Romantic 2 Night Getaway Near Perth

Looking to rekindle the romance in your relationship or need to score some serious brownie points with your belle or beau?

Romantic 2 Night Getaway Near Perth

Loved up in Mandurah – your romantic 2 night getaway near perth

Looking to rekindle the romance in your relationship or need to score some serious brownie points with your belle or beau? This time of year calls for a surprise romantic weekend getaway, and you don’t have to travel far to make it one to remember.

Couples, here’s the perfect bitesize rundown for spending a relaxed and romantic weekend in Mandurah.

Romantic places to stay – just the two of us

To make the most of your raunchy weekend away, we suggest arriving the night before, or arrange an early check-in on the day of your arrival (subject to availability of course), so you can take advantage of the full day ahead.

For a relaxing waterfront retreat, nothing beats The Sebel. Spoil your plus one staying in a stylish king spa suite, with magical views of Mandurah’s picturesque Mandjar Bay, or settle in with all the creature comforts lounging around in a one bedroom self-contained apartment.

Missing the Bali vibes? Then an adults only stay at Bali @ Avalon will make you feel like you’re a world away. This hidden Balinese oasis is not your typical B&B. You can book the entire place for just the two of you or with another couple. Relax by your own private pool, soak up the sun and put your feet up and imagine you’re in paradise!

Day 1

Before checking in, drop in for lunch at the 2021 Travelers’ Choice Winner – Café Coast in Wannanup along the Port Bouvard Marina. If you love seafood, you’ll appreciate their extensive menu from the ocean. Book your table ahead or just call in.

Must try: Grilled octopus with garlic and chilli, fresh seafood fettuccine marinara and Rottnest swordfish.

How to spend a romantic afternoon

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Mandurah’s relaxed by nature and there’s no better way to get amongst it than being on the water. Hire a waterbike, pedal at your own pace and choose where you cruise. Chat with the friendly crew at Mandurah Waterbikes for an inside scoop on the wildlife hotspots and the best views along Mandurah’s spectacular canals.

Prefer to give the legs a rest? Be your own skipper and hire a boat for the arvo. Cruise along the waterways and soak up the summer sun with your bestie by your side. Best of all there’s no skippers ticket required.

If you want to bump up the adrenalin then Stag Watersports is the name to remember. Jump on a jet ski and go exploring together or sign up for a thrilling eco tour. They even offer dolphin spotting sessions – doesn’t get any closer than this!

Where to eat and drink for romantic vibes

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After pulling up on dry land, you’ll be ravenous with stylish dining options aplenty along the waterfront and Dolphin Quay marina. Our top picks for a bevvy and amazing fare include Brewvino, The Pen, Flics Kitchen, Bar Therapy and Wood and Stone

Happy to stay out on the water? Get yourself on board Mandurah Cruises’ popular Sunset Tapas Cruise. Send romantic vibes soaring while you watch the stunning sunset and see what nature gets up to at night.

Day 2

Energy boosting breakfast options

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Whether you’re up with the crows at first light or opt for a lazy start (we wouldn’t blame you if you do), whenever you’re ready to get your day started, we’ve got you both sorted. 

A wholesome option favourite is Mataya Eatery. Pop in for brunch until 12.30pm where the crew are known for their delicious acai bowls, inventive bagels and killer specialty coffee. They also have a great selection of food on the run should you wish to head out early and explore.

Must try: Green breakfast bowl

Where to enjoy each other’s company

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Get back to nature with your plus one with Salt and Bush Eco Tours. Take a guided kayaking tour through the protected wetlands of the Peel-Harvey estuary, where you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away, not another soul in sight. 

Or head bush and get into the wild with Ways to Nature. Connect with nature – and each other as Sarah Way leads you both off the beaten track on a guided nature walk in the wilderness. Sarah’s itineraries are at a leisurely pace. Nothing is rushed, so you can truly immerse yourselves with all the wonder around you.

Want to get a real life glimpse of what life was like before humans stepped on earth? Make new discoveries with Mandjoogoordap Dreaming on a fascinating tour of the 2,000-year-old thrombolite reef at Lake Clifton. Learn about the history and cultural significance of these rare living rock-like structures. Right now is also the best time to view the thrombolites while water levels are low.

Closer to town, take a romantic stroll around the city’s unique and hidden art scene on one of Mandurah’s art trails. Get loved up on the Spring Swing along Tuckey’s Lane, take a couples snap by the Heart or Love sculpture and find other insta-worthy locations on the Instagram trail.

We could go on and on—but that would spoil all the surprises waiting for you to uncover yourselves.

Savour the moments, the memories and magic on a romantic escape to Mandurah this summer.

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How to spend summer in Mandurah

Dreaming of a day trip or relaxing weekend away? If you’re looking for the ultimate short break, there’s nothing quite like Summer in Mandurah to soak up the laidback vibes and take in the fresh coastal air. Heavenly.

6 Ways to Spend Summer in Mandurah

6 ultimate ways to spend summer in Mandurah

Dreaming of a day trip or a relaxing weekend away? If you’re looking for the ultimate short break this summer, there’s nothing quite like Mandurah to soak up the laidback vibes and take in the fresh coastal air. Heavenly.

We’ve got your water play covered including all the fun holiday things you’d expect on a summer vacay. And it’s super easy to get to from Perth! Mandurah’s just a short 1-hour drive south down the main drag (Kwinana Freeway). Or, if you’re coming back from down south, it’s the perfect pitstop to extend your little getaway.

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The ultimate scene to sail

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Play skipper for the day and explore Mandurah’s waterways at your own pace. Whether you’re cruising or casting a line, you’re in for a treat. And there’s no shortage of options. Mandurah Boat Hire offer everything from GPS tracked dinghies, pontoon boats and luxury sun tracker-style boats.

If you’re up for something a little different, enjoy the 360-degree views on a deluxe Eco BBQ Boat – so much fun! Planning to stay a few days? Hire out a houseboat, complete with a spa on deck.

Best of all, there’s no skippers ticket required to sail on any of these vessels.

The ultimate place for paddling

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Mandurah’s aquatic wonderland is perfect for stand up paddle boarding (SUP). If you’re a beginner, there’s plenty of sheltered waters to give paddling a go. Once you get over the wobbles, you can choose a trail and explore to your heart’s content. Or, until your core gets sore! Glide past multi-million dollar mansions, marvel at the impressive birdlife and if you’re lucky, our resident dolphins might join you for the ride!

Don’t have your own equipment? No worries! There’s plenty of places you can hire a SUP.

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The ultimate spot for social gatherings

With Mandurah’s dolphins of course! And it’s the best time of the year for it too. Set sail on a dolphin cruise where you’re likely to spot this playful bunch frolicking through the waterways. You might even catch one surfing by the boat.

