Beat the Winter Blues in Mandurah
Whether it’s outside or inside, you’ll discover there are plenty of things for everyone to enjoy during winter in Mandurah and surrounds. Here are our top things to do in Mandurah this winter.
Just because Winter has arrived doesn’t mean you have to hibernate at home waiting for the warmer weather to come back. Grab your family or special someone, jump in the car (or on the train) and visit Mandurah. These glassy winter days here are just magical.
Create lasting family memories this winter. From free events, interactive entertainment and educational experiences – there are many exciting things to do in Mandurah this winter. Just make sure you bring along your camera, there’s going to be plenty of snap-worthy moments!
Giants of Mandurah
Come and see this iconic series of Thomas Dambo’s larger-than-life wooden sculptures make a home for themselves amongst picturesque, secret locations throughout Mandurah. The Giants of Mandurah is a free to view, outdoor exhibition that is a celebration of the unique diversity, extraordinary beauty and timely reminder of just how important it is to protect our natural environments such as Mandurah’s globally significant Ramsar-listed wetlands, unique waterways, bushland and wildlife!
Tourist Fun Train
Toot Toot! All aboard the Tourist Fun Train! Be sure to save you and your family a seat, this is the only road licensed, trackless train in the whole of Australia. With the capacity to hold 60 people, jump on board and enjoy the ride to Mandurah’s most popular attractions.
Amaze Miniature Village
Feel like a Giant this winter and visit a fascinating world where everything is miniature! Lose yourself within the 70 miniature buildings, interactive model trains and 4 acres of beautifully manicured gardens. Mandurah’s Amaze Miniature Village will satisfy your curiosity and spark your imagination. Plus, enjoy complimentary mini golf, maze and Lego exhibition on your visit!
One of the (many) luxuries of visiting Mandurah is seeing dolphins on a daily basis! Grab a ticket for a Dolphin & Scenic Marine cruise to spot the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins playing around in their natural habitat and explore the impressive waterways that border the town.
Attention all! Pirates have landed on the Mandurah foreshore! And they’re welcoming little rascals on their ship to play dress ups, sing chanteys, steer the wheel, ring the bell and stay on lookout for any oncoming ships. Join Pete Blackbeard and his crew and awaken your inner pirate.
Zookeeper 4 A Day
Give your child an unforgettable experience as Zookeeper for a day at Ranger Red’s Zoo, spending time with a variety of Australia’s favourite animals including Tasmanian Devils, koalas, kangaroos, snakes, ferrets, lizards and a variety of bird species. Discover a newfound appreciation for the impressive wildlife found in Mandurah and WA.
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.
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Mandurah is woven by waterways and the glassy conditions you get in winter are just magical. With the labyrinth of canals and winding rivers, the long stretches of coastline and awe-inspiring lakes there’s plenty to see and do with the water alone. Making a splash in one (or all) of the activities is simply a must!
Murray River Lunch Cruise
Sit back, relax and soak up the stunning scenery as you cruise through the Murray River on this enjoyable half-day boat tour. Mandurah Cruises will take you on a delightful journey through one of the last remaining major rivers that hasn’t been dammed. Enjoy a delicious lunch and take it easy on this popular cruise.
Boat Hire & Private Charters
Mandurah is often called Australia’s Venice for its hidden canals and impressive waterways. If you’re visiting the city, then exploring by boat is essential. Choose to either be guided on a cruise or choose your own journey with our self-drive boat hire. For those looking for a private charter, check out Mandurah Boat Charters, Soulmate Charters or Luxury Boutique Boat Charters.
For the adventurers looking to take things in their own hands Mandurah Boat Hire and Eco BBQ Boats will sort you out.
Live out your dream by spending your stay on one of Mandurah’s House Boats! Fully equipped with everything you need (some even with an outdoor spa!) to explore the beauty of the Peel Inlet, Harvey Estuary and the Murray River. Choose to drop anchor and hide away in one of the many nature pockets along the river or, stop by the waterfront pubs, cafes and brewery around Mandurah.
Foodies, rejoice! Indulge your taste buds and delight your senses with the delicious culinary experiences on offer in Mandurah. Make sure you have a big appetite because Winter is proving to be a flavour-packed season.
Boundary Island Brewery
Enjoy a pint of one (or two… maybe three) of Boundary Island Brewery‘s delicious craft beers, brewed on site, taking in beautiful estuary views. Born from two Mandurah families who love great beer, beautiful food and a great atmosphere summer or winter, Boundary Island Brewery is a ‘must’ for all lovers of good food, beer and wine. You can get to the brewery by boat, car, bus, foot or bike enjoying Mandurah’s unique lifestyle.
