A Guide to Crab Fest 2023
Crab Fest is Mandurah’s most significant event that attracts visitors from across the State, all keen to get a taste of the lifestyle, location, culture and—most importantly—the famous blue swimmer crabs that are unique to the region. The weekend-long event is full to the brim with fresh food, live performances, children’s entertainment, cooking demonstrations, celebrities and more! Mark your calendars (18th & 19th March) and get ready to experience the best of Mandurah and the Peel region at Crab Fest.
After a 3-year break due to the pandemic, this much-anticipated celebration is set to take place on 18th & 19th March 2023. Held annually on the 3rd weekend in March in the beautiful coastal city of Mandurah, Crab Fest is a true feast for the senses, offering a wide range of activities for all ages to enjoy.
With the tasty Blue Swimmer Crab a local speciality around the shores of Mandurah, you can get your claws on plenty of fresh, regional shellfish products to enjoy alongside the Peel’s best brewers and wineries, plus pop-up food stalls for every taste.
It’s not all just about the crab through. Despite the name, Crab Fest features a huge range of activities for all ages. From iconic Australian entertainer Vanessa Amorosi on the Main Stage, to celebrity TV chef and author ‘Fast Ed’ Halmagyi cooking up a storm on the Spud Shed Cooking Stage, and from kids activities to family entertainment, workshops and displays.
This year, My Kitchen Rules’ season 12 contestants and Albany locals Dave and Che will be bringing the heat to Crab Fest as they recreate the dish that afforded them a score of 10/10 on the show: Crispy Skin Barramundi with Hot Thai Green Curry Sauce and Garlic Rice.
Read more about everything Crab Fest on the Crab Fest website.
While the festival itself is free, there are also ticketed events available for those looking for a more exclusive experience.
Getting to Crab Fest is easy. Catch the train to Mandurah. FREE shuttle buses running all weekend will meet you and bring you to the heart of the festival.
More experiences on Crab Fest weekend
There’s so much to do at the festival but also in and around Mandurah during the Crab Fest weekend. Explore further to discover the activities you’ll want to include in your itinerary.
Luxury Crab Fest Cruise by Mandurah Boat Charters
One of the best ways to take in Crab Fest is by boat! Step aboard the lavish floating limousines that cruise along the Mandurah canals. Where comfort meets class, tour Mandurah’s picturesque waterways and historic canals while experiencing intimate views of the local marine life and vibrant Crab Fest events. The 45-minute canal cruise includes tour commentary as well as the option to BYO drinks and local cuisine from the array of restaurants and pubs supporting Crab Fest.
- $50 per adult (13yrs+)
- $25 per child (1-12yrs)
- $0/Free (0-12months)
*Wheelchair access is available and pets are welcome.
Mandurah Cruises $15 Crab Fest Cruises
See Mandurah’s best sights on Mandurah Cruises’ half-hour $15 Crab Fest Cruises which depart every 20 minutes across Crab Fest weekend, between 10am and 5pm.
Cruise Mandurah famous waterways and luxury canals ~ filled with playful dolphins, birdlife and unforgettable scenery!
From the water, take in prime views of Crab Fest’s colour and festivities. Enjoy live commentary from local experts while relaxing in comfort on deck.
- $15 per adult
- Children under 3 cruise for free
Pirate Ship $15 Crab Fest Cruises
Join ‘Pete Blackbeard’ and his buckos at Pirate Ship Mandurah for a 30-minute cruise during Crab Fest weekend. Kids can dress as pirates, steer the wheel, ring the bell and fire water cannons.
Or jump aboard the ‘White Pearl’, a skippered luxury charter seating up to 19 passengers. Cruise around Mandurah’s waterways for 30 minutes for only $15 pp.
Purchase your tickets on board the ship departing from the jetty out the front of ‘The Bay Cafe’ on the Eastern Foreshore, opposite 9 Mandurah Terrace.
BBQ Boat Crab Lunch
Captain your own Mandurah mini cruise this Crab Fest weekend, on board Western Australia’s only donut-shaped electric boats. Devour a delicious cooked crab lunch (recommended), or bring a picnic or barbecue lunch to enjoy, while cruising Mandurah’s breathtaking Ocean Marina and Venetian Canal. Your own unique way to experience Channel 7 Mandurah Crab Fest 2023!
Book your 1.5-hour BBQ Boat Crab Lunch for up to 6 people here.
Book your 1.5-hour BBQ Boat Crab Lunch for up to 10 people here.
Soulmate Charters’ Crab Fest Cruise is another great option to explore the waterways during Crab Fest weekend. Their relaxing 45 minute cruise will take you around the Mandurah town waterways, the marina and Mandurah’s canal homes. And with a little bit of luck you’ll even spot some dolphins.
If you haven’t explored Mandurah’s much-hyped ‘Giants of Mandurah’ attraction yet, join Soulmate Charters on their popular 45-minute Giants Scenic Cruise all day on the Saturday (18/03), with tours running hourly from 9am – 3pm. Departing from the Port Bouvard Marina in Dawesville, you will visit one of the most famous Giants, ‘Seba’s Song’. This Giant faces away from land, contemplating the waters – the only Giant to do so. He can only be sighted in full by boat.
Crab Fest Fireworks Cruise
See the spectacular Saturday night fireworks of this year’s Crab Fest, while cruising Mandurah’s sparkling waterways.
