Mandurah is WA’s largest and fastest growing regional city and is set against a backdrop of magnificent beaches and an estuary twice the size of Sydney Harbour.
With new tourism experiences complementing its superb natural assets, significant redevelopment and recently being recognised as WA’s 2017 Top Tourism Town, Mandurah has come of age, offering award-winning waterfront dining, aquatic adventures, world-class golf courses and plenty of places to shop.
It is also the perfect base to take day trips to explore the wider Peel Region. In an easy half hour drive you’ll find beautiful wineries, winding waterways, rolling green hills and tiny timber towns nestled amid the forest.
There are so many unique experiences you can easily spend a week or more in the area. Here is a list of the top ten reasons why you should visit.
- Explore the ultimate aquatic playground. The region is a fresh wonderland of water, with miles of incredible coastline, inland waterways and an abundance of water-based activities.
- Visit WA’s own modern Venice. The city is often compared to a modern Venice due to its network of canals which you can explore on a cruise or by hiring a boat and marvel at the luxury homes.
- Spot the Playful Dolphins. The region is home to one of Australia’s healthiest dolphin populations, which you can experience up close on a dolphin cruise or spot them as you dine at one of Mandurah’s waterfront cafes.
- Spend your holiday on the water. Completely unwind and take in the views while slowly meandering down the Murray River or Peel-Harvey-Estuary on a houseboat holiday. The only houseboat hires close to Perth.
- Feast on Blue Manna Crabs. These crabs are native to Mandurah Catch them for yourself on a crabbing cruise between November and April or devour them, at one of the many restaurants dotted along the waterfront.
- Visit a Wetland of Significant International Importance. The Creery Wetlands, on the edge of Mandurah, are part of the Ramsar Convention of Wetlands of International Importance. The 30 acres of nature reserve host over 130 different species of native and migratory birds.
- Try not to be distracted by the spectacular views on Australia’s golf coast. The region boasts six world-class golf courses, all in close proximity. Three are set against the breathtaking Indian Ocean and three are surrounded by forest and wildlife, and all are sure to excite and challenge golfers of all abilities.
- Enjoy the laid-back lifestyle. Enjoy the simple pleasures when you visit the region. Eat fish and chips by the foreshore, dine alfresco at a waterfront restaurant or café or have a drink at one of the funky bars in town. Or head out into the countryside and find cute and cosy cafés, great country pubs and fantastic wineries and breweries.
- See what life was like when the earth began. In Lake Clifton and the Yalgorup National Park you’ll discover the largest Thrombolite Reef in the Southern Hemisphere – living fossils that have sheltered in these waters for over a millennia.
- Learn about the ‘meeting place of the heart’. The first people known to have inhabited the region were the Bindjareb people of the Bibbulmun Nation, who named the locality Mandjoogoordap, which translates as ‘meeting place of the heart’. You can learn about Aboriginal culture and history on a walking tour or boat cruise and art galleries in the region display Aboriginal art.
Mandurah is less than an hour south of Perth. When driving travel the Kwinana freeway south, easily accessible from many points in Perth, and exit at Mandjoogoordap Drive. Trains and buses operate between the two cities and depart from the Perth city centre. www.transperth.wa.gov.au
Buses operate around Mandurah, but if you want to explore the Peel Region extensively you’re better off hiring a car or join a tour. Taxis and Uber drivers are also available in Mandurah.
When to Go
The Peel Region can be visited any time of the year. Being on the coast, it’s spectacular in spring and in summer. But during winter, the scenery is amazing. You can find something to do all year around.
Further Information on Mandurah and the Peel Region visit www.visitpeel.com.au