Keen to go it alone? Jump on a waterbike, kayak or canoe to really get up close and personal with these friendly curious creatures. You just never know when they’ll pop up beside you!

The ultimate destination for discovery

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For a truly unique experience, head to Lake Clifton in Yalgorup National Park. It’s here among the shallows you’ll find one of the world’s largest thrombolite reefs. Extremely rare on Earth, these incredible living rocks are around 2,000 years old. Scientists believe these micro-organisms were among the first life forms.

You can view this phenomena via the purpose built observation boardwalk, but the best way to experience the thrombolites and learn about their significance is on a guided tour.

Indulge

The ultimate setting for seafood

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Mandurah is renowned for its seafood, home to an abundance of crabs, lobsters, crayfish and many other mouth-watering ocean delicacies.

Culinary seafood options are aplenty! Our favourites include Flics Kitchen, Redmanna Waterfront Restaurant and the Oyster Bar. If you’re on the hunt for fresh sustainably caught seafood to cook back at your accommodation, look no further than Wattsies Place.

The ultimate chance to cheers

Want to put your feet up and let someone else do the driving? Hit up Kaleidoscope Tours for a full day of fun. There’s something here for everyone, whether you’re a lover of wines, partial to a beer paddle or want a change of scenery, these guys have it all. They can even create a custom tour for you if you’re after something extra special.

STAY

The ultimate for rest and relaxation

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Take the guesswork out of where to stay with these great package deals. We have accommodation packages available for families, mid-week escapes, girls’ trips and romantic escapes. Just pick your dates, pack your bags and we’ll see you soon.

Short summer breaks here we come! Although we won’t be surprised if you want to stay longer.

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Set your sights on a romantic getaway near Perth

When was the last time you spontaneously jumped in the car and took off for a romantic weekend away without any distractions – just you and your plus one?

ROMANTIC WEEKEND GETAWAYS

Set your sights on a romantic getaway near Perth

When was the last time you spontaneously jumped in the car and took off for a romantic weekend away without any distractions – just you and your plus one?

Whether you’ve been together for only few months, one year or too many to mention, you never need an excuse to breakaway and spend quality time together.
And Mandurah certainly fits the brief for a romantic weekend or cheeky midweek getaway.

Only an hour’s drive south of Perth, Mandurah is where the Darling Ranges disappear into the Indian Ocean. It’s where WA’s love affair (and perhaps yours soon too) begins, connecting the land and water. Where serene rivers flow through amazing bush landscapes, and where pristine beaches run for kilometres on end, sometimes without a soul in sight.

Whether your idea of romance is a laidback retreat relaxing on the water, getting amongst nature, immersing yourself in delectable foodie delights or a heart-thumping adventure, we’ve curated our top romantic picks for things to do in Mandurah, which should definitely score you some brownie points.

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Amazing attractions

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There’s no better time than now to go dolphin spotting. With the breeding season well underway, this is when dolphins are at their most playful. The best vantage point to see these loveable creatures is without a doubt on the water. And there’s no shortage of ways to do it.

Take a scenic cruise or become your own skipper and hire a boat – no skippers ticket or boat licence required. If you want to get active, grab yourselves a stand up paddleboard from Mandurah Boat Hire or Star Surf & Skate and float your way along the waters to get up close and personal, jump on a tandem kayak and test your coordination, or have fun out on a waterbike.

Explore nature’s wonderland

This time of year is perfect for getting back to nature, and Mandurah has so much on display. From hiking and kayaking, sailing to stargazing – choose your preferred method and let the explorations begin!

There’s nothing like a dose of fresh air and if you both enjoy hiking, there are trails aplenty for you to discover together. Sarah Way from Ways to Nature is full of local knowledge. She can show you the remarkable wildlife that exists in tucked away places across Mandurah’s diverse parks and wetlands. Take a guided nature walk with her through the wilderness and you won’t be disappointed.

If you’ve never visited the Lake Clifton thrombolites in Yalgorup National Park, then this is a must-see. These rock-like formations date back 2,000 years and are the largest cluster of thrombolites you’ll find in the southern hemisphere. Scientists believe they are one of the first life forms on earth (way before dinosaurs were ever around!). Stroll along the jetty for some insta-worthy shots, or gain some insider knowledge on a guided tour with Salt and Bush Eco Tours.

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Soak up the atmosphere

Discover more of Mandurah from a new perspective. Stroll the streets along Mandurah’s foreshore on a fascinating art trail, or take on a completely different kind of trail for the love of craft beer and wine

If you’re both foodies at heart, make the most of your day – and your palate on one of the many culinary tours on offer. For the history buffs, there are a number of interesting buildings and museums that delve into the city’s remarkable past that are definitely worth a peruse.

A visit to Mandurah wouldn’t be complete without embracing the coast. And a great way to explore the endless strip of spectacular coastline, is to rent a couple of bikes and get pedalling on an e-bike from The Bike Kiosk that has recently opened up right next to the Mandurah Visitor Centre. With loads of opportunities for cruising convos with your plus one, you’ll quickly clock up the miles without even realising it. When it’s time to refuel, take a well-deserved break at Dolphin Quay.

Destination flavour

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Fall head over heels with Mandurah’s burgeoning food and wine scene, where fresh local seafood is the hero of the dish. Book a table at Red Manna and splash out on a romantic lunch or dinner for two, where you’ll be spoiled for choice from the rotating seafood menu.

Mandurah is buzzing with cool spots to grab a bite. One that stands out is Flics Kitchen and their award winning tapas share-style menu. If you’re staying over the weekend, make sure you stop by for their popular bottomless brunch. 

A popular bar to hit Mandurah’s foodie scene is Brewvino. Enjoy the relaxing vibes with great views, great beers on tap, an extensive wine list and tasty dishes prepared using the best of WA produce. Not hungry? Just head in for a cheeky night cap!

Rooms with a view

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When a few days away beckons, we’ve got you covered with the perfect romantic spots to stay not too far from Perth, no matter what your budget.

Book your stay in a luxurious spacious beachfront apartment at Seashells Mandurah. Wake up to million dollar ocean views and when evening hits you can enjoy the amazing sunsets right on your doorstep. Take a dip in the heated infinity pool, sit back with a glass of wine, or completely unwind at the onsite day spa.

For the ultimate indulgence, put your feet up for some passionate pampering in a superior king room with a spa, overlooking the picturesque waters of Mandjar Bay at the Sebel Mandurah

Rug up on the water and relax surrounded by nature on your doorstep, with a houseboat stay in Mandurah. Drop anchor and relax in a secluded hideaway and cruise the magnificent waterways at your own pace (no licence required).

