What’s on at Mandurah Arts Festival

Local arts and culture collide in Mandurah over two massive weekends, celebrating all that is unique about the people and places that make up this vibrant city.

Local arts and culture collide in Mandurah over two massive weekends, celebrating all that is unique about the people and places that make up this vibrant city.

The Mandurah Arts Festival kicks off on Friday, 29 October and runs throughout the weekend and the following weekend from 5-7 November.

Immerse yourself in the city’s ever-expanding arts and culture scene, featuring an exciting mix of ticketed and free events, including music, theatre and dance performances, multicultural celebrations, art workshops and phenomenal visual art exhibitions showcasing Mandurah’s amazingly creative homegrown talent.

If you’re already in town, make sure you don’t miss out on all the action. If you’re not, we think these events are well worth travelling for! And what better way to start things off than on the water with a live orchestral performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Australian Baroque on the Western Foreshore.

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Australian Baroque will perform at the opening night of the Mandurah Art Festival.

For the best vantage point, we recommend hiring out a boat to relax, unwind, take in the magnificent sounds accompanied by live poetry reading and make the most of the balmy nights.

Opening night will also mark the launch of a new public artwork piece, Meeting Place. Hear from the creative team behind the art as they share their inspiration and process in creating this masterpiece.

Wearable Arts Showcase

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A fusion of fashion and art will take centre stage from 6-7 November as the Wearable Art Mandurah Showcase presents revolutionary works of body art created by local, interstate and international designers.

See these garments come alive up close on a theatrical catwalk-inspired performance and in a captivating film. This year’s showcase features a record number of 86 entries from emerging and professional designers, which have been narrowed down to 52 finalists.

Choose from the following ticketed events taking place at David Grays Arena (Peel Thunder Stadium):

Awards Night – Saturday 6 November, 7:30pm

Experience the showcase come to life featuring all the finalists and announcement of the competition winners.

Relaxed Performance – Sunday 7 November, 1:30pm

Bring the family to this adapted, family-friendly performance. This more relaxed vibe allows your little people will be able to move freely around the space during the performance and technical elements will be softened.

Closing Performance – Sunday 7 November, 7:30 pm

The Mandurah Arts Festival will culminate in style with the closing showcase performance.

Intercultural Lullabies celebration – Sunday 7 November

Intercultural Lullabies brings together family members from different cultural backgrounds within Mandurah, to celebrate diversity through language and song.

On Sunday 7th November at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre you can take part in a variety of free, family-friendly multicultural workshops and activities from 2 pm. Then, from 3.30 pm, grab a songbook and watch as the lullaby performances begin. Sing-along with the choir, as they perform lullabies in multiple languages including Noongar, Tagalog, Igbo, Esan, South Sudanese Arabic and Indonesian.

These community groups have come together over the course of three months to learn Noongar lullabies and translate them into a variety of languages that reflect Mandurah’s unique cultures.

See it all from October 29-31 and November 5-7 as we celebrate people, places and stories at the Mandurah Arts Festival.

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Come on an unforgettable journey exploring Aboriginal culture with Goolamwiin. Go hunting for bush tucker, medicine plants and freshwater, before setting up camp for the night. Participate in Aboriginal dance and experience a cultural healing ceremony. Enjoy an authentic campfire dinner and learn more about the Noongar people listening to Dreamtime stories under the stars.

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Wandjoo Wandjoo Bindjareb Nyungar Boodja – Welcome to Bindjareb Noongar Country!

Mandjoogoordap, meaning ‘meeting place of the heart’ the original name of Mandurah given by traditional owners and custodians of the land – the Bindjareb Noongar people, have looked after the Djilba (estuary) for over 50,000 years.

Bindjareb Noongar Country – How Mandurah’s waters came to be (and how you can explore them)

Mandjoogoordap, meaning ‘meeting place of the heart’ the original name of Mandurah given by traditional owners and custodians of the land – the Bindjareb Noongar people, have looked after the Djilba (estuary) for over 50,000 years.

How Mandurah’s waters came to be is a fascinating First Nation creation story. As depicted in Bindjareb Noongar Elder and highly respected artist Gloria Keating’s painting, it begins with a terrible drought.

The Aboriginal people of Mandurah found there were no waterways, so they went to the beach where they danced and sung for the great Waugal (snake) to come out of the sea. She came and began to create the Peel inlet and estuary.

She found she was carrying eggs and rested in between the estuary until her eggs hatched. Too tired, she instructed her babies to do the rest of the work. She sent one to create the Serpentine River, one to produce the Murray River and one to make the Harvey River, which formed the unique shape of Mandurah today.

