A palette of experiences: Plein Air Down Under Festival in Mandurah

French for open air, ‘plein air’ painting is all about capturing the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject outdoors. And that’s exactly what the Plein Air Down Under Outdoor Painting Festival sets out to do.

Plein Air Down Under Festival in Mandurah

Discover a palette of experiences

Love to paint? Why not take it ‘plein air’!
French for open air, ‘plein air’ painting is all about capturing the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject outdoors. And that’s exactly what the Plein Air Down Under Outdoor Painting Festival sets out to do.

Western Australia’s largest outdoor painting festival returns this year during the September long weekend (23-25 September), providing a unique opportunity for artists to share their love of painting outdoors amongst the magnificent surrounds of Mandurah’s town centre, cultural precinct and the historic town of Pinjarra.

But you don’t have to be a Vincent Van Gogh to enjoy what’s on offer. Whatever your age or level of artistic skills – there’s something for everyone – spectators and art collectors alike.

What’s on at the festival hub

The Mandurah Performing Arts Centre is where it all comes together. It’s where you can view exhibited works, sign up for workshops, watch various painting demonstrations with guest artists and in the evening, switch off and kick back with live music.

On Saturday 23rd September, the Lotterywest Demo Zone on the Eastern Foreshore will also be buzzing with a series of free hands-on painting demonstrations. Never tried painting with watercolours? See how easy it is to get started with award-winning artist Amanda Brett.

Be sure to check out the full line-up of free events across the weekend.

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Want to register as an artist?

All artists who register to paint at the Plein Air Down Under Outdoor Painting Festival can enter two paintings into the exhibition to be held at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre. Judges will be awarding artwork across various categories and there’s a prize pool of over $12,000 up for grabs.

Head to the festival website to register.

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There’s artwork to inspire you everywhere you go

Wherever you go in Mandurah, you’ll be immersed in the arts. Continuing outdoors, you’ll stumble upon some of the most creative artworks along Mandurah’s Instagram Trail

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Follow the Mandurah Instagram Trail to find this hungry pelican by artist Jenny McCracken

Thomas Dambo’s famous Giants are still calling Mandurah home, and with the mild weather in play, it’s the perfect opportunity to head further out and explore the Giants of Mandurah

Yaburgurt Winjan Cirkelstone by Thomas Dambo, Coodanup Foreshore
Yaburgurt Winjan Cirkelstone by Thomas Dambo, Coodanup Foreshore

Visit the Mandurah Visitor Centre to get started, choose the Giants you’d like to visit and embark on your self-guided expedition. Don’t forget to check out the amazing ‘Welcome to Country’ mural by artists Peta & Corey Ugle and the 3D Augmented Reality experience that brings the artwork to life by telling the Aboriginal creation story of Mandurah’s vast waterways.

3D Augmented Reality Experience at the Mandurah Visitor Centre
Come to the Mandurah Visitor Centre to enjoy a 3D Augmented Reality experience.

Leave your car at the hotel and hire an e-bike or e-scooter, or jump on a ‘Ride the Giants’ e-bike tour. You can also take a cruise with Mandurah Cruises to visit the Giant ‘Seba’s Song’ – which is best viewed from the water. See all Giants of Mandurah tours here.

Seba's Song Giant by Thomas Dambo
Seba's Song Giant by Thomas Dambo

If you need a change of pace, head indoors and visit some of Mandurah’s colourful art spaces and galleries.

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Black Stump Gallery by Emma Blyth, Mandurah

Where to venture beyond the festival

When you feel like taking a break from all the action on land, change up the scenery and hit the open water. If you’d like to see dolphins in the wild and up close, jump on a boat tour or cruise through Mandurah’s waterways and estuaries. It’s home to more than 100 Indo-Pacific Bottlenose dolphins – the largest population in WA. And if you’re exploring with little feet in tow, the Pirate Ship Mandurah is an absolute must! 

For more ideas on where to go and what to do, check out our top 10 things to do in Mandurah.

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Cruising the Mandurah Canals in Halls Head | image courtesy: Mandurah Cruises

Explore a different kind of palate

When you’ve run your paint palette dry and worked up an appetite, there’s no shortage of places to eat in Mandurah. Our top picks include breakfast at Wood and Stone Café, a relaxing lunch that lingers into the afternoon at Boundary Island Brewery and a dinner to share at Flics Kitchen

Boundary Island Brewery
Boundary Island Brewery

Mandurah’s restaurants are always cooking up great vibes no matter where you go. From popular local haunts Brewvino and The Pen to the iconic flavours of Redmanna on the waterfront – you’ll be spoilt for choice. There are so many great places to eat and drink in Mandurah. Just be sure to book ahead and reserve your table to avoid disappointment!