Stay in the heart of Mandurah’s ocean marina in one of Dolphin Quay’s self-contained apartments, offering everything you need for a romantic escape right by the water. Savour the views, keep an eye out for dolphins and if you can bring yourself to leave, enjoy endless dining options just a short walk away.

SOUND GOOD?

With all the planning done for you, that’s your romantic getaway to Mandurah sorted! If you need a break or getaway and need someone else to organise it for you, check out our Mandurah Packages.

The fantastic photographs of Mandurah below were captured by our incredible *Instagram followers. To visit the photographers Instagram pages, please click on the image. To share a Mandurah image with us #VisitMandurah on Instagram and follow https://www.instagram.com/visitmandurah/.

*Dolphin images shared by Mandurah Cruises on behalf of Mandurah Volunteer Dolphin Rescue Group.

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Mandurah – the most accessible-friendly city in WA

Mandurah is known for many things, from its Venice-like canals, picturesque waterways and fabulous nature reserves to days spent out on the water fishing, crabbing, spotting the local dolphins and enjoying the relaxing lifestyle – there’s a lot to brag about. And now Mandurah can add WA’s most accessible community to the list.

Accessibility

WA’s most accessible-friendly City

Mandurah is known for many things, from its Venice-like canals, picturesque waterways and remarkable nature reserves to days spent out on the water fishing, crabbing, spotting the local dolphins and enjoying the relaxing lifestyle – there’s a lot to brag about. And now Mandurah can add ‘WA’s most accessible community’ to the list.

The City of Mandurah recently won the top honour at the ‘2020/21 Most Accessible Community in WA (MACWA) Awards’. Read on to learn more about our accessible-friendly attractions.

Accessible-friendly attractions

Mandurah Cruises

Mandurah Cruises’ have a wheelchair accessible vessel that ensures no one misses out on a scenic day cruising the waters, whether it’s dolphin spotting or on the famous Murray River Lunch Cruise. The vessel can hold up to 85 guests and can also be booked out privately for functions or sundowners!

“My uncle and family visited Australia for the first time and decided to make Mandurah their first destination. My cousin is wheelchair-bound but was looking forward to going on the dolphin cruise. As advised on the website, I had to call to let the company know beforehand if wheelchair access is required. They were extremely accommodating and even changed the intended vessel to the Dancing Dolphin, the best one for wheelchairs. I was very touched by this arrangement and would like to thank you for going above and beyond for the disabled. My cousin has never felt so free going everywhere in a wheelchair and you guys certainly helped her feel what it’s like to be able to go out and do stuff like that. Thank you for your service with a heart.

  • Tripadvisor, August 2019
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Explore an estuary twice the size of Sydney Harbour.

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Flipout is all about having fun trampolining in a safe indoor environment. The team even offer special sensory-friendly sessions for those living with a disability. It’s a place where individuals, groups and their carers can have fun, get fit and further develop social relationships and confidence.

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Ways to Nature

There are many amazing natural wonders to discover on a guided nature walk in Mandurah and the Peel region, and Sarah at Ways to Nature is keen to share her experience and knowledge with everyone on her Walking Ways nature walk. She can customise the route for wheelchair users, just to be sure to let her know when making a booking.

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Accessible-friendly accommodation

Mandurah Houseboats

Mandurah Houseboats‘ luxury purpose-built houseboat, Emily Louise,  has been designed suitable for wheelchair use. It includes easy ramp access with wide doorways and passageways that lead into the spacious rooms. The bathroom amenities are all positioned to allow wheelchair users easy access and are wet areas that have handrails installed. This houseboat comfortably sleeps up to 8 people, with a fully equipped galley and a large rear deck with a luxurious spa, BBQ and outdoor table and chairs to watch the days drift by.

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Sebel Mandurah

A great base for exploring Mandurah, the Sebel Mandurah provides accessible accommodation with spacious rooms including a wheel-in shower with handrails. Other reduced mobility facilities include wide doors, low power switches, ramps for easy access to the terrace or balcony and extra space around the bed. Access to the rooms is via reception so there is no lift required.

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Mandurah Ocean Marina Chalets

Quiet and secluded, yet close to everything, Mandurah Ocean Marina Chalets are an accessible and affordable place to stay. The special purpose-built chalets can sleep up to 4 people and come with everything you need for a relaxing stay in Mandurah.

Accessible-friendly places to dine

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If you’ve ever been to Mandurah, you know there’s no shortage of delicious dining options, and you’ll be pleased to hear the vast majority of them provide trouble-free disabled access. From a morning brew at Mataya and bottomless brunch at Flics Kitchen, to a relaxing lunch on the boardwalk at Catch 22, or a fun night out at The Brighton Hotel, there’s endless accessible-friendly places to eat and drink in Mandurah. Find more here.

Accessible-friendly beaches

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Photo: Town Beach by Craig William Moon

People with disabilities can use the beach matting to the water’s edge at Town Beach and Dolphin Pool at the marina.

There is an all-terrain wheelchair for hire to access beaches and walkways. Bookings can be made during office hours with Mandurah Ocean Marina Chalets, 6 Lido, Mandurah. Phone (08) 9535 8173 or email chalets@marinachalets.com.au. The wheelchair can be picked up from the Beach Access Storage Shed attached to the toilet block at Keith Holmes Reserve in Mandurah. The wheelchair and beach walker are available during office hours (8am – 6pm, 7 days a week).

The City of Mandurah has also been successful in securing a grant to purchase two types of all-terrain wheelchairs for use at the Estuary Pool and adjacent beach.

There is a liberty swing at Mandurah’s Eastern Foreshore playground and at Caterpillar Park.

Mandurah also has a changing facility with full size changing table and hoist near the Visitor Centre, which also has the access key.

Say welcome to WA’s most accessible city!

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Wandjoo Wandjoo Bindjareb Nyungar Boodja – Welcome to Bindjareb Noongar Country!

Mandjoogoordap, meaning ‘meeting place of the heart’ the original name of Mandurah given by traditional owners and custodians of the land – the Bindjareb Noongar people, have looked after the Djilba (estuary) for over 50,000 years.

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Bindjareb Nyungar Country – How Mandurah’s waters came to be

Mandjoogoordap, meaning ‘meeting place of the heart’ the original name of Mandurah given by traditional owners and custodians of the land – the Bindjareb Nyungar people have looked after the Djilba (estuary) for over 50,000 years.

How Mandurah’s waters came to be is a fascinating First Nation creation story. Learn more about this Dreamtime story and how you can explore these stunning waterways today.

