Five Things to do in Mandurah


Mandurah is just a 45-minute drive or a short train ride south of Perth. It’s long been a popular getaway destination for locals and visitors. Over recent years, Mandurah has grown from a small seaside town into a lively and cosmopolitan city renowned for its and relaxed holiday atmosphere.

Mandurah and the surrounding Peel region offer a wide range of activities from exploring the waterways and national parks to restaurants, wineries, shopping and bush walks.

Choose Your Accommodation

Sebel Mandurah

Mandurah is home to many different types of accommodation with options to fit all budgets. The Sebel Mandurah has a prime location on the water overlooking picturesque Mandjar Bay. It’s ideal for families, couples and conference groups.

Enjoy a Meal (or two!)

A fantastic array of restaurants can be found along Mandurah’s waterfront, catering for all tastes and budgets.

Flics Kitchen is a great destination for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Open since 2016, Flics Kitchen serves tapas-style sharing meals, making use of local and unusual ingredients to create a range of exciting dishes.

Cafe Moka Mandurah

Café Moka in Dolphin Quay has been a long-time favourite in the area and a great spot for breakfast, lunch or just coffee and cake. Open seven days from 7am it’s the ideal place for early risers to start the day.

The Craft Beer and Wine Trail features seven of the region’s best beer and wine offerings that can be enjoyed at your own pace. An easy to read and helpful map shows you the way and you can show the trail brochure at each venue or check in on your phone for some special deals. Millbrook Winery, home to one of WA’s finest restaurants, is part of the trail.

The area’s biggest shopping centre, Mandurah Forum, has recently had a major upgrade including an alfresco food precinct that offers a wide variety of cuisines making it a great place to take the whole family.

Go Shopping

Mandurah has lots of boutique shops with plenty to interest both locals and visitors.

Local artist Emma Blyth has a gallery in Mandurah’s Smart Street Mall specialising in paintings, prints & souvenirs. Her paintings express a passion for colour and unique sense of translating Australian culture to canvas.

As mentioned above, Mandurah Forum has recently seen a major upgrade and is home to a number of department stores and independent shops as well as the alfresco food precinct. Major retailers include David Jones, H&M, Kmart, Big W and Target. Supermarkets Coles and Woolworths are also there and the best places to stock up if you’re self-catering. 

Cruise the Canals

Take a cruise around Mandurah’s beautiful canals for a spectacular day out experiencing the best of WA’s natural environment. Mandurah Cruises offers a range of exciting one-hour, half-day and full-day marine adventures. They have twelve cruises available including dolphin watching, fishing, crabbing and cray fishing.

If you’d rather go under your own steam, hire an Eco BBQ Boat for a unique day out. Be your own captain and float around the beautiful Marina and Canals on a donut-shaped floating barbecue boat that seats up to 6 or up to 10 people. No boating license is required.

See the Sights

Dolphin Quay Mandurah

Dolphin Quay at the Mandurah Ocean Marina offers delicious food, unique gift ideas and live music all within a fun holiday atmosphere. Stunning views overlooking the ocean provide the perfect backdrop for its restaurants, specialty stores and market style shopping. There’s free entertainment every weekend.

In the local dialect of the region’s first people, ‘Mandjoo’ means (meeting place) and ‘goordap’ means (of the heart). Mandjoogoordap Dreaming tours share cultural knowledge, experiences and positive memories with its guests.

Crab Fest

Mandurah’s famous Crab Fest festival is held every year in March and celebrates the lifestyle, location, culture and talent that makes Mandurah so unique…and of course the native blue manna crab. The largest free community event in Western Australia, it attracts over 100,000 locals and visitors. Crab Fest 2020 will be held on March 14-15

Amaze Miniature Park is just five minutes from Mandurah and has an extensive display of scale model miniature buildings and railways. Many of the models are exact replicas of well-known historic buildings from Abingdon Village, parts of the UK and Germany. Included in the entry fee are mazes, secret garden, lakes, water features, a playground and other activities.

The state-of-the-art Mandurah Performing Arts Centre overlooks Mandjar Bay and showcases a wide range of local, national and international creative talent. Be sure to see what’s playing when you’re in town.

This post is sponsored by Sebel Mandurah.

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Martin was born in England but now lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a passion for breakfast, coffee, hot curries & fast food, and is a cat & Dalek person.

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