The Peninsula Bar & Restaurant
The Peninsula Bar & Restaurant

Where to stay in Mandurah

If you like to stay close to all the action of the festival, you’re in luck! Some of the best accommodation in Mandurah is centrally located for your convenience. The Sebel Mandurah and Dolphin Quay Apartments are footsteps away from popular attractions and dining options.

Venture a little further along the coast and Seashells Mandurah and C Mandurah Resort & Serviced Apartments have all the facilities you need for a relaxing stay by the water.

Check out all Mandurah accommodation here.

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Seashells Resort Mandurah

And if you don’t want to leave the pooch behind, there’s plenty of pet-friendly accommodation options and experiences.

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Walking along the Mandurah Estuary in Falcon

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A Family Day in Mandurah for only $100

Have the best day ever in Mandurah for only $100 with these fun family-friendly activities!

A Family Day in Mandurah for only $100

A Family Day out in Mandurah on a Budget

Have the best day ever in Mandurah for only $100 with these fun family-friendly activities! Whether your family are looking for an outdoor adventure, are massive foodies or, you’re a bunch of beach bums – Mandurah is full of exciting activities to make your day out a memorable one.

From the morning to the evening, Mandurah has your entire day sorted with family-fun activities that will cost you $100 or less for the entire day! Having fun on your family holiday doesn’t need to be expensive. Here, we’ve picked out our favourite ideas to keep you and the kiddos entertained from breakfast to dinner.

Idea 1: Amaze-ing Adventure

Begin your morning with a stroll around the Peel Produce Market. Hosted every Saturday morning rain, hail or shine, pick up local produce, jams, cheeses and baked goods that will make for a delicious lunch later on. All goodies are made locally, meaning it’s all high quality, delicious and affordable. 

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Peel Produce Market Dawesville

Take your packed lunch and head on an adventure to Amaze Miniature Park! The park offers a Family Pass (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children) for $50, plus under 3 years old are FREE. 

Admission to Amaze Miniature Park also includes unlimited mini golf, hedge maze, scale model trains, lego exhibition and playground offering hours of fun for the family. Enjoy the packed lunch at the beautiful picnic area at Amaze Miniature Park and soak up the quality time with your little ones. 

Amaze Miniature Park
Amaze Miniature Park

Head back into town to explore the Instagram trail and 3D artworks. This is the perfect way to discover the city and appreciate its wonderful art and culture. 

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3D pelican at blue gatehouse at Mandurah Ocean Marina

After the walk, spoil your youngsters with a visit to one of the many playgrounds in Mandurah! Sprinkled throughout the city, there’s the Caterpillar Park, Adventurescape Playground as well as Mandurah’s iconic Skatepark for those with a board or bike. Sit back and relax whilst your children play. 

With Mandurah’s many beautiful beaches, it’s essential that your family make time to visit the seaside. The hardest bit will be deciding which beach to go to – there’s simply so many to choose from! Falcon Bay, Town Beach, Pyramids Beach, Lido Beach and more. Rally the family together and visit some of the best beach spots in WA. 

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Town Beach, Mandurah

As dinner rolls around, pop by one of the great fish and chip shops in Mandurah. For an affordable seafood feast, we recommend Foreshore Fish & Chips, Halls Head Fish and Chips, Smiley Joe’s Fish and Chip Shop, Ginger Groper Blue Bay Fish & Chips, Sharky’s Fish & Chips… the options are endless.  

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Mandurah Ocean Marina

I scream, you scream, we all scream – for ice cream! Make your kiddies jump for joy with a delicious scoop of ice cream from WA’s renowned Simmos ice cream or the local Cool Eats. The perfect way to finish off a fantastic day. 

Idea 2: Explore, Eat & Repeat

All aboard on an adventure in Mandurah! 

Pack up some homemade sandwiches and head on an excursion to the Pirate Ship Cruise

Whilst the parents can admire the stunning views on the 45 minute scenic cruise, the children will be entertained with the interactive pirates. For a family-deal of $75, it’s a bargain for the whole family. Just make sure you keep an eye out for the many Indo-Pacific Bottlenose dolphins that play in Mandurah’s waterways. 