Thorny Devil Brewery
Thorny Devil makes devilishly good craft beer from rainwater for an exceptionally smooth and easy drinking experience.
Located on the shores of Lake Clifton, the brewery is the ideal place to end a memorable day of exploring the Lake Clifton Thrombolites or hunting for Giants. Let the kids run and play on the grass whilst you enjoy a beer and meal from the BBQ restaurant and take in the beautiful scenery.
Craft Beer and Wine Trail
These cooler days make for even better exploring. Why not follow our epic Mandurah and Peel Region Craft Beer and Wine Trail and enjoy some locally made drinks with your mates?
The craft beers and wine from our region are somewhat unassuming but they certainly won’t disappoint any lover of locally made beer and wine. This trail pins together seven of the region’s best beer and wine offerings, providing an authentically local experience – enjoyed at your own pace.
Organised by Kaleidoscope Tours, indulge in decadence with a tour to three wineries spread across Mandurah and the Peel region. Guided by one of the informative Kaleidoscope tour guides, it’s a wonderful way to learn about the land and understand the local area. Exquisite glasses of wine coupled with breathtaking landscapes, it’s a scenic and delicious day out!
Peel Produce Market
There’s just something about local produce that is unmatchable. Join the local area at the Peel Produce Market every Saturday as nearby farms and growers share their seasonal fruits and veggies. Remember to bring along your reusable bags to fill up with fresh produce.
For the big and little adventurers, check out the thrilling family friendly activities on offer! Try your luck on a SUP board or take a ride on a mountain bike – the options for adventure are endless.
Hire an e-Bike or e-Scooter
Hands down the best way to travel in Mandurah – hire an eBike or eScooter from the Bike Kiosk to take you from one activity to another! Enjoy the fresh air, don’t waste time at traffic lights and have fun! Psst… and make sure to keep an eye out for the incredible street artwork that is sprinkled throughout the town on buildings, walls and bus stops.
Mountain Biking and Cycling
Mandurah and surrounds are spoiled with exciting mountain bike trails and cycling paths catered to all skill levels. From the iconic Bridges Loop ride in Mandurah to the more difficult Turner Hill Trail in Dwellingup – there’s plenty to choose from for your biking route.
Immerse yourself in nature
Mandurah is a global biodiversity hotspot with open waterways, bushland reserves and the internationally recognised wetlands – there’s so much to see and do both on land and on water. Check out our natural attractions and be relaxed by nature.
SUP & Kayak Hire
Soak up the Winter sun whilst paddling on a stand up paddleboard (SUP) or lounging in your Kayak supplied by Mandurah Boat Hire. Glide through the glassy water and be relaxed by nature.
Mandurah is also renowned for its rich history and incredible art and culture. Explore the many art spaces, galleries in town and learn about Mandurah’s past.
Mandurah’s Dark Corners – Historic Walking Tour
Explore Mandurah’s forgotten histories and folklore on this spooky historic walking tour along Mandurah’s Eastern Foreshore, running on selected weekends in July.
The 45-minutes ‘Dark Corners’ historic walking tour is an outdoor performance where digital footage will be projected onto several key locations and landmarks while you are listing to captivating stories from Mandurah’s past.
As the dusk fades, the Night-watchman leads you on a journey through history, enchanting you with tales of former residents. From his lantern, shimmering figures emerge, painting pictures on the walls with light, before dissolving into the night. Dark Corners illuminates the past and brings the long-dead to life.
Dates: Sat 1st July, Sun 2nd July, Fri 7 July, Sat 8 July, Fri 14 July, Sat 15 July.
It’s amazing to think that most of the art galleries in Mandurah are all free! Home to impressive talent, Mandurah art galleries showcase some of the best artworks in WA. Visit the Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery for seasonal exhibitions, Black Stump gallery for an exhibition on Mandurah’s own Emma Blyth and Contemporary Art Spaces (CASM) for recent graduates and emerging artists.
Welcome to Country Artwork
Inside the Mandurah Visitor Center itself is a breathtaking piece of artwork from Bindjareb Boodja artists Peta and Corey Ugle. Telling the story of Mandurah, its beautiful waterways and abundant wildlife – this piece of artwork is simply not to be missed.
Mandurah Instagram Trail
If you love getting the perfect Insta-worthy shot, then follow the Mandurah Instagram Trail and look out for quirky art pieces along the Mandurah Foreshore and into Dolphin Quay. .
With so many exciting and wonderful events happening in Mandurah, you’ll be tempted to plan a weekend getaway! Plan your itinerary and book in your activities. We look forward to seeing you down here this Winter.
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