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.
two people wearing crab hats sitting by the Eastern Foreshore at the Crab Fest Mandurah event
Image credit: City of Mandurah

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.

Woman holding a takeaway tray with crab croquettes
Delicious crab croquettes

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. 

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.

a small charter boat at Mandurah Ocean Marina in front of an apartment building
Image: White Pearl boat tours

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!

crabs and bread on a blue plate next to a bowl of sauce

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!

a shell bowl made of clay sitting on top of water in the middle of a body of water
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.

Crab Fest Mandurah Fireworks
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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Best Deals For Seniors In Mandurah

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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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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Wedgetail Brewing Co.
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

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

Stargazing in Mandurah

Discover the best stargazing locations in Mandurah and surrounds

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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.

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

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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.

Jasmine Thai Mandurah
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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Eco-friendly experiences in Mandurah

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

Top Eco-Friendly Experiences

Mandurah’s Top Spots for Sustainable Fun

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

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

Giants of Mandurah

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eco BBQ Boats

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

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

The Bike Kiosk Mandurah

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

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Exploring Mandurah's beautiful coastline by e-bike

Tourist Fun Train

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

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

Mandurah Cruises’ Wild Seafood Experience

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

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

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

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

Salt and Bush Eco Tours

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

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

Creery Wetlands

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Creery Wetlands, Dudley Park

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

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Mandurah’s Top Places to Eat

From trendy breweries to lunchtime river cruises and wild seafood experiences, Mandurah boasts an array of top places to eat, including award-winning restaurants.

Top Places to Eat

Feast & Sip in Style: Mandurah’s Top Culinary Delights

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From trendy breweries to lunchtime river cruises and wild seafood experiences, Mandurah boasts an array of top places to eat, including award-winning restaurants.

From yachts to tinnies, lobster to fish and chips, life is laid-back and leisure centres around the water. The destination is characterised by jovial dolphins, big friendly giants, mouth-watering seafood, and Christmas lights on the canals. So, it’s little wonder that the traditional name, Mandjoogoordap, translates to “meeting place of the heart”.
Drone shot of Mandurah

After its humble beginnings as a tiny fishing town, the effervescent coastal community of Mandurah has grown to become Western Australia’s largest regional city, and with it has come a bounty of eateries and bars to enjoy. Whether you’re on a romantic weekend away, holidaying with the kids, or a day out to visit the Giants of Mandurah, here are the best places to feast and sip on culinary genius.

Cafes

Wood and Stone Cafe

The foreshore location in the heart of Mandurah isn’t the only drawcard enticing punters from far and wide. The family-run Wood and Stone Café puts friendly service and quality food and drink at the forefront.

Think inner-city vibe coupled with boutique breakfast options like Caprese baked eggs, signature waffles, and brekky burgers, paired with premium coffee. The café also won ‘Best Breakfast’ at the coveted 2022 and 2023 WA Gold Plate Awards.

Breakfast at Wood and Stone Cafe Mandurah
Wood and Stone Cafe Mandurah

Mataya Eatery

Guided by an ethos that “variety is the spice of life,” Mataya Eatery sports a mission to create fresh, seasonal, and wholesome food that delights the senses and satisfies the grumbling tummy we all know too well. From acai bowls to baked goods and raw slices, Mataya boasts a range of vegan, gluten and dairy-free options so no one is left behind.

Mataya Eatery, Mandurah
Mataya Eatery

La Belle Patisserie & High Tea House

“Serving all things special” is the motto of this French provincial-inspired patisserie which has grown from modest beginnings as a small custom cake business. La Belle translates to “the beautiful” and guides the store’s focus on impressive French pastries. If you’re passing by, their high tea is a must. Expect a spoiling fit for royalty with four savoury snacks and three delightfully decadent desserts, along with two rounds of tea or coffee.

La Belle Patisserie and High Tea House
La Belle Patisserie and High Tea House

Breweries

Boundary Island Brewery

After a game of golf and six beers, the Boundary Island Brewery concept was born. Overlooking the water at Mandurah Quay Resort, it’s unsurprising the vibe is laid back, when all business plans are made on a napkin. Boundary Island Brewery is a relaxed breakfast venue, lunchtime local, and dinner tradition.

There are eight different beers at any one time, from the German pilsner and sweet and spicy ginger beer to the tropical IPA. And if you need further reason to convince you, they won the 2023 Best New Exhibitor trophy along with six medals at the Australian International Beer Awards.