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Pirate Cruise, Mandurah

Alternatively, the Mandurah Cruises’ Dolphin Cruise and Views offer an incredible  and interactive water experience as you cruise the Mandurah canals and estuary and spot the wonderful dolphins splashing beside the boat. The kids will have a ball watching a western rock lobster catch demonstration and seeing this iconic creature up close. Mandurah Cruises’ offer a Family Pass (2 adults & 2 children or, 1 adult & 3 children) at $79 including dolphin guarantee. 

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Dolphin Cruise & Views | Image courtesy of Mandurah Cruises

After the cruise, book a spot for your family on Mandurah’s Little Toot train, which takes passengers on a fun journey along the Eastern Foreshore for only $25 for the whole family! The Tourist Fun Train never fails to excite the kids and impress the parents. 

Exploring Mandurah's Eastern Foreshore aboard the Mini Toot
Exploring Mandurah's Eastern Foreshore aboard the Mini Toot

Take it easy after the day’s activities and find a spot to watch the sunset at an insta-worthy location in Mandurah. 

If you’re looking to update your family album or snap a picture to post on Instagram, Mandurah’s sunsets are guaranteed to deliver breathtaking backdrops. From the Mandurah Bridge to Stingray Point and The Lake Clifton Thrombolites – your family album will never look so good.  

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Lake Clifton Thrombolites

As bellies begin to growl for dinner, we recommend making use of the great BBQ spots

You can find BBQ facilities at most reserves in Mandurah. Some of the best spots are the Eastern Foreshore Reserve, Dawesville Foreshore Reserve, Caterpillar Playground, Falcon Bay and Henry Sutton Grove. Grab some delicious snags from the local butcher and enjoy a sausage and bun on the grass.

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Falcon Bay Beach

Affordable family adventures

Who said family activities had to be costly? Not us! 

Choose how much (or how little) you spend on your holiday without having to sacrifice on activities. Here in Mandurah, there’s plenty of free and affordable activities that will keep the kids entertained. 

Looking for more affordable and free activities? Check out our blogs  Visiting Mandurah On A Budget and A day in Mandurah as a couple for only $100.

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A day in Mandurah as a couple for only $100

Organising a day’s activities as a couple doesn’t need to be expensive. Here in Mandurah, you can enjoy a romantic getaway or weekend away without having to stress about money and instead, focus on enjoying the day with your other half.

A day in Mandurah as a couple for only $100

A Couples Day out in Mandurah on a Budget

Reconnect with your partner for only $100 in Mandurah. Yes – it’s possible! Whether you’re a couple who love art and culture, you’re love birds that enjoy the outdoors or, you’re simply looking for an easy breezy day of relaxation – Mandurah caters to all.

A day of fun with your partner doesn’t need to be expensive, Mandurah has you and your partner’s day of activities sorted. And the best bit… you only need $100 in your pocket to get involved! Spoil your significant other with a special day in Mandurah.

Idea 1: A day on the bike

If you and your partner enjoy keeping active on your holidays, this itinerary has your names all over it. 

Stroll down to the Mandurah Visitor Centre, which is conveniently centrally located and browse the bike maps beside the front desk. Mandurah is renowned for the many bike friendly paths and routes, it’s one of the best ways to get around! 

Mandurah Eastern Foreshore

Start your ride from the Visitor Centre with either the Bridge Loop Ride, or the Relaxed by Nature Bike Map. Both great ways to discover the rich history and stunning scenery throughout Mandurah. 

The Bridge Loop Ride is an easy 10km loop, that starts at the Visitor Centre, takes you through Samphire Cove, Sutton’s Homestead, Hall’s Cottage and the 3d art installation – all whilst you admire the beautiful Mandjar Bay. 

The Relaxed by Nature path is a smooth 15km picturesque ride with beautiful views throughout the whole journey… and we’re not just talking about the view of your partner! 

If you are seeking an extended cycling adventure, we invite you to experience the Mandurah Sea Explorer.

Explore Western Australia’s spectacular coastline on this relaxing 26km ride. Taking in Doddis to Falcon Bay, there are plenty of spots to stop including one of Thomas Dambo’s Giants of Mandurah, and just let time pass you by. Make sure you bring your bathers for a dip along the way.

Browse the bike maps available here.  

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Exploring Mandurah on an eBike.

Don’t have a bike? No problem. Hire an electric bike at The Bike Kiosk located just outside the Mandurah Visitor Centre. A one hour hire is only $80 for 2 people. 

