WHEN IT RAINS, MANDURAH STILL SHINES
When the weather takes a turn and the skies open up, many retreat to their homes to escape the rain. However, Mandurah provides many exciting indoor activities that will keep you not only dry but entertained! In this blog, we cover the many activities and attractions that captivate locals and visitors alike during the cooler season. Get your rain jackets ready, we’re heading on an adventure.
When it begins to sprinkle, you don’t have to stay at home, Mandurah offers a great selection of indoor activities. From cosy cafes to inviting art galleries to family-friendly indoor adventures and tranquil escapes, this guide will provide you with a wide selection of activities to make the most of your rainy day in Mandurah. Don’t let the weather dampen your spirits, embrace the opportunity to delve into the city’s attractions and experiences that will beat the weather. It’s time to explore.
Here’s how to embrace the rain in Mandurah
Take a cruise
Rain, hail or shine–a cruise always offers an exciting experience complemented with beautiful views.
Cruise along the tranquil waters, marvelling at the cascade of charming waterfront homes. As you venture further, you’ll reach the Peel Inlet and the estuary, where the landscape transforms into a haven of natural wonders.
The true stars of the show are Mandurah’s very own Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins, which proudly call these waterways home. Mandurah is home to WA’s largest residential population of Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins. Rain is no obstacle for the dolphins, watch them playing, eating, and resting in their natural habitat and discover the beauty of Mandurah’s amazing waterways and wetlands.
Skating in Mandurah
Get your skates on! Mandurah’s Ice Skating Rink is a great winter activity for the indoors from 30th June – 16th July 2023. Whether you are new to skating or a pro, there is something for everyone. And to top it all off, there will even be an ice slide! This magical winter wonderland is a must-visit destination, perfect for the whole family. Find out more here.
Step into a world of mystery, puzzles and teamwork at Mandurah’s themed escape rooms. Themes vary from attempting to escape from detention in a school classroom to nuclear disasters to retrieving a relic for a prince, and many more! Themes rotate, head to their website to see their current adventures
Escape rooms are a great activity for friend groups, the family or as a team building exercise for the workplace. Whilst the rain pitter patters outside, retreat to the Escape Squad where your problem-solving skills will be challenged, your creativity ignited and your imagination stimulated. It’s the perfect way to have fun and stay dry when the rainy weather intensifies.
Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing Centre
No matter your skill level, from novice to seasoned climber, Mandurah’s Indoor Rock Climbing Centre offers a great range of activities suitable for all ages and abilities. There’s bouldering, rock climbing, aerial classes, ninja training, top rope as well as classes for kids and adults. There’s something for everyone to enjoy!
Whilst the rocks outside might be too wet to climb, the indoor centre provides a safe and dry space to climb, explore and have fun. All the necessary equipment, including chalk, shoes, and harnesses, is readily available at the centre, allowing you to focus solely on the experience. Just come dressed in comfortable exercise attire, bring your drink bottle and socks, and prepare for an unforgettable adventure within the welcoming walls of Mandurah’s Indoor Rock Climbing Centre.
When the weather begins to sprinkle and you’re looking to retreat from the rain, head to Mandurah’s indoor trampoline park Flip Out to bounce, soar, and flip through the air with your friends and family
Indoor trampoline parks provide a safe and exhilarating environment for all ages, where you can unleash your inner acrobat and experience the joy of weightlessness. The trampolines offer a soft and springy surface that encourages you to leap higher and perform impressive manoeuvres. From jumping into foam pits to playing trampoline dodgeball or testing your skills on the ninja warrior course, there’s no shortage of excitement.
Join the family on the trampolines or watch from the sidelines as your little ones laugh and play–Flip Out is a fun-filled day out that is the perfect antidote to a gloomy day.