How you can experience the world’s oldest living culture

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There are many tours that explore the unique cultural heritage of Mandurah. Whether it’s a walking tour, overnight camping trip or a visit to Bindjareb Park in Pinjarra, you’ll learn about the Bindjareb Noongar people and the places significant to them.

Include one or more of these tours on your next visit to Mandurah and the Peel region:

Thrombolites (Woggaal’s Noorook) tour

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Take a trip with Mandjoogoordap Dreaming, where you’ll go on an exciting walking tour around the Lake Clifton Thrombolites – the world’s oldest bacterial life form. This rare and endangered natural feature is also significant in local Aboriginal culture, represented in the Dreaming story of the Woggaal’s (Waugal’s) eggs. Tours to this remarkable site depart by bus from Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

Goolamwiin overnight camping tour

Come on an unforgettable journey exploring Aboriginal culture with Goolamwiin. Go hunting for bush tucker, medicine plants and freshwater, before setting up camp for the night. Participate in Aboriginal dance and experience a cultural healing ceremony. Enjoy an authentic campfire dinner and learn more about the Noongar people listening to Dreamtime stories under the stars.

Extending a Welcome to Country through art

As part of the renovations taking place at the Mandurah Visitor Centre, we were excited to invite Bindjareb Boodja artists to submit artwork that reflects Bindjareb Boodja, its waterways, coastal location, local flora and fauna or cultural stories connected to the area. The winning entry will be announced later this month. The winning artwork will feature as part of the decorative Welcome to Country’ design on the main wall of the refurbished Mandurah Visitor Centre reception area.

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The ultimate foodies guide to Mandurah

While it’s easy to fall into the trap of hitting up the same place you went to last time or the first stop you see, there are many incredible food havens to feast your eyes on, that we bet you haven’t even heard of.

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While it’s easy to fall into the trap of hitting up the same place you went to last time or the first stop you see, there are many incredible food havens to feast your eyes on, that we bet you haven’t even heard of.

To avoid roaming around until you’re ravenous and weak at the knees hungry, we’ve hunted down the legendary foodie stops, popular eats and yummy experiences that you might otherwise only know about if you were a local.

The best coffee stops in Mandurah

The coffee roasters at Frothin Coffee like to do things old school, and by that we mean they roast their beans using a 100-year-old wood-fired method. Did you know, the very first commercial coffee roasters were wood fired? Owner and coffee roaster, Purri Gould is sticking with this tradition, using his authentically handmade wood-fired roasting machine made in Italy by Trabattoni, a 100+-year-old traditional coffee roasting family, to produce some pretty special blends.

These guys are pretty good at knowing what you want – even when you don’t! So, where can you find them? Head to Groundswell Drivethru – 99 Pinjarra Road, or lookout for the bright orange kombi van around town. 

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Step inside those iconic pink doors and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed. It’s always warm and toasty at Mataya, and why wouldn’t it be with speciality coffees and wholesome goodness galore. But it’s not always about the coffee, these guys do a mean caffeine-free chia latte. With a dash of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon, it’s sings heaven to your tastebuds.

Come for a quick daytime meal, linger in the courtyard area, or stop by when you need food on the run. Our top picks are the acai bowls, warm bagels, toasties and you can’t go past their almond croissants. Mataya is situated on Sholl St just a short stroll from the Mandurah foreshore. 

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It’s impossible not to smile here! After you’ve perused all the gorgeous homewares, interiors, apparel and gifts at the Frisky Deer shop, make sure you order a fresh Margaret River Roasting Co coffee from the friendly baristas. Their lovingly baked homemade sweet treats and organic raw slices are also hard to pass up. The rest of the neighbourhood knows it too, so make sure you get in early before the cabinet runs out!

The best brekky breaks in Mandurah

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No place does brunch quite like Café Moka. No matter what time of the day you wake up, Moka serves up their delicious brunch menu from 7 am to 3 pm. And it’s a nice stroll down to the waterfront along Mandurah’s Dolphin Quay Marina.

Before you hit up their selection of freshly made cakes that are baked in-house daily, you may want to check out the chef’s daily specials. Some past favourites include Cajun fried chicken on waffles, homemade potato and leek rosti, or a Spanish flair chorizo, slow roasted sofrito. The kids will also love love love the pancakes.

