Embark on Mandurah’s amazing art walking trail

From stunning sculptures to interactive street art installations, Mandurah is home to some truly outstanding art. Uncover gems from local talents all across the city, inspired by the unique landscapes of the estuary, the amazing native fauna and flora, and the history of the region.

Mandurah Art Walk

Embark on a walking trail of Mandurah’s amazing street art

by Emily Graham from Scoop

From stunning sculptures to interactive street art installations, Mandurah is home to some truly outstanding art. Uncover gems from local talents all across the city, inspired by the unique landscapes of the estuary, the amazing native fauna and flora, and the history of the region.

With so many attractions to see, the City of Mandurah has devised two easy walking trails that touch on all artworks. Here are the highlights of the trails that you can’t miss.

Trail 1: Murals and Stained Glass Marvels

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1. Stained Glass Window

Start your trail at the Mandurah Visitor Centre, where you can see the stained glass glow with life. As filtered sunlight backlights images from Dreamtime creation stories, see dappled pelicans and dolphins play within the Rainbow Serpent, who created the landscapes and animals shown in the artwork. From there, duck your head into the Black Stump Gallery to appreciate vivid works of art from local WA artists, including iconic images of the region by Emma Blyth.

2. 3D Illusion Painting

Leaving the Visitor Centre, you will encounter the second location on this trail. This amazing optical illusion is painted across the pavement using angles to create a 3D image of fauna from the Peel-Harvey Estuary. Be sure to snap a picture interacting with the animals in this one!

3D Art Illusion Painting Mandurah

3. Leviathan

Pop over to the Mandurah Museum to take in an artists dedication to historical ship, The Leviathan, who met her end after only eight voyages when she sank 2 kilometres from Soldier’s Cove.

4. 3D Blue Swimmer Crab

Get a cheeky picture with this icon of Mandurah’s waterways. This clever, 3D piece can be found across the Mandurah Bridge, created by award-winning artist, Jenny McCracken.

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3D crab art painting on Mandurah Bridge | Image: John Taylor

5.  War Memorial

This stunning sculptural memorial can be seen from across the bay, with two lines of white pillars rising and falling from the waters edge, mimicking the path of the rising and setting sun. With inscriptions inspired by the soldiers that gave their lives in war, this reverent installation is a dedication to the poem ‘At the Going Down of the Sun.’

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6. Spring Swing 

One of Mandurah’s most Instagramable spots, this laneway is covered with images of wildflowers. Sit on the ‘swing’ and become a part of the installation itself.

7. The Heart

Continue on to the Eastern Foreshore, the final destination on our street art highlights trail. Perfectly framing the gorgeous Mandjar Bay in the background, The Heart references the Noongar word for the area, Mandjoogoordap, meaning ‘Meeting Place of The Heart.’ Pose for a picture with someone close to your heart inside the frame for a memento of Mandurah you can keep forever.

Trail 2: Sculptures and the Sea

1. Yaburgurt Memorial 

Yaburgurt Winjan was a prominent member of the Bindjareb Noongar community, and this piece commemorates the centenary of his passing. The sculpture depicts the six seasons of the area.

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2. The Gull

This large, wooden boat is designed to give the impression of a ship that has run aground and has become a popular playground for children. With a spyglass, steering wheel and mast adding to the illusion of a mighty vessel from days gone by, this is an interactive artwork that nods to the fishing history and cultural ties to the ocean that exist in Mandurah.

3. 3D Pelican

Yet another 3D illusion piece painted on the boatshed by the marina. Hold your hand up by the fish’s tail to look as though you are feeding the hungry pelican.

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4. Adrift I, Adrift II and James Service Wreck

This series of aluminum sculptures are dedicated to WA’s rich maritime history, including shipwrecks and fishing expeditions.

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5. Arts Centre Rainbow Serpent

Another nod to the creation story of the land and animals of the estuary, this brand new, enormous mural by Daniel McHenry can be seen from the opposite bank. Spanning the entire outside of the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, each of the six seasons is represented within the Rainbow Serpent, with interactive puzzles and exercises painted along the bottom. While you admire this expansive mural and activities, pop into the Arts Centre and visit the Alcoa Mandurah Gallery to find a beautifully curated selection of local works.

