Summer Family Holidays
Summer in Western Australia is all about the great outdoors. The Mandurah and Peel region is close and affordable, offering family getaways nestled in the forest and close to the water.
Fun in the Sun
The Mandurah and Peel region is all about the water in summer. Secluded beaches are within walking distance from the town of Mandurah. You can go off road in your 4WD along the ocean trails in Mandurah and the Shire of Waroona. Hire jet-skis, kayaks and paddleboards or try fly boarding along the Peel-Harvey estuary. Boats dedicated to spotting dolphins, catching crabs and watching wildlife cruise Mandurah’s waterways daily. Bring your own boat to explore at your own pace.
A family escape in the forest doesn’t have to be expensive or far away. Serpentine-Jarrahdale’s natural vistas, parks and striking waterfalls are less than an hour away, and perfect for picnics and bushwalks. Venturing further toward the Murray River, Dwellingup is full of fantastic camping sites in the jarrah forest, including popular Lane Poole Reserve. It’s a great place for canoeists, riders and walkers. If your kids are extra-adventurous, challenge them to an obstacle course in the trees! Trees Adventure will see them jumping, swinging and flying through the air.
Whether you’re after an authentic bush experience or a luxurious seaside escape, Mandurah and the Peel Region's accommodation is diverse and affordable. Villas, cottages and B&Bs are spotted throughout Mandurah, Murray, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Waroona and Boddington. Nature stays are made easy with many camping options. Caravan parks are situated within walking distance from the beach or forest, and are a popular choice for families on a budget. Houseboats are the ultimate water-adventure, and an experience the whole family will remember.
Activities for children under 12 years
Mandurah’s King Carnival boasts 18-hole mini golf, rides, trampolines, arcade games and water slides.
Why not take the little ones to Chipmunks, an indoor play centre catering for ages 0-11. Chipmunks has playgrounds for big kids and toddlers, including a café for grownups. Or get out on the water to explore the estuary, canals and river on a dolphin cruise.
Enjoy inflatable fun for everyone in Mandurah at Just 4 Fun Aqua Park in summer and Inflatable World all year round as it’s indoors.
South Yunderup’s Adventurescape, a giant adventure playground, is a great day out for the entire family. Your kids will enjoy climbing atop a 9 metre windmill tower, zipping on a flying fox or playing with Pickles the Pig.
When heading to Waroona, take the kids to The Cream Shed where they can watch cows being milked daily at 4pm from April.
At Peel Zoo in Pinjarra, your kids can get close to over 100 species of birds and animals. The Zookeeper 4 A Day even allows them to experience the life of a professional zookeeper. A must for all wildlife enthusiasts from 8 – 16 years.
If your children love trains, a train ride on Mandurah’s Mini Toot, the children’s sized Tourist Fun Train, or the Hotham Valley Tourist Train which will make for a fantastic day trip away from Perth. Based in Dwellingup, the historic Steam Ranger (Sundays from May – October) or the Forest Train will intrigue your children. Enjoy a 1.5 hour ride in the open air carriages of the Forest Train through the jarrah forest.
Activities for teenagers
Finding fun activities for teenagers can seem like a challenge but we’ve already done the hard work for you. There is plenty to do in Mandurah & the Peel Region to also keep the older children entertained.
At Trees Adventure in Dwellingup, they can challenge themselves on WA’s first tree ropes course offering 9 different levels and over 20 flying foxes. If they cannot get enough of climbing, head to Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing Centre for some more action.
You can also enjoy a round of Disc Golf at Mandurah’s Halls Park, a free and fun activity for the whole family. If your kids love skateboarding, they will enjoy the skate parks at Halls Park Mandurah and in Jarrahdale, Serpentine and Mundijong.
Celebrate the festive season with a range of family events from school holiday entertainment to outdoor adventures around the water. Mandurah and Peel’s beautiful surroundings welcome exciting events and adventures during summer.
Community Christmas Pageant
Mandurah’s annual Christmas pageant is a community tradition that inspires the town to get merry and ready for the holidays. Watch the floats, listen to carols, and settle in for cracking fireworks above the foreshore.
Eastern Foreshore, December 13.
New Years Eve Celebration
Bring the New Year in on Mandurah’s Eastern Foreshore. The youth zone offers free activities for 11-25 year olds, along with entertainment throughout the night. Pack a picnic and watch the fireworks sparkle over the water.
Eastern Foreshore, December 31.
Mandurah’s close proximity to the water means cooling off in summer is never a hassle. Take the family to Blue Bay, Silver Sands or Doddi’s. If energy needs to be burned, head to Just 4 Fun Aqua Park at the Western Foreshore. The kids can climb, jump and slip on an inflatable water playground. Children under seven years won’t miss out with their own playground, the Kid's Knee Deep Park. Get into some water-sports, and challenge yourself to learn how to paddle boards, or traverse the calm waterways in a canoe.
Perhaps you’ll come face to face with massive pelicans, or bottlenose dolphins as they jump and surf along the estuary. Mandurah has a range of eco-tours, dolphin cruises, and island explorations.
Whether you’re after a one-day trip or a holiday affair, Mandurah and the Peel Region's diverse environments are close-by and near the water. From Perth the natural beauty of Serpentine Falls in Serpentine-Jarrahdale is less than an hour away, and perfect for picnics.
Venturing further toward the Murray River, Dwellingup’s popular Lane Poole Reserve is a great place for nature adventures like fishing and canoeing. If your kids are extra-adventurous, challenge them to an obstacle course in the trees! Trees Adventure will see them jumping, swinging and flying high. Waroona’s beautiful beaches are a summer haven along with Lake Navarino and Yalgorup National Park. Alternatively, Hotham River runs through Boddington where you can fish, canoe, and stop for a BBQ picnic on the water’s edge.
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