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Does the average meat pie ever leave you wanting more? That’ll never be the case when you try one of the award-winning and unique pie flavours at Miami Bakehouse. All of their pies (and there are many to choose from) are made from scratch using the best local, WA ingredients.

But this bakehouse isn’t just about the pies. If you get in early enough, grab a loaf of their organic flour sourdough bread, and with a cabinet full of doughnuts, custard tarts, slices, chocolate eclairs, cheesecakes, lamingtons and more treats than we can mention, there’s something to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.

As if they haven’t won enough awards already, Miami Bakehouse also recently won the Most Successful Pastry Exhibitor and Champion Pastry Exhibit at the Perth Royal Food Awards 2021. Stopping by their Myalup store? Make sure to check out the fun KangaART installation for some Insta snaps.

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Take a walk on the boardwalk along Mandurah Terrace, and you’ll stumble upon a local favourite where it’s all about great coffees, authentic food and friendly service. Mandurah is innately relaxed by nature, and Tods effortlessly offers up the leisurely quality that comes with dining outdoors. Slow down for a moment, embrace the morning sun, and let your mind wander as you people watch and tuck into Tods belly-aching brekky menu.

The best bites for lunch in Mandurah

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There’s a lot of flavours that can be packed in between two buns, and Wood and Stone’s gourmet burgers are exactly what you’ll crave after a morning spent hitting the walking trails, birdwatching or exploring the natural wonders and wetlands. This homey café is the perfect place to put your feet up and recharge. And they’ve just launched their spring menu, which features their famous mouth-watering pulled pork burger, buttermilk fried chicken burger and southern fried cauliflower burger.

Two words: Seafood frenzy. Mandurah and the Peel region is renowned for it and there’s no better place to enjoy freshly caught fare than at this casual waterside restaurant at Port Bouvard Marina. Don’t just take out word for it, Restaurant Café Coast was named winner of the 2021 Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Award. Book a table or just call in!

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Sometimes all you’re craving is good old-fashioned fish and chips, right? Whether your preference is grilled or battered, the guys at Sharky’s know their fish, and you can be sure it’s always fresh and locally sourced. Dine alfresco by the beautiful surrounds of Dolphin Quay or grab some takeaway for a picnic in the fresh open air. If you prefer to stay indoors, the new indoor kids play area will keep the young ones occupied while you enjoy a peaceful moment to eat.

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Silk Thai is a local institution for authentic Thai cuisine. If you’re after a quick bite, their delicious lunch menu features flavoursome and aromatic curries and stir-fry dishes that really packs a punch. Silk Thai have honed their flavour profiles over many years, using fresh local ingredients without compromising the fragrant flavours that is Thai cuisine. 

Not a fan of the hot and spicy? You don’t have to be. Only half the dishes on their menu contain any chilli at all, and most can be adjusted to suit your taste. If you’re passing through, their new drive-thru service will have you in and out in a flash.

The Hummingbird Plant Based

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Mandurah’s first exclusive plant-based café is conveniently located next door to its sister café, The Hummingbird Waterside Café. Their all-day vegan and the gluten-free menu includes a ‘smoked salmon’ on rosti, chai panna cotta granola and Buffalo ‘chicken’ tacos.

Owner and chef Carly has also recently introduced flexible dining between their 2 venues. Vegans can enjoy a meal with friends and family without being frustrated there’s nothing on the menu for them. Order a meal off the plant based menu and they’ll bring it over to you at The Hummingbird. 

The best places to wine and dine for dinner in Mandurah

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Not afraid to push the boundaries of Mandurah’s foodie scene, owner and head chef of Flics Kitchen, Felicity Evans continues to create culinary creativity with her forever changing menu at this casual dining establishment. And the flavour combos are out of this world, with ingredients too hard to pronounce. Think Exmouth Gold Band snapper with fennel a la greque, yuzu and truffle beurre. And handmade rabbit ravioli with Jerusalem artichoke, oyster mushroom, salted ricotta and sage brown butter. It’s not hard to see why they were voted winners of the 2021 AGFG Readers’ Choice Award for best Regional Café!

Flics also put on some epic dinner events. Coming up is a 5 course plant based dinner on Thursday 9 September.

Okay yes, this is technically a bar, but Brewvino is also a kitchen that serves an assortment of rustic and quirky dishes to share so that instantly elevates it to legend status. Brewvino’s motto is ‘good food is best shared with friends, so we recommend going with a few peeps and ordering the Abrolhos Islands half shell scallop with XO butter, pan-fried gnocchi, Backwood Valley beef rib eye, and throw in a pizza or two to really satisfy everyone’s appetite.