To follow the full art trail, see here to download your trail map.

Originally published as ‘Embark on a walking trail of Mandurah’s amazing street art’ by Scoop.

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This Winter Visit Mandurah’s Dolphin Highway

If you’re looking for a quick getaway, Mandurah is the ultimate destination for a staycation or a day trip. And don’t just take our word for it; read what Perth Now had to say when they came to visit Mandurah’s dolphin highway.

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Perth Now’s winter day trip to Mandurah

If you’re looking for a quick getaway, Mandurah is the ultimate destination for a staycation or a day trip. And don’t just take our word for it; read what Perth Now had to say when they came to visit Mandurah’s dolphin highway.

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Playful surfing dolphins. Seals hiding near shore. Ospreys diving headfirst for prey. You never know what you might encounter on the water in winter. It may be cooler, but it’s ever so clearer for the wildlife, and it all welcomes you, less than an hour’s drive from Perth.

Wintertime is when Mandurah’s rugged beauty takes on magical qualities. If you’re looking to escape the city for a weekender, short break or the school holidays, then check-in to the breathtaking wilderness of the Peel region, with spectacular natural attractions that are best explored this time of the year.

Settle in and be relaxed by nature with these must-do winter break ideas.

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MURRAY RIVER LUNCH CRUISE

If relaxation and nature stoke your curiosity, you’ll love this leisurely half-day lunch cruise along the historic Murray River. Mandurah’s calm waterways are twice the size of Sydney Harbour, so there’s plenty of ground to cover, enough to make you feel like you’re a million miles away.

This area is a hot spot for fascinating birdlife, some species migrate all the way from Siberia! Be on the lookout for curious dolphins who love to surf alongside the vessel, ospreys hovering high above the skies and pelicans hanging out for a bite. Seals are also known to rest along these shores during wintertime. If you happen to catch them during a feeding frenzy, it’s an absolute sight to behold. And if it’s raining, consider it a bonus. You’ll have the best seat in the house should a rainbow pop up – the uninterrupted views are priceless.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES ON WET AND DRY LAND

If adventure is your thing, then you know it’s not just what you do, but where you do it that counts, and Sebastian and Jamie from Salt & Bush Eco Tours know it all. Experience nature in a completely different way on a foot peddled kayak tour into the wild, where you’ll access hard to reach areas of the Peel-Harvey estuary.

Winter is a great time for clear, crisp nights of stargazing and the backdrop of Lake Clifton’s magnificent thrombolites is where you want to be to view the night sky panorama. Want to know what happens to the bush after the sun goes down? Go on a guided nocturnal wildlife tour and you’ll find out.

CRUISE ALONG THE DOLPHIN HIGHWAY

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Did you know Mandurah’s waterways are home to around 100 bottlenose dolphins? And they’re ever so friendly, so there’s every chance you’ll spot them. Being on the water is all about relaxation, and there’s plenty of ways to do it – on a kayak, dolphin cruise, private luxury charter pontoon, waterbike, houseboat, Eco BBQ Boat (no skipper’s ticket required). There’s even a replica pirate ship you can sail on guaranteed to spark any child’s interest.

PLACES TO DELIGHT THE SENSES

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Mandurah’s foodie scene is thriving, and if you haven’t ventured this way in a while, you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise. To enjoy relaxed, local vibes head to BrewVino for some local brews and bites while taking in the best views of Mandurah upstairs on the boardwalk. Flics Kitchen on the terrace brings creative dining to the foreshore with amazing local flavours for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The bottomless brunch is always a sell-out so make sure to book early for any of their special events during your stay.

Excited much? Whether it’s exploring the intense natural beauty and incredible wildlife or growing arts scene and delectable restaurants and bars, you don’t have to go far to enjoy a winter escape from Perth. Check out more fun things to get up to in Mandurah, including the 2021 Winter Wonderland.

