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Exploring Mandurah

A decade ago, the popular tourist hub of Mandurah was simply a group of isolated beachside holiday communities. It is now the second-largest city in Western Australia. Set along the Peel-Harvey estuary, its foreshore and shallows are home to a variety of bird and marine life, including dolphins, the blue manna crab, and flocks of pelicans. Protected waterways and a selection of fine beaches combined with watery pursuits, such as fishing and boating, draw weekend visitors from Perth as well as tourists from far-flung locations.

The centre of the city lies on the Harvey Estuary and the Peel Inlet, which together form a freshwater system twice as large as Sydney Harbour. Man-made canals snake around the suburbs and sandy dunes back seemingly endless beaches. Seasonal wetlands provide shelter for local flora and fauna, and the Mediterranean climate is perfect for holidaymakers. The city is the gateway to the southwestern region of the country and has a variety of landmarks and attractions, as well as a good choice of hotels, including the beachside Seashells Mandurah and the Sebel.

Sights nearby

Mandurah’s attractions combine natural wonders and watery beauty with dolphin and whale watching, as well as beaches, outdoor activities, and two fun theme parks. Landmarks are mostly of the natural kind, although the 50-year old Ferris wheel is visible from all over the city and Victorian and Edwardian buildings give a glimpse of the founding years of the settlement.

- Abingdon Miniature Village

An enchanted wonderland for adults and children alike, this attraction offers a tiny replica of the English Thameside town of Abingdon, complete with models of the town’s historic buildings. Set in beautifully landscaped miniature gardens showing 300 plant species, the lovingly created models evoke the charm of the ancient town itself.

- Just 4 Fun Aqua Park

For a great family day out, head for the Just 4 Fun Aqua Park on the estuary, with its water slides, rock-climbing walls, water see-saws, catapults, and more. There’s a section with rides set aside for young children and there are paddle boats for those who don’t want to get soaked. A sandy beach with safe swimming are complete the picture.

- Yalgorup National Park

Set to the south of the city on a narrow, coastal strip, the park holds a chain of 10 scenic lakes with a huge variety of birdlife that is easily spotted on a bushwalk. Lakes Clifton and Preston are the largest lakes and offer fishing, boating, swimming, and relaxing by the waterside. Must-sees here are the unique living thrombolite formations that resemble rocks but are made up of miniscule, ancient microorganisms that are too small for the eye to see.

- Cape Bouvard Winery

Australian wines are word-famous, and a visit to a winery is a must during any Australian holiday. Rustic Cape Bouvard Winery, just a short drive from the city, is a charming, historic, and interesting introduction to the art of wine-making and features a micro-brewery offering excellent beers. Sunday visitors are treated to live music, and the café offers simple, delicious foods.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

Mandurah’s Dolphin Quay marina is the place for fine dining with a view, along with the Boardwalk and the Foreshore. Seafood is an all-time favourite, and the Aussie pubs along the banks of the river offer great food and friendly locals. For a unique experience, try the delicious five-course meal aboard the vintage Etmilyn Diner Restaurant Train as it chugs through the mysterious night-time forest. From shiny shopping malls to the weekly street market, shopaholics won’t have enough time to check everything out. Hand-crafted souvenirs, local artwork, and boutique fashions are favourites, along with local wines and fresh produce.

Public transport

With its setting on Highway 1 and with regular rail and luxury bus connections to Perth, Mandurah is easy to get to and around. Eleven Transperth bus routes run across all districts, and the Transwa bus service from Perth to the South West stops in the city. Taxis are available, and the Foreshore Express links the beaches with the railway station.