Whilst the weather is rainy and cold, escape to the cosy warmth of Mandurah’s Reading Cinema to eat freshly popped and buttery popcorn as you watch the latest film
Nestled along Mandurah’s iconic boardwalk (7 James Service Place), Reading Cinemas Mandurah stands as a premier destination for movie enthusiasts. Immerse yourself in a captivating cinematic experience in 1 of the 6 state-of-the-art theatres, which boast expansive wall-to-wall screens, immersive digital sound, and cutting-edge Dolby Digital 3D projection. Indulge in the ultimate comfort of stadium seating and luxurious armchairs as you embark on a journey through the latest first-release movies in both 2D and captivating Dolby Digital 3D. For those seeking a touch of nostalgia, enjoy a selection of arcade-style video games before or after your film.
Don’t forget to visit the candy bar before your movie, with enticing and cost-saving deals that offer great value, you’ll be able to spoil the family (and you) with your favourite cinema treats. Did someone say Popcorn and Maltesers?
Black Stump Gallery
Art galleries provide the perfect environment for a rainy day, with Mandurah boasting a great selection of art galleries that showcase the unique talents of Australian artists
Located within the Mandurah Visitor Centre, the Black Stump Gallery curated by local artist Emma Blyth showcases her unique artworks and gifts available for purchase. Emma Blyth’s creations are a true reflection of her deep admiration for the awe-inspiring beauty and vibrant hues found in the Australian outback and remote coastlines. Through her art, she brings the essence of Australia to life, showcasing the bold and vivid landscapes unique to the outback and coastlines.
As the weather begins to sprinkle, find refuge within the mesmerising space of Black Stump Gallery. As you admire each artwork, listen to the soft sounds of rain drops falling. It’s a cosy and intimate atmosphere that’s hard to match
Open 7 days a week from 9am – 4pm.
Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery
Located at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on the backdrop of the picturesque Mandjar Bay, the Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery offers free exhibitions on display throughout the year. The gallery presents around 10 diverse exhibitions each year featuring contemporary, indigenous, historical, traditional, design and sculptural artworks
Additionally, the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre Foyer Galleries serve as a platform for emerging artists, providing an opportunity for them to showcase their talents and gain exposure. A visit to the Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery not only provides respite from the rain but also invites you on an immersive journey that will ignite your creativity and deepen your appreciation for the arts
Open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm. To see their latest exhibitions visit their website here or talk with our team at Visit Mandurah for more information.
Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM)
Following the theme of art exhibitions, the Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM) is another gallery in Mandurah that boasts exciting and unique art pieces. Located within the Mandurah CBD, adjacent to the CASM Workshop Space (63 Ormsby Terrace), CASM supports exhibition development and partnerships with artists, arts organisations and communities by providing low cost rental spaces, a diverse workshop program and information services for artists
CASM provides a platform to assist recent graduates and emerging artists navigate early exhibition experiences. Additionally, the gallery supports established artists presenting a body of work that is new and experimental in relation to their normal practice
CASM’s annual exhibition program features eight diverse art exhibitions and events. Open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm. To see the latest exhibitions visit the CASM website here or talk with our team at Visit Mandurah for more information.
Two Muddy Men
When the weather rains, it’s time to get creative! Challenge yourself by getting your hands stuck in mud with a pottery class at Two Muddy Men. Run by instructor Isaac, you’ll be guided by an experienced potter who creates large water sculptures and sculptural homewares. Although you might not be able to make a large water sculpture on your first visit, the instructor will guide you through the class, teaching you how to make simple to intermediate designs
With group workshops, private classes, venco wheels and 3 – 6 week courses–choose a casual class or commit to the complete 6 week course to keep you busy throughout winter. All skills levels are welcome, with the instructor moulding the class to the students’ abilities.
Book your course online. Early bookings are encouraged as spots tend to fill up quickly.
Edenvale Heritage Precinct
The Edenvale Heritage Precinct (1 George St, Pinjarra) presents a collection of beautifully preserved heritage buildings that now serve as a space for Museums, Art Galleries, Tea Rooms and Retail shops. Visiting Edenvale alone offers a whole day of activities. Plus, with different events depending on the season, be sure to check the Murray River website to see what’s on
As the rain sprinkles, take in the beautiful ambiance of the gorgeous buildings complemented by the moody skies and romantic rain. Remember to take your umbrella as you stroll from one site to the next, retreating to the warm interiors
Ensure to book your spot at the Edenvale Heritage Tea Rooms to enjoy premium Devonshire tea (open 7 days a week from 10am to 3pm), the perfect beverage for when the weather is cooler.
