Things to do on a rainy day in Mandurah

When the weather takes a turn and the skies open up, many retreat to their homes to escape the rain. However, Mandurah provides many exciting indoor activities that will keep you not only dry but entertained! In this blog, we cover the many activities and attractions that captivate locals and visitors alike during the cooler season. Get your rain jackets ready, we’re heading on an adventure.

Things to do on a rainy day in Mandurah

WHEN IT RAINS, MANDURAH STILL SHINES

When the weather takes a turn and the skies open up, many retreat to their homes to escape the rain. However, Mandurah provides many exciting indoor activities that will keep you not only dry but entertained! In this blog, we cover the many activities and attractions that captivate locals and visitors alike during the cooler season. Get your rain jackets ready, we’re heading on an adventure.

When it begins to sprinkle, you don’t have to stay at home, Mandurah offers a great selection of indoor activities. From cosy cafes to inviting art galleries to family-friendly indoor adventures and tranquil escapes, this guide will provide you with a wide selection of activities to make the most of your rainy day in Mandurah. Don’t let the weather dampen your spirits, embrace the opportunity to delve into the city’s attractions and experiences that will beat the weather. It’s time to explore.

Here’s how to embrace the rain in Mandurah

Take a cruise

Rain, hail or shine–a cruise always offers an exciting experience complemented with beautiful views.

Cruise along the tranquil waters, marvelling at the cascade of charming waterfront homes. As you venture further, you’ll reach the Peel Inlet and the estuary, where the landscape transforms into a haven of natural wonders.

The true stars of the show are Mandurah’s very own Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins, which proudly call these waterways home. Mandurah is home to WA’s largest residential population of Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins. Rain is no obstacle for the dolphins, watch them playing, eating, and resting in their natural habitat and discover the beauty of Mandurah’s amazing waterways and wetlands.

Please ask the Mandurah Visitor Centre for details on the cost and availability of the cruises or book direct with Mandurah Cruises.

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Dolphin Cruise & Views | Image courtesy of Mandurah Cruises

Escape Squad

Step into a world of mystery, puzzles and teamwork at Mandurah’s themed escape rooms. Themes vary from attempting to escape from detention in a school classroom to nuclear disasters to retrieving a relic for a prince, and many more! Themes rotate, head to their website to see their current adventures

Escape rooms are a great activity for friend groups, the family or as a team building exercise for the workplace. Whilst the rain pitter patters outside, retreat to the Escape Squad where your problem-solving skills will be challenged, your creativity ignited and your imagination stimulated. It’s the perfect way to have fun and stay dry when the rainy weather intensifies.

Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing Centre

No matter your skill level, from novice to seasoned climber, Mandurah’s Indoor Rock Climbing Centre offers a great range of activities suitable for all ages and abilities. There’s bouldering, rock climbing, aerial classes, ninja training, top rope as well as classes for kids and adults. There’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Whilst the rocks outside might be too wet to climb, the indoor centre provides a safe and dry space to climb, explore and have fun. All the necessary equipment, including chalk, shoes, and harnesses, is readily available at the centre, allowing you to focus solely on the experience. Just come dressed in comfortable exercise attire, bring your drink bottle and socks, and prepare for an unforgettable adventure within the welcoming walls of Mandurah’s Indoor Rock Climbing Centre.

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Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing Centre

Trampoline Park

When the weather begins to sprinkle and you’re looking to retreat from the rain, head to Mandurah’s indoor trampoline park Flip Out to bounce, soar, and flip through the air with your friends and family

Indoor trampoline parks provide a safe and exhilarating environment for all ages, where you can unleash your inner acrobat and experience the joy of weightlessness. The trampolines offer a soft and springy surface that encourages you to leap higher and perform impressive manoeuvres. From jumping into foam pits to playing trampoline dodgeball or testing your skills on the ninja warrior course, there’s no shortage of excitement.

Join the family on the trampolines or watch from the sidelines as your little ones laugh and play–Flip Out is a fun-filled day out that is the perfect antidote to a gloomy day.

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Flip Out Mandurah Trampoline Park

Reading Cinemas

Whilst the weather is rainy and cold, escape to the cosy warmth of Mandurah’s Reading Cinema to eat freshly popped and buttery popcorn as you watch the latest film

Nestled along Mandurah’s iconic boardwalk (7 James Service Place), Reading Cinemas Mandurah stands as a premier destination for movie enthusiasts. Immerse yourself in a captivating cinematic experience in 1 of the 6 state-of-the-art theatres, which boast expansive wall-to-wall screens, immersive digital sound, and cutting-edge Dolby Digital 3D projection. Indulge in the ultimate comfort of stadium seating and luxurious armchairs as you embark on a journey through the latest first-release movies in both 2D and captivating Dolby Digital 3D. For those seeking a touch of nostalgia, enjoy a selection of arcade-style video games before or after your film.

Don’t forget to visit the candy bar before your movie, with enticing and cost-saving deals that offer great value, you’ll be able to spoil the family (and you) with your favourite cinema treats. Did someone say Popcorn and Maltesers?

Game On

Game On Mandurah is a great place to seek refuge on a rainy day in Mandurah. It’s here where hobbies, gaming and delicious food unite for family fun! Dive into comfy booths, gaming tables, and funky purple walls.

Connect over interactive games like MTG and Warhammer. Enjoy mouthwatering hotdogs, burgers and sweet treats at their in-store diner.

With one of the best barristas in Mandurah, it’s a winning combo! Don’t miss out on the fun – visit Game On for a memorable experience.

Black Stump Gallery

Art galleries provide the perfect environment for a rainy day, with Mandurah boasting a great selection of art galleries that showcase the unique talents of Australian artists

Located within the Mandurah Visitor Centre, the Black Stump Gallery curated by local artist Emma Blyth showcases her unique artworks and gifts available for purchase. Emma Blyth’s creations are a true reflection of her deep admiration for the awe-inspiring beauty and vibrant hues found in the Australian outback and remote coastlines. Through her art, she brings the essence of Australia to life, showcasing the bold and vivid landscapes unique to the outback and coastlines.

As the weather begins to sprinkle, find refuge within the mesmerising space of Black Stump Gallery. As you admire each artwork, listen to the soft sounds of rain drops falling. It’s a cosy and intimate atmosphere that’s hard to match

Open 7 days a week from 9am – 4pm.

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Black Stump Art Gallery, Mandurah

Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery

Located at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on the backdrop of the picturesque Mandjar Bay, the Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery offers free exhibitions on display throughout the year. The gallery presents around 10 diverse exhibitions each year featuring contemporary, indigenous, historical, traditional, design and sculptural artworks

Additionally, the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre Foyer Galleries serve as a platform for emerging artists, providing an opportunity for them to showcase their talents and gain exposure. A visit to the Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery not only provides respite from the rain but also invites you on an immersive journey that will ignite your creativity and deepen your appreciation for the arts

Open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm. To see their latest exhibitions visit their website here or talk with our team at Visit Mandurah for more information.

Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM)

Following the theme of art exhibitions, the Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM) is another gallery in Mandurah that boasts exciting and unique art pieces. Located within the Mandurah CBD, adjacent to the CASM Workshop Space (63 Ormsby Terrace), CASM supports exhibition development and partnerships with artists, arts organisations and communities by providing low cost rental spaces, a diverse workshop program and information services for artists

CASM provides a platform to assist recent graduates and emerging artists navigate early exhibition experiences. Additionally, the gallery supports established artists presenting a body of work that is new and experimental in relation to their normal practice

CASM’s annual exhibition program features eight diverse art exhibitions and events. Open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm. To see the latest exhibitions visit the CASM website here or talk with our team at Visit Mandurah for more information.

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Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM)

Two Muddy Men Pottery Workshops

When the weather rains, it’s time to get creative! Challenge yourself by getting your hands stuck in mud with a pottery class at Two Muddy Men. Run by instructor Isaac, you’ll be guided by an experienced potter who creates large water sculptures and sculptural homewares. Although you might not be able to make a large water sculpture on your first visit, the instructor will guide you through the class, teaching you how to make simple to intermediate designs

With group workshops, private classes, venco wheels and 3 – 6 week courses–choose a casual class or commit to the complete 6 week course to keep you busy throughout winter. All skills levels are welcome, with the instructor moulding the class to the students’ abilities.

Book your course online. Early bookings are encouraged as spots tend to fill up quickly.

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Two Muddy Men, Mandurah

Edenvale Heritage Precinct

The Edenvale Heritage Precinct (1 George St, Pinjarra) presents a collection of beautifully preserved heritage buildings that now serve as a space for Museums, Art Galleries, Tea Rooms and Retail shops. Visiting Edenvale alone offers a whole day of activities. Plus, with different events depending on the season, be sure to check the Murray River website to see what’s on

As the rain sprinkles, take in the beautiful ambiance of the gorgeous buildings complemented by the moody skies and romantic rain. Remember to take your umbrella as you stroll from one site to the next, retreating to the warm interiors

Ensure to book your spot at the Edenvale Heritage Tea Rooms to enjoy premium Devonshire tea (open 7 days a week from 10am to 3pm), the perfect beverage for when the weather is cooler.

Kaleidoscope Tours – Winery Tour

There’s just something about a sip of red wine on a wet and wintery day that feels cosy and relaxing. Kaleidoscope Tours has captured this sensory delight by offering one of Mandurah’s most popular wine tours during the cooler months.

Guests can choose a half or full day winery tour. On the full day tour, guests will visit three wineries with tastings and an included lunch provided by Jarrahdale Tavern, Redcliffe. On the half day tour, guests will visit a few wineries with no lunch included. Regardless of the tour you include, you’re guaranteed an impressive tour as you travel along the scenic route, admiring the beauty of the surrounding vineyards

Book your tour via their website. Please note: tours must have a minimum of 4 people to go ahead.

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Winery Tour with Kaleidoscope Tours

Craft Beer & Wine Tour

Craft beer and bespoke wine is immense in Mandurah. With WA’s ideal growing conditions, there are plenty of craft beers to try and wineries to visit in the Peel region

The Mandurah Visitor Centre staff would be happy to provide you with a copy of the Craft Beer & Wine Trail map and guide, allowing you to create an adventure that works for you. Take a short drive to taste some of the Peel region’s impressive handmade craft beers, award winning wines and delicious local produce

For more details please refer to our page on the craft beer and wine trail in Mandurah.

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Boundary Island Brewery, Mandurah | Peel Craft Beer & Wine Trail

Mandurah Forum

There’s no better excuse than rainy weather to visit Mandurah Forum for a dose of retail therapy

Mandurah Forum is a single level, major regional shopping centre. The Forum is a premium fashion mall including more than 155 specialty stores as well as Australian favourites; David Jones, Big W, Kmart, Target, Coles and Woolworths. Whether you’re looking for clothes, toys, electronics or gifts–there’s plenty of shops to browse

When you’ve worked up your appetite walking from shop to shop, stop by one of the many food stalls to enjoy a bite to eat. There’s the fresh food hall, a large indoor/outdoor food court and a casual alfresco dining precinct. Discuss your purchases over a cuppa as you hide from the rain outside.

Open 8am-6pm on Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat. Open 8am-9pm on Thu & 8am-5pm on Sundays.

Dolphin Quay Markets

Where delicious food, great service, unique gifts and live music come together to provide a fun holiday atmosphere along the waterways of the stunning and picturesque marina

Whether the day is bright and sunny or grey and rainy–Dolphin Quay is a beautiful location to spend the day out with the family. Walk from shop to shop admiring the rain fall over the water as you explore the offerings from the great selection of retailers

When lunch time rolls around, take your pick from the delicious dining options. From tapas and wine to coffee and cake to satisfying meals, there’s plenty to choose from for filling and tasty bites to eat

Open 9am – 5pm, Monday – Sunday.

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Dolphin Quay Markets

Whizz Pop Candy Shop

If the wet weather has got you down, a visit to Whizz Pop Candy Shop is guaranteed to cure those rainy day blues. Featuring a wide range of quality sweets from the UK, the US as well as iconic treats home to WA, there’s something to satisfy every sweet tooth

Products vary from not only chocolates and lollies but also ice cream, crisps, hot sauces and drinks. Daim bars, Cadbury chocolates, boiled sweets, fudge, honeycomb and more! There’s many delicious surprises waiting for you at Mandurah’s beloved candy shop.

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Beauty and Wellness

Escape from the wet weather by treating yourself to a wellness experience in Mandurah. From getting your nails painted, indulging in a massage, relaxing with a facial or taking a yoga class–there’s plenty of activities to choose from that will leave you feeling appreciative and happy in the gloomy weather

To explore the wide range of beauty and wellness businesses in Mandurah, visit our blog here, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

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Bringing joy to gloomy weather in Mandurah

No matter the weather, Mandurah is abundant with fun activities for the whole family. With the city’s array of exciting indoor activities, such as visiting art galleries, enjoying cinematic experiences, or exploring vibrant shopping districts, Mandurah offers a respite from the rain and transforms grey skies into opportunities for adventure and excitement. The next time it begins to sprinkle, keep these activities in mind, and you’ll be happy it rained!

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Visiting Mandurah On A Budget

With Autumn’s changing colours, cooler weather and glorious fresh produce – there’s so much to love about the season! Mandurah is here to showcase the best activities this fall for each and everyone.

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Need a holiday but don’t want to fork out your whole savings account? We hear you. Mandurah is full to the brim of exciting and affordable holiday options.

Whether you’re looking for a big family trip, a romantic weekender with your partner or a solo adventure to give you a breather from the daily grind – Mandurah is here to provide.

Getting here

All aboard the train to Mandurah

Only a hop, skip and a jump from the Perth CBD hides Australia’s Top Tourism Town 2023 – Mandurah. It’s so close, you’ll be wondering why you haven’t visited sooner. 

The Mandurah Train Line runs right through Perth from all the way up in the city to all the way down to Mandurah. With a frequent train timetable, it’s never been so easy to escape on a holiday!

Plus – tickets are cheap as chips! Varying from $5.10 for a 2 Zone fare, to the Family Rider package $10.30, these prices certainly beat the cost of petrol for a car trip!

Jump on the Mandurah shuttle bus when you arrive at the train station to quickly get to your accommodation and settle in. Your train ticket will get you on a bus trip for free too, what a bonus!

