Mandurah is considered to be the gateway to the South West of Western Australia, derived from the Aboriginal word 'mandjar', meaning 'the meeting place'. Just 74 kilometres to the south of Perth, Mandurah is a mix of coastland, bushland and industrial city. However, the real attraction of Mandurah holidays is the beaches, offering everything from traditional seaside activities to extreme watersports and swimming or scuba diving with the resident dolphins.
When it comes to finding the perfect beach for swimming and sunbathing, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Holidays to Mandurah boast sandy shores with calm shallow waters, ideal for families, in contrast to the crashing waves of the popular surfing beaches.
Unique marine life
You simply cannot visit Mandurah without stopping to experience the fascinating marine life. A large variety of wildlife can be seen on the beachfront including pelicans and cormorants, to an abundance of marine life with blue manna crabs and dolphins. Grab a snorkel, to dive down into the waters and join these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat. If you’re not a strong swimmer, or just prefer to stay dry, head out for a cruise, to see the dolphins splashing and jumping through the waves. The cruises even run into the evening, when you can experience a spectacular sunset, while relaxing on the deck with a tasty meal and something to quench your thirst.
The water based activities don’t stop once you’re further inland either, with intricate canal trails open to explore at your leisure. The gentle cruises operate here too, but you can easily hop into a canoe or kayak to be closer to the action. For those looking for a bit more adrenaline, jet-skis are the perfect way to speed through the waters and soak up the sights of the unique marine and birdlife that call the canals home.
Visit the spectacular waterfront for shopping, theatres and fine dining. It’s easy to spend hours wandering through the many shops and market areas in Dolphin Quay, and with everything from quirky souvenirs to designer clothing and perfume on offer; you definitely won’t leave empty handed. If you fancy a bite to eat, take a stroll down the waterfront, where quirky cafes serve traditional Australian coffee, and the huge range of restaurants boast fine cuisine from all cultures.
No matter if you’re a watersports junkie, shopaholic, or just looking to indulge in fine cuisine and relax on stunning sand beaches, holidays to Mandurah promise not to disappoint.