Once a small fishing village, the vibrant suburb of Mandurah is found in the heart of the Peel district, about an hour south of the Perth CBD. Situated on Western Australia’s pristine coastline, Mandurah’s ‘sea change’ lifestyle and idyllic surroundings have cemented it as a fantastic place for Perth residents to relocate to, or visit, to enjoy the vibrancy the suburb has on offer.
Where real estate is concerned, Mandurah is dotted with everything from fancy, marina-facing townhouses and apartment buildings to family homes in more traditional suburban areas. This diversity in properties available affirms the notion that there truly is something for everyone in Mandurah.
Read on for more information about Mandurah’s colourful history, the best things to do in Mandurah and some of the suburb’s annual events worth attending.
History of Mandurah
The city of Mandurah’s name is derived from a Noongar word meaning “meeting place”. The Mandurah townsite was officially laid out in 1831, but initially attracted very few residents. In fact, until the post-war boom of the 1950s and 1960s, Mandurah was only considered a small fishing village.
However, in recent years, Mandurah has gained a stellar reputation for its boating and fishing opportunities, and has attracted many people to the canal developments within the city’s south. And since the extension of the Kwinana Freeway and the completion of the Mandurah railway line, the city of Mandurah is more accessible to those living in Perth than ever. It’s also commonly referred to as ‘the gateway to the south-west’, and therefore makes the perfect location for those after the best of both worlds – city life and country niceties.
The Mandurah Lifestyle
It may come as no surprise, but living by the water definitely has its benefits. One of the major benefits of residing in Mandurah is that it is just far enough away from the ‘big smoke’ of Perth to house its own separate identity and community-based ideals. For those who need to commute to Perth, it’s a short 40 minute drive north on the freeway, and for those who don’t have this need, there’s plenty to enjoy within the Mandurah township itself.
There’s a constant stream of markets, events, activities and festivals that occur within the thriving city of Mandurah. As for easily accessible amenities, there are a ton of parklands, nature reserves, beaches and secluded swimming spots to enjoy. Read below for more things to do, and annual events in the hub of Mandurah.
Things To Do in Mandurah
- Watch wild dolphins in the harbour, estuary and canals
One of the most unique things about Mandurah is that it’s one of the only places in the world where
you can frequently see wild dolphins frolicking so close to people. If you’re visiting Mandurah, you’ll often see bottlenose dolphins swimming in the boat harbour, and through the estuary and canals.
A great way to get up close and personal with the dolphins is by hopping on a scenic cruise. There are a number of cruise operators on offer, or if you’d prefer a self-guided boat ride, hire a boat or a jet ski and embark on the journey without a tour company.
Make sure you’ve got your camera at the ready if you’d like a photo of these natural beauties, as they can remain underwater for up to 15 minutes at a time.
- Take in a show at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
The Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (or ManPAC) is a centre for the arts for Mandurah and surrounding suburbs. Presenting a packed schedule of music, theatre, comedy, dance, film, visual arts and workshop events each year, with the aim to build a more inclusive and creatively enlightened Mandurah community.
Plus, if you’re peckish post or pre-show, there are plenty of dining opportunities around the centre. Flics Kitchen, Mataya and Samudera are all only a few minutes’ walk from the theatre – or if you’d prefer to take a stroll down the boardwalk, The Pen and Oceanic may tickle your fancy.
- Embrace nature at the Yalgorup National Park
The picturesque Yalgorup National Park is famed for its stunning peppermint woodlands, stretches of lakes and the iconic Lake Clifton thrombolites. Just south of Mandurah, the park covers 12,888 hectares and supports a range of threatened animal and plant species.
The park’s crowning glories are the Lake Clifton Thrombolites, which can be viewed from a boardwalk on the Lakeside Loop Walktrail. A limestone colour, rounded shape, these structures are extremely rare and primitive life forms that consist of single-celled bacteria that have slowly grown into layers of silt and calcium.
Spring and autumn are the best seasons to explore the park. Consider visiting for a nature walk, a picnic or a spot of camping.
- Walk through the Mandurah Boardwalk Markets
The Mandurah Boardwalk Market activates one of Mandurah’s most central locations, The Boardwalk, every Sunday morning from 8am to 1pm. Its stalls are filled with local gifts, arts and crafts, coffees, cakes and other delicious local eats – just be sure to check the market’s Facebook page each week for updated time and location details.
Annual Events in Mandurah
- Mandurah Crab Fest
The annual Mandurah Crab Fest is the largest free regional community event in Western Australia. Held each March, this vibrant food festival attracts over 100,000 visitors and locals to the suburb of Mandurah; showcasing the lifestyle, culture, location and talent that makes this suburb so special.
For the most part, the Crab Fest is a celebration of the region’s native blue manna crab, but there’s plenty on offer for non-seafood enthusiasts. The festival features other fresh local food, live music, children’s entertainment, celebrity cooking demonstrations, aquatic entertainment, competitions and more. It’s a great way to get a ‘taste’ of what Mandurah is all about.
- Mandurah Readers and Writers Festival
The annual Mandurah Readers and Writers Festival aims to bring readers and authors together to engage in intellectual conversations around all types of books. With notable authors such as Pat Koutsakis, Kathy Heys and Sara Foster as common features of the line-up, there are plenty of panels and discussions across this jam-packed four days of all things literature.
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