Originally published as ‘A winter cruise along the dolphin highway’ by PerthNow.

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Your guide to the absolute best things to do near Perth

If you’re searching for a quick getaway that won’t eat up more than a day or weekend, Mandurah is the perfect destination for a staycation or to simply embrace the sunshine, with some of the best things to do close to Perth.
Here are our top 20 experiences loved by locals and wanderers alike.

BEST THINGS TO DO NEAR PERTH

20+ incredible experiences to try close to Perth

If you’re searching for a quick getaway that won’t eat up more than a day or weekend, Mandurah is the perfect destination for a staycation or to simply embrace the sunshine, with some of the best things to do close to Perth.

Here are our top 20 experiences loved by locals and wanderers alike.

Relaxed by nature experiences

Are you infatuated by nature’s beauty and have a keen sense of adventure? Then get ready to seek all things beautiful, with untouched places you can explore away from any crowds.

There’s a lot to do around Mandurah’s vast waterways and surrounding national parks, reserves and forests. Be inspired by these great activities and immerse yourself in nature, where you’ll discover a lot more than you bargained for. 

Meet the popular local inhabitants on a day of dolphin spotting. With over 120 dolphins calling our estuary home, they’re considered one of the healthiest dolphin populations in Australia. And there’s plenty of ways to seek them out on the water. You can hire a boatkayakwaterbike or paddleboard or take a cruise. Enjoy lunch on the boardwalk or a picnic on the Eastern Foreshore and you might be lucky enough to see some frolicking in the water.

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For the ultimate experience, spend an evening stargazing at the Lake Clifton Thrombolites. Rated by RACDestination Perth, and Blogger as one of WA’s top stargazing sites, this is one insta-worthy spot you don’t want to miss snapping. You’ll be in good company with Sebastian from Salt and Eco Bush Tours, who will take you on a star-studded tour of the night sky. His wealth of knowledge has earned him a highly regarded Forum Advocating Cultural and Eco-Tourism (FACET) Golden Guide nomination.

The thrombolites are a must-see attraction during the daytime, and the best way to experience it all is on a cultural walking tour with George from Mandurah Dreaming. Thrombolites are considered one of the first forms of life and George will share how they hold a significant place in their Dreaming stories.

Home to a plethora of native birds and migratory waterbirds, Mandurah’s wetland habitats are internationally protected. Sarah from Ways to Nature runs a birdwatching tour, where you can observe wildlife in their natural element, unrushed, to allow you ample time to connect with nature and experience the remarkable wonder around you.

Waterways for days experiences

With a pristine coastline that stretches beyond what the naked eye can see, winding rivers, beautiful lakes and an estuary twice the size of Sydney Harbour, Mandurah is the ultimate aquatic playground. 

Love a good BBQ? How about on a circular self-drive Eco BBQ boat, where you can be your own captain and bob along the waterways – mates and BBQ in tow. If you want to linger longer on the water, why not spend the night on a fully equipped houseboat from Mandurah Houseboats, be captain for an afternoon and hire a boat with Mandurah Bike Hire, or hand over the helm to the experienced crew at Soulmate Charters with an adventure or sunset cruise.

The surf’s up in Mandurah, and if you’re a seasoned surfer you’ll want to hit Mandurah Wedge with swell sizes that can start from 1m-1.5m and hold up to 4m. If you want to give surfing a go, the accredited surf instructors at Mandurah Surf Lessons offer single day lessons for beginners.  

Launch yourself on a jet ski and explore the magnificent coastline from the oceans edge, or take it all in your stride on a stand-up paddle board. For a unique outdoor adventure, book a guided kayak tour along the Peel Inlet and bring your fishing gear along for a cast.

Food experiences

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Mandurah’s foodie scene keeps growing by the minute, and for an insider’s guide to all the best wineries and breweries around the Peel region, you’ll want to jump on a Kaleidoscope tour. If your prefer to go it alone then we’ve done all the homework for you, with the craft beer and wine trail, featuring seven of the region’s best drinking holes.