Boundary Island Brewery
Boundary Island Brewery

Thorny Devil Brewery

From a frustration with beers that seemed all head and no body, the Thorny Devil Brewery was born. The brewery has since transformed into a contender in the craft beer world after winning numerous awards at the Australian International Beer Awards, Australian Craft Beer Awards, and Perth Royal Beer Show.

Located on the shores of Lake Clifton — home to the thrombolites — the brewing process incorporates rainwater, traditional German techniques, and fresh ingredients sourced from around the globe. Let the kids run free while you do the hard yakka drinking and dining at the BBQ restaurant.

Thorny Devil Brewery
Thorny Devil Brewery

Restaurants

Brewvino

If you’re looking for somewhere to wind down and revel in refreshments or a tasty bite, Brewvino might just be the place.

Overlooking Mandjar Bay, these guys are known for serving up the best steaks in town, among a range of delicious lunch and dinner options.

There’s something for all with a menu inspired by local produce, a selection of craft beer and tap favourites, as well as an extensive wine list and cocktail menu if you’re that way inclined. Word to the wise — the steak sandwich is worthy of a whirl, or tuck into the selection of share plates like salt and pepper squid, whole boneless crispy chicken, pork belly bites, or 12-hour slow-cooked lamb shoulder.

Brewvino Mandurah
Brewvino

Flics Kitchen

Flics first opened its doors in 2016 and has been popular with locals ever since. The restaurant plates up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a menu that is designed to be shared.

Get stuck into the Western rock lobster and prawn on brioche with avocado creme, wood-roasted spiced cauliflower, crab croquettes, burrata, and house-made ricotta gnocchi with wild mushroom and truffle. And rest assured, you can expect vegetarian, vegan, paleo, and gluten-free options.

Redmanna Waterfront Restaurant

From blue manna crabs and crayfish to prawns, scallops, and line-caught red emperor, Redmanna is known for its local seafood. Situated near the Mandurah Bridge, you’ll find unobstructed estuary views through the floor-to-ceiling windows of Mandurah’s most awarded restaurant. The seafood menu changes weekly, but if you’re in the market for something special, we recommend their signature seafood tower.

Redmanna Waterfront Restaurant
Redmanna Waterfront Restaurant

Cruises

Murray River Lunch Cruise

Allow us to paint a picture — a delicious buffet lunch and dessert to devour while soaking up scenic Murray River vistas. Tempting, right? Operating on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, the popular 4.5-hour Murray River Lunch Cruise is tailored towards people looking for a leisurely and picturesque waterside dining experience.

It’s an opportunity to observe the diverse birdlife and catch a glimpse of a dolphin or two in the water, while admiring the surrounding wetlands. You’ll also gain an insight into the local area, thanks to the knowledgeable staff and informative commentary onboard.

Murray River Lunch Cruise
Murray River Lunch Cruise

Wild Seafood Experience

Cast the net and reel in the best of the sea! Home to an abundance of crabs, fish, and crayfish, Mandurah is known for its century-old history as a West Australian seafood hotspot.

There’s not much that tastes better than fresh seafood, especially when you catch it yourself and a chef cooks it. Mandurah Cruises offers a Wild Seafood Experience where guests can enjoy a taste of this thriving marine world onboard a 60-foot pleasure boat. The 3.5-hour interactive seafood lunch cruise includes a seven-course menu balanced with a selection of world-famous Margaret River wines. Sign us up!

Wild Seafood Experience
Wild Seafood Experience

Discover these and more culinary delights in Mandurah. Experience the rich flavours, embrace the natural beauty, and bask in the warm hospitality that collectively contributed to Mandurah’s recognition as Australia’s Top Tourism Town 2023.

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Top things to do in Mandurah in Summer

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

Top things to do this Summer

Our top selections for making golden memories

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

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

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

Giants of Mandurah

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

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Tourist Fun Train

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

Mini Toot Tourist Fun Train Mandurah

Amaze Miniature Village 

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

Amaze Miniature Park Mandurah

Explore on an e-scooter

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

Dolphin Cruise & Views

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

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Pirate Ship

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

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

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Mandurah Instagram Trail

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

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Fun indoor activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

This summer, Mandurah offers top family fun for all!