As depicted in Bindjareb Nyungar Elder and highly respected artist Gloria Keating’s painting, it begins with a terrible drought.

The Aboriginal people of Mandurah found there were no waterways, so they went to the beach where they danced and sung for the great Waugal (snake) to come out of the sea. She came and began to create the Peel inlet and estuary.

She found she was carrying eggs and rested in between the estuary until her eggs hatched. Too tired, she instructed her babies to do the rest of the work. She sent one to create the Serpentine River, one to produce the Murray River and one to make the Harvey River, which formed the unique shape of Mandurah today.

How you can experience the world’s oldest living culture

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There are many tours that explore the unique cultural heritage of Mandurah. Whether it’s a walking tour, overnight camping trip or a visit to Bindjareb Park in Pinjarra, you’ll learn about the Bindjareb Nyungar people and the places significant to them.

Include one or more of these tours on your next visit to Mandurah and the Peel region:

Thrombolites (Woggaal’s Noorook) tour

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Take a trip with Mandjoogoordap Dreaming, where you’ll go on an exciting walking tour around the Lake Clifton Thrombolites – the world’s oldest bacterial life form. This rare and endangered natural feature is also significant in local Aboriginal culture, represented in the Dreaming story of the Woggaal’s (Waugal’s) eggs. Tours to this remarkable site depart by bus from Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

Goolamwiin overnight camping tour

Come on an unforgettable journey exploring Aboriginal culture with Goolamwiin. Go hunting for bush tucker, medicine plants and freshwater, before setting up camp for the night. Participate in Aboriginal dance and experience a cultural healing ceremony. Enjoy an authentic campfire dinner and learn more about the Nyungar people listening to Dreamtime stories under the stars.

Extending a Welcome to Country through art

As part of the renovations at the Mandurah Visitor Centre, we were excited to invite Bindjareb Boodja artists to submit artwork that reflects Bindjareb Boodja, its waterways, coastal location, local flora and fauna or cultural stories connected to the area.

The winning artwork by Peta & Corey Ugle is featuring as part of the decorative Welcome to Country’ design on the main wall of the refurbished Mandurah Visitor Centre reception area. This amazing mural was officially unveiled in December 2021 and is telling the Aboriginal story of our Mandjoogoordap (Mandurah).

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8 epic outdoor school holiday adventures

Feels like yesterday that the school term started, and now we quickly find ourselves staring down the barrel of another round of school holidays.

School Holidays in Mandurah

8 epic outdoor school holiday adventures for the whole family

Feels like yesterday that the school term started, and now we quickly find ourselves staring down the barrel of another round of school holidays. Keeping the kids entertained is hard work, but with a little bit of inspiration and planning, it can be an adventure for everyone.

Less than an hour’s drive from Perth, Mandurah is perfect for a fun filled day trip outdoors, or an extended holiday spot. We’ve taken the guesswork out of what to see and do, with a range of unique activities the whole family will love.

Be a pirate for a day

Ahoy me hearties, your young explorers will have the ultimate time sailing the seven seas (Mandurah’s waterways and canals), on an epic pirate adventure on board a real life looking pirate ship.

Get your crew together and come dressed in your best pirate outfit, as you go searching for the infamous bottlenose dolphins and other wildly creatures. If you’re lucky, ye old sea captain may even let the kids steer the pirate ship and ring the bell. But beware, those who misbehave may be obliged to walk the plank!

Dolphin spotting

You don’t have to trek all the way to Monkey Mia to get up close to the wondrous bottlenose dolphins. Our pods of playful residents have made Mandurah’s waterways  their home for years, with more than 90 of these curious creatures leaping in and out of the Peel Harvey estuary every day. Take the family on a dolphin cruise and see how many you can spot!

Or hire a boat! Mandurah Boat and Bike Hire offers boats tanging from a four person dingy up to a 12-person pontoon boat and are conveniently located right in the heart of Mandjar Bay. Kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, fishing rods and crabbing nets are also available for hire.

Dolphins live and swim together in groups, so when you see one there’s likely to be more nearby, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled and camera ready.

Hit the bike trails

Get the kids out of the house and onto the track. Whether it’s in the bush or by the beach, there are stacks of cycling trails you can set off on at varying distances and levels. Bring your own bikes or save yourself the hassle and hire a bike for the day. 

Cycle alongside dolphins

Is it a catamaran or a giant banana? Jump on a bike ride of a different kind on the water with Mandurah waterbikes. Easier than riding a bike, these waterbikes are steady and stable, so you won’t even get wet as you gently pedal and glide through the water. Hire a waterbike any day of the week during the school holidays and choose where you cruise, exploring Mandjar Bay and the stunning canals from a new perspective.

Go into the wild on a kayak

Explore hidden parts of the Peel Harvey Waterways by kayak on a guided private river or estuary tour with Salt and Bush Eco Tours. The tandem peddled kayaks are great for beginners and all level kayakers, which means you can spend more time concentrating on the incredible scenery and wildlife around you.

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Visit one of WA’s best skate parks

Get your wriggly little humans moving at one of WA’s newest skate parks by the waterfront. Suitable for all abilities, you can skate, scoot or BMX your way around three different skate zones including the very cool skate bowl. Get the kids down for a session – they’ll love it! Find out more.

Learn to surf

Get your kids to master a new skill these school holidays. Star Surf‘s accredited surfing instructors will teach them how to launch themselves onto a board safely and get on top of their first wave. Get to know Ian ‘Wooly’ MacPherson from Star Surf.

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All aboard the fun train

Jump on board the Tourist Fun Train, Mandurah’s trackless train. Your little ones will love seeing the sights as the Big Toot or Mini Toot takes them on a fun journey around the foreshore and city.

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If you’re looking for a seaside escape jam-packed with activities for the whole family to enjoy, now’s the perfect time to head to Mandurah for the school holidays.

The summer holidays are bursting with family-friendly activities including Mandurah’s new Estuary pool that is ready to have you and your kids splashing around. 

So, make the most of the sun and Visit Mandurah during these school holidays.

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The ultimate foodies guide to Mandurah

While it’s easy to fall into the trap of hitting up the same place you went to last time or the first stop you see, there are many incredible food havens to feast your eyes on, that we bet you haven’t even heard of.

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Heading to Mandurah anytime soon? Here’s our favourite places to eat in Mandurah

While it’s easy to fall into the trap of hitting up the same place you went to last time or the first stop you see, there are many incredible food havens to feast your eyes on, that we bet you haven’t even heard of.

To avoid roaming around until you’re ravenous and weak at the knees hungry, we’ve hunted down the legendary foodie stops, popular eats and yummy experiences that you might otherwise only know about if you were a local.