For the perfect lunch spot, take a seat at Wood & Stone, with a new alfresco area and autumn/ winter menu to tantalise the tastebuds. And if you’ve got big mouths to feed, head to Catch22 Tapas & Cocktail Lounge for dinner and enjoy all you can eat tapas for just $35 per head. 

Arts and culture experiences

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You don’t have to travel far to find amazing arts and culture in Mandurah. The art scene is buzzing here, and in between all your foodies experiences you’ll want to walk if off. What better way than on one of two public art trails, showcasing amazing local art in hidden laneways, on building facades, even the pavement! We’ve found them so you don’t have to, simply download the art trails brochure and you’re on your way.

With so many experiences to be had, isn’t time you started planning your next adventure in Mandurah?

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All the new things to see and do in Mandurah

When was the last time you visited Mandurah? Just like there’s more to Perth than Kings Park, there’s much more to Mandurah than it’s alluring canals.

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

There’s so much more to Mandurah than just dolphins, crabs and fish & chips. The City has been transformed significantly in the last few years. Catch-up on the latest new experiences and visit Mandurah this summer.

New Experiences on the Water

It’s here you’ll find a slice of the Venice life. The city’s canals, winding rivers, gorgeous lakes and over 130 km² of calm inland waterways, make Mandurah the ideal destination to enjoy all kinds of activities by the water.

And just when you think you’ve seen it all, here’s what’s new to discover on your next weekender or extended stay in Mandurah.

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Ever been on a waterbike before? Only in Mandurah can you cycle alongside the resident dolphins. Choose your own adventure and hire a waterbike for the day with Mandurah Cruises. The knowledgeable crew will give you the inside scoop on the best nooks to go dolphin spotting and find other amazing wildlife along Mandurah’s spectacular waterfront.

Alternatively, put your feet up and let someone else do the hard work for you with a cruisy day floating on a pontoon with Mandurah Boat Hire.

Soulmate Charters Mandurah

Dip your toes in the water for a unique adventure with Soulmate Charters. Their personalised and intimate cruises will have you feeling like you’re relaxing on your own deck, as you meander through Mandurah’s playful waterways and the Peel inlet. Anchor up at one of their favourite spots, where you can enjoy a swim, float on a lounge, try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding or just sit back and relax.

New experiences on land

Explore Mandurah’s beautiful coastal cycle paths on an e-bike. Hire one of these for one or two hours or for a half day from The Bike Kiosk Mandurah who opened its doors end of December outside the Mandurah Visitor Centre.

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Discover Mandurah’s waterways on a FREE guided walking tour. Departing from the Mandurah Visitor Centre, the 1.5 hour ‘Walk the Waterways’ tour will take you on a journey around Mandjar Bay and the Eastern Foreshore. The tour provides an overview of Mandurah and its history as well as discovering places of interest and quirky art installations along the way.

To book contact Mandurah Visitor Centre on (08) 9550 3999 or book online.

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Since opening in mid-2020, Salt and Bush Eco Tours have been opening up visitors’ eyes to the untouched wonders of Mandurah’s waterways, bushland and wildlife. Must-see experiences include a relaxed guided kayaking tour on foot peddled kayaks and laidback stargazing sessions. But don’t take our word for it, try it out for yourself next time you visit.

“This was such a great unique and special experience. We took a very peaceful paddle in our kayaks in the morning where a feeding dolphin greeted us. The foot peddle kayaks are amazing, hard to go back to using a paddle!” – David May

“Kayaking along the Serpentine River – it was the most beautiful and peaceful morning! Jamie and Base are the most friendly and knowledgeable pair. They spotted so much wildlife – so many beautiful birds and we saw dolphins too.” – Sinead Allsop

From the sea to the land, Epic Day Tours make it easy to explore the best of Mandurah with travel from Perth included. Get to know the real Mandurah with a day  choc-full of local and authentic encounters.

New places to dine

Little Stiller is the name of the gin and vodka distillery that has just opened in Mandurah. Situated on Mandurah Terrace, the boutique tavern is expected to become a popular tourism attraction with the distillery being the first of its kind in the City.