As you explore the city, grab a coffee and light snack in town at one of the cafes in Mandurah. 

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Blackstump Gallery by Emma Blyth

You’ve worked hard on your bike trip so you deserve to take it easy. Take a casual stroll through the Mandurah Art Trail, a walk that showcases fantastic and diverse local artists. Stop by the free art galleries in Mandurah and appreciate the wonderful art world hidden in the WA city. 

Idea 2: Journey through the coast

For the couples who love the beach, you’re in for endless surprises in Mandurah.

Begin your day with a delicious light breakfast at Café Coast that comes with captivating views of the Port Bouvard Marina. With a little bit of luck, you may see some dolphins playing in the estuary.

After your bite to eat, head further south to the stunning natural attraction Lake Clifton and visit the 2,000-year old thrombolite reef. Many travel from far and wide to get a photo of these living fossils. Discover what everyone is talking about! 

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2,000 year old Thrombolite Reef, Lake Clifton

On the way back from your Lake Clifton trip, pop by Dawesville for the Channel Walk, which is one of the most popular locations for dolphin spotting. Dolphins tend to travel in groups of 5 – 15, keep your eyes peeled for the happy mammals splashing together. 

Idea 3: Nature and beer lovers

Calling all tree-hugging/beer-drinking couples! We’ve got you covered.

Begin the day by heading to the Creery Wetlands and breathe in the refreshing and peaceful scenery of the morning. Enjoy a walk around the 3km Mariner Cove Trail that will take you right through the Creery Wetlands. 

On your walk, keep an eye out for the many extraordinary bird species that have found home in the wetlands. 

You’ve worked off the calories with your walk, you deserve a good feed. Head to Mandurah’s micro brewery Boundary Island Brewery to enjoy a delicious lunch with stunning views of the estuary. With delicious food, beer on tap and views of Mandurah’s waterways, this is a gorgeous spot for you and your partner to enjoy each other’s company. 

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Boundary Island Brewery, Erskine

With a full belly, enjoy a light stroll at Len Howard Conservation Park for a nice nature walk by the estuary. Crossing the fresh water pools, the park is rich in native plants and insects. 

Now that you’ve enjoyed and relaxed by nature, you will feel rejuvenated to head back home with a great love for Mandurah and your partner.  

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Len Howard Conservation Park | Image: Callum Taylor

Affordable day with your partner

Spoil you and your partner with a special day in Mandurah. 

Organising a day’s activities as a couple doesn’t need to be expensive. Here in Mandurah, you can enjoy a romantic getaway or weekend away without having to stress about money and instead, focus on enjoying the day with your other half. 

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Family Weekend Getaways

Mandurah is one of the most popular year-round destinations for family weekend getaways in WA. Check out some of our favourite things to do.

Family Weekend Getaways

Weekend getaways with the kids in Mandurah

A weekend getaway should be relaxing, right? After the long arduous car ride, bickering in the back seat, restless toddlers and constant squawks of ‘are we there yet’ sometimes it’s anything but.

An easy hour’s drive from Perth changes all that.  Mandurah is one of the most popular year-round destinations for weekend getaways in WA. Whether it’s on land or water, action-packed adventure or peaceful respite, there’s much fun in the sun to be had for everyone. 
We’ve hand picked some of our favourite things to do, to help you plan your next weekender with the fam in our relaxed part of the Peel.

Family-friendly places to stay

Where to set up base for your seaside adventures? Having enough space is always a factor when holidaying as a family, but the good thing is there are many different spacious accommodation options to choose from.

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If you’re after self-contained apartment style rooms, book your stay at Seashells. With its beachfront location, infinity pool, tennis court and free in-house movies, you’ll be perfectly relaxed for the weekend ahead.

Prefer to stay by the canals? Then head to C Mandurah Resort with your choice of 1,2 or 3 bedroom serviced apartments.

The modern family chalets at Marina Chalets are close to everything – just a five minute walk to the foreshore. And your front door is only 50 metres away from a child-friendly beach and playground. 

Love to caravan or camp? Then secure your powered spot at Mandurah Coastal Holiday Park. The park is located right in the city centre and close to Town Beach. Or book into Mandurah Caravan & Tourist Park , a 4 star family tourist park on the outskirts of Mandurah.

Things to do: Day 1

Before you check-in to your accommodation, stretch your legs and refuel at the newest kid on the block, Boundary Island Brewery overlooking – you guessed it – Boundary Island. 

