Holiday vibes minus the travel? Yes, please. Less than an hour from Perth by car or train, you’ll arrive at WA’s largest regional city– Mandurah.
Named Mandjoogoordap by the traditional owners and custodians of the land, Mandurah means ‘meeting place of the heart.’ It is the ultimate aquatic playground centred around waterways, rivers, lakes, estuaries and ocean. And now, there’s more to love than ever before.
It’s still the same easy-going holiday destination – but not as you know it. The always stunning coastal city has been transformed in the last few years. With new water and land-based attractions and recreational activities to suit every day trip, holiday or travel enthusiast, it’s time to revisit Mandurah.
What’s new on the water?
Mandurah is the ideal place to choose your own aquatic adventure. From boating, stand-up paddleboarding and waterbiking (yes - it’s a thing!) to fishing, crabbing and wildlife watching, the Harvey Estuary and Peel Inlet provide a world-class recreation precinct with endless water-based activities.
Dip into the new iconic circular Estuary Pool
Mandurah has an all-new natural centrepiece. The iconic Estuary Pool is unique to WA and brings new life to the city centre. Named Kwillena (dolphin) Gabi (waters) by the traditional owners of Bindjareb Boodja, this natural waterway shares its habitat with local marine life (and now, you!).
Located on the Eastern Foreshore, the pool features a floating jetty platform and is the perfect spot to cool down, meet, play and rest.
Sit back and sightsee in luxury with Mandurah Boat Charters
All aboard! Be accompanied by the region’s friendly bottlenose dolphins while exploring the region’s intricate waterways from the comfort and relaxation of a deluxe charter pontoon.
Cruise the scenic Peel Inlet to the man-made Dawesville Cut or explore the majestic Murray River, where you can throw in a line, go crabbing or birdwatch to your heart’s content. Enjoy BYO catering along the way or pause for a meal at one of the many local waterside eateries. Operating all year round, this experience is yours to lead.
Pure comfort awaits you onboard Mandurah Boat Charters.
Be your own captain with Mandurah Houseboats
If being the captain is more your thing, Mandurah has a range of options – from daytime activities to overnight adventures. The best part? You don’t need any boating experience.
Is it a house? Is it a boat? It’s both. Set sail with Mandurah Houseboats.
Mandurah Houseboats offer accommodation for two to 10 guests for an unforgettable holiday adventure. A houseboat allows you, your friends and your family to choose your own adventure. Meander up the idyllic Murray River, go fishing or drop an anchor and visit a local bar or restaurant – a houseboat holiday offers it all.
Before moving into your new residence and embarking on your own personal boating experience, you’ll learn everything there is to know about your boat, the water and places to visit.
The holiday of a lifetime awaits you onboard Mandurah Houseboats.
Enjoy 360-degree dining on WA’s only Eco BBQ Boats
Commandeer one of WA’s only donut-shaped 6 or 10 seater electric boats and be your own captain as you cruise around Mandurah’s waterways.
Enjoy a BBQ on board (it’s BYO!) or order a delicious grazing platter made fresh for your arrival. All the cooking equipment is supplied so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the 360-degree dining experience on the water. For further relaxation, hire a friendly guide to cater to all your needs.
Seeking some self-driven fun for a few hours? Eco BBQ Boats are the answer.
Unleash your inner pirate aboard Pirate Ship Mandurah
Ahoy, Me Hearties! An unforgettable adventure awaits you onboard Mandurah’s very own custom-built pirate ship. Dress up in costume, take a turn behind the wheel and ring the ship’s bell as you embark on an interactive morning or afternoon cruise around the region.
Pirate Ship Mandurah offers a selection of cruises around Mandurah’s spectacular inland waterways. Each cruise provides interactive pirate-themed entertainment (and jokes galore) and the opportunity to marvel at the breathtaking surroundings and wildlife.
Jump aboard the Pirate Ship Mandurah for a shipshape family adventure like no other!
Relax on the water with Be Yoga
Looking for something a little more zen? Mandurah is known for being unshakably laid-back. If you need a new challenge or just some time for yourself, try yoga on the water. Be Yoga will take you on a journey of the mind and across the water on its unique combined experience of stand-up paddleboarding and yoga.
Whether you are a paddleboarder, a yogi or neither, Be Yoga classes cater to all.
Get peddling with Mandurah Waterbikes
For something different, hire a waterbike for 30 or 60 minutes and cycle alongside Mandurah’s resident bottlenose dolphins. The Mandurah Waterbikes are easier than riding an actual bike. They’re steady, stable and you won’t even get wet as you peacefully glide through the water.
Land lovers rejoice with Mandurah’s all-new land-based activities
There are plenty of new vibrant land-based activities for those wanting to keep their toes and towels dry. There is something for everyone, from guided walking tours to eBike adventures and delicious eateries with local flavours.
Cruise the coastal paths
Get moving on an eBike or eScooter hired from The Bike Kiosk. There are more than 500 kilometres of Mandurah’s stunning coastal cycle paths to explore.
New to the eBike scene? Don’t fret – The Bike Kiosk offers lessons and tours for beginners.
Visit the new-look Mandurah Visitor Centre
The Mandurah Visitor Centre has had a makeover! Get the best advice and information from the knowledgeable visitor team while learning about local art, culture, flora and fauna, and waterways for days.
Take a moment to pause and admire the new Welcome to Country art installation created by local Binjareb Boodja artists Peta and Corey Ugle. Located in the reception area, the mural tells the Aboriginal story of the world’s oldest living culture and Mandjoogoordap (Mandurah), meaning ‘meeting place of the heart.’
Take a guided wander by the water
It’s time to get moving. Walk the Waterways tours will guide you on a leisurely 1.5 hour stroll around Mandjar Bay and the Eastern Foreshore. This is the perfect way to discover the region’s unique waterways, wildlife, history and quirky art on foot – and the best part, it’s free!
Explore Mandurah’s ultimate outdoor classroom
Explore the wonders of nature while learning about the internationally recognised bushlands and waterways around the Peel Region. Professional naturalists will guide you on customised nature walks, kayaking, bird-watching or geology tours with Salt & Bush Eco Tours.
If you’d like to add some wilderness to your wellbeing, explore the expansive wetlands and wildlife of the Peel-Harvey estuary while discovering the Bindjareb Noongar heritage with Ways To Nature.
Sip on brews by the bay
Last but definitely not least. A trip to the region wouldn’t be complete without stopping by the new Boundary Island Brewery, Mandurah’s very own microbrewery on the water’s edge.
Take in the incredible views while enjoying beers brewed on the waterfront and delicious eats inspired by locally sourced ingredients.
Visit Mandurah this autumn because Mandurah is relaxed by nature. Keen to discover all the new things to see and do in Mandurah? The Destination Perth website is your guide to all things Perth and surrounds – the ultimate tool for planning a trip to the Peel Region.