Rather trip down by car? Easy as. Less than an hour’s drive from Perth, you’ll be in Mandurah in no time. There are many ways to travel down to Mandurah!

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Affordable accommodation options 

You don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy a couple of relaxing days away from home. Mandurah offers a wide range of affordable accommodation options. From caravan parks, self-contained apartments and chalets. It’s the perfect way to holiday without spending your entire savings. 

Mandurah Ocean Marina Chalets 

Cosy up in one of the cute and quaint chalets at the Mandurah Ocean Marina. Centrally located, you’re in walking distance to the Mandurah CBD, restaurants, cafes, cinemas, markets and more. With family chalets, studio units, special needs and spa chalets – this is a great option for families both big and small. 

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Mandurah Ocean Marina
Mandurah Coastal Holiday Park

Located only 500m from the beach, the Mandurah Coastal Holiday Park is a great option for those who enjoy the ocean breeze and getting their feet sandy. Imagine early morning beach walks all year round and sunset swims in summer! Plus the Mandurah Foreshore and Dolphin Quay Marina is only minutes away, making this a hot location for both couples and families. 

Miami Holiday Park 

Heading to Mandurah on a caravan or camping adventure? Miami Holiday Park is the perfect location to set up camp. With options to choose between grass or concrete, powered or unpowered sites and cheeky discounts for your little ones – Miami Holiday Park aims to make every visitor a happy camper. 

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Miami Holiday Park, Falcon
Mandurah Caravan & Tourist Park

For a quick family getaway, Mandurah Caravan & Tourist Park has everything you need. Make a splash in the swimming pool, watch the kiddies have fun on the playground or have a bounce on the jumping pillow! The whole family will be taken care of, leaving you to sit back in a banana lounge and chillax. 

Twins Waters Caravan Park, Dawesville

Great location, affordable prices and all of the facilities you need – you can’t get better than that. Twins Waters Caravan Park is guaranteed to look after you and your family on your stay. Plus dogs are welcome! Check out their pet friendly accommodation options. 

Silver Sands Resort

Unwind at the tranquil paradise that is Silver Sands Resort. Choose between a quiet and cosy 1/2 bedroom apartment or bunk up with the family in the larger rooms. From the outdoor spa, kids pool, sauna, mini golf, half sized tennis courts, children’s games rooms and more… there’s so much to do at Silver Sands Resort, you’ll have to dedicate a day to exploring the Resort! 

The Sebel Mandurah

Experience affordable luxe and comfort at The Sebel Mandurah. Located beside the Mandjar Bay, rooms look out to the stunning panoramic views of the iconic Mandurah waterfront. Suitable for couples, families and for corporate functions – The Sebel aims to offer a luxurious stay for everyone at an affordable price.

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Free Things to Do

Sometimes it can be tricky coming up with family-fun activities… not when you’re in Mandurah! The whole city of Mandurah has many wonderful interactive and entertaining activities on offer that don’t break the bank. Explore what the city has to offer and start planning your itinerary. 

Playgrounds

Take your family on a playground crawl and visit the many whimsical and wonderful parks sprinkled throughout Mandurah.

There’s the impressive Osprey Waters Foreshore Playground, the colourful Caterpillar Park, the Eastern Foreshore Playground, the custom built Novara Foreshore Playground, Keith Holmes Reserve or the farm-themed Adventurescape Playground.

Just remember to pack a lunch or prepare for a BBQ as the kiddos won’t want to leave once they start playing. 

Mandurah Skate Park

Get those knee pads on, Mandurah’s skate park is a key feature of the Mandurah waterfront. Offering ramps for all skill levels and for both skateboards and/or bikes plus there’s plenty of social spaces for you to relax on the grass and enjoy the sun. 

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Disc Golf

Challenge the kids to a game of Disc Golf! Located on the Western Foreshore, Disc Golf is played with similar rules to traditional golf with the aim to complete the course in the least number of throws. Discs and scorecards can be borrowed from the Mandurah Visitor Centre.

Mandurah Instagram Trail

A holiday wouldn’t be complete without great photos to post on the Gram! Lucky for you, Mandurah is home to plenty of stunning spots that will make your feed look schmicko. From the beautiful lights of the Mandurah Bridge at night, the serene Creery Wetlands, the breathtaking backdrop of Stingray point and many more! There’s also fun 3D public art along the way, so plenty of options for family portraits. 

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Scoop crabbing along the estuary (in season)

There’s plenty of crabs in the sea here at Mandurah! Simply take a scoop net down to the estuary and fill your net with meaty crabs at one of the many hotspots in Mandurah. Renowned for blue swimmer crabs, cook them up on the BBQ and enjoy fresh seafood all weekend long.

Crabbing at Novara Foreshore Reserve

Calling all nature lovers! Escape to Mandurah and discover the rich wildlife beauty hidden within this city. Whether you’re a sucker for sunsets, fond of long walks on the beach, or getting deep into the reserves and wetlands – the choices are endless in Mandurah. 

Giants of Mandurah by Thomas Dambo

Go on an epic adventure! Enter the magical world of internationally renowned artist Thomas Dambo.

The Giants of Mandurah is a free outdoor exhibition celebrating the extraordinary beauty and importance of protecting our natural world, including Mandurah’s globally significant Ramsar-listed wetlands, unique waterways, bushland and wildlife.

Begin at Mandurah’s Visitor Centre and choose your own adventure on your journey to discovering each hidden Giant. Collect clues along the way to reveal the location of the final Giant, but shhhhh… don’t tell anybody else.

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Dolphin spotting

Mandurah is spoiled with plenty of great locations to spot dolphins playing in the estuary and ocean. The beautiful Venetian style canals beside the Mandurah Ocean Marina or the Dawesville Channel Walks both offer a stunning walk as you watch dolphins swim past. Or book yourself a dolphin cruise to guarantee dolphin sighting. 

Creery Wetlands Reserve Trail

Take a walk on the 3km loop that circles the 29-hectare Creery Wetlands Reserve. Take your binoculars for bird watching (the wetlands are home to 22 species of migratory shorebirds!) and spotting other native wildlife and enjoy the fascinating wonderland hidden in the wetlands. 

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Creery Wetlands
Beach bums 

Rain, hail or shine – a beach trip is always on the menu in Mandurah. We recommend popping by one of the many beautiful beaches across the Peel region from Falcon Bay in Falcon, Town Beach in Dolphin Quay, Pyramids Beach in Dawesville, Lido Beach in Dolphin Quay, Blue Bay in Halls Head, Doddies Beach in Halls Head, Village Beach in Wannanup, Silversands Beach in Silversands, Madora Bay Beach in Madora Bay and Seascapes Beach in Halls Head. The options for beach spots in Mandurah are endless!

Surfs up!

With the long list of glorious beaches (mentioned above) it only makes sense to try your luck with surfing or stand up paddle boarding! If you’re looking for a lesson or two on surfing or SUP-ing the crew at Star Surf have got you covered. 

Halls Head Coastal Path

Take a stroll along the 12 kilometer moderate walk Halls Head Coastal Path. With spectacular views and the fresh sea breeze keeping you company, it’s a fantastic way to get to know the coast and get your exercise in. Speed up your journey by taking your bike on the venture.

