Easter in Mandurah

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

Easter in Mandurah

Have a BIG time in Mandurah this Easter

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

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FUN EASTER ACTIVITIES THE WHOLE FAMILY WILL ENJOY

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4 Day Family Getaway

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

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School Holiday Fun

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

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Rotary Duck Race

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

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New things to see and do in Mandurah

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

WHAT’S NEW IN MANDURAH

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

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

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

New Experiences

Mandurah Murray River Cruises

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

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

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

Experience serenity on the water with Mandurah Murray River Cruises.

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Enjoy a private cruise with Mandurah Murray River Cruises

Giants & Dolphin Sightseeing Cruise

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

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

Art Safari Walking Tour

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

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

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Go on an Art Safari Walk in Mandurah

Discover with Down Under Discoveries – Where nature meets adventure

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

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

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

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Creery Wetlands, Mandurah | Image credit: Down Under Discoveries

Peel Produce Peddle – New E-Bike Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Juice ship at Peel Produce Market

FlyOnE Sustainable Aviation – Electric Flight Adventure

Experience the future of aviation with FlyOnE Sustainable Aviation.

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

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Augmented Reality Experience at Yaburgurt Memorial

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

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

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

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Yaburgurt Memorial at Mandjar Square, Mandurah

Everclime – Make an Impact, Unlock Discounts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Eats and Sips

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

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

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

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

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Betty’s Burgers – Beach-inspired Delights

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

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

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Bellini Italian – Waterside Dining Extravaganza

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

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

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Stargazing in Mandurah

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

Stargazing in Mandurah

Discover the best stargazing locations in Mandurah and surrounds

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

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

Best Spots

Santi Ikto by Thomas Dambo, Halls Head

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

 

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Island Point Reserve

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

 

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Lake Clifton Thrombolites

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

 

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Drakesbrook Weir

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

Serpentine Dam

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

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

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

 

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When is best?

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

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

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

Stargazing Calendar

  • Summer - December to February

    The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds to the south

    Geminid Meteor Shower – December

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

    Orion – east after sunset

  • Autumn - March to May

    Milky Way Core rising to the east after sunset

    Eta Aquaria Meteor Shower – May

    Orion – west after sunset

  • Winter - June to August

    Perseids Meteor Shower – mid August

    Mars – rising to the east before sunrise (2024)

  • Spring - September to November

    Milky Way Core setting to the west after sunset

    Jupiter – rising the east after sunset (2023)

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

    North and South Taurids Meteor Shower – November

    Super Moons – September 17th and October 17th

The Southern Cross

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

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

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

The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds

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

 

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What can you see with the naked eye?

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

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

What else can you see?

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

What to bring?

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

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

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

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

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Restaurants Open on Christmas Day

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

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

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

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

The Peninsula (The Pen) Mandurah

Location: 1 Marco Polo Drive, Mandurah

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

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

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

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

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The Peninsula Restaurant in Mandurah is overlooking Mandjar Bay

Cobblers Tavern

Location: 629 Old Coast Rd, Falcon WA 6210

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

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

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

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

Christmas Day Lunch at Cobblers Mandurah

Jasmine Thai

Location: 7/2 The Palladio, Mandurah WA 6210

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

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

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Photo by: Jasmine Thai Mandurah at Mandurah Ocean Marina

Alfresco Indian Cuisine Restaurant

Location: 8/2 The Palladio, Mandurah WA 6210

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

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View from Alfresco Indian Restaurant Mandurah

Paparazzi Cafe

Location: 2 Peel Street, Mandurah WA 6210

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

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

Peel Alehouse

Location: 8 Guava Way, Halls Head WA 6210

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

The Sporting Globe

Location: R8/330 Pinjarra Rd, Mandurah WA 6210

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

Peel Manor House

Location: 164 Fletcher Rd, Karnup WA 6176

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

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

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

Christmas BBQ by the Sea

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

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Picnic area at Falcon Bay Beach, Mandurah

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

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

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Eco-friendly experiences in Mandurah

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

Top Eco-Friendly Experiences

Mandurah’s Top Spots for Sustainable Fun

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

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

Giants of Mandurah

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eco BBQ Boats

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

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

The Bike Kiosk Mandurah

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

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Exploring Mandurah's beautiful coastline by e-bike

Tourist Fun Train

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

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

Mandurah Cruises’ Wild Seafood Experience

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

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

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

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Mandurah Cruises' Wild Seafood Experience

Salt and Bush Eco Tours

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

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Salt and Bush Eco Tours

Creery Wetlands

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Creery Wetlands, Dudley Park

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

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Top things to do in Mandurah in Summer

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

Top things to do this Summer

Our top selections for making golden memories

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

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

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

Giants of Mandurah

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

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Tourist Fun Train

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

Mini Toot Tourist Fun Train Mandurah

Amaze Miniature Village 

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

Amaze Miniature Park Mandurah

Explore on an e-scooter

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

Dolphin Cruise & Views

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

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Pirate Ship

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

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

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Mandurah Instagram Trail

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

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Fun indoor activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

This summer, Mandurah offers top family fun for all!

