Escape quicker and start the fun faster. Because access from Perth is fast and made easy, Mandurah & the Peel Region is the perfect family getaway and well set up with special programs and school holiday activities.
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Things to do
Dwellingup Steam Ranger
Winter means that the steam train season has started! Hotham Valley Railway’s Steam Ranger depart from Dwellingup, only 90 km south of Perth, for a 2 hour leisurely trip over the steepest, twistiest railway in WA… The first part of the journey takes you down to Isandra Siding. Once you arrive in Isandra, the locomotive will move to the opposite end of the train, giving you a 30 minute stopover…This is a truly unique and fun experience for kids of all ages.
Tourist Fun Train
Hop on "Mini Toot", the children sized Tourist Fun Train, and head off on a fabulous trip along Mandurah's Eastern Foreshore down to the bridge and return. Fun for all kids big and small! The Mandurah Tourist Fun Train operates daily. Tickets are available from the Mandurah Visitor Centre at 75 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah.
Aqualib Wetland & Wildlife Safari
Aqualib Marine Charters' local, experienced guides will take you on an exciting adventure like no other!
Experience the amazing Mandurah Estuary and view the abundance of natural attractions creating spectacular scenery. Explore around Boundary Island, venture into the wetlands and watch and learn about the majestic birdlife. Get up close to the playful Mandurah dolphins as they can be seen swimming alongside the boat! Tours daily at 11am and 2pm.
Give the whole family a ‘hands-on’ zoo experience at the Peel Zoo. You’ll find over 100 species of birds and animals, including Tasmanian devils and wombats.
Cohunu Koala Park
Cohunu Koala Park is a great way to get up close and personal with some of the unique Australian fauna that are living in the park. The kids can hand feed many of the free roaming animals -and even hold the koalas!
Animals are a guaranteed fun day out, no matter how old the kids are. And from dingoes to deer and kangaroos to talking parrots; there are plenty of animals to check out. You can stroll the bush tracks and pathways, or – take a ride on a miniature train! This miniature railway zig-zags through the park during most weekends and public holidays, and is a great way to see everything. And even the big kids can hitch a ride!
Free Kids Activities
Take your kids to the Adventurescape Playground in the Austin Lakes Estate in South Yunderup, only 15 mins from Mandurah. This playground is like no other with the farm theme integrated through the whole playground, including its tallest feature – a windmill slide standing tall at 8.5 metres.
Quarry Adventure Park
At the heart of Meadow Springs is the 4 hectare Quarry Adventure Park, which is one of Mandurah’s largest and most feature-packed parks. Built around a natural quarry, the park features 4 hectares of open space, terraced limestone amphitheatre, viewing platforms, toddler’s play-zone, adventure playground, community facilities and more.
Outdoor Fun Activities for Kids
Trees Adventure in Dwellingup is WA’s newest treetop tourist attraction and only 100 km from Perth!
This new tree adventure park caters for kids of 4 years and up. There are two low level courses for 4 to 7 year olds and they have 7 courses for adults to choose from. This is not only an adventure experience, it’s also an experience out in state forest. This is so much fun for the kids! Where else do you get the chance to swing, leap, climb and fly through the forest? Sessions run for 2 hours including training, and you can choose which tree top course you’d like to experience.
It’s a carnival every weekend at Mandurah’s King Carnival, with a ferris wheel and dodgem cars, as well as bungee trampolines and inflatable castles. It’s a kid’s wonderland.
Indoor Fun Activities for Kids
Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing
This is not only a fun experience on bad weather days. Climbing is a great way to challenge yourself, build core strength and have a laugh with friends. Your kids don’t need to be experienced climbers. If they are new to climbing, or new to Mandurah Indoor Rock Climbing Centre, the friendly staff will give them a safety instruction and show them how to use the climbing gear.
Places to Eat
Golden Cloud Spur
This South African Steak House chain is blessed with lots of activities for kids of all ages. So it features an indoor playroom and kids eat free Mondays & Tuesdays. See more.
This gourmet café is a must for every chocolate lover! Look behind the scenes through the viewing window and watch the staff decorating cupcakes and making their delicious chocolate treats.
There is also an outdoor playground which is suitable for little and big kids. See more.
Mandurah's Fishing Boat Harbour is home to the second branch of the popular seafood restaurant Cicerello's (originally established in Fremantle in 1903). Like the original, it offers a range of family friendly dining specials and the freshest seafood including oysters, mussels, crabs and crayfish. If you can't wait 'till lunch for your Cicerello's fix, the Mandurah restaurant now serves breakfast…
Places to Stay
Mandurah is recognised for its sweeping ocean views, and at Seashells Mandurah you can experience all this beauty from the comfort of a high-quality apartment. Ideally positioned between the ocean and Peel Estuary, Seashells Mandurah offers a mix of luxury self-contained apartments, which come with flat-screen TVs, fully-equipped kitchens, and rich scenic vistas. For something a little more indulgent, why not book a beachfront villa and marvel at the spectacular ocean views from your very own furnished deck!
