphin Cruise & Views

Watch our wild bottlenose dolphins play on the interactive Dolphin Cruise & Views tour with Mandurah Cruises.

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Pirate Ship

Attention all! Pirates have landed on the Mandurah foreshore! And they’re welcoming little rascals on their ship to play dress ups, sing chanteys, steer the wheel, ring the bell and stay on lookout for any oncoming ships. Join Pete Blackbeard and his crew and awaken your inner pirate aboard the Pirate Ship Mandurah.

No doubt, the Pirate Ship Mandurah is a top choice ranking at number 12 in the inaugural family-friendly experiences – world category (!) in the Tripadvisor 2023 Travellers’ Choice Awards.

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Mandurah Instagram Trail

Discover Mandurah’s insta-worthy spots and take fun snaps walking the Mandurah Instagram Trail.

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Fun indoor activities

If you’re seeking a break from the summer heat, Mandurah offers a range of indoor family activities that promise endless fun and comfort.

When it comes to indoor family adventures in Mandurah, the Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing Center is a top pick. It’s not just about climbing; it’s a journey of teamwork, courage, and pure exhilaration.

The facility offers a safe and exciting environment for climbers of all ages and skill levels. Whether you’re a seasoned climber or trying it for the first time, you’ll find routes tailored to your abilities. While kids conquer the colorful climbing walls, parents can join in on the action or cheer from the sidelines. It’s a great way to bond, build confidence, and create lasting memories together, all while staying cool and active indoors.

Or discover your inner detective and book an escape room adventure with Escape Squad. Choose from three rooms with varying levels of difficulty, from easy to medium and hard.

The little ones are in for a treat at Inflatable World, where bouncy castles and inflatable obstacle courses promise hours of laughter and play.

If you’re looking for more than just jumping, Flip Out Mandurah takes trampolining to the next level with a sea of interconnected trampolines, foam pits, and thrilling obstacles to conquer. And for the youngest adventurers, BOORN Indoor Playcentre is a haven of soft play, slides, and imaginative exploration.

This summer, Mandurah offers top family fun for all!

Mandurah’s waterways aren’t just a backdrop; they’re the heart and soul of our town. With winding rivers, endless coastlines, and enchanting lakes, you’re in for a water lover’s paradise. So, why not make a splash and experience it all?

Kwillena Gabi Estuary Pool

Nestled on Mandurah’s Eastern Foreshore South Precinct, the Kwillena Gabi Estuary Pool is a unique circular haven. Enclosed by floating pontoons, it offers a shaded escape and a quaint jetty with easy ramp access to the water. And here’s the real treat – it’s suitable for all ages, with a maximum depth of just under 4.5 meters. Dolphins may even pop by for a visit, as there are no nets to keep out the local wildlife!

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Kwillena (Dolphin) Gabi (Waters) Estuary Pool, Mandurah Eastern Foreshore

Dolphin Tours

One of the perks of Mandurah? Daily dolphin sightings! Join a Dolphin Cruise & Views tour to witness Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins frolicking in their natural habitat. You’ll also get to explore the remarkable waterways that hug our beautiful town.

Dolphin and Scenic Marine Cruise Mandurah

Mandurah Cruises Murray River Lunch 

For a laid-back, picturesque journey through the unspoiled Murray River, hop aboard with Mandurah Cruises. You’ll savour a delectable lunch as you navigate one of the last major rivers not dammed. Relaxation is on the menu for this popular cruise.

Murray River Lunch Cruise Mandurah
Murray River Lunch Cruise | Image credit: Mandurah Cruises

Eco BBQ Boats

Ready to captain your own Mandurah Mini Cruise? Eco BBQ Boat Hire lets you explore our stunning landscapes alongside dolphins while sipping your favorite beverage and grilling up a barbecue with friends. The donut-shaped design of these quirky boats pairs perfectly with the central barbecue and circular picnic table – and Mandurah is the only place in WA where you can enjoy this unique experience! Book your floating BBQ adventure here.

Eco BBQ Boats Mandurah Ocean Marina
Eco BBQ Boat at Mandurah Ocean Marina

Cruise in  Style

Explore the Mandurah Waterways on Mandurah Boat Charters’ professionally-skippered, pet friendly (!) vessels. They’ve got comfortable 16 and 20-person pontoons that are perfect for bigger groups to spend an hour or even all day on the water – just grab some food and drinks to take with you before embarking!

If you prefer a more intimate experience, Luxury Boutique Charters is the way to go, with cruises limited to four people. Choose from the Breakfast & Birdsong morning cruise, Bubbles & Grazing Board lunch cruise or a Sunset & Tapas cruise.

Picnic on Luxury Boutique Boat Charters Mandurah

Boat Hire

As the original boat hire pros in the area, Mandurah Boat Hire offers kayaks, paddleboards, and a range of boats for hire, from 4-person dinghies to 12-person pontoon boats. No skipper’s ticket required – simply enjoy a day on one of their vessels, soak in the scenery, sip a cold drink, and keep an eye out for playful dolphins.

Cruising through the Venetian Canals Mandurah
Cruising through the Venetian Canals Mandurah

Jet Ski Hire

Stag Watersports has got you covered with a fun, safe, and thrilling jet ski experience. No experience or license needed – just bring your enthusiasm, and their fantastic team will take care of the rest. It’s a blast for the whole family.

Kayak Tours

Ready for an awesome adventure in nature? Put on your adventure hat and join Down Under Discoveries for an ‘Estuary Escapades: Paddling Stories of Mandurah’ kayak tour.

Meet Chelle, the super cool founder and Eco-certified tour guide who invites you to soak up the vibes of Mandjoogoordap, aka Mandurah – the ‘meeting place of the heart.’

Chelle’s mission is to connect folks with the great outdoors and to have a blast while doing it. Picture this: gliding through the calm waters, each paddle stroke a new chapter of connection and discovery.

Houseboats

Live out your dream by spending your stay on one of Mandurah’s Houseboats! Fully equipped with everything you need to explore the beauty of the Peel Inlet, Harvey Estuary and the Murray River. Choose to drop anchor and hide away in one of the many nature pockets along the river or, stop by the many restaurants, bars, parks and cafes central in Mandurah.

Mandurah Houseboats

If you appreciate the outdoors, here’s a collection of must-do activities in Mandurah that will have you ‘relaxed by nature’:

Dolphin-Delight

Mandurah is home to Western Australia’s largest residential population of Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins. Embark on an unforgettable Dolphin Cruise & Views tour with Mandurah Cruises, where these playful marine residents take center stage. Witness their graceful dances and playful antics as they frolic in the pristine waters, creating magical moments you’ll treasure forever.