This venue’s stylish and relaxed vibe is what Mandurah is all about. It’s also one of the best spots to enjoy uninterrupted views of the waterways.

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If you’re in the mood for tapas and cocktails, then Catch 22 has got you covered. Take your pick from a wide selection of tapas plates all under $20, and if you’re looking for an even more affordable night out, head in for their $39 all can eat tapas on Wednesday or Thursday nights.

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Meaning ‘the ocean’ in Indonesian, Samudera brings the holiday vibes every day with its perfect waterfront location. The team here are very passionate about local WA seafood and collab with a 5th generation Mandurah fishing family, and a local WA fisherman in the Abrolhos Islands, to bring locally caught fresh seafood to their menu. They also bake handmade traditional artisan bread using their own live cultures, which pays homage to the historic building on which Samudera stands – the very first bakery in Mandurah dating back to the early 1900s.

Must try: Mandurah crab spaghetti

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Get yourself to Redmanna where legit, everything oozes pure class. Sourcing only the highest quality and best Australian ingredients, Redmanna recently introduced a new menu and we recommend trying their duck breast with beetroot, caramelised red cabbage and blueberry jus. Following the success of their recent truffle degustation dinner, they’re also serving their truffle menu Wednesdays to Sundays, but it’s only for a limited time.

The best drinking holes in Mandurah

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Welcome to the place you wish was your local. Bar Therapy is somewhere you can relax and enjoy good times with family and friends – the best kind of therapy! Aside from their killer cocktail list (there are too many delectable concoctions to mention), the kitchen dishes up a load of tasty morsels and burgers. We highly recommend going for their famous chilli salt squid and naan sliders.

You can find Bar Therapy at the historical Tuckey House landmark on Mandurah’s Waterfront.

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If wines are more your palate, then a day drip to Peel Estate is a day well spent. Open daily, you can sample their quality wines and hang out for hours in their beautiful picnic surrounds and BBQ areas. BYO food and drinks (non-alcoholic) is encouraged.

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Love kicking back with a drink in the sun? Then head to The Pen, featuring the biggest beer garden in town that offers both serenity and sunshine on the water’s edge. With 48 beers on tap, an extensive wine list and arguably some of the best cocktails in Mandurah, there’s no better way to relax and chill. 

Feeling peckish while you’re there? You can have your share of the bar menu with vegan options aplenty, or pull up a table at the restaurant.  

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At The Bridge, it’s all about good food, good wine and good times. Bring on the weekend with TGIF drinks, lazy Sunday afternoons in the sunny garden bar, sip cocktails in the comfort of their cocktail bar and enjoy live acoustic sessions on Friday and Saturday nights. What more could you want?

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This neighbourhood spot in Greenfields doesn’t look like much, but when the weekend rolls around, this family-run microbrewery is the place to be. The taproom offers amazing craft beer and live music in a family-friendly atmosphere. Most weekends you’ll find food trucks or freshly baked pies and sausage rolls, but this place is so chilled they don’t mind if you BYO snacks.

Who doesn’t love a bar that serves up oysters? Perfect for a quick catch up with friends or an evening out, Mandurah’s only waterfront wine bar is all the talk here. Whether you like your oysters chilled or grilled, baked or steamed, the Oyster Bar do it all. Team it up with their impeccable grazing plates and a wine list hand-picked from some of the best cellar doors in WA – and you have everything you need for a relaxing session.

Now the only question is where to go first? Bookmark this foodie list for your next visit to Mandurah. See you soon!

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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.

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

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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.

Check into your accommodation

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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.

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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

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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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Mandurah is the place to Savour freshly-caught seafood

What started as a humble fishing town over 100 years ago, the thriving city of Mandurah is now well-renowned for its superb seafood.

Savour freshly-caught seafood in Mandurah by Emily Graham from Scoop

What started as a humble fishing town over 100 years ago, the thriving city of Mandurah is now well-renowned for its superb seafood.

With an estuary expanding over twice the space of Sydney Harbour, the area is teeming with marine life like crayfish, mullet, salmon and blue manna crab.

With such an abundance of fresh produce on their doorstep, here is the inside scoop on where to sample the best of Mandurah’s fresh, delicious seafood.

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Redmanna Waterfront Restaurant

Overlooking the pristine canals and waterways of Mandurah, Redmanna Waterfront Restaurant sits along the Eastern Foreshore and is famous for its show-stopping seafood towers. Indulge in three-tiers of delights from the deep, including a whole crayfish and blue manna crab (caught in Mandurah), oysters and mussels, a variety of fish, octopus and prawns.