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

Kwillena Gabi Estuary Pool

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

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

Dolphin Tours

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

Dolphin and Scenic Marine Cruise Mandurah

Mandurah Cruises Murray River Lunch 

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

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Murray River Lunch Cruise | Image credit: Mandurah Cruises

Eco BBQ Boats

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

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Eco BBQ Boat at Mandurah Ocean Marina

Cruise in  Style

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

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

Picnic on Luxury Boutique Boat Charters Mandurah

Boat Hire

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

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Cruising through the Venetian Canals Mandurah

Jet Ski Hire

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

Kayak Tours

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

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

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

Houseboats

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

Mandurah Houseboats

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

Dolphin-Delight

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

Dolphins Mandurah

Guided Nature Tours

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

Salt and Bush Eco Tours

Yalgorup National Park

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

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Birdwatching Bliss

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

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Osprey | Image credit: Karyn Ellis

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

Creery Wetlands Mandurah

Goegrup Lake

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

Lake Goegrup Mandurah

Two-Wheeled Adventures

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

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Kangaroo Encounters

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

Melros Reserve Mandurah

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

Giants of Mandurah

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

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

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Ride the Giants

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

Ride the Giants E-Bike Tour Mandurah

Jet Ski Hire & Tours

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

Jet Ski Tours and Hire Mandurah

SUP & Kayak Hire

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

Kayaking Mandurah

Salt and Bush Eco Tours

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

Play WA’s Golf Coast

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

Golf in Mandurah

Indoor Rock-Climbing Centre

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

Flying Experiences

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

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

Mandurah from the air

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

Wine Tours 

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

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Mandurah Cruises Murray River Lunch 

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

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Wild Seafood Experience 

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

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Wild Seafood Experience | Image credit: Mandurah Cruises

Enjoy more fresh local seafood

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

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High Tea at Sea

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

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High Tea at Sea | Image credit: Mandurah Cruises

Breweries

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

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

Boundary Island Brewery Mandurah

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

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

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

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

Thorny Devil Brwery Mandurah

Eat and drink your way through Mandurah

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

Eat and Drink in Mandurah

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

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Wildflower Walks in Mandurah

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

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Exploring Nature’s Beauty: Wildflower Walks in Mandurah

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

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

Why Mandurah?

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

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

Best wildflower walks in Mandurah

The Estuary Walk

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

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

Halls Head Coastal Walk

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

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Beach Daisies

Samphire Cove Nature Reserve

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

Island Point Walk

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

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

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

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

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Banksia

Yalgorup National Park

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

Lake Pollard Nature Reserve

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

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

Heathlands Walk Trail

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

Lakeside Loop Walk Trail

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

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Donkey Orchids

Tips for a Memorable Wildflower Walk:

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

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

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

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

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Winter Weekend in Mandurah: Keep the Kids Entertained Indoors!

Experience the ultimate winter weekend in Mandurah with adventure, creativity, and relaxation for the whole family.

Winter Weekend in Mandurah

Being active this winter has never been so easy!

As the colder months settle in and winter takes hold, finding indoor winter activities for kids becomes a top priority for many families. If you’re looking for a destination that offers the perfect blend of adventure, creativity and relaxation, look no further than Mandurah.
Located just an hour’s drive south of Perth, Mandurah is a fantastic winter getaway that promises a memorable and fun-filled weekend for the whole family. Whilst many parents in Perth begin to wonder about what to do when it rains, for families in Mandurah – you’ll soon discover there’s endless sites, experiences and adventures awaiting you and your kids. In fact, the next time it rains, your family will be excited!
In this blog, we give you a complete guide to entertaining the family over a weekend. From food and drink to the main attractions – your winter weekend is sorted.

Day 1 – jump, play and make memories!