The best coffee stops in Mandurah

Groundswell Coffee

The coffee roasters at Frothin Coffee like to do things old school, and by that we mean they roast their beans using a 100-year-old wood-fired method. Did you know, the very first commercial coffee roasters were wood fired? Owner and coffee roaster, Purri Gould is sticking with this tradition, using his authentically handmade wood-fired roasting machine made in Italy by Trabattoni, a 100+-year-old traditional coffee roasting family, to produce some pretty special blends.

These guys are pretty good at knowing what you want – even when you don’t! So, where can you find them? Head to Groundswell Drivethru – 99 Pinjarra Road, or lookout for the bright orange kombi van around town. 

Mataya Eatery

Step inside those iconic pink doors and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed. It’s always warm and toasty at Mataya, and why wouldn’t it be with speciality coffees and wholesome goodness galore. But it’s not always about the coffee, these guys do a mean caffeine-free chia latte. With a dash of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon, it’s sings heaven to your tastebuds.

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Come for a quick daytime meal, linger in the courtyard area, or stop by when you need food on the run. Our top picks are the acai bowls, warm bagels, toasties and you can’t go past their almond croissants. Mataya Eatery is situated on Sholl St just a short stroll from the Mandurah foreshore. 

Frisky Deer

It’s impossible not to smile here! After you’ve perused all the gorgeous homewares, interiors, apparel and gifts at the Frisky Deer shop, make sure you order a fresh Margaret River Roasting Co coffee from the friendly baristas. Their lovingly baked homemade sweet treats and organic raw slices are also hard to pass up. The rest of the neighbourhood knows it too, so make sure you get in early before the cabinet runs out!

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The best brekky breaks in Mandurah

Café Moka 

No place does brunch quite like Café Moka. No matter what time of the day you wake up, Moka serves up their delicious brunch menu from 7 am to 3 pm. And it’s a nice stroll down to the waterfront along Mandurah’s Dolphin Quay Marina.

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Before you hit up their selection of freshly made cakes that are baked in-house daily, you may want to check out the chef’s daily specials. Some past favourites include Cajun fried chicken on waffles, homemade potato and leek rosti, or a Spanish flair chorizo, slow roasted sofrito. The kids will also love love love the pancakes.

Miami Bakehouse

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Does the average meat pie ever leave you wanting more? That’ll never be the case when you try one of the award-winning and unique pie flavours at Miami Bakehouse. All of their pies (and there are many to choose from) are made from scratch using the best local, WA ingredients.

But this bakehouse isn’t just about the pies. If you get in early enough, grab a loaf of their organic flour sourdough bread, and with a cabinet full of doughnuts, custard tarts, slices, chocolate eclairs, cheesecakes, lamingtons and more treats than we can mention, there’s something to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.

As if they haven’t won enough awards already, Miami Bakehouse also recently won the Most Successful Pastry Exhibitor and Champion Pastry Exhibit at the Perth Royal Food Awards 2021. Stopping by their Myalup store? Make sure to check out the fun KangaART installation for some Insta snaps.

Tods Cafe

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Take a walk on the boardwalk along Mandurah Terrace, and you’ll stumble upon a local favourite where it’s all about great coffees, authentic food and friendly service. Mandurah is innately relaxed by nature, and Tods Cafe effortlessly offers up the leisurely quality that comes with dining outdoors. Slow down for a moment, embrace the morning sun, and let your mind wander as you people watch and tuck into Tods belly-aching brekky menu.

The best bites for lunch in Mandurah

Wood and Stone

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There’s a lot of flavours that can be packed in between two buns, and Wood and Stone’s gourmet burgers are exactly what you’ll crave after a morning spent hitting the walking trails, birdwatching or exploring the natural wonders and wetlands. This homey café is the perfect place to put your feet up and recharge. And they’ve just launched their spring menu, which features their famous mouth-watering pulled pork burger, buttermilk fried chicken burger and southern fried cauliflower burger.

Café Coast

Two words: Seafood frenzy. Mandurah and the Peel region is renowned for it and there’s no better place to enjoy freshly caught fare than at this casual waterside restaurant at Port Bouvard Marina. Don’t just take out word for it, Café Coast was named winner of the 2021 Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Award. Book a table or just call in!

Sharky’s Fish & Chips

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Sometimes all you’re craving is good old-fashioned fish and chips, right? Whether your preference is grilled or battered, the guys at Sharky’s Mandurah know their fish, and you can be sure it’s always fresh and locally sourced. Dine alfresco by the beautiful surrounds of Dolphin Quay or grab some takeaway for a picnic in the fresh open air. If you prefer to stay indoors, the new indoor kids play area will keep the young ones occupied while you enjoy a peaceful moment to eat.

Silk Thai

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Silk Thai is a local institution for authentic Thai cuisine. If you’re after a quick bite, their delicious lunch menu features flavoursome and aromatic curries and stir-fry dishes that really packs a punch. Silk Thai have honed their flavour profiles over many years, using fresh local ingredients without compromising the fragrant flavours that is Thai cuisine. 

Not a fan of the hot and spicy? You don’t have to be. Only half the dishes on their menu contain any chilli at all, and most can be adjusted to suit your taste. If you’re passing through, their new drive-thru service will have you in and out in a flash.

The Hummingbird Plant Based

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The Hummingbird Plant Based, Mandurah’s first exclusive plant-based café, is conveniently located next door to its sister café, The Hummingbird Waterside Café. Their all-day vegan and the gluten-free menu includes a ‘smoked salmon’ on rosti, chai panna cotta granola and Buffalo ‘chicken’ tacos.

Owner and chef Carly has also recently introduced flexible dining between their 2 venues. Vegans can enjoy a meal with friends and family without being frustrated there’s nothing on the menu for them. Order a meal off the plant based menu and they’ll bring it over to you at The Hummingbird. 

The best places to wine and dine for dinner in Mandurah

Flics Kitchen

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Not afraid to push the boundaries of Mandurah’s foodie scene, owner and head chef of Flics Kitchen, Felicity Evans continues to create culinary creativity with her forever changing menu at this casual dining establishment. And the flavour combos are out of this world, with ingredients too hard to pronounce. Think Exmouth Gold Band snapper with fennel a la greque, yuzu and truffle beurre. And handmade rabbit ravioli with Jerusalem artichoke, oyster mushroom, salted ricotta and sage brown butter. It’s not hard to see why they were voted winners of the 2021 AGFG Readers’ Choice Award for best Regional Café!

Flics also put on some epic dinner events. Coming up is a 5 course plant based dinner on Thursday 9 September.

