Yalgorup National Park, Michael Maconachie / Auscape International

Population 67783

Mandurah, which has long been a popular holiday destination for Perth residents, is today the southernmost point of Perth's ever-expanding commuter belt. The Murray, Serpentine and Harvey rivers meet at the town to form the vast inland waterway of Peel Inlet and the Harvey Estuary. This river junction was once a meeting site for Aboriginal groups who travelled here to barter. The town's name is derived from the Aboriginal word 'mandjar', meaning trading place. The river and the Indian Ocean offer a variety of watersports and excellent fishing and prawning. But the aquatic activity for which Mandurah is perhaps best known is crabbing. It brings thousands during summer weekends, wading the shallows with scoop nets and stout shoes.

Visitor Information

75 Mandurah Tce; (08) 9550 3999

Nearby national parks

  • Yalgorup National Park

    Located just south of Mandurah in a long, narrow strip between the Old Coast Road and the Indian Ocean, and protecting a wetland system...more

  • Serpentine National Park

    This delightful park, only an hour’s drive from Perth, has attracted recreational visitors for over a century. They come to picnic...more

  • John Forrest National Park

    Declared in 1900, John Forrest is the oldest national park in Western Australia. Lying at the northern edge of the Hills Forest in the...more

Nearby towns

  • Pinjarra

    A pleasant 84-kilometre drive south of Perth along the shaded South Western Highway brings you to Pinjarra, picturesquely set on the Murray...more

  • Rockingham

    Lying on the edge of Cockburn Sound just 47 kilometres south of Perth, the coastal city of Rockingham offers sheltered waters ideal for...more

  • Dwellingup

    Set among pristine jarrah forest, this is a thriving timber town that was virtually destroyed in 1961 when lightning started a bushfire that...more

In Town

Christ's Church Built in 1870, this Anglican church has hand-worked pews believed to be the work of early settler Joseph Cooper. Many of the district's pioneers are buried in the churchyard, including Thomas Peel, the founder of Mandurah. In 1994 the church was extended and a bell-tower added to house 8 bells from England. Cnr Pinjarra Rd and Sholl St.

Australian Sailing Museum: displays and models of vessels from the 1860s to Olympic yachts; open Mon–Sun; 22 Ormsby Tce; (08) 9534 7256. 

Hall's Cottage: (1832) restored home of one of the original settlers, Henry Hall; open 2–5pm Sun; Leighton Rd, Halls Head.

Mandurah Community Museum: (1898) originally a school then a police station, now houses displays on Mandurah's social, fishing and canning histories; open 10am–4pm Tues–Fri, 11am–3pm Sat and Sun; 3 Pinjarra Rd; (08) 9550 3680.

King Carnival Amusement Park: fun-fair attractions including Ferris wheel and mini-golf; open 10am–10pm Sat, Sun and school holidays; Leighton Pl; (08) 9581 3735. 

Just 4 Fun Aqua Park: jump, slide and splash in this water-based adventure park of inflatable equipment, with a knee-deep area for toddlers; open 10.30am–5pm Sat–Sun Dec–Mar, Mon–Sun during school holidays; Western Foreshore. 

Estuary Drive: scenic drive along Peel Inlet and Harvey Estuary.


Peel and Geographe wine regions The Peel region is between Margaret River and Perth, with Geographe further south. Read more

Coopers Mill: the first flour mill in the Murray region, located on Cooleenup Island near the mouth of the Serpentine River. Joseph Cooper built it by collecting limestone rocks and, every morning, sailing them across to the island. Accessible only by water; contact visitor centre for information. 

Yalgorup National Park: swamps, woodlands and coastal lakes abounding with birdlife. Lake Clifton is 1 of only 3 places in Australia where the living fossils called thrombolites survive. A boardwalk allows close-up viewing; 45 km S.

Tours: including estuary cruises and dolphin interaction tours; contact visitor centre for details.

