One of our fave easily-conquered road trip destinations from Perth, Mandurah has been getting plenty of buzz lately thanks to the much-hyped Giants Of Mandurah attraction, capturing the imagination of thousands of visitors from around the State and further afield.
It also serves as a fantastic gateway to unlocking Mandurah as a destination filled with beautiful natural wonders, and very deserving of repeat visits to experience them all – and we’re here to help get you started.
Read on for 10 awesome nature experiences to check out while in Mandurah, and head to the Visit Mandurah Website for more inspo.
Explore Thomas Dambo’s magical wooden ‘Giants of Mandurah’
While Thomas Dambo’s Giants of Mandurah exhibition already looks cool from a creativity/art perspective, the outdoor exhibition is also designed to get you exploring and understanding natural and indigenous history. The location of each giant isn’t just gifted to you either; each lies on special trails amplified by taking your Traveller’s Companion booklet with you or jumping on a guided tour.
See WA’s largest residential population of Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins
One of many fun facts you’ll learn exploring Mandurah’s marvellous natural surroundings is that it’s home to WA’s largest residential population of Indo-Pacific Bottlenose dolphins! And the best way to spot them is with Mandurah Cruises on their Dolphin Cruise & Views Tour. While onboard you’ll enjoy firsthand Mandurah’s huge 134km² estuary, travel through iconic Mandjar Bay and explore protected wetlands home to pelicans, ospreys, black swans and other amazing water and shore birds.
Take a boutique, personalised tour with Salt and Bush Eco Tours
Explore Mandurah with Salt and Bush Eco Tours, take a custom guided nature tour from the bushland to the waterways South of Mandurah and into Yalgorup National Park. Explore nature with Jamie van Jones (Winner of the 2022 Top Tour Guide at the National Top Tour Guide Awards), on a bush walk, kayak, bird-watching, geology or even stargazing tour. They can also customise any tour to suit your needs from two-hour tours, half day tours and full day tours to multi-day adventures!
Explore Mandurah’s beautiful coastal cycle paths on an e-bike or e-scooter from The Bike Kiosk
While cruising Mandurah’s waterways is a lot of fun, it can be equally as cool to explore Mandurah on land, and one of the most fun ways to do so is on an e-scooter or e-bike. The Bike Kiosk is located next to the Mandurah Visitor Centre and you can choose from a range of e-rideables to suit all preferences and experience levels.
Learn about Mandurah’s extensive wetland system on a guided nature walk with Ways to Nature
If you really want to get in the weeds of Mandurah’s extensive wetlands then a guided nature walk is an absolute must, created and run by experienced zoologist Sarah Way. The walks are as much about understanding and appreciating the flora and fauna of the Bindjareb (Peel) region as they are helping you reconnect with nature and yourself by stepping outside of the everyday.
Try to take in as much as you can of Yalgorup National Park
Stretching from south of Mandurah to Preston Beach, Yalgorup National Park has 10 elongated lakes, beautiful tuart and peppermint woodlands, walking trails, picnic spots and offers panoramic views of the beach, dunes and lakes. It’s also the largest national park on the Swan Coastal Plain, and is home to some must-visit living rock legends…
…The 2000-year-old thrombolites at Lake Clifton, best experienced with Mandjoogoordap Dreaming
Mandjoogoodrap Dreaming is Mandurah’s premier Aboriginal Cultural Experiences Tour Company, run by local leader George Walley, who offers an array of different tours around the area. And if getting to know the world’s oldest known living bacterial life form, Lake Clifton’s thrombolites is of interest, George’s tour goes deep into this rare and endangered natural feature, including its significance in Aboriginal culture.
Explore Goegrup Lake’s beautiful boardwalk trail
This 292m boardwalk trail follows along Goegrup Lake, part of the Peel Yalgorup wetland system fed by the Serpentine River and Nambeelup Brook. As a result it’s an incredibly rich habitat home to a diverse array of fish, plants and shorebirds. The boardwalk is accessibility-friendly, you can bring your pooch (on a leash), and has plenty of viewing nodes and interpretive panels to keep you engaged along the 3.4km journey.
Go kangaroo spotting around Mandurah’s southern coast
If you want to see kangaroos grazing at dusk, head to Florida Beach or Melros Reserve in Dawesville where mobs of kangaroos are spotted every day. Remember to always use precaution, respect their space and drive carefully especially at night.
Spend the day on the sand at some of WA’s best beaches
Being Western Australia, we’re not short on a beautiful beach or two, and Mandurah’s coastline offers plenty of wonderful spots to pull for the day. A few local faves include Town Beach, Blue Bay Beach, Falcon Bay Beach and Avalon Beach, but we reckon you’ve got it in you to do a little bit of adventuring of your own and find your own little slice of sandy heaven along the journey.
Looking into a laidback, nature-filled coastal holiday of your own? Head to the Visit Mandurah Website and start planning now!
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