Kaleidoscope Tours – Winery Tour
There’s just something about a sip of red wine on a wet and wintery day that feels cosy and relaxing. Kaleidoscope Tours has captured this sensory delight by offering one of Mandurah’s most popular wine tours during the cooler months.
Guests can choose a half or full day winery tour. On the full day tour, guests will visit three wineries with tastings and an included lunch provided by Jarrahdale Tavern, Redcliffe. On the half day tour, guests will visit a few wineries with no lunch included. Regardless of the tour you include, you’re guaranteed an impressive tour as you travel along the scenic route, admiring the beauty of the surrounding vineyards
Book your tour via their website. Please note: tours must have a minimum of 4 people to go ahead.
Craft Beer & Wine Tour
Craft beer and bespoke wine is immense in Mandurah. With WA’s ideal growing conditions, there are plenty of craft beers to try and wineries to visit in the Peel region
The Mandurah Visitor Centre staff would be happy to provide you with a copy of the Craft Beer & Wine Trail map and guide, allowing you to create an adventure that works for you. Take a short drive to taste some of the Peel region’s impressive handmade craft beers, award winning wines and delicious local produce
For more details please refer to our page on the craft beer and wine trail in Mandurah.
There’s no better excuse than rainy weather to visit Mandurah Forum for a dose of retail therapy
Mandurah Forum is a single level, major regional shopping centre. The Forum is a premium fashion mall including more than 155 specialty stores as well as Australian favourites; David Jones, Big W, Kmart, Target, Coles and Woolworths. Whether you’re looking for clothes, toys, electronics or gifts–there’s plenty of shops to browse
When you’ve worked up your appetite walking from shop to shop, stop by one of the many food stalls to enjoy a bite to eat. There’s the fresh food hall, a large indoor/outdoor food court and a casual alfresco dining precinct. Discuss your purchases over a cuppa as you hide from the rain outside.
Open 8am-6pm on Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat. Open 8am-9pm on Thu & 8am-5pm on Sundays.
Dolphin Quay Markets
Where delicious food, great service, unique gifts and live music come together to provide a fun holiday atmosphere along the waterways of the stunning and picturesque marina
Whether the day is bright and sunny or grey and rainy–Dolphin Quay is a beautiful location to spend the day out with the family. Walk from shop to shop admiring the rain fall over the water as you explore the offerings from the great selection of retailers
When lunch time rolls around, take your pick from the delicious dining options. From tapas and wine to coffee and cake to satisfying meals, there’s plenty to choose from for filling and tasty bites to eat
Open 9am – 5pm, Monday – Sunday.
Whizz Pop Candy Shop
If the wet weather has got you down, a visit to Whizz Pop Candy Shop is guaranteed to cure those rainy day blues. Featuring a wide range of quality sweets from the UK, the US as well as iconic treats home to WA, there’s something to satisfy every sweet tooth
Products vary from not only chocolates and lollies but also ice cream, crisps, hot sauces and drinks. Daim bars, Cadbury chocolates, boiled sweets, fudge, honeycomb and more! There’s many delicious surprises waiting for you at Mandurah’s beloved candy shop.
Beauty and Wellness
Escape from the wet weather by treating yourself to a wellness experience in Mandurah. From getting your nails painted, indulging in a massage, relaxing with a facial or taking a yoga class–there’s plenty of activities to choose from that will leave you feeling appreciative and happy in the gloomy weather
To explore the wide range of beauty and wellness businesses in Mandurah, visit our blog here, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
Bringing joy to gloomy weather in Mandurah
No matter the weather, Mandurah is abundant with fun activities for the whole family. With the city’s array of exciting indoor activities, such as visiting art galleries, enjoying cinematic experiences, or exploring vibrant shopping districts, Mandurah offers a respite from the rain and transforms grey skies into opportunities for adventure and excitement. The next time it begins to sprinkle, keep these activities in mind, and you’ll be happy it rained!