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Do you prefer a holiday that’s jam-packed with action? Well then, strap yourself in and prepare for a thrilling itinerary with these activities in Mandurah. Move over relaxing beach strolls and sleep ins, this category is for the adrenaline junkies. 

4WD-ing at Tims Thicket 

Prepare your off-roader and head on a 4WD-ing adventure! Mandurah is one of the best spots for 4WD-ing. For both newbies and avid enthusiasts, there’s plenty of terrains to explore for hours of 4WD-ing fun. One of the most popular picks is the route at Tims Thicket. Complete the trip by diving into the ocean at the beach at the end of the drive.

Cycling

Grab your helmet and explore the many stunning coastal paths that circle the city. Perfect for a day’s activity for the family or for a romantic outing with your partner. Take a cycle on Bridges Ride and discover the beauty of the foreshore and canals, the heritage listed Sutton Farm on Old Coast Road and the Samphire wetlands.

WA is renowned for its mountain bike tracks with the Peel region delivering winding forest tracks that every mountain bike enthusiast needs to explore! Choose from beginner trails or the strictly off-road bike trails at Turner Hill in Dwellingup and Langford Park in Serpentine-Jarrahdale.

Ebike Ride along the Mandurah Foreshore

Alongside picturesque beaches, parks and stunning wildlife, Mandurah is also renowned for its incredible art and culture. If you’re visiting Mandurah, exploring the many art spaces is a great way to understand the city, the people and the many stories integral to making Mandurah the magical city it is. Explore these free and creative activities!

Art galleries  

It’s amazing to think that most of the art galleries in Mandurah are all free! Home to impressive talent, Mandurah art galleries showcase some of the best artworks in WA. Visit the Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery for seasonal exhibitions, Black Stump gallery for an exhibition on Mandurah’s own Emma Blyth and Contemporary Art Spaces (CASM) for recent graduates and emerging artists.

‘Welcome to country’ wall artwork 

Step inside the Mandurah Visitor Center and prepare to be wowed! Here, you’ll find a stunning artwork by Bindjareb Boodja artists Peta and Corey Ugle, showcasing Mandurah’s rich Aboriginal history.

But that’s not all! Make sure you don’t miss the chance to dive into Mandurah’s creation story with our cool Augmented Reality app. 

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Augmented Reality Experience at the Mandurah Visitor Centre
Mandurah Art Trails

Take a stroll through the colourful streets throughout Mandurah. Inspired by the natural beauty that is at the heart of Mandurah’s culture, the artwork varies from interactive paintings from Jenny McCracken, the 100% recycled bike rack sculpture by Gary Aitken and lots more magnificent artistic surprises. Choose to walk along either Mandurah’s light blue or dark blue trail. 

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Yaburgurt Memorial at Mandjar Square (outside the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre)
Mandurah Community Museum 

For only a gold coin donation, learn about the historical stories that have made Mandurah what it is today. The Mandurah Community Museum provides a diverse range of resources from photographs, objects and articles to engage and educate. Understanding the history of the city truly gives you a newfound appreciation for the people and places you’ll encounter on your visit. 

Going on a holiday doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, some of the best holidays are ones that cost very little. Mandurah offers a wide range of fun and free activities for families, couples or solo travellers to explore. Visit Mandurah on your next holiday or weekend away and discover the beautiful city that is only a short train trip away.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Hire an electric wheelchair from The Bike Kiosk Mandurah

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
    • 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

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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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

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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 over the last two years including Australia’s Top Tourism Town 2023, the coastal city continues to expand its offerings, including 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 $75.

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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 $88, 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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Riding e-scooters along Mandurah's Eastern Foreshore

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.

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Mandurah Boat Hire

Explore the wonders of boating life with Mandurah Boat Hire, offering an affordable and exciting experience for the whole family! Be your own captain and cruise through the picturesque waterways of Mandurah and keep an eye out for playful dolphins along the journey. Renting a 4-person dinghy is hassle-free and budget-friendly, priced at just $105 for a delightful 1.5-hour adventure.

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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 8am-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.

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Mandurah Skate Park

Meanwhile its 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!

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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 more than 10 stops to snap, including 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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Sorted out your Easter holiday plans yet? With a four day break from the daily grind, it pays to think about where you’ll spend it.

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Sorted out your Easter holiday plans yet? With a four day break from the daily grind, it pays to think about where you’ll spend it. And what better way to unplug and get away from the stresses of everyday than a zippy road trip to Mandurah, full of giant fun and big adventures.

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4 Day Family Getaway

Whether it’s Thomas Dambo’s wooden Giants, 134 km2 of waterways or award-winning eateries, there are so many big reasons to bring the family for a visit to Mandurah.

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School Holiday Fun

Whether you’re making the most of the long Easter weekend or taking the entire holidays off, there’s heaps to keep your kids entertained in Mandurah.

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Rotary Duck Race

Come along to the Rotary Family Fun Day and Duck Race, a free community event held on Easter Saturday, 30th March 2024, on Mandurah’s Eastern Foreshore.

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A Guide to Crab Fest Weekend

Crab Fest is Mandurah’s most significant event that attracts visitors from across the State, all keen to get a taste of the lifestyle, location, culture and—most importantly—the famous blue swimmer crabs that are unique to the region. Mark your calendars (16th & 17th March) and get ready to experience the best of Mandurah and the Peel region at Crab Fest.

Crab Fest: A Celebration Of Culture & Cuisine

A Guide to Crab Fest 2024

Crab Fest is Mandurah’s most significant event that attracts visitors from across the State, all keen to get a taste of the lifestyle, location, culture and—most importantly—the famous blue swimmer crabs that are unique to the region. The weekend-long event is full to the brim with fresh food, live performances, children’s entertainment, cooking demonstrations, celebrities and more! Mark your calendars (16th & 17th March) and get ready to experience the best of Mandurah and the Peel region at Crab Fest.

Mandurah’s highlight event is set to take place on 16th & 17th March 2024. Held annually on the 3rd weekend in March in the beautiful coastal city of Mandurah, Crab Fest is a true feast for the senses, offering a wide range of activities for all ages to enjoy.
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With the tasty Blue Swimmer Crab a local speciality around the shores of Mandurah, you can get your claws on plenty of fresh, regional shellfish products to enjoy alongside the Peel’s best brewers and wineries, plus pop-up food stalls for every taste.

While the name might suggest a focus solely on crabs, this year’s event promises a diverse range of activities to delight visitors of all ages.

Get ready for electrifying performances on the Main Stage featuring headline acts like The Potbelleez and Pacific Avenue, ensuring the festival atmosphere is nothing short of sensational. But that’s not all – from family-friendly entertainment to dedicated Children’s Stage performances, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Get your taste buds tingling and your aprons ready because Crab Fest 2024 is bringing the heat to the Spudshed Cooking Stage, hosted by the one and only Mix94.5’s Pete Curulli! Get ready to be entertained and educated as a great lineup of celebrity chefs sizzle, stir, and serve up a storm.

From sassy seafood dishes to tantalizing treats, you’ll be drooling over the delicious creations and picking up insider cooking tips along the way. Whether you’re a kitchen novice or a seasoned chef, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the Spudshed Cooking Stage.

So, grab a front-row seat, bring your appetite, and let’s turn up the heat on this culinary adventure with Pete Curulli and friends

Read more about everything Crab Fest on the Crab Fest website.

