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Mandurah

Visitor Centre:
Mandurah Visitor Centre
Mandurah Terrace
Phone: (08) 9550 3999
Visitor website: www.visitmandurah.com
General:
The easy accessibility of Mandurah to the State’s main metropolitan area and other regions makes it an ideal spot for long-term holidays as well as weekend getaways. Mandurah is also situated on one of the main thoroughfares to the South West of the state.
Mandurah is situated on the coast and the Peel-Harvey Estuary, an expansive body of water two and a half times the size of Sydney Harbour, which is fed by three main tributaries - the Murray, Serpentine and Harvey Rivers.
This vast area of water and its close proximity to the Indian Ocean, makes Mandurah ideal for boating, fishing, crabbing, prawning, swimming and surfing. Under warm, summer skies families spend their days either on the sparkling estuary or enjoying the fantastic beaches.
A combination of calm, protected waterways and a relaxed yet cosmopolitan atmosphere serve to make Mandurah an ideal destination for day trips, weekends, longer stays as well as family holidays.
History:
The original European settler of the Mandurah area was Thomas Peel who sold land, surveyed roads and imported stock. He named the area Mandurah, derived from the Aboriginal word ‘mandjar’ which means ‘trading place’ or ‘meeting place’.
In 1850, Mandurah was connected to Perth by a coastal road and in 1876 an inland road was completed. The combination in the 1950s of an increase in tourism and the development of Kwinana as a major industrial centre saw Mandurah grow rapidly. Following a significant period of growth and development, including the creation of canals on Mandurah’s waterways Mandurah has become a vibrant, prosperous, connected and sustainable City, the fastest growing regional city in Australia.
Attractions:
Foreshore
In the heart of Mandurah and running along the estuary edge, the eastern foreshore is ideal for family outings or picnics with electric barbecues, shelters, tables, a massive playground for children and a protected swimming area.
Dawesville Cut
Approximately 10 kilometres south of the town of Mandurah is the Dawesville Cut which is a second link for the Peel-Harvey Estuary with the Indian Ocean.
This amazing engineering feat was brought about due to a blue green algal bloom infesting the estuary which threatened to cause an environmental disaster. The Dawesville Cut allows the water to flush out the Inlet and the estuary thus ensuring the water is clean and in a safe condition.
The Dawesville Cut has created an island effect for the suburbs south of Mandurah and serves as an easy link for people and visitors south of the Mandurah CBD from the estuary to the ocean, ideal for boating and water-based activities.
Mandurah
Community Museum
Situated in the centre of town at 3 Pinjarra Road next to the old bridge, the museum is open Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm and Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 3pm.
Hall’s Cottage
Hall’s Cottage in Leighton Road was built by Henry Edward Hall in the 1830s.
This limestone cottage is typical of the earliest dwellings in WA. Restored in 1975, it now operates as a museum of local history.
James Service Anchor
The anchor is a relic from the tragic wreck of an iron barque which floundered on the Murray Reef north of Mandurah during a severe storm in 1878. The anchor was recovered from the reef and is now situated at Christ’s Church in the centre of town.
Christ’s Church
Located on the corner of Pinjarra Road and Sholl Street. The building was completed in 1871 and has since been restored. The cemetery attached to the church includes the grave of Thomas Peel, the first European settler in Mandurah.
When the James Service was wrecked off the coast, the tragedy resulted in a total loss of life of all passengers and crew. Many of the bodies that were washed up on the beaches in the area are buried in the church cemetery.
SPORT & LEISURE
Golf
Mandurah is close to several world-class golf courses. Meadow Springs, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr, was opened in 1990 and in 2005 a world-class golf course, The Cut, opened in Dawesville. Set overlooking the Indian Ocean, The Cut golf course is available for public use and offers full club facilities and a pro-shop. Also available are golf clubs at Kennedy Bay (designed by Ian Baker-Finch) and Secret Harbour Golf Links (designed by Graham Marsh).
A huge drawcard with international visitors, these courses offer the opportunity to play in stunning settings close to the town centre.
Crabbing
Historically Mandurah has been renowned for crabbing. Thousands of people come to Mandurah to wade in the shallows of the Peel-Harvey Estuary with scoop nets and sturdy shoes, or drop crab nets over the side from dinghies and smaller boats.
The City also hosts the annual Channel Seven Mandurah Crab Fest in early March which attracts a large number of visitors into the region. Festival highlights include a host of Channel Seven celebrities, gourmet wine and food stalls, live performances, amusements, market stalls, exhibitions, cooking demonstrations and a youth zone.
Watersports
With a vast array of water-based activities, the possibilities are endless. Cruise boats take visitors around the beautiful canal ways and into the estuary to see the local dolphins.
Alternatively visitors may charter their own boat to go fishing or hire a houseboat for a few nights to explore the Peel-Harvey Estuary. Other activities, such as jet skiing, surfing, canoeing and bodyboarding are also available in Mandurah.
Mandurah Ocean Marina
The world class Mandurah Ocean Marina not only provides an opportunity to hire boats and moor your yacht, but its highly regarded Dolphin Quay offers a range of fine dining experiences coupled with thriving markets and self-contained holiday apartments and chalets to 4.5 star resorts.