Dolphins Mandurah

Guided Nature Tours

For an intimate and immersive experience, join Salt and Bush Eco Tours. With naturalist guides Jamie and Base, you’ll embark on nature walks, kayak tours, and even star-gazing adventures. They’ll unveil the beauty of the natural world through geology, kayaking explorations, and serene sailing tours. Get ready to be enthralled by the wonders of Mandurah’s landscapes.

Salt and Bush Eco Tours

Yalgorup National Park

Explore the natural splendor of Yalgorup National Park, an ecological jewel stretching from south of Mandurah to Preston Beach. This park boasts ten elongated lakes, stunning tuart and peppermint woodlands, inviting walking trails, and picturesque picnic spots. As you explore, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the beach, dunes, and glistening lakes – an ideal backdrop for a summer adventure.

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Birdwatching Bliss

Immerse yourself in the world of waterbirds on a leisurely 2km nature walk at Len Howard Conservation Park in Erskine.

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Osprey | Image credit: Karyn Ellis

For a more in-depth look at Mandurah’s extensive wetland system, explore the Creery Wetlands. Here, hundreds of migratory birds make their annual pilgrimage, providing a captivating spectacle for bird enthusiasts.

Creery Wetlands Mandurah

Goegrup Lake

Discover the pristine habitat of shorebirds at Goegrup Lake, accessible via a 292-meter-long boardwalk featuring viewing nodes and interpretive panels that shed light on the area’s environmental and Aboriginal cultural values. It’s a serene and informative journey through Mandurah’s unique ecosystem.

Lake Goegrup Mandurah

Two-Wheeled Adventures

For those who prefer eco-friendly exploration, The Bike Kiosk offers e-bike and e-scooter rentals. Cruise along Mandurah’s beautiful coastal cycle paths, enjoying the fresh air and scenic views while staying in harmony with the environment.

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Kangaroo Encounters

If kangaroos hold a special place in your heart, make your way to Florida Beach or Melros Reserve in Dawesville at dusk. Here, you’ll have the chance to witness mobs of kangaroos grazing and playing. While you enjoy this incredible spectacle, please remember to exercise caution and respect their space.

Melros Reserve Mandurah

Mandurah is also a top choice for adventure enthusiasts this summer.

Giants of Mandurah

Embark on an epic journey by diving into the enchanting world of Thomas Dambo’s ‘Giants of Mandurah‘.

This extraordinary free outdoor exhibition underscores the significance of preserving our natural world, including Mandurah’s globally acclaimed Ramsar-listed wetlands, one-of-a-kind waterways, lush bushland, and abundant wildlife. Starting at Mandurah’s Visitor Centre, choose your path to uncover each hidden Giant. Along the way, gather clues that lead to the final Giant’s secret location, but remember, it’s a well-kept secret.

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Ride the Giants

For a unique and eco-conscious adventure, hop on a guided e-bike tour with The Bike Kiosk Mandurah, making your way from one Giant to another with the wind in your hair, all while bypassing those pesky traffic lights.

Ride the Giants E-Bike Tour Mandurah

Jet Ski Hire & Tours

If you crave high-speed excitement, look no further than Stag Watersports, where jet ski rentals offer the thrill of dashing across an estuary twice the size of Sydney Harbour.

Jet Ski Tours and Hire Mandurah

SUP & Kayak Hire

Alternatively, savor the warm summer sun while paddleboarding or kayaking on Mandurah’s scenic waterways with gear provided by Mandurah Boat Hire.

Kayaking Mandurah

Salt and Bush Eco Tours

Mandurah, a global biodiversity hotspot, beckons with its open waterways, pristine bushland reserves, and world-renowned wetlands. To make the most of your Mandurah adventure, go on a guided tour with Salt and Bush Eco Tours, offering in-depth explorations of this natural paradise both on land and in the water.

Play WA’s Golf Coast

Mandurah boasts some of Australia’s TOP golf courses with breathtaking coastal views. Tee off by the coast at Meadow Springs Golf & Country Club or The Cut Golf Course, recognised among Australia’s 100 best golf courses.

Golf in Mandurah

Indoor Rock-Climbing Centre

Prefer your adventures indoors? Challenge yourself and test your climbing skills at the Mandurah Indoor Rock-Climbing Centre.

Flying Experiences

For the ultimate adrenaline rush, experience the thrill of a tandem skydive with Skydive Australia over the picturesque Doddi’s Beach in Mandurah. Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

For an exhilarating aerial escapade, opt for a scenic flight with the Royal Aero Club of WA, taking off from the Murrayfield Aerodrome.

Mandurah from the air

Leave your diets behind because this season promises an array of mouthwatering experiences that will tantalise your taste buds.

Wine Tours 

Kaleidoscope Tours opens a world of flavours with its diverse culinary tours. Explore an Underground Wine Cellar and Charcuterie, savour the Taste of Italy Winery experiences, or combine art and indulgence with Sip & Paint & High Tea offerings. These tours promise a delightful blend of culture, art, and, of course, exquisite wines.

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Mandurah Cruises Murray River Lunch 

Sit back, relax and soak up the stunning scenery as you cruise through the Murray River. Mandurah Cruises will take you on a delightful journey through one of the last remaining major rivers that hasn’t been dammed. Enjoy a delicious lunch and take it easy on this popular cruise. 

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Wild Seafood Experience 

Indulge your seafood cravings with Mandurah Cruises’ Wild Seafood Experience. Savour the freshest catch of the day while cruising through Mandurah’s picturesque waterways. It’s a seafood lover’s paradise that will leave you craving more.

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Wild Seafood Experience | Image credit: Mandurah Cruises

Enjoy more fresh local seafood

Mandurah has a 100-year history as a seafood centre in Western Australia. It is home to an abundance of crabs, lobsters, crayfish and many other mouth-watering delicacies. See our top picks to enjoy fresh local seafood here.

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High Tea at Sea

For a more elegant culinary experience, join Mandurah Cruises for a High Tea Cruise. Enjoy delightful teas, scrumptious pastries, and an enchanting view of the water. It’s the perfect outing for those who appreciate a touch of sophistication.