Fishing spots near town

Perth 60 km

The Swan River produces many species, including bream, mulloway, herring, tailor, tarwhine, silver trevally, Samson fish and flathead. This is a year- round fishery for the much sought bream. In summer the bream run... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Sea-kayaking around Rockingham 28 km

Along the coast at Rockingham, less than 45 minutes drive south from Perth, you can kayak to the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park just offshore, which harbours a host of wildlife. There are Australian sea-lions on Seal... Find out more

Whitewater rafting – Dwellingup 38 km

Dwellingup Adventures has a one-day rafting trip on the Murray River suitable for novices and children from ten years and upwards. This operator also hire canoes, kayaks, rafts and mountain bikes and, for self-guided... Find out more

Diving around Perth 53 km

There are some shore dives in and around Fremantle and Perth, and plenty of great boat dives to Rottnest Island and further afield. Dolphin Dive Fremantle is an eco-accredited dive shop with a large boat, and will rent... Find out more

Cycling on Rottnest Island 61 km

You can hire a bike before you get to Rottnest, and take it on the ferry, or hire on the island at Rottnest Island Bike Hire (located behind the Quokka Arms Hotel). The company has tandems, child seats, trailers and... Find out more

Perth Zoo 62 km

You can certainly while away a few hours at this excellent zoo, which is involved in conservation and has a breeding program for native endangered species, including the western swamp tortoise, Shark Bay mouse and... Find out more

Kings Park and Botanic Garden 63 km

Arguably the most scenic botanic gardens in the country, Kings Park and Botanic Garden, with its hilltop location, offers great views over the city and beyond, and has plenty of space for picnicking, cycling and walking.... Find out more

Hiking the Bibbulmun Track 69 km

You do not need to dedicate six to eight weeks to walk the superb 965-kilometre Bibbulmun Track in order to enjoy it. There are plenty of places to get on and off the track, so you can stretch the legs for a few hours,... Find out more

Short walks near Bunbury 89 km

Leschenault Inlet, near Koombana Bay at Bunbury, holds the southernmost white mangroves in Western Australia. A short boardwalk winds through the mangroves, where you may see some of the 60 waterbird species found here.... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Meadow Springs Golf & Country Club 4 km

Nearly eight years after American designer Robert Trent Jones Jnr oversaw the final stages of construction on his acclaimed Joondalup layout, he found himself back on the WA coast. This time it was to sign off on... Find out more

The Cut Golf Club 13 km

There was a time not long ago when golfers could be forgiven for thinking there was little chance of any new links courses being built on the Australian coastline. That was before the post-2000 building boom kicked in... Find out more

Secret Harbour Golf Links 13 km

Towering sand dunes covered with thick coastal scrub were the sight that greeted Graham Marsh, former player turned course designer, when he took his first look at the proposed Secret Harbour Golf Links in the early... Find out more

The Links Kennedy Bay 18 km

Kennedy Bay has a brief and chequered history. Since opening for play in 1998 this acclaimed links course has been forced to close twice because of financial circumstances involving different owners. The most recent... Find out more

Araluen Golf Resort 55 km

Steep forest-covered hills above deep valleys are not the ideal landscape on which to create a golf course. But that did not stop the developers of Araluen Golf Resort – in the Roleystone Hills, 45 minutes... Find out more

Cottesloe Golf Club 62 km

Cottesloe is internationally renowned for its superb beach, backing on to rows of towering Norfolk Island pines and wonderful terraced lawns, an idyllic spot to soak up views of the Indian Ocean. If you were expecting... Find out more

Mt Lawley Golf Club 69 km

Perth was a booming town in the late 1920s, and as more and more people headed west from the eastern states, the demand for golf courses grew. Four of Perth’s finest layouts – Lake Karrinyup, Cottesloe,... Find out more

The Western Australian Golf Club 71 km

The Western Australian Golf Club is a hidden gem, particularly to visitors from interstate or overseas. Set amid the rolling hills of suburban Yokine, and covering some of the highest points to be found north of... Find out more

