Keep your kids entertained
these school holidays
Give your kids the opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills and have adventures over the school holidays.
You can keep your kids entertained with a number of attractions in Mandurah and fun things to do within the Peel region.
Entertain the Kids on a Cruise
Exploring Mandurah isn’t half as fun unless you heard out on a boat cruise. Join a cruise with Mandurah Cruises and learn all about the marine environment as you tour the canals, estuary and wetlands.
Take the family on a fun-filled adventure. Meet Mandurah’s playful wild dolphins, watch a western rock lobster catch demonstration and see this iconic creature up close, spot pelicans, ospreys & swans on the wetlands, explore the city’s illustrious canals. Kids, help the Captain drive from the junior captain’s helm! And adults, help yourself to FREE coffee & tea.
The Dolphin Cruise & Views departs daily at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Family passes are $75, and come with a guarantee – if you don’t see a dolphin on your trip you can come back any time in the next year for free!
AHOY there, me hearties! What’s this? Pirates in Mandurah? Join ‘Pete Blackbeard’ and his buckos at Pirate Ship Mandurah for a fun day out on the water. It’s an open air vessel where kids can dress as pirates, steer the wheel, ring the bell and look through telescopes. It’s pirate role playing at its best.
The whole family will have a ball on this relaxed 2 hour cruise with Soulmate Charters where you will not only explore Mandurah’s waterways but can also enjoy a swim or float in a blow-up lounge. Try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding or just sit back and relax.
Float your boat in Mandurah
Mandurah is best explored by boat. If you don’t have your own one, you can hire a boat or explore at a slightly slower pace by paddleboard or kayak in Mandurah.
Or dip your toes in Mandurah’s magnificent new estuary pool on a sunny winter day. Named Kwillena (dolphin) Gabi (waters) by the traditional owners of Bindjareb Boodja, this natural waterway shares its habitat with local marine life.
Cycle Tracks and Trails
Mountain biking and cycling are a great and easy way to get out and explore with kids. Mandurah has good cycle paths around the city centre, marina and along the coast. You can enjoy the effortless experience of an e-bike with The Bike Kiosk, based at the Mandurah Visitor Centre.
There are also family-friendly forest cycle trails throughout the region and don’t forget the Munda Biddi Trail, a world-class off-road cycling track, running through Dwellingup.
Explorer of the wetlands
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 and the wildlife on guided nature walks and even nocturnal bush walk tours with Salt & Bush Eco Tours and Ways to Nature.
This is literally your golden opportunity to immerse yourself in nature because Salt and Bush Eco Tours owner and tour guide Jamie van Jones was named ‘Australia’s best tour guide’ at the 2022 Australian Top Tourism Awards held in Canberra.
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.
Amusement Parks and Rides
Appeasing the imaginations of those big and small, there are 70 adorable miniature buildings and model trains at Amaze Miniature Park. It is set among four acres of beautifully manicured gardens along with mini golf, a hedge maze and a playground.
And from very small to very tall, you can jump aboard the King Carnival Ferris wheel or tower ride or have a go on the dodgem cars and amusement arcade. It’s a great day of fun for kids of all ages.
Locomotives Big and Small
They may be child-sized, but they sure have big hearts – Mini Toot, the friendly miniature train runs along Mandurah’s Eastern Foreshore – and the Big Toot is a hop on/hop off tour for all ages. These two are owned by the Mandurah Tourist Fun Train Company and is a fun way to tour Mandurah. You can purchase tickets at the Mandurah Visitor Centre or when boarding the train.
The Hotham Valley Railway in Dwellingup is a popular attraction, particularly for the train buff. Experience a ride aboard a heritage train in the heart of the jarrah forest. The tracks were built in the early 1900’s to transport timber from Dwellingup around the state, and today you can enjoy three different train experiences, the Steam Ranger operating in winter months only, May – October.
Be a zookeeper for a day
Are your children wildlife enthusiasts? Great, did you know they can be a professional zookeeper for a day at Ranger Red’s Zoo and experience first-hand handling and feeding the animals? They will learn how over 100 species of birds and animals are cared for and get up close to Tasmanian Devils, koalas, kangaroos, snakes, ferrets, lizards and a variety of bird species. Learn more about the Zookeeper 4 A Day program.
Mandurah (Bill Bowler) Skate Park
Part of the Western Foreshore recreation precinct, the competition standard park is a concrete skate park with three skate zones for different skill levels, including a competition bowl and a plaza area.
It caters for skaters, BMX and scooter riders of all levels, is state of the art as far as skate parks go, and it’s a top pick for local skaters, being designed by skaters, specifically for skaters.
Even if the rain is pouring outside, the fun in Mandurah won’t stop this winter. Check out these family-friendly indoor activities.
Get a grip at Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing where you’ll find many challenges including 40 top ropes, great bouldering cave, slack line, climbing club, circus and aerial classes. It’s a great way for your kids to burn some energy, all while having fun in a safe and friendly environment.
Flip Out Trampoline Park
This trampoline park is the ideal indoor activity in Mandurah. Bounce, jump and leap for joy with the family in this massive arena. Who can say no to a trampoline park? Find out more here.
Another amusing indoor activity in Mandurah is one of Australia’s biggest indoor inflatable playgrounds. This family-friendly attraction will surely get the adrenaline rushing! Tickets are sold on the spot. Find out more here.
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