High Tea at Sea Mandurah
High Tea at Sea | Image credit: Mandurah Cruises

Breweries

The laid-back Boundary Island Brewery, situated at Mandurah Quay Resort, has a fantastic view of the water. It’s the place where great ideas flow over beers and napkins.

With a variety of beers, from German pilsners to tropical IPAs, it’s a popular spot for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The brewery even claimed the 2023 Best New Exhibitor trophy and six medals at the Australian International Beer Awards.

Boundary Island Brewery Mandurah

Thorny Devil Brewery emerged from a quest for beer that’s more than just foam.

Located on the shores of Lake Clifton, home to the famous thrombolites, this Mandurah brewery offers a craft beer experience like no other.

With award-winning brews and an atmosphere where kids can run free while you savor the brews and delicious BBQ dining, it’s a must-visit for any beer aficionado.

The brewery has earned accolades at the Australian International Beer Awards, Australian Craft Beer Awards, and Perth Royal Beer Show, cementing its status as a craft beer destination.

Thorny Devil Brwery Mandurah

Eat and drink your way through Mandurah

There are so many great options to indulge your taste buds in Mandurah. This region is rich in fresh, local produce from the land and ocean. Renowned for its blue swimmer crabs and other excellent seafood, the region is also full of quality and award-winning pubs, restaurants, cafes, bakeries, breweries and wineries.

Eat and Drink in Mandurah

With so many exciting and wonderful events happening in Mandurah, you’ll be tempted to extend your stay! Plan your itinerary before your arrival and book in your activities. We look forward to seeing you down here this Summer. 

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Accessibility In Mandurah

We’re proud to say that Mandurah is WA’s most accessible-friendly city, winning the top honour award at the 2020/21 Most Accessible Community in WA (MAWCWA) Awards.

Accessibility In Mandurah

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The city of Mandurah is dedicated to providing an accessible and inclusive environment for everyone. We strongly believe that as many spaces as possible should be accessible regardless of people’s abilities. With so many fun things to see and do in Mandurah, we’ve compiled a list of the best accessible-friendly activities awaiting in Mandurah.

Living with a disability brings up many challenges, with accessing spaces being one of the major issues individuals face. Simply getting around a city can present issues that many may not have considered.

With 1 in 6 people in Australia living with a disability and approximately 411,500 people with disability living in Western Australia, there’s a strong need to improve their wellbeing and available opportunities.

We’re proud to say that Mandurah is WA’s most accessible-friendly city, winning the top honour award at the 2022/2023 Most Accessible Community in WA (MAWCWA) Awards. Additionally, we have partnered with Spinal Life Australia and have many tourism products and experiences reviewed on their website.

From accommodation to activities to eating and drinking—Mandurah provides easy access. Discover more below.

Accommodation

If you’re looking for a place to stay in Mandurah that’s accessible-friendly, you’ll find there are plenty of great options that will meet your needs in Mandurah.

Dolphin Quay Apartments

Offering apartment-style luxury accommodation overlooking the impressive Mandurah Ocean Marina are the comfortable Dolphin Quay Apartments. This is a great spot for those looking for a more casual accommodation experience in an ideal location. Only a 6-minute walk from shops and restaurants, everything you need is within a close radius. Chat with the team at Dolphin Quay Apartments to find a room to match your needs.

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Mandurah Houseboats

Mandurah Houseboats offers WA’s very first purpose-built commercial houseboat charter vessel specifically designed for disabled or mobility-restricted guests. Called “Emily Louise,” the houseboat offers a unique experience for people living with disability, offering features including a ramp to ensure easy entry, a wheelchair-friendly wide central corridor and a bathroom with a wheel-in shower. Importantly, the helm position has been specifically designed so that wheelchair users are not limited to being passengers but can actively participate and steer the boat.

Hire a wheelchair-friendly houseboat to explore Mandurah's vast waterways

Mandurah Ocean Marina Chalets

Close to some of Mandurah’s best sites (50 metres to safe beach, 70 metres to Oceanic Bar & Grill and 5 minutes to the foreshore) yet, still maintaining a peaceful and quiet serenity—Mandurah Ocean Marina Chalets offers accessible and cosy accommodation at an affordable price. With a wide selection of chalets to choose from, contact the staff before booking to ensure they pick the best stay for your visit.

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Seashells Mandurah

Seashells Mandurah understands guests living with disability and offers an accessible reception, spacious and reduced mobility facilities and friendly and helpful staff to assist with any requirements. Seashells Mandurah ticks all of the boxes; located on the shores of Comet Bay, soak up the sun as you take in the impressive views from their outdoor seating area.

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The Sebel

The Sebel caters for all guests with spacious rooms, a wheel-in shower, wide doors, low power switches, ramps for easy access to the terrace or balcony, lift access to all rooms and more. The hotel offers three Superior King Rooms and one accessible Superior Water View King Room. Contact the team directly on +61 8 9512 8300 or email h8767@accor.com if you would like to book accessible accommodation.

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Activities

Mandurah offers a wide range of accessibility-friendly outdoor and indoor activities for everyone to enjoy. From the beautiful naturescapes, the stunning beaches and the art-rich streets—come and explore Mandurah’s offerings.

Mandurah Visitor Centre

Mandurah Visitor Centre provides a comfortable environment for all guests to visit and access. There are 2 accessible parking bays on each side of the building, curb access, accessible toilets with hoist and rails, automatic open doors for access to the visitor centre, low bench height at reception, wide aisles, quiet seating area and welcoming and inclusive staff. The Mandurah Visitor Centre is here to provide help to all visitors.

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The Mandurah Visitor Centre is the first Visitor Centre in Western Australia that has joined the Hidden Disability Sunflower to improve customer service to visitors with non-visible disabilities, and to ensure they feel welcome when they visit.

HDS RGBThe Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme exists to help those with disabilities that are not immediately obvious such as autism, chronic pain, dementia, anxiety, visual or hearing impairment. In Australia, 1 in 5 people are said to have a disability and 85% of these are hidden. Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower discreetly indicates to people around the wearer including staff, colleagues and health professionals that they need additional support, help or a little more time.

The Giants of Mandurah

Come on an extraordinary quest as you go hunting for the Giants of Mandurah.  This magical adventure will take you into some of Mandurah’s most iconic landscapes and breathtaking scenery. However, the Giants of Mandurah is an outdoor walking trail experience, and each of the sculpture’s locations in natural settings feature different levels of access.