Watch in style on board Mandurah Cruises’ 1-hour cruise, as the night sky ignites in bursts of colour. Fun for the whole family, you’ll enjoy prime viewing of this much-loved event.
- $35 per adult
- $20 per child (3-12yrs)
- $10 (under 3 years)
The Tourist Fun Train
If you would prefer to explore Crab Fest on land, then Tourist Fun Train’s Big Toot has a seat ready and waiting for you. Touring the whole weekend on the 18th and 19th of March, the Big Toot train travels throughout the city, allowing you to hop-on and hop-off as you please! This is a great option if you want to explore the wide range of events happening in Mandurah or, you simply need to rest your feet.
Due to busy crowds, the Little Toot train won’t be running.
The Bike Kiosk
Make the most of the glorious Autumn weather by hiring a bike or scooter from The Bike Kiosk. With a wide range catering to all needs and requirements, you’ll be able to safely and effortlessly cruise from one festivity to another! Or book a ‘Ride the Giants’ e-bike tour and cycle through the untouched ends of greater Mandurah where nature flourishes and behemoths protect the waterways.
Peel Produce Market
On the Saturday of Crab Fest, the Peel Produce Market, located at Leprechaun Reserve in Dawesville, is running a huge artisan market in conjunction with the Park Run’s 8th birthday celebration. Expect to see fresh and seasonal produce, handmade homewares, delicious foods and lot of colours as Mandurah’s wide variety of talented makers, sowers, bakers and doers join forces to make this one of the biggest markets Mandurah has ever seen.
Whilst you’re soaking up the culture of Mandurah during Crab Fest, you might begin to wonder about Mandurah’s history. Satiate your hunger for knowledge by making a stop at the Mandurah Museum 11 am – 3 pm on Saturday or Sunday. The museum showcases the rich heritage of Mandurah and the Peel region, with a diverse collection of exhibits, artifacts and interactive displays that bring the past to life. From the first settlers to the present day, the museum takes visitors on a journey through the history of the area, highlighting the events, people, and industries that have shaped its unique identity.
If you’re looking for a way to truly excite and delight your kiddies, a stop at the King Carnival is a must during Crab Fest. At King Carnival, there will be all of your favourite carnival rides and games (including the clowns), fun and delicious show bags (starting from $5) as well as the Mandurah Ferris Wheel glowing in all of its glory. A great way to work up an appetite before lunch.
Escape the crowds
As much as we love the liveliness of Crab Fest, we also understand that some prefer to escape the crowds and find a quieter activity. For those who prefer the latter, there are plenty of quiet activities to enjoy during the festival too.
If you’re looking for a way to steer clear of the crowds on land, then head to the water! Stag Watersports’ jet skis are available for hire and are a fantastic way to add excitement and adventure to your festivities. Whether you’re a seasoned water sports enthusiast or a first-time rider, the team at Stag offers everything you need to feel confident on the water.
Kaleidoscope Tours is the perfect opportunity for families, couples and groups of friends to experience a more exclusive and intimate experience in Mandurah during the Crab Fest weekend. For families, book a Giants of Mandurah Tour and marvel at the impressive Thomas Dambo sculptures. For groups of 4 or more, choose the Winery Tour and enjoy a few samples of local wines as you learn about the wine-making process. With knowledgeable guides and a focus on creating unforgettable memories, Kaleidoscope Tours is a must-do activity during the Crab Fest weekend.
Amaze Miniature Park
Lose yourself in the wonderful miniature world at Amaze Miniature Park. With 70 miniature replicas of well-known historic buildings, you and your little kids will feel like giants as you admire the intricate details of the models. Not to mention, the Park provides a whole day of fun with mazes, mini golf, lego and more. Pack a lunch or purchase from the cafe and you’ll be ready for a whole afternoon of activities at the one location.
Ranger Red’s Zoo
Located on the banks of the Murray River in Pinjarra, Ranger Red’s Zoo is a boutique zoo that offers a hans-on experience. This is perfect for animal lovers and for families who want their little ones to experience something different. Open 9 am – 5 pm over the weekend, it’s worth the ~15-minute drive outside of Mandurah for the visit.
Edenvale Heritage Tearooms
Located at the 130-year-old award-winning homestead, find respite at the Edenvale Heritage Tearooms. Although the charming building alone is a reason to visit, the delicious rustic food makes Edenvale Heritage Tearooms a sought-after destination for brunch, lunch and dessert. Open 8.30 am – 3 pm, we recommend booking in advance to secure your spot.
Dwellingup Treetops Adventure
45 minutes from Mandurah, a thrilling adventure awaits in the midst of pine and jarrah trees at Dwellingup’s Treetops Adventure. Choose from a wide range of activities, including Tree Ropes Course, Zipcoasters, Mountain Bike hire and more. Activities cater to all age groups from 1-5yrs, 8-12yrs, teens, adults and the oldies. Get everyone involved and having fun at Dwellingup Treetops Adventure.
Crab Fest weekend
Mandurah’s Crab Fest is a weekend of fun for everyone. Welcoming families, couples, groups and solo adventurers, if you’re looking for an exciting weekend away, this is the opportunity you’ve been looking for. Mark your calendars for the third weekend of March and start writing up your itinerary—Crab Fest is just around the corner!