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andurah comes alive
in summer, and if
you haven’t been for
a while, you’ll see big
changes. As well as clean beaches,
water sports and great crabbing
and fishing, there’s lots of new
construction and exciting property
developments. The foreshore just
keeps getting better, helping make
Mandurah the ultimate seaside
As the population swells in this
regional seaside city, so does its
appeal to the well-heeled. Seaside
mansions share space with the
traditional holiday shacks of old,
and people from all walks of life
happily coexist. There’s a refreshing
sense of egalitarianism in the
city, known for its quintessential
summer holiday atmosphere.
Summer and autumn are the
perfect time to explore Mandurah’s
coast and waterways, shared with
the resident pelicans, dolphins and
fish. There’s also a growing selection
of restaurants and shops to sample in
this increasingly sophisticated city.
Even getting to Mandurah is more
fun. It’s either a shortened drive
down the new Forrest Highway or
a fuss-free 48 minutes on the train.
The quick journey makes it a popular
day trip, especially with kids.
Mandurah’s ease of access is part of
its wider seaside charm – so you may
want to stay a while.
Take advantage of the relatively
new rail link between Perth and
Mandurah, via the southern
suburbs. At 130kph, it’s the fastest
and smoothest way to get there.
Once you arrive, a free shuttle
bus will drop you on the eastern
foreshore, outside the Mandurah
Visitor Centre. This runs all day on a
20-minute loop, stopping at 6pm in
the summer months. Alternatively,
Transperth buses run from the
station to Mandurah Forum, the
town centre, Mandurah Terrace,
Dawesville and Madora Bay, so you
can leave the car at home.
It’s all about the water in the
warmer months. Mandurah is
surrounded by the Indian Ocean,
Peel Inlet and a network of canals,
Temperature (max 30o- min 17o)
Rainfall (max 190mm - min 9mm)
TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL
• Water sports
• Mandurah Crab Fest
• Bottlenose dolphins
• Mandurah Ocean Marina
• Surf beaches
• Eastern Foreshore
• Sailing Museum
Sailing is just one of the popular
water sports in Mandurah.
Crowds on the eastern foreshore.
An aerial view of Mandurah.
Outside the Mandurah
Performing Arts Centre.
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“It’s a seaside adventure playground
with water sports and great fishing”
so swimming, surfing, canoeing,
sailing, waterskiing, kayaking,
jet-skiing and diving are all
possibilities. If it can be done in or
on the water, there’s more than
likely a tour or hire service covering
it. A variety of cruises visit the
canal developments, the new Ocean
Marina, the Peel Inlet and the
Catching Blue Manna crabs is a
kind of Mandurah ritual, whether
it’s from a boat with drop nets or
wading through the water with a
scoop net (far more fun). Catching
them is only the half of it – eating
the sweet, succulent flesh is a real
treat. Fishing of all kinds remains
one of the most popular pastimes.
Do it from the beach, fishing
platforms, the estuary or offshore.
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