The Mandurah Visitor Centre will be able to help you to find out which Giants would be the most accessible one for you. The Bike Kiosk Mandurah hires out an electric wheelchair which is popular with older people, pregnant women and people carrying injuries who want to see the Giants. The Bike Kiosk will lift the electric wheelchair into your boot before you  drive out to the carparks at the Giant trail heads.

One of the most accessible Giants of Mandurah is Yaburgurt Cirkelstone along Coodanup Foreshore

The Bike Kiosk

Located nearby the Mandurah Visitor Centre is The Bike Kiosk. With friendly and knowledgeable staff, the team at The Bike Kiosk give detailed descriptions on each bike, e-bike or e-scooter to ensure customers feel confident on their chosen bike. Although the shop isn’t spacious, they showcase all bikes/scooters are displayed outside the store to browse. If you have any questions, the team are eager to help.

The Bike Kiosk is also hiring out an electric wheelchair which is useful for all sorts of mobility issues.

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Wheelchair Hire

Wheelchairs are also available to hire from these two local chemists by the day or on a weekly basis:

Mandurah Central Pharmacy, 10 Scholl Street, Mandurah
Phone: (08) 9535 1017

Terry White Chemist, 16  Scholl Street, Mandurah
Phone (08) 9535 2222

Flip Out

With a 5-star rating on Accessible Australia, Flip Out provides an inclusive space for all guests. Two parking bays are available with pram ramp included, tactile is throughout the venue, ramp (slightly uphill) at the entrance, reception bench is low, comfortable standard tables, disabled toilet with railing on both sides and great communication and service from staff. Plus, Flip Out offer special sensory-friendly sessions! Flip Out offers a comfortable venue for all guests, book your session beforehand to secure your spot.

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Midway Sensory Room

Midway offers a serene and controlled environment in their Sensory Room, inviting individuals with special needs to enjoy sensory-based activities while self-regulating. For those with flexible core funding in their NDIS Plan, it’s worth noting that it may cover the cost of booking a session in the Sensory Room.

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Midway Sensory Room in Mandurah

Mandurah Boat Charters

With ramped access along the jetty, ramp access from jetty to boat, a helpful and accommodating captain there to assist during the journey and space on the boat to move comfortably—Mandurah Boat Charters are here to provide a scenic and relaxing experience for all. Call the company beforehand to ensure the boat is prepared for your trip.

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Mandurah Cruises

Mandurah Cruises provide a wheelchair-accessible vessel, allowing ease of access for all guests. Call the company beforehand if you require wheelchair access and the helpful and accommodating staff will ensure all needs and requirements are catered for. Travel through the canals and admire the stunning views as you relax.

Watch the dolphins play aboard Mandurah Cruises' wheelchair-friendly vessel

Pirate Ship

The Pirate Ship Mandurah is a family-friendly, fun-filled way to explore Mandurah’s waterways. It is best suited to those with milder mobility impairments or other disabilities.

The route to the boat is wheelchair accessible, but boarding requires you to step over a small ledge. However, there is a rail to hold and friendly pirates to assist!

Once on board there is only bench seating, and all wheelchairs, prams etc., must be folded and stored.

The tour is 45 minutes, on calm waters, so you need to be able to sit independently with good balance. The Pirate Ship also offer free tickets for carers on selected cruises.

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Mandurah Aquatic Centre

Mandurah’s Aquatic & Recreation Centre (MARC) is committed to ensuring inclusivity for all its visitors, offering a range of accessible features for both aquatics and fitness enthusiasts.

The center has invested in accessible swimming pools with ramps and chair lifts, making it easier for individuals with mobility challenges to enjoy the water. Additionally, their fitness facilities include accessible workout equipment and facilities.

To explore the full list of accessibility features, please refer to the MARC’s detailed Accessibility Flyer, which provides comprehensive information on all the inclusive amenities and services available at the center. Your journey to an accessible and active lifestyle begins here.

Escape Squad

Book your epic escape room adventure with Escape Squad. There are three rooms to choose from ranging in difficulty from easy to medium and hard.

One of the three rooms – The ‘Schools Out’ escape room – is entirely wheelchair accessible. Further, all hallways, toilets and waiting rooms are wheelchair accessible. ACROD parking is available and carers are not charged if they are with a client.

Escape Squad aim to accommodate every one of every ability, but to do that they need a little bit of information to make sure they are capable and prepared.

If someone in your group has extra needs please contact the Escape Squad team prior to your booking.

Accessible Beaches

Visiting some of Mandurah’s best and most popular beaches is a pastime people of all abilities want to enjoy.

To improve beach access, the City of Mandurah has installed beach matting at selected beaches and provides beach wheelchairs and walkers for hire. Beach matting is in place during September until May (dependent on weather and storm surges).

A Hippocampe beach wheelchair, track & trail beach wheelchair and beach walker are available free for community use.

Accessible Beaches

  • Madora Bay Beach

    Facilities:

    • Beach Matting
    • Walking Paths
    • Disabled Parking
    • Disabled Toilets & Shower
    • Playground
    • Barbecue
    • Accessible Picnic Facilities
    • Sun Shelter

    Click here for map.

  • Orion Reserve Beach

    Facilities:

    • Beach Matting
    • Walking Paths
    • Disabled Parking
    • Disabled Toilets

    Click here for map.

  • Town Beach

    Facilities:

    • Beach Matting
    • Walking Paths
    • Disabled Parking
    • Disabled Toilets & Shower
    • Picnic Facilities

    Click here for map.

  • Swimmers Beach

    Facilities:

    • Beach Matting
    • Walking Paths
    • Disabled Parking
    • Disabled Toilets & Shower
    • Accessible Picnic Facilities
    • Playground
    • Barbecue
    • Sun Shelter

    Click here for map.

Free Hire Services

  • Hippocampe Beach Wheelchair Hire

    Features:

    • Has tyres to suit different terrains
    • Weighs just 17kgs
    • Is fully collapsible and transportable in most vehicles
    • Dimensions 140x55x55(cm)
    • Quick assembly (about 5 minutes without any tool)
    • View the All-Terrain/Folding Beach Wheelchair instructional video
    • Hippocampe user manual

     

    Free to hire:

    Bookings can be made by completing an application at the Mandurah Ocean Marina Chalets – where pickup and dropoff details will be provided.