Mandurah’s very own microbrewery – Boundary Island Brewery – is the newest addition to the foodie and craft beer scene in Mandurah this summer. Located right on the beautiful water’s edge in Erskine you can take in incredible views of the Peel-Harvey Estuary while enjoying your beer that has been brewed on site.

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To experience more of Mandurah’s relaxed, local vibes, head to brewvino for some local beer and bites, while enjoying the best view in Mandurah upstairs on the boardwalk. Then switch it up for brekky, lunch or dinner with a visit to Wood & Stone where your tastebuds are in for a treat. Must-try dishes include their signature chilli mussels, seafood aglio e olio linguine, wild mushroom risotto and Wood & Stone’s famous Nail Oatmeal Stout braised beef brisket. Hungry anyone?

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What’s new in the City

Mandurah’s new Estuary pool is ready to have you splashing around! The new centrepiece of Mandurah’s waterfront features a floating jetty platform which gives you a nod back to the days of the Mandurah baths and Robert Day Memorial Pools in the 1950s and 60s.

Named Kwillena (dolphin) Gabi (waters) by the traditional owners of Bindjareb Boodja, this natural waterway shares its habitat with local marine life.

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The ultimate girls weekend getaway near Perth

Need to switch off from juggling a million and one things?

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Why Mandurah has girls trip written all over it

Need to switch off from juggling a million and one things? We all love a family holiday or a romantic getaway, but sometimes all you really need is to escape responsibilities and enjoy a short break in the company of your besties.

If a girls weekend getaway is long overdue, gather your gal pals and recharge your batteries in a place where the vibes are always relaxed by nature, Mandurah.

A place to… Relax

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For a splash of luxury without the price tag, set up base for the weekend at Seashells Mandurah. It’s the perfect spot for a laidback escape, with the beach virtually on your doorstep, but still close enough to all the delicious offerings around Dolphin Quay and the marina. Take a dip in the infinity pool, linger up with the girls for a private Pilates class or, for the ultimate in relaxation, enjoy a pamper session at the onsite day spa.

Dolphin Quay Apartments is also perfect for a girls’ retreat, with two bedroom fully self-contained accommodation, boasting spectacular views of the marina.

For a truly unique stay, book a houseboat and cruise Mandurah’s tranquil waterways at your own pace. Mandurah Houseboats can sleep anywhere from 4 to 10 people, complete with all the amenities you need, and you don’t need a Skipper’s ticket to get going.

A place to…Unwind

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Take it from the local residents who know all about relaxing in Mandurah. We’re talking about the friendly playful dolphins who choose to live here in the wild. Did you know, the largest population of bottlenose dolphins in WA can be found here? For the best vantage point, you and your girlfriends will want to jump on a Murray River lunch cruise.

Mandurah is all about kicking back and enjoying the fresh open air, and there’s plenty of ways to do it. Go for a leisurely bike ride along the foreshore, drift along the waters on a stand up paddle board or, hire out your own boat for the day and tell the skipper where you want to go.  

To truly clear the mind and feel like your miles away from it all, get the girlies together for a guided kayak tour along the protected Peel-Harvey estuary. It’s the kind of peace and solitude you won’t appreciate until you’re in the moment. Definitely worth bumping up to the top of your list of things to do.

Create memorable bonding moments with an evening of stargazing, led by expert local geologist and nature lover Sebastian of Salt and Bush Eco Tours. The striking skies of Mandurah are perfect for stargazing, and you’ll be able to get a closer view of the night sky through a telescope.

A place to… Indulge

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Whenever there’s beer or wine, you’re guaranteed to have a good time. Appoint a skipper for the day and explore the delectable tastes of Mandurah on a craft beer and wine trail.  Featuring seven of the region’s best beer and wine offerings, the trail provides an authentically local experience. Be sure to visit Peel Estate for a picturesque picnic lunch and tipple.

When the day is out, drop anchor on a sunset cruise before heading out for some bar therapy. The cocktails and fare here is nothing short of superb, so make sure you arrive on an empty stomach.  