While the festival itself is free, there are also ticketed events available for those looking for a more exclusive experience. 

Getting to Crab Fest is easy. Catch the train to Mandurah. FREE shuttle buses running all weekend will meet you and bring you to the heart of the festival.

More experiences on Crab Fest weekend

There’s so much to do at the festival but also in and around Mandurah during the Crab Fest weekend. Explore further to discover the activities you’ll want to include in your itinerary. 

Mandurah Cruises’ $15 Crab Fest Cruises

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See Mandurah’s best sights on Mandurah Cruises’ half-hour $15 Crab Fest Cruises which depart every 20 minutes across Crab Fest weekend, between 10am and 5pm.

Cruise Mandurah’s famous waterways and luxury canals ~ filled with playful dolphins, birdlife and unforgettable scenery!

From the water, take in prime views of Crab Fest’s colours and festivities. Enjoy live commentary from local experts while relaxing in comfort on deck.

Pirate Ship $15 Crab Fest Cruises

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The Pirate Ship Mandurah

Join ‘Pete Blackbeard’ and his buckos at Pirate Ship Mandurah for a 30-minute cruise during Crab Fest weekend. Kids can dress as pirates, steer the wheel, ring the bell and fire water cannons. It’s fun at its best!

White Pearl $15 Crab Fest Cruises

Or jump aboard the ‘White Pearl‘, a skippered luxury charter seating up to 19 passengers. Cruise around Mandurah’s waterways for 30 minutes for only $15 pp.

Purchase your tickets on board the ship departing from the jetty out the front of ‘The Bay Cafe’ on the Eastern Foreshore, opposite 9 Mandurah Terrace.

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Image: White Pearl boat tours

BBQ Boat Crab Lunch

BBQ Boat Crab Lunch

Captain your own Mandurah mini cruise this Crab Fest weekend, on board Western Australia’s only donut-shaped electric boats. Devour a delicious cooked crab lunch (recommended), or bring a picnic or barbecue lunch to enjoy, while cruising Mandurah’s breathtaking Ocean Marina and Venetian Canal. Your own unique way to experience Channel 7 Mandurah Crab Fest 2024! Book your floating BBQ Boat Crab Lunch here.

Crack a Crab at Crab Fest

Get ready for a taste sensation like no other at Wood and Stone Cafe‘s special event during Crab Fest. Led by their talented Head Chef Luke Bathis, this hands-on experience is not only delicious but loads of fun too!

Discover the secrets of cracking, peeling, and savoring cooked crab like a seasoned pro. With two huge Shark Bay Blue Manna Crabs included, along with a refreshing pint of King Road Brewing Co. beer or cider, and fresh baked sourdough bread & sauces, you’re in for a treat!

Hurry and secure your spot for just $59 per person. But act fast – spaces are limited! And don’t worry about leaving the little ones behind; this activity is kid-friendly, perfect for ages 7 and up. Have a cracking good time at Wood and Stone Cafe!

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Betty’s Burgers Crab Burger

A special Crab Burger will be available at Betty’s Burgers Mandurah on 16 & 17 March 2024! For just $15, you can enjoy this awesome burger collab with fresh crab meat. Don’t miss out because this burger is available for a limited time only, and will be sold out quickly.

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Clamshells Pottery Workshop

Unleash your inner mermaid at this year’s Crab Fest with a truly enchanting experience: crafting your very own bespoke bowl!

This pottery workshop is tailor-made for beginners, ensuring that everyone can dive in and create something truly special.

Guided by the talented duo of ‘Two Muddy Men,’ you’ll discover the secrets to sculpting a simple yet stunning bowl. Then, let your imagination swim wild as you add texture and adorn the outside of your shell with your favourite seaside creatures, all crafted from clay.

This exclusive event is a Crab Fest gem, offering an experience you won’t find anywhere else. But hurry – spaces are as limited as pirate treasure! Secure your spot now or risk feeling green with envy as others embark on this magical journey!

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Join a Clay Clamshells Pottery Workshop with 'Two Muddy Men'

King Carnival

If you’re looking for a way to truly excite and delight your kiddies, a stop at the King Carnival is a must during Crab Fest. At King Carnival, there will be all of your favourite carnival rides and games (including the clowns), fun and delicious show bags (starting from $5) as well as the Mandurah Ferris Wheel glowing in all of its glory. A great way to work up an appetite before lunch.

Fireworks Display

Get ready to light up the sky with the most explosive event of Mandurah Crab Fest – the spectacular fireworks show! Mark your calendars for Saturday, 16th March 2024, at 8:30 pm and prepare for a dazzling display that will leave you in awe.

For the ultimate viewing experience, stake out your spot at one of our prime locations along the Eastern and Western Foreshores. Snag a cosy spot under Mandurah’s iconic fig tree at Stingray Point, or head to the Mandurah Bridge pedestrian walkway for front-row seats to the breathtaking spectacle.

Gather your friends and family, pack a picnic basket, and get ready to be amazed as the night sky erupts in a kaleidoscope of colours. It’s a moment you won’t want to miss at Crab Fest.

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Fireworks over Mandjar Bay, Mandurah | Image credit: City of Mandurah

Escape the crowds

As much as we love the liveliness of Crab Fest, we also understand that some prefer to escape the crowds and find a quieter activity. For those who prefer the latter, there are plenty of quiet activities to enjoy during the festival too. 

Kaleidoscope Tours

Kaleidoscope Tours

Kaleidoscope Tours is the perfect opportunity for families, couples and groups of friends to experience a more exclusive and intimate experience in Mandurah during the Crab Fest weekend. For families, book a Giants of Mandurah Tour and marvel at the impressive Thomas Dambo sculptures. For groups of 4 or more, choose the Winery Tour and enjoy a few samples of local wines as you learn about the wine-making process. With knowledgeable guides and a focus on creating unforgettable memories, Kaleidoscope Tours is a must-do activity during the Crab Fest weekend.

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Amaze Miniature Park

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Lose yourself in the wonderful miniature world at Amaze Miniature Park. With 70 miniature replicas of well-known historic buildings, you and your little kids will feel like giants as you admire the intricate details of the models. Not to mention, the Park provides a whole day of fun with mazes, mini golf, lego and more. Pack a lunch or purchase from the cafe and you’ll be ready for a whole afternoon of activities at the one location.

Ranger Red’s Zoo

Ranger Reds Zoo

Located on the banks of the Murray River in Pinjarra, Ranger Red’s Zoo is a boutique zoo that offers a hans-on experience. This is perfect for animal lovers and for families who want their little ones to experience something different. Open 9 am – 5 pm over the weekend, it’s worth the ~15-minute drive outside of Mandurah for the visit.

Edenvale Heritage Tearooms

Located at the 130-year-old award-winning homestead, find respite at the Edenvale Heritage Tearooms. Although the charming building alone is a reason to visit, the delicious rustic food makes Edenvale Heritage Tearooms a sought-after destination for brunch, lunch and dessert. Open 8.30 am – 3 pm, we recommend booking in advance to secure your spot.