    • Address – 6 The Lido, Mandurah
    • Phone – 9535 8173
    • Email  – chalets@marinachalets.com.au
    • Office Hours: 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week

  • Track and Trail Beach Wheelchair

    Features:

    • A versatile beach wheelchair and all-terrain wheelchair.
    • No tools required to dismantle or assemble for transport
    • Swing away /removable armrests for ease of transfer
    • Wheel combinations to suit a variety of terrains
    • Easy to use braking system
    • For images of the Track and Trail wheelchair – view photo gallery
    • Track and Trail user manual

     

    Free to hire:

    Bookings can be made by completing an application at the Mandurah Ocean Marina Chalets – where pickup and dropoff details will be provided.

    • Address – 6 The Lido, Mandurah
    • Phone – 9535 8173
    • Email  – chalets@marinachalets.com.au
    • Office Hours: 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week

  • Beach Walker

    Features:

    • The Beach Walker provides stability to individuals in walking on sandy beaches and rough terrain and it is lightweight and portable.
    • The beach walker has four large beach wheels making it possible to use on sand.
    • Hand brake with locking mechanism
    • Folding padded seat
    • Seat width: 47cm
    • Seat height from ground: 59cm
    • Adjustable handlebar height range: 83-96cm
    • Weight: 8.2kg
    • View a video of the beach walker.
    • Download beach walker product sheet

    Note: The maximum weight limit for the chair and walker is 130kg.

     

    Free to hire:

    Bookings can be made by completing an application at the Mandurah Ocean Marina Chalets – where pickup and dropoff details will be provided.

    • Address – 6 The Lido, Mandurah
    • Phone – 9535 8173
    • Email  – chalets@marinachalets.com.au
    • Office Hours: 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week

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Swimmers Beach at Mandurah Ocean Marina

All Abilities Paddle Launch

Located at Riverside Gardens, Greenfields, the All Abilities Paddle launch provides access to the Serpentine River and wider Ramsar-listed Peel-Harvey Estuary.

The platform features two custom slipways and special seating to facilitate safe access for all abilities paddlers and a seamless transition from wheelchairs to canoes.

Watch this instructional video on how to use the paddle launch:

Accessible Parks

The City of Mandurah wants everyone to enjoy Mandurah’s beautiful outdoor spaces and many of the City’s parks are accessible and inclusive for people with disability.

There’s plenty of opportunity for everyone to have fun and explore!

Accessible play equipment includes musical instruments, sensory seeking and sensory avoidance equipment, nature play, soft fall rubber ground surfaces, accessible swings and carousels.

There is even a roller table at Treecreeper Way Park which provides sensory support through the application of deep-muscle pressure from the steel rollers and enclosed areas at both Caterpillar Park and Koolaanga Waabiny Playground. Download your flyer of accessible parks in Mandurah here.

Find out more about accessible facilities and services in Mandurah here.

To access reviews of local parks, and to share your experiences, download Spinal Life’s Accessible Australia mobile app or visit www.accessibleaustralia.com.au

Accessible parks and play equipment Mandurah

Eating & Drinking

If you’re looking to wine and dine in Mandurah, you will be spoiled with many accessible-friendly options. From a morning brew to a delicious brunch to an impressive seafood dinner—there’s plenty of options in Mandurah.

Mataya Eatery

Mataya Eatery boasts 5 stars on Accessible Australia, with a thoughtfully designed interior and an extensive menu that will make your mouth water! Mataya Eatery offers a ramp with a good decline down to the shop. The venue entrance is flat with decently sized doorways (wheelchair can fit through with ease). There’s an accessible bathroom, accessible parking (only 100 meters away) and good height of tables and counter. It’s no wonder why Mataya Eatery has been awarded 5 stars.

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The Peninsula

Offering cosy indoor seating, scenic outdoor spots and not to mention a beer garden—The Pen is a great place to enjoy lunch or dinner. There’s curbing and a concrete ramp upon entry with the main door left open for easy entry/exiting. Within the venue, there’s plenty of comfortable seating options as well as enough space to move around on a wheelchair with small ramps throughout interior. Bathrooms are accessibility-friendly with handrails and the mirror is at a good height.

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Wood and Stone Cafe

Open for breakfast and lunch, Wood and Stone cafe is a go-to for Mandurah locals and visitors. There’s a good selection of indoor and outdoor seating, with tables at a comfortable height to fit a wheelchair underneath and plenty of space to manoeuvre within the interior too. There’s parking across the road and easy access via the bustling street of Mandurah. Wood and Stone cafe is cosy, delicious and welcoming option for all customers.

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Accessible Transport

When it comes to accessible transport in Mandurah, you’ll find a range of operators dedicated to making your journey inclusive and comfortable for everyone. Here are a few standout options for accessible transportation in the area:

Zion Coach Services – Accessible Bus Charters

Zion Coach Services offers a remarkable solution for accessible bus charters in Mandurah. Travelers can embark on a journey of comfort aboard their spacious, air-conditioned, and wheelchair-accessible bus. This bus is designed with flexibility in mind, offering seating configurations for either 47 seated passengers or 45 seated passengers with one wheelchair bay. Zion Coach Services ensures that passengers with mobility needs can explore Mandurah without any hindrance.

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Zion Coach Services' Accessible Bus

High Rollers Bus Charters

High Rollers Bus Charters is a pioneering wheelchair-access charter bus service that covers Mandurah and its surroundings. They are committed to providing convenient and accessible transportation solutions for individuals with mobility needs, guaranteeing a comfortable and safe journey. High Rollers Bus Charters’ mission is to empower those facing mobility challenges to engage with their communities without any limitations. Their services and vehicles have been meticulously designed to meet the unique requirements of passengers with mobility concerns.

Wheelchair Accessible Charter Buses: High Rollers Bus Charters boasts a fleet of state-of-the-art charter buses fully equipped to accommodate passengers using wheelchairs or mobility aids. These vehicles are maintained to the highest standards, ensuring a safe and comfortable trip for all passengers. Key features include:

  1. Lift or Ramp Accessibility: High Rollers’ buses are equipped with either hydraulic lifts or ramps, facilitating seamless boarding and disembarking for passengers with wheelchairs or mobility aids.
  2. Ample Space: Dedicated areas within the bus are designed to provide sufficient room for maneuverability and securement, ensuring passengers in wheelchairs can travel in comfort.
  3. Safety and Security: The company prioritizes passenger safety, with advanced wheelchair restraint systems in place to keep passengers secure during the journey.
  4. Friendly and Trained Staff: High Rollers Bus Charters’ professional and friendly drivers are extensively trained to provide excellent customer service and assist passengers with specific needs.

