Set your sights on a romantic getaway near Perth
When was the last time you spontaneously jumped in the car and took off for a romantic weekend away without any distractions – just you and your plus one?
Whether you’ve been together for only few months, one year or too many to mention, you never need an excuse to breakaway and spend quality time together.
And Mandurah certainly fits the brief for a romantic weekend or cheeky midweek getaway.
Only an hour’s drive south of Perth, Mandurah is where the Darling Ranges disappear into the Indian Ocean. It’s where WA’s love affair (and perhaps yours soon too) begins, connecting the land and water. Where serene rivers flow through amazing bush landscapes, and where pristine beaches run for kilometres on end, sometimes without a soul in sight.
Whether your idea of romance is a laidback retreat relaxing on the water, getting amongst nature, immersing yourself in delectable foodie delights or a heart-thumping adventure, we’ve curated our top romantic picks for things to do in Mandurah, which should definitely score you some brownie points.
There’s no better time than now to go dolphin spotting. With the breeding season well underway, this is when dolphins are at their most playful. The best vantage point to see these loveable creatures is without a doubt on the water. And there’s no shortage of ways to do it.
Take a scenic cruise or become your own skipper and hire a boat – no skippers ticket or boat licence required. If you want to get active, grab yourselves a stand up paddleboard from Mandurah Boat & Bike Hire or Star Surf & Skate and float your way along the waters to get up close and personal, jump on a tandem kayak and test your coordination, or have fun out on a waterbike.
Explore nature’s wonderland
This time of year is perfect for getting back to nature, and Mandurah has so much on display. From hiking and kayaking, sailing to stargazing – choose your preferred method and let the explorations begin!
There’s nothing like a dose of fresh air and if you both enjoy hiking, there are trails aplenty for you to discover together. Sarah Way from Ways to Nature is full of local knowledge. She can show you the remarkable wildlife that exists in tucked away places across Mandurah’s diverse parks and wetlands. Take a guided nature walk with her through the wilderness and you won’t be disappointed.
If you’ve never visited the Lake Clifton thrombolites in Yalgorup National Park, then this is a must-see. These rock-like formations date back 2,000 years and are the largest cluster of thrombolites you’ll find in the southern hemisphere. Scientists believe they are one of the first life forms on earth (way before dinosaurs were ever around!). Stroll along the jetty for some insta-worthy shots, or gain some insider knowledge on a guided tour with Salt and Bush Eco Tours.
Soak up the atmosphere
Discover more of Mandurah from a new perspective. Stroll the streets along Mandurah’s foreshore on a fascinating art trail, or take on a completely different kind of trail for the love of craft beer and wine.
If you’re both foodies at heart, make the most of your day – and your palate on one of the many culinary tours on offer. For the history buffs, there are a number of interesting buildings and museums that delve into the city’s remarkable past that are definitely worth a peruse.
A visit to Mandurah wouldn’t be complete without embracing the coast. And a great way to explore the endless strip of spectacular coastline, is to rent a couple of bikes from Mandurah Bike and Boat Hire or get pedalling on an e-bike from The Bike Kiosk that has recently opened up right next to the Mandurah Visitor Centre. With loads of opportunities for cruising convos with your plus one, you’ll quickly clock up the miles without even realising it. When it’s time to refuel, take a well-deserved break at Dolphin Quay.
Fall head over heels with Mandurah’s burgeoning food and wine scene, where fresh local seafood is the hero of the dish. Book a table at Red Manna and splash out on a romantic lunch or dinner for two, where you’ll be spoiled for choice from the rotating seafood menu.
Mandurah is buzzing with cool spots to grab a bite. One that stands out is Flics Kitchen and their award winning tapas share-style menu. If you’re staying over the weekend, make sure you stop by for their popular bottomless brunch.
A popular bar to hit Mandurah’s foodie scene is Brewvino. Enjoy the relaxing vibes with great views, great beers on tap, an extensive wine list and tasty dishes prepared using the best of WA produce. Not hungry? Just head in for a cheeky night cap!
Rooms with a view
When a few days away beckons, we’ve got you covered with the perfect romantic spots to stay not too far from Perth, no matter what your budget.
Book your stay in a luxurious spacious beachfront apartment at Seashells Mandurah. Wake up to million dollar ocean views and when evening hits you can enjoy the amazing sunsets right on your doorstep. Take a dip in the heated infinity pool, sit back with a glass of wine, or completely unwind at the onsite day spa.
For the ultimate indulgence, put your feet up for some passionate pampering in a superior king room with a spa, overlooking the picturesque waters of Mandjar Bay at the Sebel Mandurah.
Rug up on the water and relax surrounded by nature on your doorstep, with a houseboat stay in Mandurah. Drop anchor and relax in a secluded hideaway and cruise the magnificent waterways at your own pace (no licence required).
Stay in the heart of Mandurah’s ocean marina in one of Dolphin Quay’s self-contained apartments, offering everything you need for a romantic escape right by the water. Savour the views, keep an eye out for dolphins and if you can bring yourself to leave, enjoy endless dining options just a short walk away.
With all the planning done for you, that’s your romantic getaway to Mandurah sorted! If you need a break or getaway and need someone else to organise it for you, check out our Mandurah Packages.
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*Dolphin images shared by Mandurah Cruises on behalf of Mandurah Volunteer Dolphin Rescue Group.
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