It has taken little more than a decade for Mandurah to grow into the 2nd largest city in Western Australia from a group of settlements around the Peel-Harvey Estuary. The development has led to it being a very attractive alternative to Perth as a holiday destination on the west coast and a base to explore the south west. Mandurah delivers beautiful beaches and a fabulous abundance of wildlife, and is one of the best spots for whale and dolphin watching. Its attraction for holiday makers is very definitely the water based activities.
Mandurah has a charming, totally relaxed atmosphere, and residents and visitors enjoy a beautiful Mediterranean climate which promotes a healthy outdoor lifestyle. There are plenty of parks, and a stack of alfresco dining opportunities for sun drenched days and balmy nights. Despite Mandurah's youth, there's a strong community spirit that embraces visitors and encourages everyone to get involved in city events.
Being only 72 kilometres from the WA capital, access from Perth International Airport is easy with excellent direct road and rail links.
The Peel Inlet/Harvey Estuary around which Mandurah is built is actually bigger than Sydney Harbour, and its coastline is kilometres of simply gorgeous sandy beaches, protected waters, and nature reserves.
The beaches - With a minimum of 10 stunningly pristine beaches, sun lovers and bathers are truly spoilt for choice. All are safe for swimming and have excellent facilities. A number have pontoons offshore in the summer and picnic and BBQ areas, as well as kiosks and cafes. Fishing is good off any of the shores, and Doddi's Beach and Falcon Bay have reef areas for snorkelling or exploring at high tide.
Mandurah Ocean Marina - A working marina with berths for local and international craft. The marina is also a hub of activity with boardwalks, piazzas, waterfront market stalls, shops, and a vibrant food and entertainment scene.
The parks - The city parks are beautifully maintained and well facilitated with picnic areas, seating areas, playgrounds and cafes. In prime spots around the foreshore and the marina, the parks are mainly in protected reserves.
Canal Cruises - Take a lunchtime cruise along some of the finest waterways in Australia. At Christmas the canals are illuminated and special cruises are offered.
Just 4 Fun Aqua Park - Fun and excitement for all the family in the heart of Mandurah with a ton of water and other activities, rides and thrills.
Peel Zoo - A delightful boutique interactive zoo presenting a wonderful hands-on experience of native animals up close and personal - feed a Tasmanian Devil, and pet a koala.
Mandurah Community Museum - A delightful exhibit of the history of the city and the Peel area.
Tracks and trails - See the city on foot, on 2 wheels, on horseback, or from a kayak. The trails meander around the streets, along the canals and all around the coast.
Abingdon Miniature Village - 4 acres of landscaped gardens filled with miniature landmark UK buildings - a charming taste of home. There's also a maze, mini golf and tea rooms.
Wildlife - The Mandurah foreshore is home to an abundance of marine life including dolphins and pelicans.
Crabfest - Mandurah waters are home to the Blue Manna Crab, and it is so revered the city celebrates Crabfest annually in March.
Mandurah Boat Show - Boat lovers from all over the world descend on the marina every October.