Dwellingup Treetops Adventure

Treetops Adventure Dwellingup

45 minutes from Mandurah, a thrilling adventure awaits in the midst of pine and jarrah trees at Dwellingup’s Treetops Adventure. Choose from a wide range of activities, including Tree Ropes Course, Zipcoasters, Mountain Bike hire and more. Activities cater to all age groups from 1-5yrs, 8-12yrs, teens, adults and the oldies. Get everyone involved and having fun at Dwellingup Treetops Adventure. 

Crab Fest weekend

Mandurah’s Crab Fest is a weekend of fun for everyone. Welcoming families, couples, groups and solo adventurers, if you’re looking for an exciting weekend away, this is the opportunity you’ve been looking for. Mark your calendars for the third weekend of March and start writing up your itinerary—Crab Fest is just around the corner!

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Escape to Mandurah and discover the best experiences for seniors in a city that never gets old. With a focus on affordability and accessibility, Mandurah is ideal for seniors looking for a relaxing holiday, a place to visit with the family or a comfortable weekend trip. With a wide range of activities offered at a discounted rate for seniors, Mandurah has become a popular destination for everyone to explore and enjoy.

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Escape to Mandurah and discover the best experiences for seniors in a city that never gets old. With a focus on affordability and accessibility, Mandurah is ideal for seniors looking for a relaxing holiday, a place to visit with the family or a comfortable weekend trip. With a wide range of activities offered at a discounted rate for seniors, Mandurah has become a popular destination for everyone to explore and enjoy.

From scenic walks along the coast to relaxing water activities, Mandurah is a popular destination for seniors looking to make the most out of their retirement years. With special discounts for pensioners across both land and water activities, there are plenty of affordable and enjoyable activities in Mandurah, no matter what kind of weekend you’re planning.

Senior-Friendly Activities

Mandurah Cruises

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Murray River Lunch Cruise | image courtesy of Mandurah Cruises

Mandurah Cruises offers a unique and enjoyable way to explore the Murray River near Mandurah. With several different experiences to choose from, you’ll want to browse their offerings and find the best cruise to suit your preferences.

Running Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the popular 3-hour Murray River Lunch Cruise includes a delicious two-course lunch for you to enjoy whilst taking in the scenic views of the river. With comfortable seating, easy boarding and a calm river, this activity is perfect for seniors looking for a leisurely and scenic experience. The knowledgeable staff and informative commentary about the local area will also provide an educational aspect to the cruise. On the backdrop of the stunning Murray River, watch dolphins play in the water, admire the diverse birdlife and take in the surrounding wetlands. 

If you’re an animal lover, running daily is the Dolphin Cruise & Views. This tour runs for 1 hour, exploring the incredible waterways that are home to around 90 dolphins relaxing, playing and feeding. Plus, every tour includes the Dolphin Guarantee, where if you don’t spot a dolphin (which is rarely the case) which gives you unlimited returns until you spot the beloved aquatic mammals. 

Giants of Mandurah Tours

Santi Ikto Giant by Thomas DamboPhoto by Duncan Wright image courtesy of FORM Building a State of Creativity
Image: Santi Ikto Giant by Thomas Dambo | Photo by Duncan Wright | image courtesy of FORM Building a State of Creativity

No matter your age, the Giants Of Mandurah always amaze and delight with their impressive structures and marvellous creativity. From the curious mind of the world’s leading recycle artist Thomas Dambo, each sculpture is made from scrap wood and second-hand materials such as plastic and cardboard. Denmark-born, we feel proud to be able to offer such an incredible art installation throughout the city.

Whether you prefer to tour by bike, by boat,  or by coach with Kaleidoscope Tours, Zion Coach Tours or Ready2Roll Charters —we’ve ensured there is a tour available for everyone! Regardless of which tour you choose, you’re guaranteed to have a marvellous time. Just make sure you don’t forget the camera, there are some fantastic scenes you’ll want to capture.

Guided Tours

Salt and Bush Eco Tours Guided Nature Tours
Salt and Bush Eco Tours

Mandurah boasts an abundance of beautiful naturescapes and wildlife. National parks, rivers, wetlands, coves and waterways—if you’re visiting Mandurah, exploring these stunning landscapes is simply a must and there’s no better way than with a guided nature tour.

Salt and Bush Eco Tours provide custom-guided nature experiences from the bushland to the salty waterways in and around the Peel region. Winning Australia’s Top Tour Guide Award (2022), Salt and Bush provide professional naturalist walking tours, kayak adventures, bird-watching explorations and geology tours. Discover all of their offerings here on their website. 

Art Safari Walk with Downunder Discoveries in Mandurah
Art Walk with Dowunder Discoveries

Discover Mandurah’s artistic wonders on Downunder Discoveries’ ArtSafari Walking Tour, available at a discounted rate for seniors. Explore vibrant streets and hidden gems with ease. Join us on Thursdays & Saturdays for an enriching experience.

Tourist Fun Train

Big Toot Tourist Fun Train Mandurah
Big Toot | Tourist Fun Train Mandurah

Toot toot! All aboard the Tourist Fun Train, Australia’s only road licensed trackless train! Choose between the Big Toot (60 minute tour) or the Mini Toot (15 minutes) and take a seat on the bright green train as you spot some of Mandurah’s most iconic attractions. Fun for both seniors and little ones, this is a great option for grandparents taking the grandchildren out. Senior, children and family special pricing is available. 

Amaze Miniature Park

Amaze Miniature Park Mandurah
Amaze Miniature Park

A unique must-see attraction featuring a sprawling display of 70 miniature buildings, model trains as well as family-friendly activities such as mini golf, a playground, yard games and pedal cars. Amaze Miniature Park showcases intricate miniature models that are made to scale and meticulously crafted to offer a highly detailed and realistic representation of the subjects. Stop by to marvel at the miniature creations or, bring the grandchildren for a whole day of activities. Concession rates are available.

*Please note: Amaze Miniature Park is currently closed for maintenance and reopens on 1st March 2024.

Eat, Drink & Dine

It wouldn’t be a trip to Mandurah without experiencing the delicious culinary delights found in cafes, restaurants and hotels across the city. Whether it’s savouring fresh seafood dishes, indulging in delicious local cuisine, or trying some of the latest food trends, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Mandurah’s vibrant food scene.

Peel Alehouse

A local favourite of Halls Head, Peel Alehouse caters to seniors by providing a separate menu with discounted prices. Choose from locally sourced Fish & Chips, Salt & Pepper Squid, Seafood Basket or the Lambs Fry & Bacon. With a Bistro and a Sports Bar, choose to enjoy a romantic meal with your better half or, enjoy a pint whilst you watch a game. Located off Old Coast Road and close by the lakes of Collins Pool and the Halls Head coastline, make sure you stop by this iconic for lunch or dinner.

Friar Tucks

Dubbed as “Mandurah’s Home of Irish Hospitality” the traditional Irish family-run restaurant know how to make you feel welcome. As you walk into the interior you’ll instantly feel relaxed with the cosy Irish charm oozing from the decor, wooden tables, pints of Guinness and crowd-pleasing menu (including Pork Bangers and Mash, Dublin Brie and Traditional Irish Soda Bread baked in-house). With a special discounted menu for seniors, this is a popular destination for those looking for a comfortable spot to relax from the day’s activities.