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Redmanna Waterfront Restaurant source as much produce as they can locally to ensure diners get the freshest seafood experience possible. Their wine list features a selection from across WA, Australia and New Zealand and the friendly staff can readily provide pairing recommendations. Catering to all tastes, Redmanna Waterfront Restaurant offers a variety of dishes that cater to vegetarian and gluten-free diets as well

Mandurah Cruises Wild Seafood Experience (On Request)

Embrace WA’s seafood capital by taking to the water and catching your own meal like a local. Embark on a voyage around the estuary with Mandurah Cruises’ Wild Seafood Experience. Tour aboard a specialised, 2-level fishing charter boat with comfortable, heated interiors. All the equipment you need for your expedition is provided onboard, including tackle, bait, rods, nets and traps. With help of experienced guides who know the best fishing spots around, cast out your fishing lines for local delicacies like dhufish, snapper or baldchin groper, catch your own blue manna crab or pull in some fresh crayfish.

Once you have reeled in your tasty lunch, hand over your haul to experienced Chef Daphne or Chef Maxine, who will expertly cook your catch. Enhance your seafood experience with beautiful fresh flavours and accompanying dishes, and savour your freshly-caught lunch as you watch wild dolphins play in the waters around you.

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Sharky’s Restaurant, Bar and Cafe

Head to local haunt, Sharky’s, for a family-friendly atmosphere and a classic fish and chips meal. Start your meal with prawn and crab arancini, or try out their locally caught snapper (battered or grilled for a healthier option), or sample from their premium fish menu, including dhufish and barramundi.

Sharing your meal? Grab the shared seafood platter, with seafood delights like chilli and lime prawn skewers, lemon pepper calamari and battered fish goujons just to name a few! Warm-up your winter with their seafood chowder or marinara pastas. Located on the boardwalk at Dolphin Quay, you can watch the sunset over the Bay or watch dolphins play as you enjoy your meal.

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Catch your own dinner

Get back to the roots of the town by catching your own seafood dinner from the estuary. With some of the healthiest marine life and waterways in Australia, produce out of Mandurah is unbeatably fresh and full of flavour. Head down to the local hotspot at Mandurah Estuary Bridge Fishing Jetty for top-notch fishing, or throw your traps out in Mandjar Bay between December and August to collect some tasty blue manna crabs and crayfish.

For more information about Mandurah’s fishing rules, see here.

Originally published as Savour freshly-caught seafood in Mandurah by Scoop.

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Mandurah Is A Winter Wonderland and here are 6 Reason Why

We have a habit out here on the west coast when the sun isn’t shining with sizzling temperatures to match; we resort to full hibernation mode. But winter can be just as exciting with things to see and do, and Mandurah is a divine example of that.

Mandurah Is A Winter Wonderland by Julia D’Orazio

We have a habit out here on the west coast when the sun isn’t shining with sizzling temperatures to match; we resort to full hibernation mode. But winter can be just as exciting with things to see and do, and Mandurah is a divine example of that.

Top things to do in Mandurah this winter.

Yes, folks, the bottom end of Perth is a winter wonderland when it comes to activities and events to warm the soul. Whether that be embarking on a hike in untapped lands, cycling around its blissfully calm waterways, visiting nearby wineries, hitting the outdoor ice-skating rink, or hiring a cosy houseboat complete with a spa, Mandurah has no shortage of options.

The city will also play host to Winter Cruise & Crawl, and Secret Sounds music events.

To make sure you fill up your social calendar, we share our top things to do in Mandurah to encourage you to soak up the winter sun.

Have a houseboat holiday 

Houseboat

Want a holiday that is a bit off-kilter? Think of Mandurah as WA’s answer to Amsterdam, with canals aplenty and houseboat living a thing.

Locally owned Mandurah Houseboats have fully-equipped houseboats available to hire from Mandurah Ocean Marina and from Ravenswood along the picturesque Murray River. There are different sizes to choose from, from four to ten berth, perfect to call on your mates or a winter family adventure on the river.

Just imagine waking up to the sight of smiling dolphins, wayfaring waterbirds with Mandurah’s gorgeous waterways, historical sites and seaside venues literally on your floating doorstep.

You can get your hands dirty by casting a net to catch a very Mandurah breakky – blue manna crabs – served omelette style onboard your sailing abode. And when it’s time to move postcode, simply pull up the anchor and sail on.