Black and White Cabs

For those seeking wheelchair-accessible taxi services in Mandurah and its vicinity, Black & White Cabs are the Department of Transport’s dedicated service. They have a substantial fleet of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs) catering to Perth and the Peel/Pinjarra areas. Their specialization extends to group and event transport, and they can also coordinate airport transfers. It’s worth noting that interstate visitors with the equivalent of the WA Taxi User Subsidy Scheme in their home state may be eligible for interstate vouchers that provide discounts for travel in WA.

With these dedicated operators, accessible tourism in Mandurah becomes an open invitation for everyone to explore the beauty and attractions of this stunning coastal destination without limitations or barriers. Your journey is about to get even more memorable and accessible.

WA’s Most Accessible City

The City of Mandurah is dedicated to providing an inclusive, welcoming and safe place for all guests regardless of abilities. By offering ramps instead of stairs throughout the streets, providing plenty of lighting, offering inclusive and fun activities, and offering support and resources from the Visitor Centre, Mandurah is committed to offering an enjoyable experience for everyone.

Check out the reviews on accessible tourism offerings on the Accessible Australia page.

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For any questions regarding accessibility, please contact the Visitor Centre, download your accessibility leaflet below or send us an email.

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Giants of Mandurah Tours

Enjoy an active, fun-filled day on our guided tours of Thomas Dambo’s amazing Giants.

Due to extreme fire risk, the Department of Fire and Emergency (DFES) has declared a total fire ban for Sunday, 18th February 2024 and Monday, 19th February 2024, which has resulted in the closure of two Giants of Mandurah sites: The Giant “Little Lui” at Marlee Reserve and the Lake Clifton Giant “Jyttes Hytte” in Yalgorup National Park.
The remaining three Giants “Seba’s Song” at Wannanup, “Santi Ikto at Halls Head and “Yaburgurt Cirkelstone” in Coodanup will remain open.

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Nature Bucket List

Take your pick from our list of top nature experiences in Mandurah and surrounds,

Top Nature Experiences

Your Nature Bucket List for Mandurah

The vast open blue skies, pristine forests and stunning waterways of the region make it the perfect destination to immerse yourself in nature. Wonder at world-class natural beauty and easily spot native wildlife as you explore by water or land.

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Hiking & Walking Trails

Discover plenty of great walking and hiking trails just waiting to be explored.

Hiking & Walking Trails

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great walking and
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Do you also know this feeling when you need to get away from it all, when it’s time to get out of that box that is the office, the home, or the car, and take a walk or a hike? Well, we’ve got plenty of great walking and hiking trails here in Mandurah and the Peel Region, just waiting for you to be explored.

With its vast waterways, long stretches of coastline, abundance of nature parks and reserves, what better way to explore than on a trail? And there is no shortage to choose from. As a bonus, most of them won’t cost you a cent.

Mandurah Nature Walking Trails

Halls Head Coastal Trail

Location: Halls Head (Mandurah) | Distance: 12 km | Duration: 2 hours | Difficulty: Moderate

The Halls Head Coastal Path is a fantastic coastal walk along a paved shared path with sweeping views out across the Indian ocean. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash. Find out more.

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Halls Head Coastal Trail

Nature Walk Trail at Len Howard Conservation Park

Location: Len Howard Conservation Park, Erskine | Distance: 6 km (return) Duration: 2 hours

A short, easy nature track looping around the wetlands, this trail offers bird watching spots and is connected to a reserve that’s perfect for a picnic.
From the carpark at the end of Glendart Ct, the short trail will take you to a bird hide just 2km away. The trail is partly comprised of a boardwalk over the glistening wetlands. Find out more.

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Len Howard Conservation Park, Erskine

Joseph and Dulcie Nannup Trail

Location: Greenfields | Distance: 4 km | Duration: 1-3 hours

The Joseph and Dulcie Nannup trail is a scenic, four kilometre (8km return) family friendly walk along the Serpentine River from Goegrup Lake to the Pinjarra Road bridge. Find out more.

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Island Point Reserve Trails

Location: Herron | Distance: 2km – 3km | Duration: 1 hour

A popular bird watching and picnic spot, Island Point Reserve also offers short walks able to be taken on by young and old.

You can walk the short Possom loop of 2.3 km, or the longer 3.3 km Bobtail loop, around the gorgeous wilderness of the wetlands.

Walking Trails in the wider Peel region

Pinjarra Heritage Walk Trail

Location: Pinjarra. Distance: 1.2km

A fun track that crosses the Pinjarra suspension bridge, this walk takes you not just over the Murray River and its surrounding bushland but also through the historic town itself – making it a good choice for those not as keen for full-on bushwalking.

Ready to go? For further information and maps on the walking trails mentioned above visit your local visitor centre.

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Kitty’s Gorge Walk

Location: Jarrahdale. Distance: 14km return

As the name suggests, this walk takes you across the rocky terrain of Kitty’s Gorge, following the Serpentine River to eventually bring you to the falls.
The story goes that Kitty was actually a cow who wandered away and was found months later down the gorge. Don’t be like Kitty. Prepare yourself for a five-hour walk of moderate difficulty, with some uneven ground and steep stretches of track.

From here, you can also access Baldwin’s Bluff, which is about 6km all up and offers extended views from the bluff.

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Kitty's Gorge Walk Trail - Photo by Suzanne Jones
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Tullis Bridge and Tullis Rail Trails

Location: Boddington. Distance: 3 – 16km

Starting at – you guessed it – Tullis Bridge, this walk follows a flat, easy trail along the picturesque Hotham River.

The track weaves through bushland and back to the bridge site, which is a great spot for a picnic.

If you’re after a longer walk, the Tullis Rail Trail starts from the Boddington Lions Rodeo Grounds and is about 16km, finishing up at the wooden bridge.

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Mountain Biking & Cycling

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If you love a good trail, Mandurah has plenty of them for you to enjoy. Tracks and trails provide an excellent way to take in the natural and man-made surroundings and are also a great way to keep fit and healthy while nurturing the body as well as the mind.

There are many cycling trails to choose from that vary in difficulty, but are sure to guide you through the most scenic places.

Hire an e-bike from The Bike Kiosk at the Mandurah Visitor Centre and tour Mandurah, within the city or along the coast on family-friendly cycling paths.

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Exploring Mandurah on an eBike.