The Sebel Mandurah
Situated on the glistening waterfront of the Mandurah Estuary, the 4.5 star hotel offers various room types and apartments, offering either panoramic estuary views or scenic canal vistas. Find out more about The Sebel Mandurah.
Mandurah Ocean Marina Chalets
Stay overnight in one of the Mandurah Ocean Marina Chalets, close to restaurants, cinema and the beach. This 3.5 star self-contained accommodation features studio, spa, couples and family chalets overlooking the Mandurah Ocean Marina in the town centre and is an affordable option for families.
Mandurah Family Resort
Mandurah Family Resort, located 100 metres to the beach and a 10 minute walk to the town centre, features standard or luxury spa 2 bedroom self-contained villas at the complex. Each villa sleeps up to 6 people. A great option to base your family for some days away from home.
Silver Sands Resort
The 4 star resort, only a two minute walk to the beach and a few minutes’ drive to the town centre, offers 1 and 2 bedroom self-contained apartments. On-site facilities include a large outdoor swimming pool, heated indoor pool, four heated spas, tennis courts, a mini golf course and more to keep the kids entertained. Find out more about Silver Sands Resort.
Weekend Trip Ideas
- Head to Mandurah and stay overnight in your choice of waterside accommodation. Mandurah Quay Resort in Erskine, with its tranquil estuary views, is a perfect base to take in the sights and sounds of the expansive wetlands. The resort is surrounded by unspoilt bird conservation areas with great hiking trails at the nearby Len Howard Conservation Park.
- The peaceful estuary waters near Mariner’s Cove provide a relaxed setting view over 130 native and migratory bird species. Board a cruise from the Mandurah city centre and discover why Creery Wetlands has been identified as a wetland of international importance.
- At the wetlands, stroll the interpretive walking trail to the bird hide and its viewing platform to spot one of the many species of visiting shorebirds. Follow the Mandurah Bypass to Egret Point and Samphire Cove Nature Reserve. Walk the woodland trails along the inlet and look out for native shore and land brids and the reserve’s namesake green-and-orange samphire plants.
- From Mandurah, follow the Old Coast Road southwards. Listed as a wetlands of international importance, Lake Clifton is home to the largest lake-bound thrombolite reef in the southern hemisphere. Along with the Yalgorup National Park, it’s a popular destination for its natural beauty.
- Continue south and stay overnight in a contemporary beach house beside the crystal waters of Preston Beach.
- Or head south-east and indulge in the country lifestyle at a guesthouse in Waroona.
- Walk a section of WA’s famous Bibbulmun Track, through beautiful eucalyptus forests vibrant with native wildflowers. Created to inspire urban dwellers to venture into the bush, this well-signposted track was named for the pre-European inhabitants of the south-west. The track has shelters regularly spaced along its route, so it can be enjoyed for a few hours or for a serious hike.
- Travel north to the timber town of Dwellingup and its iconic, leaf-shaped Forest Heritage Centre. Linking art to heritage and the forest, this is where you can admire the beautiful artwork in the gallery as well as learning more about the environment. You can take a guided or a self-guided tour, and explore the interpretive centre and walking trails while finding out more about wildflowers, animals and resources of the forest. A tree-top viewing platform allows visitors to enjoy the bush at canopy height.
CARAVANNING & CAMPING WEEKEND
- Begin your stay at the leafy Miami Holiday Park, Mandurah’s only waterfront caravan park. You’ll have direct access to the estuary for boating and fishing. In the morning, get breakfast at Café Coast before heading south to Waroona.
- Even if you’re not an antique expert, Drakesbrook Antiques & Collectables is worth a visit to browse through all these precious artefacts. Pottery, Charlie Bears, China collections, toys - the collection here is outstanding! And if you’re a Moorcroft connoisseur you’re going to love this store, as they’re one of the top genuine Moorcroft Foundation Retailers in the world.
- Look out for markers for the heritage walk that visit many of the town’s historical sites and buildings. Local artists have provided sketches of the sites as they once were, and these form the basis for the trail.
- Grab a bite to eat at the Waroona Country Café and enjoy a picnic at the Drakesbrook Weir. Enjoy beautiful clear waters, rolling hills in the background, a sandy beach and a nice grassy area to settle down for the afternoon.
- Stay at the pet-friendly Lake Navarino Holiday Park, a bush lover’s paradise nestled in the jarrah forest. This park is perfect for bushwalking, mountain biking, 4WDing – and it’s great for bird watching too!