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

Kwillena Gabi Estuary Pool

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

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

Dolphin Tours

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

Dolphin and Scenic Marine Cruise Mandurah

Mandurah Cruises Murray River Lunch 

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

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

Eco BBQ Boats

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

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

Cruise in  Style

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

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

Picnic on Luxury Boutique Boat Charters Mandurah

Boat Hire

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

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

Jet Ski Hire

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

Kayak Tours

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

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

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

Houseboats

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

Mandurah Houseboats

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

Dolphin-Delight

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

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Guided Nature Tours

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

Salt and Bush Eco Tours

Yalgorup National Park

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

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Birdwatching Bliss

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

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Osprey | Image credit: Karyn Ellis

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

Creery Wetlands Mandurah

Goegrup Lake

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

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Two-Wheeled Adventures

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

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Kangaroo Encounters

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

Melros Reserve Mandurah

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

Giants of Mandurah

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

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

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Ride the Giants

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

Ride the Giants E-Bike Tour Mandurah

Jet Ski Hire & Tours

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

Jet Ski Tours and Hire Mandurah

SUP & Kayak Hire

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

Kayaking Mandurah

Salt and Bush Eco Tours

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

Play WA’s Golf Coast

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

Golf in Mandurah

Indoor Rock-Climbing Centre

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

Flying Experiences

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

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

Mandurah from the air

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

Wine Tours 

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

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Mandurah Cruises Murray River Lunch 

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

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Wild Seafood Experience 

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

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Wild Seafood Experience | Image credit: Mandurah Cruises

Enjoy more fresh local seafood

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

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High Tea at Sea

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

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High Tea at Sea | Image credit: Mandurah Cruises

Breweries

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

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

Boundary Island Brewery Mandurah

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

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

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

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

Thorny Devil Brwery Mandurah

Eat and drink your way through Mandurah

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

Eat and Drink in Mandurah

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

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Mandurah is Australia’s Top Tourism Town 2023

Mandurah has once again made its mark on the tourism map, securing a prestigious award at the ‘Australia’s Top Tourism Town Awards’ held in Canberra today. Mandurah’s exceptional tourism offerings have earned it Gold in this esteemed national competition.

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Mandurah Shines Bright at ‘Australia’s Top Tourism Town Awards’

Mandurah has once again made its mark on the tourism map, securing a prestigious award at the ‘Australia’s Top Tourism Town Awards’ held in Canberra today. Mandurah’s exceptional tourism offerings have earned it Gold in this esteemed national competition.

Visit Mandurah General Manager, Anita Kane, said this is a remarkable achievement and it’s on the back of an exciting year of tourism triumphs for Mandurah.  The resounding success of ‘Thomas Dambo’s – Giants of Mandurah’ exhibition initiated by FORM Building a State of Creativity brought an unprecedented surge in visitor numbers to the Mandurah Visitor Centre.

Our winning streak began in 2022 when Mandurah was crowned Western Australia’s Top Tourism Town, and in May 2023 we took home the coveted top spot again for the second year in a row.

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Santi Ikto by Thomas Dambo, Giants of Mandurah

In 2022, Mandurah proudly secured the Bronze award at the national level, and this year, we have raised the bar even higher beating off strong competition from across Australia.

“Here at Visit Mandurah, we are thrilled that our stunning coastal city has been recognised on a national level as a Top Tourism Town. It is a prestigious title and one we truly believe Mandurah is worthy of. For the last five years in particular, Mandurah’s tourism industry has adapted, innovated, and reimagined its offerings. It is a real joy to see these efforts recognised,” said Ms Kane.

Mandurah’s exceptional performance at the ‘Australia’s Top Tourism Town Awards’ showcases the city’s intrinsic natural beauty, warm hospitality, and superb tourism experiences, solidifying its position as a premier destination for visitors from Western Australia and beyond.

This achievement would not have been possible without the collective effort of our tourism community and the support of the City of Mandurah.  We extend our grateful thanks to everyone who has contributed to making Mandurah the top tourism town it is today.

Ms. Kane added, “Congratulations also to Dwellingup, which clinched the Gold in the Tiny Town Category. It’s wonderful to see national recognition bestowed upon two destinations within the Peel Region.”

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Wildflower Walks in Mandurah

Mandurah is home to a diverse range of wildflower species, making it a perfect destination for nature enthusiasts and hikers. Join us as we take you on a virtual journey through the wildflower walks in Mandurah, where vibrant colors and delicate petals await.

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Exploring Nature’s Beauty: Wildflower Walks in Mandurah

Mandurah, located in the heart of Western Australia, is a place of natural beauty and tranquility. While its pristine beaches are famous worldwide, there’s another natural wonder waiting to be discovered – the stunning wildflowers that bloom across the region.

Mandurah is home to a diverse range of wildflower species, making it a perfect destination for nature enthusiasts and hikers. Join us as we take you on a virtual journey through the wildflower walks in Mandurah, where vibrant colors and delicate petals await.

Why Mandurah?