Mandurah Cycle Trails

1. Bridge Loop Ride

Location: Mandurah. Distance: 10km

You get to see the beauty of Mandjar Bay from both sides with 10km ride. Start at the Mandurah Visitor Centre and use our trail notes to discover the rich history of Mandurah along the way.

Stop at Samphire Cove, Sutton’s Homestead, Hall’s Cottage and the 3d art installation when you return to the visitor centre.

Find more information on Trails WA or download the Bridge Loop Rise map.

2. Relaxed by Nature

Location: Mandurah Ocean Marina. Distance: 15km

Allow approximately an hour of riding time for this picturesque bicycle trail and more to stop and admire the views along the way.

See highlights of Mandurah including the popular Mandurah Ocean Marina, and stop for a selfie at The Frame or at the Blue Gatehouse with a 3d art Pelican. There’s even a giant Rock Lobster to say g’day to, look out for it on your peddle into the marina.

Find more information on Trails WA or download the Relaxed by Nature map.

3. Mandurah Sea Explorer

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Halls Head | Sea Explorer Cycling Trail

Location: Coastal Mandurah. Distance: 26 km

Part of the Mandurah Bike Explorer trails, start this bicycle route at the Mandurah Visitor Centre and head for the coast – an easy bike ride from Mandjar Bay.

Take in Doddis Beach and head south towards Falcon Bay and if the weather is right and the sun is shining, stop for a dip along the way too.

Find more information on Trails WA or download the Mandurah Sea Explorer map and pick a day to spend by Mandurah’s coastline.

Mountain Bike (MTB) Trails in the region

Get out there and away from it all by mountain bike* to find all sorts of adventures.

*Mountain biking is a potentially dangerous activity. It should only be undertaken with a full understanding of all the inherent risks. Please consider your skill level and experience before choosing a trail. As mountain biking can be dangerous it is advised that you download the Emergency+ App before your next ride.

  • Murray Valley Trails

    Location: Lane Poole Reserve, Dwellingup

    This 35-kilometre network of purpose-built single-track MTB trails offers you a stunning experience through Lane Poole Reserve. With a variety of trail types and styles, the Murray Valley mountain bike trails have something for everyone.

    Find more information here.

  • Turner Hill Trail

    Location: Shire of Murray | Distance: 11km | Duration: 1-2 hours | Difficulty: More Difficult

    Located between Pinjarra and Dwellingup, Turner Hill mountain bike trail is an intermediate trail with numerous steep sections and lots of harder obstacles. In addition to the 11 km main loop, there is a 5 km shortcut as well as Tiny Turner, a 1.1 km easy-rated (green level) loop.

    Find more information here.

  • Marrinup Cycle Trail

    Location: Marrinup | Distance: 8 km | Duration: 1-2 hours | Difficulty: Easy

    North West of Dwellingup lies the Marrinup State Forest which is near the old Marrinup townsite.

    Whether it’s the history, the beautiful flora and fauna, or the established biking trails you’re there for, this is an incredible spot in the Peel region to visit.

    Marrinup mountain bike trail is a fun, family-friendly, cross-country loop. The track passes through Jarrah forest and is mainly flat with a few gradual hills and suitable for all skill levels.

    Find more information here.

  • Langford Park Mountain Bike Trails

    Location: Jarrahdale | Distance: 5km, 6km and 9km circuits | Difficulty: Moderate

    Undulating mixture of pea gravel and hard packed soil fire roads and single track (predominantly single track). No torturous climbs nor supersonic descents. A purpose built XC circuit with some technical obstacles, switchbacks, some jumps and a see-saw! Find out more

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Caravanning & Camping

On the beach, in the bush or based in town, you’ll find the perfect spot for your next caravan or camping adventure.

Caravanning & Camping

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Sleep under the stars at one of the region’s many national park camp sites, or stay at a tourist park and wake up to breathtaking views.

With stunning beaches, natural beauty and unique wildlife, Mandurah is a seaside hub set against the stunning backdrop of the Indian Ocean and winding waterways.

Originally known as Mandjoogoordap, Mandurah means ‘meeting place of the heart’, and once you arrive here it’s easy to see why Mandurah was crowned WA’s Top Tourism Town in 2022.

With an abundance of aquatic and nature activities, award-winning waterfront dining and a vibrant arts and culture scene, whether you stay for a day, a weekend or a week, your visit to Mandurah will be a memorable one.

The ‘Giants of Mandurah‘ by world-renowned Danish artist Thomas Dambo is Mandurah’s latest attraction and first of its kind in Australia.

These wooden sculptures are protectors of the environment and cleverly hidden around Mandurah in a free-to-view interactive outdoor exhibition that requires you to find them, following a trail of clues.

If you’re heading out on a Giant Hunt, don’t forget to pop into the award-winning Mandurah Visitor Centre (voted best in the State in 2022) for your map and clues. If you’d prefer to have some company (and a little help) when going on your Giant adventure, you can choose from a selection of guided boat, coach and e-bike tours!

Mandurah is popping right now with so many more big reasons to visit. There’s an array of exciting experiences around Mandurah for you to explore. From the thrill-seekers to the kickback and relaxers, Mandurah has got you covered.

Secret Giant Jyttes Hytte by Thomas DamboPhoto by Duncan Wright image courtesy of FORM Building a State of Creativity
Secret Giant Jyttes Hytte by Thomas Dambo | Photo by: Duncan Wright, image courtesy of: FORM Building a State of Creativity

Top Things to Do in Mandurah

Explore the waterways

Spending time on the water is one of the most popular activities in Mandurah. Whether on a dolphin cruise, a pirate ship or being the captain of your own vessel, a day spent on the water is always good for the body and soul.

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Cruising the Mandurah Canals in Halls Head | image courtesy: Mandurah Cruises

Get active

There are so many ways to get around Mandurah. Hire an e-bike, a jet ski, a boat, a SUP or an e-scooter.

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Nature Tours

Join a walking tour or a guided kayak adventure to explore the stunning natural attributes of Mandurah and surrounds.

With an abundance of unspoilt wetlands, the beauty and serenity of the outlying bushland will provide you with a renewed sense of calm.

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Island Point Reserve, Herron

Wildlife Watching

Over a hundred wild bottlenose dolphins call Mandurah home, so you are sure to see them showing off as they dart across the waves. Mandurah is also home to many native birds, kangaroos, emus and possums. We’ve pulled together your Mandurah nature bucket list.