Boundary Island Brewery
Boundary Island Brewery

The beer is brewed right here on the waterfront, so it doesn’t get any more local than this! The kids will love the unique playground featuring Esmeralda – the spirit of Boundary Island. Oh and did we mention the food and service is amazing? 

P.S Dogs are welcome!

If you don’t plan to spend the whole afternoon at the brewery (we wouldn’t hold you back if you did), then it’s time to get adventurous with the kids. Jump aboard the iconic Pirate Ship Mandurah for a unique cruise through Mandurah’s dolphin highway and gorgeous marinas. You never know what underwater creatures you might spot!

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If your sea legs aren’t up for it, grab a map from the Mandurah Visitor Centre and follow the Instagram Trail where you can spot amazing 3D art along the way – definitely worthy of a few selfies and family snaps.

If the kids love to skate head to the newly developed Mandurah Skate Park – designed by skaters for skaters. It includes 3 skate zones for varying skills levels and it’s also great for BMX and scooters. You can find the skate park along the western foreshore.

After all of this fresh air, the kids are sure to build up an appetite. Swing by Mandurah’s Ocean Marina to grab some fish and chips for dinner, then set up a picnic at Town Beach for the best sunset views. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a fun-filled start to the weekend.

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Mandurah Skate Park

Where to eat and explore: Day 2

Start your day off on the right foot with a wholesome breakfast at one of Mandurah’s many delicious cafes along the foreshore or ocean marina. Depending on where you’re staying, our top picks include Café Moka along the marina, The Hummingbird and its sister café, The Hummingbird Plant Based or Wood & Stone Cafe on Mandurah Terrace and The Bay Café by the estuary.

Mandurah is full of natural marvels and the best way to experience it on land is along one of the many family-friendly cycle paths. Choose the coast or the forest and start exploring! No need to tow bikes either, just pop into The Bike Kiosk at the Mandurah Visitor Centre to rent some e-bikes and a kids trailer.

Ebike Ride along the Mandurah Foreshore

If you’re travelling with little people, treat them to a train ride around town on the Tourist Fun Train followed up by a visit to Amaze Miniature Park. Here the kiddies can explore 70 lifelike miniature buildings and interactive model trains, play a round of mini golf, wind their way around the hedge maze and run-a-muck in the playground.

Heading in by 4WD? Then make sure you pack your fishing rods on this trip and sneak in a session at Tims Thicket Beach – the closest 4WD beach south of Perth. With perfect weather year-round there’s no reason not to!

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Golf Weekends

Are you an avid golfer? Then surely you’ve heard of WA’s premier golf coast! If not, it’s time you packed your bags for a golfing weekender in Mandurah.

Golf Weekends

Tee up for a weekend away on Mandurah’s ‘Golf Coast’

Are you an avid golfer? Then surely you’ve heard of WA’s premier golf coast! If not, it’s time you packed your bags for a golf weekend getaway in Mandurah.

Mandurah and the Peel region may be one of the most underrated play and stay golfing destinations, but it’s here where you’ll find a number of cleverly designed and challenging courses set amongst spectacular scenery.

Sure, you should come for the golf, but what makes Mandurah the ultimate golfer’s weekend away is everything else that exudes relaxation.

And you’ll be pleased to hear that two golf courses in this region are featured in Golfing Australia’s Top 100 courses for 2022 (read on to find out which ones they are).

Here’s where to play, stay and dine on your weekend on the golf coast.

The Cut

If you only visit one course during the weekend, make it The Cut, located right on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Just don’t let the stunning ocean views put you off your game! Practice on the driving range, get some tips from a PGA pro then head out for a round of 9 or 18 holes. 

Coming in at #63 of the top 100 golf courses in Australia, it’s not hard to see why. As Ashley Clinch describes, “The Cut weaves its way through some big dunes next to the Indian Ocean. The first four holes on the front nine next to the ocean are good fun and the back nine from start to finish is all fun. I found the course in excellent condition given how much golf is played here.”

For your post round relaxation, the onsite café and bistro will have you replenished and back out for another round in no time! When it’s time to put your feet up, relax at your home base by the beach at Seashells Mandurah

Looking for somewhere to wine and dine? Venture over to Redmanna on the waterfront with even more gorgeous views. If you’re heading down with a group, Flic’s Kitchen has some of the best share plates to devour or for an extra special outing, get stuck into the chef’s choice 5 course degustation, with matching wines or gin optional.