Visit: Mandurah Houseboats

Get your ice skates on

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It’s bacccccccck! Have your own Frozen moment with skating on ice at Mandurah’s pop up ice-skating rink along the Eastern Foreshore. This winter playground caters to all with a large ice-skating rink and 30m high ice toboggan slide to channel the iconic flick Cool Runnings.

There will also be lots of rides, entertainment, food and beverages options on offer to make sure you make a day of it and let it go.

Skating in Mandurah opens from June 26 to July 18.

Visit: Skating in Mandurah

Skate your way to world-class views

Get your skate on and flip a board at Mandurah’s premier skating playground. Opening in December 2020, Mandurah Skate Park is a world-class skatepark located on the waterfront of Mandurah’s Western Foreshore at Hall Park.

Skaters can feel the fresh breeze while riding the air and getting their bearings with 360-degree views of Mandurah’s natural assets.

The park has three skate zones to suit skill sets, including a bowl area for skaters, BMX, and scooter riders.

Visit: Mandurah Skate Park

Feast down the Murray River

Let’s combine two of life’s greatest pleasures: eating and cruising. Mandurah Cruises hosts affordable half-day tours to do just that, so kick back, relax and tucker in.

While you feast, you can bask in Mandurah’s contrasting sceneries, travelling from the city centre through wetlands to see birdlife on the Murray River. Be aware; your lunching session may have cute gatecrashers with Mandurah’s friendly dolphins creating a scene with their playful antics.

Visit: Mandurah Cruises

Follow Peel Region Craft Beer & Wine Trail

White Lakes Brewing

Thirsty visitors can discover what’s pouring in Mandurah by following the Peel Region Craft Beer & Wine Trail. The trail includes seven stops to the region’s highly regarded beer and wine offerings.

For craft beer fans, visit urban brewery Three Rivers Brewing Company – a hidden powerhouse that allows you to BYO snacks or enjoy a brew with a view of White Lakes Brewing overlooking the stunning Lake Walyungup.

Head to King Road Brewing Co home to perhaps the biggest brewery venue in Perth. Kick back with brews and bistro eats while the kids run riot on their massive and impressive playground. Be sure to try their award-winning pale ale.

Millbrook WInery

Wine connoisseurs can fill up their glass at Peel Estate Wines, the oldest winery in the region and beautifully sandwiched between tuart forest and protected wetlands.

Both Millbrook Winery and Drakesbrook Fine Wines are picnic-perfect settings. Get to know the maker behind the drop with boutique winery Skipworth Wine Company offering intimate tastings with winemaker/owner Kim Skipworth.

If you prefer to be chauffeured around by those in the know, join in a winery or brewery tour with Kaleidoscope Tours.

Visit: Peel Region Craft Beer & Wine Trail

Get active seeing Mandurah’s natural assets

Kayaks

One of the best things about Mandurah is the sheer amount of natural beauty the city has – postcard-perfect, we think – and there are countless ways to be relaxed by nature while being active.

See Mandurah’s natural wonders with a visit to the 2,000-year-old thrombolite reef – the world’s oldest living organisms – at Lake Clifton. Put on the hiking boots to explore Yalgorup National Park to have a canopy of tuart and peppermint woodlands over your head.

For a hands-on approach, hop on a SUP for a peaceful paddle along Mandurah’s waterways. Head to WhatSUP Paddleboard HireKayaks 4 U or Mandurah Boat and Bike Hire to rent one out.

Get wild by joining a foot-pedalling kayak tour with Salt and Bush Tours. The eco-tour takes you through the hard to reach parts of the Peel-Harvey Estuary to spot bountiful birdlife and feel a world away from it all.

There are, of course, many more ways to enjoy Mandurah’s great outdoors and you can find out more here.

Originally published as ‘6 Reasons Why Mandurah Is A Winter Wonderland’ by So Perth.

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Embark on Mandurah’s amazing art walking trail

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

Embark on a walking trail of Mandurah’s amazing street art by Emily Graham from Scoop

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

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

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Trail 1: Murals and Stained Glass Marvels

1. Stained Glass Window

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

2. 3D Illusion Painting

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

3. Leviathan

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

4. 3D Blue Swimmer Crab

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

5.  War Memorial

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

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6. Spring Swing 

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

7. The Heart

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

Trail 2: Sculptures and the Sea

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1. Yaburgurt Memorial 

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

2. The Gull

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

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3. 3D Pelican

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

4. Adrift I, Adrift II and James Service Wreck

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

5. Arts Centre Rainbow Serpent

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

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

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

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