The Cut Tavern

With stunning views of the Dawesville Channel, The Cut Tavern is the ideal spot for lunch or dinner to take in the glorious views of the water. Boasting an impressive food, beer and wine menu, pop by during the week to take advantage of their daily dining specials. On Monday they serve up their mouth-watering Bourbon Ribs, Tuesdays is Steak Day, Wednesdays are for schnitties, Thursdays are for burger and steak sandwiches and Fridays are for digging into fish & chips. 

Murphy’s Irish Pub

Murphy’s Irish Pub is a lively and inviting destination for seniors looking for a fun and relaxed dining experience. The pub is known for its warm and welcoming atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor seating, weekly events, sports screening, live music and great views overlooking Mandjar Bay. We recommend taking advantage of their tempting daily deals and chef specials. 

Mandurah Seniors Centre

Indulge in a wide variety of specials at the Mandurah Senior’s Dining Room. For just $12 (for members) and $17 (for non-members), savor a 2-course meal featuring a main dish and dessert, along with a hot cup of tea or coffee. Custom-made meals are also available from 8.30am to 1.30pm. The dining room is located at 41 Ormsby Terrace and provides ample parking spaces for members.

Ravenswood Hotel

Where great value meets great flavour, The Ravenswood Hotel provides delicious dining experiences for seniors every day for both lunch and dinner. At only $16.50 enjoy a satisfying meal accompanied by a refreshing beverage as you take in the stunning views of the Murray River. Whether you’re looking for a quick lunch, a leisurely dinner, or a place to relax with the family, the Ravenswood Hotel is the perfect choice for seniors seeking great food at an affordable price.

Affordable and Memorable Experiences for the Golden Years

Mandurah is the perfect destination for seniors seeking a balance of peace and excitement, all at an affordable price. With an array of discounts and savings available through seniorscard.wa.gov, it’s easy to discover hidden treasures and budget-friendly options in this city. From lodging, and comfortable accommodations to shopping in retail stores, indulging in baked treats and coffee, taking scenic cruises, and even getting pampered with haircuts—Mandurah is brimming with opportunities for seniors to enjoy an economical yet memorable experience.

Get ready to put your senior card to good use, because Mandurah is calling your name! If you’re unsure where to start, chat with our local experts at the Mandurah Visitor Centre who will help you build an itinerary that caters to your holiday. 

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New things to see and do in Mandurah

The city has changed, with new developments, dining spots, and experiences. Explore all new things to see and do in Mandurah!

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Discover all the new things to see and do in Mandurah.

Mandurah offers far more than the iconic dolphins, crabs, and fish & chips that it’s known for. The city has changed, with new developments, dining spots, and experiences. Stay in the loop with the latest and come explore what’s new in Mandurah!

Whether you’re looking to reconnect with nature, embark on a unique biking tour, or indulge in delectable eats and sips, Mandurah has something new and exciting for everyone. Let’s dive into the latest offerings that are making waves in our picturesque city.

New Experiences

Mandurah Murray River Cruises

Explore Mandurah Murray River Cruises offering private boat charters for up to 10 people. Enjoy leisurely Murray River Cruises, captivating Sunset Cruises or thrilling Dolphin Cruises.

With pick-up points at Sandy Cove Tavern and Jettys Bar & Grill, it’s perfect for lunch or dinner outings.

Customise your experience with Private Cruises. Relax onboard with provided ice and esky or bring your own snacks and drinks.

Experience serenity on the water with Mandurah Murray River Cruises.

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Enjoy a private cruise with Mandurah Murray River Cruises

Giants & Dolphin Sightseeing Cruise

Experience Mandurah’s charm and natural beauty with Mandurah Cruises’ Giant & Dolphin Sightseeing Cruise. Exclusive views of Thomas Dambo’s Giant ‘Seba’s Song’ await, visible only from the water. Encounter wild dolphins and birdlife in this new delightful 2-hour cruise creating lasting memories along Mandurah’s beautiful shores.

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Mandurah Cruises' Giant & Dolphin Sightseeing Cruise
Mandurah Cruises' Giant & Dolphin Sightseeing Cruise

Art Safari Walking Tour

Embark on an Art Safari Walking Tour in Mandurah guided by Downunder Discoveries’ Eco Certified Tour Guides.

Explore vibrant streets and laneways with captivating murals, sculptures, and graffiti. Suitable for all ages and wheelchair accessible. Join Dowunder Discoveries to uncover the city’s artistic treasures and cultural heritage.

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Go on an Art Safari Walk in Mandurah

Discover with Down Under Discoveries – Where nature meets adventure

Discover Down Under Discoveries, a family-owned gem, invites you to immerse yourself in the wild wonders of Mandurah.

With kayak tours, nature walks, and hikes, they’re here to shake up your routine and help you reconnect with nature for your overall well-being.

Join them for an unforgettable experience filled with joy, laughter, and happiness in Mandurah’s great outdoors.

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Creery Wetlands in Mandurah
Creery Wetlands, Mandurah | Image credit: Down Under Discoveries

Peel Produce Peddle – New E-Bike Tour

Calling all lovers of “paddock to plate,” thrill-seekers, farmers’ market wanderers, and nature enthusiasts!

Get ready for a very special ride with The Bike Kiosk and Peel Produce Markets‘ newest tour, the Peel Produce Peddle.

Zip around on cool e-bikes, soaking in the best of WA’s farm goodies, all in one great adventure. The fun kicks off early – because mornings are made for this stuff, especially in summer.

Start and finish at The Bike Kiosk, pedal through awesome spots like Doddi’s Beach, Seascapes Trail, check out one of Thomas Dambo’s  Giants of Mandurah, and cruise by the man-made Dawesville Channel.

Oh, and did we mention the pitstop for a mouthwatering brekkie and a market stroll in Dawesville? Plus, bag yourself a free 3-piece, vine-ripened, take-home produce treat.

The journey back is a wildlife bonanza, hosted by the sprawling Peel Inlet – think crab hunters, pelicans, osprey, and if you’re lucky, cute western grey kangaroos. It’s the ride, the bites, and the sights all rolled into one wicked Mandurah adventure!

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Juice ship at Peel Produce Market
Juice ship at Peel Produce Market

FlyOnE Sustainable Aviation – Electric Flight Adventure

Experience the future of aviation with FlyOnE Sustainable Aviation.

Fly electric in Mandurah and Perth with renewable energy-fuelled electric aircraft. Offering scenic trial introductory flights and pilot training, this new era in aviation is cost-effective, comfortable, and eco-friendly. Join the flight school or try a trial introductory flight to witness the magic of flying electric!

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FlyOnE Sustainable Aviation

Augmented Reality Experience at Yaburgurt Memorial

Step into an Augmented Reality (AR) experience to learn about the significance of the ‘Yaburgurt Memorial’, dedicated to the local Aboriginal leader ‘Yaburgurt’. Uncover the symbolism behind the six glass panels and discover the layers of meaning within the Yaburgurt Memorial.

Let the AR experience guide you in understanding the broader message of the artwork and how it serves as a reminder of our interconnectedness.

Keep an eye out for the pavement decals around the artwork, scan the QR code, and follow the prompts for an immersive exploration.

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Yaburgurt Memorial at Mandjar Square, Mandurah

Everclime – Make an Impact, Unlock Discounts

Discover a whole new dimension to your Mandurah experience with the Mandurah Visitor Centre‘s exciting collaboration with Everclime.