Brewvino

Okay yes, this is technically a bar, but Brewvino is also a kitchen that serves an assortment of rustic and quirky dishes to share so that instantly elevates it to legend status. Brewvino’s motto is ‘good food is best shared with friends, so we recommend going with a few peeps and ordering the Abrolhos Islands half shell scallop with XO butter, pan-fried gnocchi, Backwood Valley beef rib eye, and throw in a pizza or two to really satisfy everyone’s appetite.

This venue’s stylish and relaxed vibe is what Mandurah is all about. It’s also one of the best spots to enjoy uninterrupted views of the waterways.

Catch 22

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If you’re in the mood for tapas and cocktails, then Catch 22 has got you covered. Take your pick from a wide selection of tapas plates all under $20, and if you’re looking for an even more affordable night out, head in for their $39 all can eat tapas on Wednesday or Thursday nights.

Redmanna Waterfront Restaurant

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Get yourself to Redmanna where legit, everything oozes pure class. Sourcing only the highest quality and best Australian ingredients, Redmanna recently introduced a new menu and we recommend trying their duck breast with beetroot, caramelised red cabbage and blueberry jus. Following the success of their recent truffle degustation dinner, they’re also serving their truffle menu Wednesdays to Sundays, but it’s only for a limited time.

The best drinking holes in Mandurah

Boundary Island Brewery

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What better way to welcome in the weekend with Boundary Island Brewery at Mandurah Quay Resort, Mandurah’s very own microbrewery. Enjoy delicious food, ice-cold craft beers and beautiful waterfront views.

Bar Therapy

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Welcome to the place you wish was your local. Bar Therapy is somewhere you can relax and enjoy good times with family and friends – the best kind of therapy! Aside from their killer cocktail list (there are too many delectable concoctions to mention), the kitchen dishes up a load of tasty morsels and burgers. We highly recommend going for their famous chilli salt squid and naan sliders.

You can find Bar Therapy at the historical Tuckey House landmark on Mandurah’s Waterfront.

Peel Estate

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If wines are more your palate, then a day drip to Peel Estate Winery is a day well spent. Open daily, you can sample their quality wines and hang out for hours in their beautiful picnic surrounds and BBQ areas. BYO food and drinks (non-alcoholic) is encouraged.

The Peninsula Bar & Restaurant

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Love kicking back with a drink in the sun? Then head to The Pen, featuring the biggest beer garden in town that offers both serenity and sunshine on the water’s edge. With 48 beers on tap, an extensive wine list and arguably some of the best cocktails in Mandurah, there’s no better way to relax and chill. 

Feeling peckish while you’re there? You can have your share of the bar menu with vegan options aplenty, or pull up a table at the restaurant.  

The Bridge Garden Bar 

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At the Bridge Garden Bar, it’s all about good food, good wine and good times. Bring on the weekend with TGIF drinks, lazy Sunday afternoons in the sunny garden bar, sip cocktails in the comfort of their cocktail bar and enjoy live acoustic sessions on Friday and Saturday nights. What more could you want?

Three Rivers Brewing

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Three Rivers Brewing Company doesn’t look like much, but when the weekend rolls around, this family-run microbrewery is the place to be. The taproom offers amazing craft beer and live music in a family-friendly atmosphere. Most weekends you’ll find food trucks or freshly baked pies and sausage rolls, but this place is so chilled they don’t mind if you BYO snacks.

The Oyster Bar

Who doesn’t love a bar that serves up oysters? Perfect for a quick catch up with friends or an evening out, Mandurah’s only waterfront wine bar is all the talk here. Whether you like your oysters chilled or grilled, baked or steamed, the Oyster Bar do it all. Team it up with their impeccable grazing plates and a wine list hand-picked from some of the best cellar doors in WA – and you have everything you need for a relaxing session.

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An insider’s look into the Mandurah surfing scene

Sure, the South West is known for its surf, but Mandurah has loads of popular surfing spots to rival, making it a perfect day trip for Perth surfers. And the best time to hit the surf is now!

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There’s nothing more relaxing than getting out on the ocean in Mandurah

Local surfer Ian ‘Wooly’ Macpherson wouldn’t have it any other way. He’s been surfing in Mandurah since he was a little tacker. If he’s not chasing the best break, he’s teaching others how to surf, coaching aspiring pro surfers and sharing tips on land at his surf shop – Star Surf + Skate.

Sure, the South West is known for its surf, but Mandurah has loads of popular surfing spots to rival, making it a perfect day trip for Perth surfers. And the best time to hit the surf is now! Wooly says ideal surf conditions occur between autumn and spring the best time due to large storms bringing swells to the WA coast.

We checked in with the local surfing legend to discover more about the Mandurah surfing scene and why we should all pick up a board and learn to surf.

How did you get into surfing?

I started surfing when I was around 9 or 10 years old at Avalon Bay. My parents’ property was a small stroll from Avalon and my mum was a swimmer, so we spent a lot of time at the beach during the 70s and 80s.

I started off on a ‘foamie’ – a small coolite surfboard made of polystyrene beaded-foam. I remember painting it with house paint so I wouldn’t get a rash. I soon progressed to a second-hand fibreglass ‘single fin’ board and found myself learning at the little rolling lefts of Falcon Bay.

When I was 12 years old, I joined the Mandurah Board Riders Club and I’ve been a member pretty much ever since.

What’s your favourite surfing spot in Mandurah?

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My favourite spot is Gearies – named after a City Beach surfer, Ray Geary. He built a shack there and at 80 years of age, he still lives there today!

Gearies a wave that doesn’t break very often and needs a big swell to start to work properly. It gets very crowded with keen surfers these days, but I have very fond memories of days out there as a teenager surfing with just a few mates.

Tell us a bit about the Mandurah surfing scene

Mandurah has a great surfing community. According to veteran surfboard manufacturer Len Dibben, Perth surfers have been surfing in Mandurah since the 1950s.

The local surf club has been running since 1978 and I’m super privileged to be the first life member of the club.

Each surf break has its own custodians that ‘protect’ the break. I find that most breaks have pretty good order compared to some locations in the world that are a complete circus!

Mandurah has also produced many WA state champions and even a few surfers have gone on to surf in pro events, Chris Fullston and myself included.

Do you have any surfing comps in Mandurah?

Mandurah Board Riders runs a junior series over the summer months and a senior series over the winter. Surfing WA also runs a few state and national events in the City of Mandurah each year.

Why do you love to surf?

Surfing has made up a massive part of my life and has moulded me into the person I am today.

All the places I have travelled evolve around the surf and most of my work has been in and around the surf industry since I was a teen. The feeling of being submerged in the ocean, riding waves is unmatched anywhere in any other sport.

Mandurah has been good to me growing up and having the beach on my doorstep. The local community has been very supportive of my surf school and surf shop since we started.