Before we delve into the specific wildflower walks, let’s take a moment to understand why Mandurah is such a hotspot for wildflower enthusiasts.

  1. Biodiversity: Mandurah’s unique geographical location offers a wide range of ecosystems, from coastal dunes to wetlands, which support an incredibly diverse range of wildflowers.
  2. Climate: The Mediterranean climate in Mandurah with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers provides the perfect conditions for wildflowers to flourish.
  3. Timing: Spring, especially September to November, is the best time to witness the wildflower bloom in Mandurah, as temperatures start to rise and the landscape transforms into a colorful tapestry.
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Spider Orchid

Best wildflower walks in Mandurah

The Estuary Walk

Discover the natural beauty of Mandurah on the scenic Estuary Walk at Len Howard Conservation Park. Covering a distance of 6km, this 2-hour walk offers a tranquil escape from the city. To get there, follow Old Coast Road to Erskine, then turn into Wattleglen Avenue and Silverton Crescent until you reach Len Howard Conservation Park.

Along the way, keep an eye out for native wisteria, cowslip orchids, blue lace flowers, white myrtle, and more, nestled among towering wattles, tuarts, and paperbarks. As you stroll along the shores, you’ll also encounter banksias, flaxes, and rushes, making this a diverse and picturesque nature adventure.

Halls Head Coastal Walk

For those who prefer a leisurely stroll with stunning ocean views and wildflower sightings, the Halls Head Coastal Walk is perfect. You’ll find coastal wildflowers like sea lavender and beach daisies adorning the path.

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Beach Daisies

Samphire Cove Nature Reserve

Samphire Cove is a coastal gem teeming with wildflower diversity. The trail meanders through dense coastal vegetation, offering breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and an opportunity to spot native orchids and coastal daisies.

Island Point Walk

Embark on a delightful journey through nature at Island Point Walk, located in the picturesque Island Point Nature Reserve near Herron.

This 4km trail offers a two-hour escape into the heart of Western Australia’s beauty. To reach this natural haven, simply follow Southern Estuary Road and exit onto Island Point Road.

The tracks at Island Point Nature Reserve are thoughtfully designed for walkers of all levels, promising an enjoyable adventure.

Keep your eyes peeled for the vibrant tapestry of wildflowers along the way, including spider orchids, enamel orchids, cowslip orchids, banksias, native buttercups, and wisteria. The best time for wildflower viewing is late September through October, ensuring a colorful and memorable experience.

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Banksia

Yalgorup National Park

Yalgorup National Park is a must-visit for any wildflower enthusiast. Explore the Thrombolites Trail or the Lake Preston Loop to discover a dazzling array of wildflowers against the park’s stunning coastal backdrop.

Lake Pollard Nature Reserve

Another fantastic spot to witness the wildflower spectacle is Lake Pollard. The area is known for its carpets of everlastings and orchids. Hike along the designated trails, and you’ll be immersed in a sea of colors. This 2-hour walk starts at the entrance to the Martins Tank campground on Preston Beach Road.

Lake Pollard is renowned for its high numbers of black swans between October and March and you can see Parrotbush, cockies tongues, Christmas tree (which blooms from December) and the rough-barked Fremantle mallee.

Heathlands Walk Trail

Embark on the captivating Heathlands Walk Trail in Yalgorup National Park. This 2-hour journey unveils diverse vegetation, from majestic tuarts to delicate limestone ridge flowers, and the unique swamp banksia, limestone mallee, and Fremantle mallee.

Lakeside Loop Walk Trail

Explore the Lakeside Loop Walk Trail, a 2-hour journey around Lake Clifton. It’s home to the southern hemisphere’s largest thrombolite community and a haven for waterbirds. You’ll observe varying vegetation, from lakeside Paperbark trees to peppermint, tuart trees, and the delightful honey myrtle.

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Donkey Orchids

Tips for a Memorable Wildflower Walk:

  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes and carry plenty of water, especially during the warmer months.
  • Bring a camera to capture the beauty of the wildflowers.
  • Respect the natural environment by staying on designated trails and not picking wildflowers.
  • Check the bloom season in advance to ensure you visit during peak wildflower time.
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Cowslips Wildflowers

Mandurah’s wildflower walks offer an opportunity to connect with nature in a truly unique way.

As you explore these picturesque trails, you’ll not only witness a riot of colors but also gain a deeper appreciation for the remarkable biodiversity of Western Australia.

So, lace up your hiking boots, grab your camera, and embark on a wildflower adventure in Mandurah – where nature’s beauty knows no bounds.

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Kangaroo Paws

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