Lake Karrinyup Country Club 74 km

For more than five decades Lake Karrinyup was widely considered one of Australia’s classic courses. It first won national acclaim when it hosted the 1952 Australian Open, won by Norman von Nida. The Open... Find out more

Joondalup Country Club & Resort 86 km

Few inland courses in Australia boast such visually sensational holes as you will encounter at Joondalup. This 27-hole layout, a 25-minute drive north of Perth’s CBD, is a unique golfing experience and the... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Cafe Pronto

Located in one of Mandurah’s oldest buildings, Eureka Cottage (c. 1915), Cafe Pronto has had a recent revamp to bring it up to date while remaining sympathetic to its heritage. Winner of countless hospitality... Find out more

Red Manna Waterfront Restaurant

Situated on the waterfront with views of the Peel Estuary and the Indian Ocean through the glass walls, Red Manna is one of Mandurah’s premier locations. As the name suggests, seafood is the speciality and in... Find out more


Drawing on some of the finest ingredients available, like local seafood and prime beef, Scusi is one of Mandurah’s premier dining establishments. The Mediterranean-inspired menu features many local favourites, like... Find out more

The Miami Bakehouse

Although located within a low-key shopping centre, the Miami Bakehouse is the winner of countless awards. The privately owned bakery bakes numerous gourmet pies, specialty breads and other naughty delights to either... Find out more

Cafe on the Dam

Overlooking one of Western Australia’s largest dams, Serpentine Cafe on the Dam inspires a relaxed meal, whether it is for lunch or a coffee. The menu is seasonal and includes country favourites like burgers and... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

The Sandcastle 50 km

The Sandcastle is an up-market option in South Fremantle, with beautiful food, much of which comes from sustainable resources, and organic wines and beers. As well as stocking organic vegetables, grains and meats, the... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Little Creatures Brewing 52 km

After dabbling in wine and working as a brewing consultant in the US, craftbeer pioneer Phil Sexton re-surfaced in the local beer scene, along with a couple of other former Matilda Bay Brewing heavyweights, with the... Find out more

Sail & Anchor Hotel 52 km

The Australian craft beer movement was kick-started at the Sail & Anchor Hotel in 1984 when the first house-brewed ale flowed there. Phil Sexton and his partners in the Matilda Bay Brewing Company were building the... Find out more

Gage Roads Brewing Company 53 km

Established in 2002 by former Sail & Anchor brewing team Peter Nolin and Bill Hoedemaker, Gage Roads Brewing started producing beer from the Palmyra site in mid-2005. The US-born pair was apparently frustrated that... Find out more

Billabong Brewing 54 km

Owner Alan Proctor started Billabong Brewing as Western Australia’s first brew-on-premise operation, where homebrewers come to make their own beer and bottle it, using professional equipment. In 2006 Proctor... Find out more

Swan Brewery 54 km

The Swan Brewery was established in 1857 by early Western Australian settler Frank Sherwood, who had emigrated from England with his family in 1842. Interestingly, he originally set up a school of classics and languages... Find out more

Elmar's In the Valley 82 km

Having established a successful smallgoods business, German-born couple Elmar and Anette Dieren branched out to establish this sizeable bar, restaurant and beer garden complex, which also includes a microbrewery. While... Find out more

Duckstein Brewery 83 km

Duckstein Brewery actually has two separate breweries and outlets located in both the Swan Valley and Margaret River wine regions. The original 60-litre microbrewery (or should that be microscopic brewery) is one of the... Find out more

Mash Brewing Company 84 km

The simply named Mash Brewing Company debuted in April 2006, adding to the significant cluster of craft breweries operating out of the Swan Valley. Inspired by the Little Creatures model, the brewery is positioned... Find out more

Feral Brewing Company 86 km

Based in the Swan Valley, Feral Brewing produces a range of sometimes challenging beers that are served on tap at their bar/restaurant (and a handful of other outlets), plus their flagship bottled product Feral White,... Find out more

