Escape to nature this 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. And what better way to unplug and get away from the stresses of everyday, than a zippy road trip to Mandurah, less than an hour from Perth.
Whether it’s unwinding in the company of nature or revving up for an outdoor adventure, taking timeout with the kids or a romantic couples retreat, or a cruisy getaway with mates, be inspired by our top picks of what to do in Mandurah this Easter long weekend.
For the Water Lovers
With an estuary twice the size of Sydney Harbour, winding rivers, pretty lakes and long stretches of coastline, spending time on the waterways is the most popular pastime in Mandurah.
You can learn the intricacies of the marine environment as you tour the canals, estuary and wetlands by boat. Jump on a charter or boat cruise, hire your own boat or explore on a kayak, canoe or paddleboard.
Mandurah Cruises offer plenty of options to suit your liking, you just need to choose your favourite between dolphin cruises, foodie cruises, seafood experiences and spectacular Christmas lights cruises.
Or join ‘Pete Blackbeard’ and his buckos at Pirate Ship Mandurah for a fun day out on the water. Kids can dress as pirates, steer the wheel, ring the bell and look through telescopes onboard this open-air vessel.
If you want to explore the waterways at your own pace, hire dinghy or pontoon boats up to 12 people from Mandurah Boat Hire. A skipper’s ticket is not required.
Another leisurely way to explore is on a self-drive, circular boat from Eco BBQ Boats, where you can cook a barbecue or enjoy a picnic with friends on board as you float around the marina and canals.
Or explore the estuary by canoe, paddle or kayak and discover one of many paddle trails created purely to showcase the best by water.
Salt & Bush Eco Tours can take you a little further inland on a guided kayak tour with easy foot peddled kayak. You can even try your hand at a sailing kayak, experiencing the wind blowing through your hair as you glide silently along the water with not a care in the world.
To experience waterways for days, a fully equipped houseboat from Mandurah Houseboats is your way to go.
It’s time for the kiddies to get creative with our Easter colour-in competition! Pick up your sheet from Mandurah Visitor Centre during our opening hours and hand in the finished picture by April 20th. The lucky winner will receive our fun filled Visitor Centre kid’s gift pack (valued at $60). Ready… set… go!
What are you waiting for? Grab the kiddly winks’ coloured pencils, some chocolate Easter eggs to snack on and enjoy some relaxation as the children occupy themselves!
Think: an impressive sunset, picnic food and drinks and family-fun entertainment. Music On The Bay is putting on a show with live music performances by acoustic artists and children’s shows. Plus, there’s a cheeky playground nearby that the kids can enjoy! Hosted on the Mandurah Eastern Foreshore, it’s a blissful spot to relax and enjoy the serenity.
Spend the day laughing as you get lost in the gigantic Easter maze on the Eastern foreshore. A fantastic way to ignite your creativity and have some fun as a group. Spot clues, complete the activities along the way and win prizes! Organised by Creative Mazes along the waterfront, bring down the family and embark on this mini adventure.
New in Town
The city has been significantly transformed including the brand-new estuary pool. Named Kwillena (dolphin) Gabi (waters) by the traditional owners of Bindjareb Boodja, this natural waterway shares its habitat with local marine life.
Hire a waterbike for 30 or 60 minutes and cycle alongside the resident dolphins.
Or try yoga on the water. It’s super relaxing and so peaceful! Be Yoga takes you on a journey of the mind and across the water on their SUP Yoga experience.
If you prefer to keep your feet dry, discover Mandurah on the Visitor Centre’s 1.5 hour free guided walking tour around Mandjar Bay and the Eastern Foreshore. Make sure you pop on by the Mandjar Markets, which run every Sunday as well as the Peel Produce Markets hosted every Saturday to enjoy the glorious local produce from the area.
Or hire an e-bike or e-scooter from The Bike Kiosk to explore Mandurah’s beautiful coastal cycle paths.
When you get thirsty, stop by Boundary Island Brewery, Mandurah’s very own microbrewery, located right on the water’s edge in Erskine. Take in incredible views of the Peel-Harvey Estuary while enjoying your beer that has been brewed on site.
Another great way to get around Mandurah is the Tourist Fun Train. Get on the hop on/hop off tour with the Big Tout suitable for all ages or meet Mini Toot, the friendly miniature train, ideal for smaller kids.
Appeasing the imaginations of those big and small, there are 70 adorable miniature buildings and model trains at Amaze Miniature Park which makes for a great day out.
Let Nature Find You
As soon as you arrive in Mandurah, you feel relaxed and get this instant holiday feeling. Why? Because in Mandurah, we’re relaxed by nature.
Mandurah is like an outdoor classroom where you can learn about the incredible, internationally significant Peel Yalgorup Wetlands System on guided nature walks with Salt & Bush Eco Tours and Ways to Nature.
Visit the 2,000 year old Lake Clifton thrombolite reef at Yalgorup National Park which can only be found in a few places in the world!
Mandurah has many bird visitors too as it is considered one of the few locations in Australia chosen as a rest stop for migratory birds.
Immerse in Culture
You can visit significant sites of the Bindjareb People on the Bilya Country Story Trail. Goolamwiin and Mandjoogoordap Dreaming, Aboriginal-owned and operated tour companies, will take you on a journey to hear yarns from Nyungar people, their experiences and dreamtime stories.
The visitor centre features an amazing mural that tells the Aboriginal story of Mandjoogoordap (Mandurah) – ‘meeting place of the heart’.
Mandurah is dotted with quirky artworks including 3D art paintings. Follow the Mandurah Instagram Trail and set off on your insta-worthy pic quest.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend away, a memorable family holiday or a golf weekend with your mates, we have you covered in Mandurah. Explore and be inspired for your Easter long weekend, only an hour south of Perth.
Header image: Courtesy of Joel Martin | @aquaflyte