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Image courtesy of Mandurah Cruises

Stay awhile

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Miami Holiday Park, Falcon

Camping Spots Mandurah

To enjoy all that Mandurah has to offer, there’s Mandurah Coastal Holiday Park near the city centre, Mandurah Caravan & Tourist Park on Pinjarra Road, Twin Waters Caravan Park in Dawesville or Miami Holiday Park in Falcon.

  • Mandurah Caravan & Tourist Park

    Mandurah Caravan & Tourist Park is a 4 STAR family operated tourist park with family friendly facilities include a water slide and heated pool.
  • Mandurah Coastal Holiday Park

    Mandurah Coastal Holiday Park – located 500m from the beach, the central location means everything is nearby, including Mandurah Foreshore and Dolphin Quay Marina hospitality and tourism precincts.
  • Miami Holiday Park

    Miami Holiday Park – is the ultimate ‘uncomplicated’ caravan and camping
    destination with direct access to the Peel-Harvey Estuary, walk/cycle trails, and local beaches.
  • Twin Waters

    Twin Waters is a quiet shady park nestled between Melros Beach and the Estuary, only a 20-minute drive from the Mandurah city centre.

Camping Spots in the surrounds

You can camp right on the riverbank in the heart of Pinjarra or Boddington, on the foothills of the Darling Ranges in Serpentine, amongst towering trees in Dwellingup or lakeside at Herron Point near Pinjarra and Lake Navarino in Waroona.

Camping in a national park or reserve is a great way to connect with nature.

The campgrounds in the region, which are either on a first-come, first-served bases or booked in advance via https://exploreparks.dbca.wa.gov.au/camping include:

  • Lane Poole Reserve

    Instant relaxation is guaranteed at Lane Poole Reserve. You’ll just love this national park with nine different campgrounds within the reserve providing a range of facilities. Fees apply and a park pass is required to enter the national park. Except for Nanga Mill and Nanga Townsite, booking in advance is required.

  • Marrinup Townsite

    Marrinup Townsite near Dwellingup is suitable for tents, has toilet facilities and is pet friendly. Camping fees apply and booking in advance is not possible.

  • Martin Tank Campground

    Unwind and connect with nature at this beautiful campground near Preston Beach, right on the banks of Martins Tank Lake. The campsites at Martins Tank Campground are suitable for tents, campervans, camper trailers and caravans. Fees apply and you must book in advance.

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Lane Poole Reserve, Dwellingup

Dump Points

  • Mandurah – Corner Hackett and Sholl Street
  • Pinjarra – Pinjarra Williams Road, adjacent to the heritage train station
  • Waroona – Millar Street, town oval
  • Boddington – Wuraming Avenue

RV friendly Towns

Maximum Stay

  • Pinjarra – 24 hrs (all year)
  • Waroona Oval, Preston Beach – 24 hrs (May to October – subject to change)
  • Boddington – 48 hrs
  • Jarrahdale – 72 hrs

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Natural Attractions, Nature Parks & Tours

Experience Mandurah’s diverse range of nature experiences.

Natural Attractions & Tours

Discover a diverse range of nature experiences in the Mandurah region

The Mandurah region boasts a wealth of protected waterways, national parks, nature reserves and nature parks. See our top choices of what to explore on your next visit!

SALT AND BUSH ECO TOURS

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Salt and Bush Eco Tours speciality bird, wildlife and nature trips can be land or water-based (from foot peddled kayaks) along the Ramsar protected wetlands of the Peel Harvey Estuary and Yalgorup Lakes – a truly unique way to be relaxed by nature.

August marks the approximate start of the Djilba the Noongar season, where the bush bursts into yellows and whites with many acacia species in flower. We also start to see the emergence of more variety of native orchids which is a highlight on our wildflower tours.

Find the best wildflower locations in the Peel Region on a guided private wildflower tour. Locate a diversity of beautiful flora and learn about how they thrive. Professional Naturalist guides will take you on a wonderful wildflower sojourn. To view wild flower tour options click here.

Yalgorup National Park

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Stretching from south of Mandurah to Preston Beach, the park is known for its ten elongated lakes, beautiful tuart and peppermint woodlands and the ancient thrombolite reef at Lake Clifton. The park provides visitors panoramic views of the beaches, dunes and lakes, walking trails and picnic spots. It is home to a variety of native animals, birds and wildflowers that are prolific in season.

Creery Wetlands Nature Reserve

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The 29-hectare nature reserve has a series of connected boardwalks and pathways with informative signage and bird-watching areas. Whether you are interested in birds, wildlife or just enjoy a stroll by the estuary, the area is a fascinating and enjoyable environment to explore.

Samphire Cove Nature Reserve, Halls Head

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Located on the north-western side of the Peel Inlet, the reserve includes scenic boardwalks, two bird hides (one with all-abilities access), an information shelter and a barbecue area nearby.

Len Howard Conservation Park, Erskine

Situated by the shores of the Peel Inlet and Mandurah Estuary, the park includes walking trails along the estuary and wetlands, bird-watching sites and a grassed area for picnics.

Ways to Nature walk the entire length of the Erskine Trail from the western end of the Park to the east. You’ll learn about the diverse habitats and see great estuary views on their 2-hour walk.

Serpentine National Park

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Photo: Lisa Watson Photography

Best known for the waterfall that cascades over a sheer granite rock face, the park abounds with scenic beauty and is a sanctuary for an array of plants and animals. It is a great place for bushwalks or a picnic by the falls.

Lake Goegrup Nature Reserve

Lake Goegrup Mandurah
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Forming part of the Serpentine River system, the reserve includes a walking trail that runs along the Serpentine River, providing an experience of river and wetland environments.

Lane Poole Reserve, Dwellingup

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The Murray River meandering through towering jarrah forest and valleys make this reserve, just outside of Dwellingup, an enchanting place to visit. Covering more than 55,000 hectares, the park offers plenty of space and options for a range of outdoor activities. Stay overnight at one of the many campsites or pack a picnic and enjoy a day trip exploring this stunning location.

Island Point Reserve, Herron

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Situated on the shores of Harvey Estuary, the reserve provides a lovely sheltered beach for swimming or bird watching and bush trails to wander. Salt and Bush Eco Tours offer a 2-hour walk around the area, where you can be guided for 3.5km and discover and share natures’ stories that exist in this amazing global biodiversity hotspot.

Herron Point, Birchmont

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Photo: Michael Bond

Between Mandurah and Pinjarra, the area is ideal for camping, picnics, swimming, walking and birdwatching.

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