Our top picks to sip and savour during your girls weekend include a late brekky at Cafe MOKA, and take your choice from tapas at either Flics Kitchen, Wood & Stone Café and Catch 22 – because food is always best shared.

Mandurah is the perfect destination to relax, unwind and indulge with your favourite gals. And, as it’s just a short drive from Perth, there’s no excuse not to make a weekend of it soon!

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Learn more about nature in Mandurah

Mandurah has many protected waterways, national parks, and nature reserves that are home to various species of marine animals, birds, and wildlife.  Shannon Lawson from the Mandurah Mail spoke with local tour operator Salt & Bush Eco Tours about their Mandurah Eco-educational non-for-profit.

Salt and Bush Eco Tours owner Jamie van Jones and her partner, Sebastian have a passion for the environment which is evident in everything they do.

Not satisfied with simply running an ecotourism business, they have now decided to share their knowledge and love of nature with the wider community by starting a not-for-profit.

“We thought we needed to do something more than just our business,” Jamie said. “We started Swanlandia Inc., which is all about ecology education. It’s inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards.”

The name comes from Swanland which was an early name suggested for Western Australia, and the term Landia which has the urban definition of ‘A fictional relationship to a non-fictional place’.

“Our mission is to connect people to the natural world through fun and educational experiences,” Jamie elaborated. “We believe that if you experience nature in a way that opens your eyes, then as you learn more about it, you fall in love with it and will want to conserve and protect what you love.”

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Mandurah Eco-educational non-for-profit

Jamie and Sebastian say running Salt and Bush Eco Tours and working as naturalist guides for the last seven years around the world, they have seen first hand the positive impact experiences in nature can have on people. They wanted to make that accessible to youth.

Salt and Bush Eco Tours and Swanlandia Inc. are run as a hybrid-eco-enterprise.

“Both our business and not-for-profit have the same aim of sharing about the natural world in fun and educational ways,” Jamie said. “We just have different methods of achieving it. We are going to have 10 percent of Salt and Bush Eco Tour’s profits go towards funding programs for Swanlandia Inc. programs.

“We are also applying for grants locally, to help grow our not-for-profit dream into fruition.”

The couple are currently awaiting the outcome of a grant application through the City of Mandurah which they will find out about in early May.

“Even if we’re not successful we’ll keep trying to find another way to go head, even if it’s smaller to begin with and we work our way up to what we want to eventually do,” Jamie said.

The first step will be to start a group called the Cygnets which will be for six to eight-year-olds. There will be fortnightly meetings with hands on learning such as finding out how many frogs there are in a local wetland by identifying their calls, then learning about their role in echo system. Similar to scouts, children will put their learned skills to the test in their own neighbourhoods to earn badges and progress through the program.

“We’ll cover all kinds of things, from birds to fungi and mammals,” Jamie explained. “We hope to grow as an organisation to offer programs to all ages. We believe citizen science is a great way to engage in nature and contribute to science. Bird surveys, biodiversity counts, or programs like the Western Ringtail Possum tally, which is on over the next month, are programs we will help people to connect to locally.”

Jamie and Sebastian have travelled to some of the most amazing natural habitats on the planet, such as Antarctica, the Arctic, Borneo and Papua New Guinea, but they say living in Mandurah still makes them feel blessed.

“We can see how lucky we are to live in Mandurah and be surrounded by the diversity of the wetlands, the coastline and the bush. It truly is a world-class place to live,” Jamie said.

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Discover a diverse range of nature experiences in the Mandurah region

From the bushland to the waterways, the Mandurah Estuary and Peel Inlet is twice the size of Sydney Harbour and home to a unique abundance of wildlife, birds and marine animals that’s worth exploring.

Jump onboard a custom guided private nature tour with Salt and Bush Eco-Tours and you’ll be amazed by this biodiversity hotspot right on your doorstep. There’s plenty to delve into when you wander and discover the incredible surroundings on a bushwalking trail, paddle or sail on a kayaking adventure with a difference, go bird-watching or simply settle in for a peaceful evening of stargazing.

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