This innovative partnership allows you to access exclusive discounts from local businesses while contributing to impactful projects in the Mandurah and Peel region.

Everclime’s inaugural support goes towards the Estuary Guardians of Mandurah community project.

By participating, you not only enjoy special savings but also become an integral part of the ongoing environmental efforts.

Everclime is dedicated to integrating impactful actions seamlessly into our daily lives, emphasizing transparency in fund allocation for environmental causes.

Seize this unique opportunity, unlock exclusive discounts, and actively contribute to meaningful local projects. Visit the Mandurah Visitor Centre today and get started!

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New Eats and Sips

Wedgetail Brewing Co. – Mandurah’s New Craft Beer Addition

Get ready to elevate your craft beer experience at Wedgetail Brewing Co., the latest gem in Mandurah’s brewing scene.

This West Australian-owned and operated craft brewery is a haven for beer lovers seeking top-notch brews. Wedgetail takes pride in crafting a diverse range of traditionally brewed, high-quality beers, showcasing their mastery with a Pilsner, Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, and Double Red Ale.

Wedgetail is all about keeping it real and keeping it delicious. So, round up your crew and make your way to Wedgetail Brewing for a laid-back hangout, great tunes, and beers that are downright awesome.

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Image: Wedgetail Brewing Co.

Betty’s Burgers – Beach-inspired Delights

For a taste of summer, check out Betty’s Burgers, the retro beach-inspired chain that has landed in Mandurah.

Serving the freshest and juiciest burgers, Betty’s Burgers is the go-to spot for mouth-watering classics. Don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in these delectable offerings, as Mandurah hosts the only Betty’s Burgers outside of Perth’s CBD.

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Bellini Italian – Waterside Dining Extravaganza

Experience Italian cuisine on the water at Bellini Italian, nestled in the beautiful Dolphin Quay.

Fully licensed to serve cocktails, beer on tap, and Italian and Australian wines, Bellini Italian showcases Western Australia’s fresh produce in traditional and modern dishes. Enjoy a culinary journey with stunning waterfront views.

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Stargazing in Mandurah

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Stargazing in Mandurah

Discover the best stargazing locations in Mandurah and surrounds

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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.

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Restaurants Open on Christmas Day

From stunning waterfront views to hearty pub grub, there’s something to satisfy every palate. Let’s take a closer look at some of the Mandurah restaurants that will be open on Christmas Day.

Celebrate Christmas Day in Mandurah

Satisfy Your Christmas Cravings: Where to Eat on Christmas Day in Mandurah

The holiday season is a time for joy, togetherness, and indulging in delightful meals with loved ones. Don’t worry if you’d rather not cook on Christmas Day or if you’re travelling and don’t have access to a kitchen, Mandurah has you covered with a fantastic array of restaurants.

From stunning waterfront views to hearty pub grub, there’s something to satisfy every palate. Let’s take a closer look at some of the Mandurah restaurants that will be open on Christmas Day.

The Peninsula (The Pen) Mandurah

Location: 1 Marco Polo Drive, Mandurah

Celebrate Christmas in style at The Pen, where they’re offering two sittings for Christmas Day lunch, at 12pm and 3pm.

You can enjoy a lavish three-course meal that includes a shared seafood inspired entree, traditional Christmas roast for mains, and festive dessert to finish. What’s more, there’s a generous two-hour free-flowing beverage package to enhance the festivities.

Prices are $169 per adult and $49 for kids under 12. Children under 3 dine for free.

Make your reservations online or call 9534 9899 to secure your spot at this festive dining experience.

The Pen Restaurant in Mandurah
The Peninsula Restaurant in Mandurah is overlooking Mandjar Bay

Cobblers Tavern

Location: 629 Old Coast Rd, Falcon WA 6210

Cobblers Tavern is all set to host a memorable Christmas Day feast with two sittings from 12pm to 2pm and 3pm to 5pm.

Indulge in a sumptuous meal that includes a shared entree, traditional roast, and dessert. Plus, there’s a delightful two-hour drinks package to complement your meal.

Prices are $129 per person, and children aged 12 and under dine for $39, while children aged 3 and under eat for free.

Secure your spot online or by calling (08) 9534 2222 for reservations.

Christmas Day Lunch at Cobblers Mandurah

Jasmine Thai

Location: 7/2 The Palladio, Mandurah WA 6210

If you’re in the mood for something different this Christmas, Jasmine Thai Restaurant has you covered.

They’re open on Christmas Day from 5pm to 8pm, serving their normal menu. Whether you’re a fan of their classic Thai dishes or want to try something new, give them a call to make a reservation.

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Photo by: Jasmine Thai Mandurah at Mandurah Ocean Marina

Alfresco Indian Cuisine Restaurant

Location: 8/2 The Palladio, Mandurah WA 6210

Located at Mandurah’s Ocean Marina, Alfresco Indian Restaurant offers a picturesque setting for a relaxed meal. They’re open from 11am to 9pm on Christmas Day, serving their regular Indian cuisine menu. If you’d like to (literally) spice your Christmas Day up a bit,  give them a call to secure your table.

View from Alfresco Indian Restaurant Mandurah
View from Alfresco Indian Restaurant Mandurah

Paparazzi Cafe

Location: 2 Peel Street, Mandurah WA 6210

Paparazzi Cafe, the beloved Italian gem in Mandurah, opens its doors with a heart full of holiday cheer. Their 2-course set menu, priced at just $75, promises a delicious Italian feast that’ll make your Christmas special. To book your table, give the owner Rosa a call on 0406 688 602.

At Paparazzi, they’re all about sharing love, laughter, and great food during the festive season. Come on in and join the Christmas celebration!

Peel Alehouse

Location: 8 Guava Way, Halls Head WA 6210

The Peel Alehouse is open for Christmas Day lunch, starting at 11.30am. They offer a mini set menu for $110 per adult and $35 for kids. Make your reservations through their website and enjoy a festive meal with friends and family.

The Sporting Globe

Location: R8/330 Pinjarra Rd, Mandurah WA 6210

The Sporting Globe offers a set Christmas lunch menu from 12pm to 3pm. Share the holiday spirit with sports fans and delicious food at this exciting location.

Peel Manor House

Location: 164 Fletcher Rd, Karnup WA 6176

While the Peel Manor House is closed on Christmas Day, they’re offering something special for those who want to celebrate earlier in December.

Join them for “Christmas Capers Murder Mystery Dinners” on the 15th and 16th of December from 6.30pm to 11.30pm. They’re also hosting Christmas Luncheons on the 5th, 6th, 13th, and 15th of December from 12pm to 2.30pm.

Remember to make reservations in advance, as these popular spots tend to fill up quickly during the holiday season.

Christmas BBQ by the Sea

If you’re in the mood for a more relaxed Christmas celebration and are on the hunt for fantastic picnic spots to fire up a Christmas BBQ, be sure to check out our list of popular picnic locations.

Family cooking a BBQ at Falcon Bay Beach, Mandurah
Picnic area at Falcon Bay Beach, Mandurah

No matter your culinary preferences or holiday traditions, Mandurah has something for everyone this Christmas Day.

We wish you a joyous and scrumptious Christmas in our picturesque coastal city!

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