Begin your day with breakfast

The secret to a great day of fun activities begins with breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day and a good breakfast will give the family enough energy to take on the day’s activities

Mandurah boasts a wide variety of cafes offering all kinds of breakfast options to cater to your family’s preferences. Book a table at one of the many cosy cafes including Mataya Eatery, Frisky Deer, Coffee Cove or Nourishing The Soul. A special mention to Wood & Stone Cafe for their award-winning breakfast, receiving ‘Best Breakfast’ at the 2022 WA Gold Plate Awards. 

There’s so many popular cafes to choose from in Mandurah, with each cafe offering warm and comfortable indoor seating. Sip on your warm beverages and enjoy each other’s company before making your way to the day’s next activity. 

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Breakfast at Wood and Stone Cafe, Mandurah

Now it’s time to play

With the family fueled with a good meal, it’s time to burn off breakfast with a visit to one of the many exciting indoor activity centres in Mandurah.

For the kids who enjoy to bounce, run and play – they’re in for a treat! Choose between Inflatable World, Flip Out Mandurah Indoor Trampoline Park or the Giggle Zone BOORN Playcentre, each offering a unique and exciting experience for the little ones of the family.

Inflatable World in Mandurah is a colourful inflatable playground for kids to bounce, jump and run amongst the safety of soft and squishy cushioning. Flip Out is a trampoline park with the floor covered with trampolines as well as ninja courses for the big and little kids. And, for the youngest members of the family (under 8 year-olds) the Giggle Zone provides a fun and engaging activity space with toys and courses designed specifically for development.

Flip Out Trampoline Park Mandurah
Flip Out Trampoline Park, Mandurah

The Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing Centre offers an exciting and adventurous indoor activity for kids. Shielded from the chilly weather, kids can scale artificial rock walls, enhancing their agility and strength while having a blast. Whether they’re beginners or seasoned climbers, the centre provides a safe and supervised environment for all skill levels. It’s a perfect way to keep the little ones entertained and active during the winter months in Mandurah.

The Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre is another great option for the family, offering activities for the whole family no matter the age. Choose to have a splash in the indoor leisure pool with the impressive kids’ water playground or relax in the wellness centre’s spa or sauna. With indoor heating, the family can pretend the weather is warm when the outside is cold.

No matter which experience you choose, each space offers an array of indoor activities for the kids to play. Plus, most centres have an indoor cafe for the parents to get their caffeine fix too. It’s a win-win for everyone. 

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Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing Centre

Warm pastries for a cold day

Following the fun and active adventure, bellies will begin growling for lunch! This will give the perfect opportunity to visit one of the many delicious bakeries in Mandurah.

Stop by Miami Bakehouse,or ‘The Corner Bakehouse for a freshly baked pie or pastry that’s guaranteed to warm you up when the weather is cold. With plenty of options to choose from, the kids, teens and adults will be spoiled for choice!

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The Corner Bakehouse, Mandurah

Complete your day with the cinema

With a day spent out and about with the family, find relaxation in the comfort of Mandurah’s local Reading Cinemas.

When the weather turns cold and wet, the cinema provides a cosy sanctuary to enjoy the latest family films. With screenings available at various times throughout the evening, families can easily find a movie and showtime that suits the kid’s schedule.

After the film, everyone is sure to be happily exhausted, having shared laughter and memorable moments throughout the day and in front of the big screen. It’s the perfect way to complete day 1 of your winter weekend in Mandurah!

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Reading Cinemas Mandurah

Day 2 – collaborate, get creative and eat cake!

Escape the rain

Once the kids have eaten breakfast and you’ve finished your coffee, take the family for an exciting adventure at the Escape Squad Mandurah. Located indoors, families can escape from the rain by heading to an escape room.

The Escape Squad is Mandurah’s premier escape rooms, with each room offering a unique challenge of puzzles that your group must solve together in order to find your way out of the room. With different themes and difficulty levels, the escape rooms are a great activity to engage the whole family.

Work together, enjoy the fun and celebrate solving the puzzles and connecting the clues to escape. It’s a great bonding experience for the family that gets the little and the big kids working together.

Coffee and cake

Celebrate the family’s teamwork with a slice of cake and a hot drink at one of the many inviting indoor cafes in Mandurah.

Whether it’s a smooth hot chocolate, a frothy babycino or a strong flat white – there’s a wide selection of cafes in Mandurah that know how to warm you up with a delicious brew.

For the coffee lovers, Harvey Grinds is renowned for their impressive display of coffee beans each with their own mouth watering flavour notes. Plus, they’ve got plenty of freshly made sandwiches, cakes and pastries to curb the kid’s hunger.