Why should everyone learn to surf?

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Surfing is all about fun. Surfing increases your fitness, strength, balance and flexibility (we stretch before every class). Spending time in and around the ocean positively impacts your health and the more you do it, the more your confidence in the ocean increases.

What kind of surf lessons do you run?

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Mandurah Surf Lessons runs surfing and stand up paddleboard (SUP) lessons for all ages. We always have around 6 fully qualified coaches on the roster and most of them work at Star Surf + Skate too.

Our SurfGroms program aimed at 5 to 12 year olds is a national program that makes up a big part of our weekend programs. We teach kids to understand how the ocean behaves and how to be safe while learning to surf. We also include some basics of first aid.

Beyond Waves is a female class we run for girls aged 13 years through to adults. It incorporates some mild yoga and stretches. We also socialise afterwards with a cuppa.

For surfers who are looking to improve their skills, we run a range of Intermediate (Frothers) and advanced (High Performance) clinics. I’m one of the Surfing WA elite state coaches, and we’ve developed a range of programs for surfers competing at a state and national level.

We also run beginner classes for teens and adults, which can be booked as a one-off class or across four sessions.

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Ian owns a true core surf store in Mandurah called Star Surf + Skate. It’s been in the same building along Mandurah terrace since 1998.

Star won the Surf & Boardsports Industry Association (SBIA) Single Door Best Shop in Australia award in 2019, which hasn’t been won by any other surf shop in WA since the awards began.

Ready to hit the surf? Give it a go in Mandurah!

 

Images by Dylan James O’Brien except for hero image by Bruce Ellis.

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Girls Weekend? Mandurah is the perfect getaway

Ladies of Perth, if you are itching to ditch the boys and getaway for the weekend with the girl gang, we have just the solution. Take off down south to WA’s second-largest city, Mandurah, to unwind with your besties and relax by nature.

Girls Weekend? Mandurah is the perfect getaway

Plan your next girls getaway in Mandurah

Ladies of Perth, if you are itching to ditch the boys and getaway for the weekend with the girl gang, we have just the solution. Take off down south to WA’s second-largest city, Mandurah, to unwind with your besties and relax by nature.

With gorgeous coastal scenery, native wildlife, a vibrant arts scene, and delicious food and wine to sample, there is plenty of adventure to be had without straying too far from home.

We have planned the perfect girls getaway itinerary for you to take along to your next hen-do, special birthday or ladies vacation – no boys allowed!

Accessible by road or rail, getting to Mandurah from Perth is easy! A leisurely drive down the Kwinana Freeway will get you to Mandurah in just under an hour, and regular trains leave from Perth City around every 15 minutes on weekdays, pulling into Mandurah Station within an hour.

Getting around when you arrive is a breeze with car hire, ride-share options, and chartered tours all available.

Bottomless Brunch at Flics Kitchen

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Start your trip with a bang at Flics Kitchen. Every Saturday and Sunday, patrons can indulge in a boozy brunch for just $45 per person, with 1 hour of bottomless Prosecco, G&Ts, Bloody Mary’s and tap beer to accompany any breakfast dish of your choosing. Flics is well known by locals for their award-winning menu, so let the delightful food and service be the perfect start to your girly vacation.

See here to book your bottomless brunch, or check out their exquisite dining menu.

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Seashells Mandurah Luxury Accommodation

Satisfy your longing for the luxurious resorts of Bali at Mandurah’s 4.5-star, seaside hotel, Seashells. Choose from sumptuous 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, or private 1 and 2 bedroom villas with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean from your own balcony. Awake to the serene sounds of the ocean on your doorstep or enjoy a crisp local wine as you watch the sun set behind the water.

A chill in the air won’t keep you from taking a dip in their heated, infinity-edged pool. Overlooking Comet Bay, this is the perfect spot for some Instagramable pictures with your girlfriends. And if that doesn’t tempt you, there’s also free in-house new release movies, plus virtual Pilates classes streamed through the in-room smart TVs.

You can find more about Seashells Mandurah here.

Mandurah Houseboats

Be the captain of your own ship with Mandurah Houseboats, and explore the estuary at your own leisure. With a fleet of 15 boats there are plenty of cosy water homes to choose from, ranging from petite studios like Miss Bianca (the smallest boat in the fleet) to larger, 2-bedroom boats like Emily Louise, with six comfortable beds and plenty of room to sleep more.

Houseboats can accommodate a maximum of 10 overnight guests and 12 during the day, so you can motor your group from place to place in comfort. Travelling at an easy pace of 5 knots around Mandurah’s estuary, cruise up the Serpentine River to see local heritage sites or moor near one of the waterfront eateries along the Murray for dinner.

With a full kitchen and bathroom on board, you won’t need to leave the boat! Rug up and enjoy a warming drink on the bow as you watch the dolphins play, or enjoy an intimate catch up with friends on the expansive back deck, complete with an on-board hot tub.

There is no need to get your boat licence before boarding your vessel at Mandjar Bay. Owner, Alan, and his friendly staff provide a simple 40-60 minute tutorial on how to safely drive before they hand the keys over.

Check out the fleet at Mandurah Houseboats here.

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The Sebel Mandurah

Overlooking the picturesque waters of Mandjar Bay, The Sebel Mandurah is a modern 4-star hotel. The perfect base for a girls weekend in Mandurah, you can take your pick from their range of beautifully appointed guest rooms, suites and apartments. Most have their own private balconies offering estuary or Venetian canal views, and the rooms are stylishly decorated with all the amenities you’d need for a comfortable, luxurious stay.

Check availability and book here.

Pamper Yourselves

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Eco Spa

Nothing says ‘girls getaway’ like a day at the spa. Just a short stroll from your accommodation, you can find Mandurah’s revitalising, all-natural wellness spa. Focusing on physical and mental rejuvenation, Eco Spa offers a suite of multisensory experiences designed to achieve mental, spiritual and bodily harmony. From beauty treatments like LED light therapy to facials to relaxing massages, all treatments at this award-winning day spa are organic, cruelty-free and 100% Australian. Using green, sustainable and eco-friendly materials, you can rest easy knowing that your restorative treatments at Eco Spa are designed to minimise impacts to the environment. For an indulgent pampering experience, book in one of their Spa Journeys from the treatment menu or consider their Seasonal Raw packages.

Changing every few months, these treatment packages are inspired by the seasons of WA. With winter peaking its head around the corner, be sure to keep an eye out for a new seasonal treatment!

See here to browse the spa menu.

 

This article was originally published as “Plan your next girls getaway in Mandurah“, by Emily Graham for Scoop.