Meadow Springs Golf and Country Club

Meadow Springs Golf and Country Club Mandurah

After a good night’s sleep at The Sebel Mandurah, it’s time to hit the green at Meadow Springs, voted #57 by Golf Australia

It’s golf as nature intended, with a course that’s set by the natural features of the land. The towering 200 year old Tuart trees that line the generous fairways are a sight to behold. Few of the holes run parallel to each other, which only adds to the feeling of having the course all to yourself and being at one with nature. Which is what we’re all about in Mandurah!

The first class facility features a day and night driving range, putting and chipping green and 3 practice bunkers. Just like The Cut, you don’t have to be a member to come play, but dress standards do apply. Golfers must wear a collared shirt, dress pants or shorts, soft spiked golf shoes or approved footwear with socks. Females also have the option of wearing a dress or skort.

When it’s time for a bite and brew, head straight to brewvino on the boardwalk where you can unwind and talk tactics for tomorrow.

Pinjarra Golf Club

Just a stone’s throw from Mandurah is where you’ll find another exciting course to tackle. Pinjarra Golf Club plays host to a number of annual major events including the WA 2 Ball Ambrose Championships and Ladies and Mens Amateur Open competitions. Tournament Director of Golf Australia has even gone as far to say, “the club’s putting greens are “among the best putting surface in Australia”.

You’ll need to be a member to play at Pinjarra Golf Club, but flexi memberships are available for both 9 and 18 holes – perfect for the occasional weekender.

While you’re in Pinjarra, make sure you stop by the award winning Pinjarra Bakery – voted Australia’s best meat pie in the 2021 and 2019 Great Aussie Pie Competition. Something tells us though, you won’t stop at just the meat pie!

For another stay option, rest easy at Dolphin Quay Apartments with all the self-contained essentials to make this place your home away from home. 

Secret Harbour Golf Links

Secret Harbour Golf Links

A great way to round off your weekend of golf is at Secret Harbour Golf Links. The 18-hole golf course designed by golfer Graham March is open to the public – no membership required. You can enjoy the ultimate golfing experience, which includes 18 holes, a motorised cart and brassiere lunch. Book online to take advantage of their special rates. 

Brilliant golf courses, stunning views, top-notch food and accommodation. What more could you ask for in a weekend getaway to Mandurah?

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Romantic 2 Night Getaway Near Perth

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

Romantic 2 Night Getaway Near Perth

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

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

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

Romantic places to stay – just the two of You

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

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

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

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Day 1

Before checking in, drop in for lunch at the 2023 Tripadvisor Traveller’s Choice WinnerCafé Coast in Wannanup – along the Port Bouvard Marina. If you love seafood, you’ll appreciate their extensive menu from the ocean. Book your table ahead or just call in.

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

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How to spend a romantic afternoon

Mandurah’s relaxed by nature and there’s no better way to get amongst it than being on the water. Be your own skipper and hire a boat for the arvo. Cruise along the waterways and soak up the summer sun with your bestie by your side. Best of all, there’s no skippers ticket required.

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

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Cruising through the Venetian Canals

Where to eat and drink for romantic vibes

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

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

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Day 2

Energy boosting breakfast options

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

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

Must try: Green breakfast bowl

Where to enjoy each other’s company

Get back to nature with your plus one with Salt and Bush Eco Tours or Down Under Discoveries. Take a guided kayaking tour through the protected wetlands of the Peel-Harvey estuary, where you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away, not another soul in sight. Or paddle around Mandjar Bay, Mandurah Ocean Marina and the Venetian Canals to explore Mandurah’s vast waterways and meet the inquisitive Indo-Pacific Bottlenose dolphin population.

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

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

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

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

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Girls Weekend? Mandurah is the perfect getaway

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

Girls Weekend? Mandurah is the perfect getaway

Plan your next girls getaway in Mandurah

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

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

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

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

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

Bottomless Brunch at Flics Kitchen


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

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

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Seashells Mandurah Luxury Accommodation

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

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

You can find more about Seashells Mandurah here.

Mandurah Houseboats

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

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

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

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

Check out the fleet at Mandurah Houseboats here.


The Sebel Mandurah

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

Check availability and book here.

Pamper Yourselves


Eco Spa

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

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

See here to browse the spa menu.


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

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

Girls Weekend Near Perth

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


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


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


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, and Wood & Stone Café – 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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