Find a table, enjoy your hot beverage and cherish the moment with the kids.

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Harvey Grinds Mandurah

Stimulate creativity

After indulging in a delightful coffee and cake, continue the day of exploration by visiting the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre. The Arts Centre is a fantastic place for the whole family, offering a great variety of entertainment that caters to all ages.

Once inside, families can immerse themselves in the world of theatre, dance, and music, enjoying the performances that will stimulate everyone’s imaginations. The Arts Centre also provides a range of engaging programs and workshops specifically designed for children, offering hands-on experiences that nurture creativity.

To ensure you don’t miss out on the diverse array of activities available, be sure to check their website for what’s on before planning your visit.

Finish the day with a family dinner

Once you’ve completed your day of activities, the last thing you’ll want to do is to cook! Allow one of the many family-friendly restaurants in Mandurah to cook for you and your kids with a delicious and affordable feast.

When choosing where to dine, you’ll discover that there’s a long-list of restaurants to cater to the little and big foodies of the family. Wood & Stone, Cobblers Tavern, Boundary Island Brewery, and The Peninsula are just some of the restaurants that offer great options for adults as well as a menu just for kids.

Relax and unwind in the comfortable seating, appreciate the restaurant’s heating and cherish the conversations reminiscing about the weekend’s activities – a family dinner is the perfect way to complete your winter weekend’s activities.

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The Peninsula Bar and Restaurant Mandurah

Kid-Friendly Activities for a Winter Weekend in Mandurah

Next time the weather turns grey, choose one (or all!) of these fun, indoor and family-friendly activities in Mandurah. Who would have thought that entertaining the kids on a winter’s day would be so easy.

Mandurah’s indoor activity centres offer endless fun with bouncing trampolines, inflatable obstacle courses, and ninja courses. For a more relaxed experience, the local cinema showcases the latest family films, providing a cosy space to enjoy a light-hearted story on the big screen. And for those seeking a thrilling challenge, escape rooms offer an immersive experience where families can work together to solve puzzles and uncover mysteries.

Although the weather might be wet and miserable, Mandurah truly shines as a year-round destination, offering joy and excitement no matter the forecast. Next time it begins to rain, embrace the chilly weather and embark on a winter adventure in Mandurah. Enjoying quality family time is a breeze all year round.

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Mandurah’s Dark Corners 2023

Explore Mandurah’s forgotten histories and folklore on this spooky historic walking tour along Mandurah’s Eastern foreshore, running selected weekends in July.

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A very different historic walking tour

Experience Mandurah’s beautiful Eastern Foreshore from a new perspective, in this spooky heritage walking tour. This event was a booked-out success at the Mandurah Arts Festival in 2022 and Visit Mandurah is delighted to be reviving it for the Winter holiday season.

Mandurah’s Dark Corners illuminates the past, using new technologies of projection-mapping and augmented reality to enhance the oldest of art forms; the ghost story. Featuring local stories, collected from local archives and the Mandurah community, Dark Corners is a beautiful and immersive experience uncovering the historic tales that haunt us still.

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Things to do on a rainy day in Mandurah

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

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WHEN IT RAINS, MANDURAH STILL SHINES

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

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

Here’s how to embrace the rain in Mandurah

Take a cruise

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

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

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

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

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Dolphin Cruise & Views | Image courtesy of Mandurah Cruises

Escape Squad

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

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

Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing Centre

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

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

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Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing Centre

Trampoline Park

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

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

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

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Flip Out Mandurah Trampoline Park

Reading Cinemas

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

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

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

Game On

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

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

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

Black Stump Gallery

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

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

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

Open 7 days a week from 9am – 4pm.

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Black Stump Art Gallery, Mandurah

Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery

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

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

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

Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM)

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

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

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

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Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM)

Two Muddy Men

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

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

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

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Two Muddy Men, Mandurah

Edenvale Heritage Precinct

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

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

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

Kaleidoscope Tours – Winery Tour

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

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

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

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Winery Tour with Kaleidoscope Tours

Craft Beer & Wine Tour

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

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

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

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

Mandurah Forum

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

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

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

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

Dolphin Quay Markets

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

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

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

Open 9am – 5pm, Monday – Sunday.

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Dolphin Quay Markets

Whizz Pop Candy Shop

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

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

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Beauty and Wellness

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

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

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Bringing joy to gloomy weather in Mandurah

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

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