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Follow the yellow bloom road of wildflowers near Perth

Japan has its cherry blossoms, Amsterdam flourishes with tulips, and Provence, France lights up with lavender fields. Here in Western Australia, we’re famously known as wildflower country. And rightly so.

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Spend a day wandering among the wildflowers

Japan has its cherry blossoms, Amsterdam flourishes with tulips, and Provence, France lights up with lavender fields. Here in Western Australia, we’re famously known as wildflower country. And rightly so.

WA has the most wildflowers in the world – over 12,000 species, with almost two thirds unique to WA, and there’s lots of ground to cover. What you see can vary each year depending on the weather, and given our bumper winter rains, this wildflower season could be one of the best yet!

The best time to explore this natural phenomenon

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Wildflower season in WA begins around August and goes right through until October or early November.

The mid-west towns of Moora, Morawa, Mullewa, Mingenew, Perenjori and Wubin are regarded as the heart of wildflower country, but what you might not know is just a short drive from Perth is where you’ll find some hidden and colourful wildflower hotspots blanketing the Peel region.

Right now is when the Peel region starts to bloom. As a biodiversity hotspot, you can expect to see a vivid display of colourful species including a wide variety of acacia and native orchids. And you don’t need to be a nature expert to appreciate how spectacular it all is.

Where to spend a day wandering the wildflowers

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While you can see WA’s wildflowers come alive with colour almost anywhere you go – roadside kerbs, bush trails, driving past paddocks and coastal dunes, the best way to get up close to nature is on a walking trail. And if a day trip is on the cards, the national parks surrounding Mandurah is your best starting point. They’re easily accessible – no equipment or 4WD access required, just a good pair of sneakers, a map, camera, plenty of water and snacks and you’re good to go!

You can explore on your own, or take it all in with an expert guide on a Salt and Eco Bush wildflower tour, with half-day or full-day tours available.

If you decide to go it alone, below you’ll find a few locations we’ve curated from our friends at RAC Travel. But if you want to know where the current wildflower hot spots are, we recommend downloading the wildflower tracker app when it becomes available – very soon we’re told! Sign up to find out when it’s released, but in the meantime, you can also check out the 2020 wildflower sightings as a rough guide.

Before you head off, we also recommend stopping by one of the nearby visitor centres for tips on which areas are in full bloom.

Mandurah and the Peel region is a Biodiversity Hotspot with an abundance of species to discover.

Book a tour with Salt & Bush Eco Tours. This is literally your golden opportunity to immerse yourself in nature because owner and tour guide Jamie van Jones won GOLD at the national Top Tour Guide Awards and was named ‘Australia’s best tour guide’. Salt & Bush Eco Tours will share their favourite wildflower locations and explain the ecology, geology and factors that make this place so unique.

The Estuary Walk

Where: Len Howard Conservation Park, Len Howard Drive, Erskine, Mandurah

Distance: 6km

Walking duration: 2 hours

How to get there

Follow the Old Coast Road 5km south from Mandurah to Erskine. Turn left into Wattleglen Avenue, then right down Silverton Crescent until you’ll reach Len Howard, Conservation Park.

Wildflower species to look out for

Native wisteria, cowslip orchids, blue lace flowers, white myrtle sprawled amongst larger wattles, tuarts and paperbarks. The shores are likely to be lined with banksias, flaxes and rushes.

 

Beacham Reserve Walk

Where: Wanjeep Street, Coodanup, Mandurah

Distance: 2km

Walking duration: 1 hour

 

How to get there

This triangular park in Mandurah has paths around the outside and one running straight through the middle. Exit off Mandurah Road onto Coodanup Drive, then take a right onto Wanjeep Street until you reach Beacham Reserve.

 

Wildflower species to look out for

Bee orchids, spider orchids, donkey orchids and green hood orchids, banksias, wattles, native wisteria and buttercups.

 

Island Point Walk

Where: Island Point Nature Reserve, Southern Estuary Road, Herron

Distance: 4km

Walking duration: 2 hours

 

How to get there

Take the Southern Estuary Road and exit on Island Point Road. The tracks at Island Point Nature Reserve are designed for easy walking at any level.

 

Wildflower species to look out for

Spider orchids, enamel orchids, cowslip orchids, banksias, native buttercups and wisteria. The best time for viewing is late September – October.

 

Harvey River Walk Trail

Where: Corner Forrest Highway and Dorsett Road, Waroona

Distance: 2km return

Duration: 1 hour

 

How to get there

Exit Forrest Highway onto the Dorsett Road turnoff, where you’ll find the John Tognela rest stop. While it looks like a fenced-off area, the gate provides access to the trail.

 

Wildflower species to look out for

Cowslip orchids, spider orchids, wattles and Swan River myrtle. Keep your eyes peeled; you may even spot some fauna!

 

Serpentine National Park Wildlflower Trail

Where: 100 Falls Road, Serpentine

The Serpentine National Park is located 38kms north east of Mandurah. The park protects nearly 4300ha of land which is home to a diverse range of vegetation and wildlife. The park is particularly spectacular during spring when the wildflowers are in bloom. Follow the Serpentine River where you’ll see Wattle, Kangaroo Paws, Hakea, Hardenbergia, Chorizema, Verticordia and Orchids.

 

Heathland Walk Trail

Where: Yalgorup National Park, Lake Preston, off Preston Beach Road, Old Coast Rod, Preston Beach

Duration: 1 -2 hours (1.5 kms)

Be amazed by excellent displays of plants of the coastal heathland. Templetonia, purple tassels, native buttercups, catspaws, melaleucas, grevilleas and banksias.

 

Lakeside Loop Walk Trail

Where: Mt John Rd, Heron

This 2-hour walk explores the Lake Clifton area. An easy five kilometre loop walk runs parallel to the eastern shore of Lake Clifton. The vegetation consists of paperbarks, melaleucas, peppermint trees, tuarts and honeysuckle. The largest community of living Thrombolites can be seen at the start of the walk, from a boardwalk over Lake Clifton.

 

Lane Poole Reserve Dwellingup

Where: Located seven kilometres south of Dwellingup

Lane Poole has four trails which allow you to explore more than 500 species of wildflowers. This spectacular conservation area has an old growth forest of Jarrah and Marri as well as Wandoo Woodlands.  The bushland in this area is abundant with wildflowers in Spring.

The Bibbulmun Track passes through the reserve with shorter trails available including King Jarrah, Island Pool and Nanga Brook trails. Don’t forget to explore the Interpretive Centre in Dwellingup to learn more about forest resources, animals, wildflowers and walk trails.

 

Wildflower season. It’s just another way you can be relaxed by nature in Mandurah. We’ll see you soon!

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