When thinking of a day trip or weekend away from Perth, Mandurah might not spring to mind as the first choice… But it’s time to rethink and reconsider Mandurah!
The seaside city has seen significant developments and the introduction of new tourism experiences over the last few years, including the $22 million Waterfront Project last year, delivering an iconic Mandurah foreshore precinct that includes the stunning new Estuary Pool.
So it’s not surprising that Mandurah was crowned WA’s Top Tourism Town this year along with winning bronze in the national Top Tourism Town Awards in Canberra in September. And it’s only going to get better with the arrival of Thomas Dambo’s Giants of Mandurah from November 12, celebrating the beauty and importance of protecting our natural world, including Mandurah’s globally significant Ramsar-listed wetlands, unique waterways, bushland and wildlife.
Which is all to say that now is the time to head down and explore an array of cool experiences around Mandurah, some of which are wholly unique to the cruisy coastal city. Check out just a small selection of those below, and head to the Visit Mandurah Website for more inspo on the epic things to do around Mandurah this summer and beyond!
Kwillena Gabi Estuary Pool
Located on Mandurah’s Eastern Foreshore South Precinct, this unique circular estuary pool is enclosed by floating pontoons with a paved shady area and a little jetty, plus ramp access to the water. The pool is suitable for all ages as the maximum depth is just under 4.5m. The floating pontoons don’t have a net attached so wildlife is able to pass through the pool – you may even receive a visit from a dolphin!
Stag Watersports is Australian Tourist Board Accredited and have been providing good times with jet skiing fun for over 10 years as the only council approved jet ski hire site in the Peel region. Operating on the scenic sheltered waters of the Peel Estuary, they provide a safe and comfortable ride for people of all experience levels. Take a tour from their new location in Mandurah or at Dawesville. They have a Freestyle Circuit and a selection of tours too.
Wild Seafood Experiences + BBQ Boats
Catch and dine with this Wild Seafood Lunch Cruise, a unique experience where you can enjoy fresh Mandurah lobster from ocean to plate. Catch your own meal then sit back and relax while someone cooks it for you on this seafood lunch cruise, while you also learn about Mandurah’s 100-year seafood history.
Captain your own Mandurah Mini Cruise with Eco BBQ Boat Hire, exploring Mandurah’s stunning scenery alongside dolphins as you enjoy a beverage and a barbecue with friends. The donut-shaped design of these quirky boats is paired with an equally cool central barbecue and circular picnic table – and Mandurah is the only place in WA you can enjoy this unique experience!
E-Bike and E-Scooter Hire
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.
Boundary Island Brewery
Boundary Island Brewery right on the beautiful water’s edge in Erskine is the city’s very own Microbrewery! The brainchild of two Mandurah families who love great beer, tasty food and an amazing atmosphere, pop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner with a great range of wine, cocktails and of course, beer, alongside some of the best views in town.
The only thing cooler than cruising around Mandurah waterways on a boat, is living on one while you do it! And that’s exactly what you’ll get to do with Mandurah Houseboats, who have 15 different boats to choose from (and you don’t even need a skipper’s ticket). You can cruise up and down the estuary; moor up somewhere scenic and relax; do a spot of fishing or crabbing; go dolphin spotting; or even take yourself on a cheeky little pub crawl. It’s one of the coolest and most unique holidaying options in the State!
Cruise In Style
Explore the Mandurah Waterways on Mandurah Boat Charters’ professionally-skippered, pet friendly (!) vessels. They’ve got comfortable 16 and 20-person pontoons that are perfect for bigger groups to spend an hour or even all day on the water – just grab some food and drinks to take with you before embarking!
Another great option for cruising around the Murray River and Peel Inlet is with Luxury Boutique Charters, offering more intimate and personal affairs capped at four people. Choose from the Breakfast & Birdsong morning cruise, Bubbles & Grazing Board lunch cruise or a Sunset & Tapas cruise.
Mandurah Boat Hire
As the original boat hire business in the area, Mandurah Boat Hire offers kayak and paddleboard hire as well as boat hire ranging from a 4-person dinghy to 12-person pontoon boats. A skipper’s ticket is not required to enjoy a day on one of their dinghies, pontoon boats, or luxury Sun Tracker-style boats. Sit at the helm and enjoy the scenery of Mandurah’s waterways while you sip on a cold drink and search for frolicking dolphins.
Learn To Surf
Star Surf offers surfboard and wetsuit hire as well as surf lessons and SUP lessons if you’re looking to explore Mandurah’s great waves up close and personal. Whether you’re an experienced surfer or a brand-new learner, Star Surf can provide you with the perfect surfboard or lesson.
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, or geology tour. They also offer stargazing tours and pub, pint and paddle tours and can customise any tour to suit your needs from two-hour tours, half day tours and full day tours to multi-day adventures.
Looking into a laidback coastal holiday of your own? Head to the Visit Mandurah Website and start planning now!
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