Campsites around town

Herron Point camping area 24 km

Herron Point camping area is on Herron Point Rd, 7 km west of Old Bunbury Rd (turn off 16 km south of Pinjarra), on the shores of Peel Harvey Estuary. It’s perfect for fishing, boating, swimming, sailing and other... Find out more

Dandalup camping area 27 km

Stunning valley views and a ghostly stand of butter gums surround this campsite, 34 km south of Jarrahdale. Dwellingup is 44.9 km to the north.... Find out more

Marrinup camping area 34 km

Marrinup camping area is 5 km west of Dwellingup on Grey Rd, via Pinjarra Rd. It’s a pleasant area in the forest beside Marrinup Brook. Nature lovers will enjoy the serenity of the forest and its flora and fauna... Find out more

Martins Tank camping area 35 km

Martins Tank camping area is arranged under a natural canopy of peppermint trees, 5 km from Preston Beach North Rd. Bring drinking water and firewood; Oct–Mar bring a gas/fuel stove as well, as a solid-fuel fire... Find out more

Lake Navarino Forest Resort 43 km

Until now, Lake Navarino Forest Resort was one of WA’s best-kept secrets. Nestled in jarrah forest, it’s the perfect place to slip into the peaceful and unhurried pace of nature, or rush into one of the many... Find out more

Baden Powell camping area 43 km

You’ll find Baden Powell campground 9 km south of Dwellingup on Nanga Rd, then a further 1.5 km east of the reserve entry along Park Rd. Drinking water is available, but best to bring your own.... Find out more

Navarino Lakeside camping area 44 km

Accessed via the Navarino Forest Resort are numerous lake foreshore camping sites in beautiful, natural forest surroundings. These offer a more basic camping experience for those who don’t require the full... Find out more

Charlies Flat camping area 46 km

This secluded forest campsite is in a lovely setting beside the river, 14 km south of Dwellingup. It is suitable for smaller caravans and camper trailers. To get here, take Nanga Rd then head 7 km south-east of the... Find out more

Chuditch camping area 46 km

This forest site is suitable for small caravans or camper trailers and has a good range of facilities. It’s 16 km from Dwellingup following Nanga and Park rds, 8.5 km south-east of the reserve entry off Murray... Find out more

Nanga Townsite camping area 47 km

This is a secluded campsite in the forest with signposted access along Nanga Rd. It is 13.5 km south of Dwellingup and 6 km south of the reserve entry.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Woodman Point Holiday Park 44 km

Large and popular, this tourist park has walking access to the beach and is just 7 km from Fremantle. The managers run nature walks around the local area year round. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Perth 65 km

This is a great park with excellent amenities, in the eastern suburbs 16 km from the centre of Perth. It also has a van-storage area. Access to the park is easy from all directions along main arterial routes. Bookings... Find out more

Binningup Beach Caravan Park 69 km

This is a nicely shaded park close to the beach in a small beachside community. It suits the budget-minded traveller out of peak periods. Wood-fired pizzas are available on Friday and Saturday evenings. Bookings are... Find out more

Banksia Tourist Park 72 km

This is an ideal location for those arriving in Perth from the north or the east wanting to stay on the outskirts. The park is in a semi-rural setting just a few minutes from Midland. The quality park is well laid out... Find out more

Karrinyup Waters Resort 74 km

Just 14 km north of Perth and close to the Mitchell Freeway, this park is just a short distance from the beach. With very good amenities and facilities that include a spa and solar-heated pool, this is a good base for... Find out more

Perth Vineyards Holiday Park 76 km

Situated in the grape-growing area of the Upper Swan River, about 14 km from the centre of Perth, this quality park has easy access to the main routes north and east. It has grassy and paved sites, some with good shade.... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Park – Koombana Bay 88 km

Right in the heart of Bunbury, this quality park offers discerning caravanners a range of excellent facilities including a coffee shop and a tennis court. Bookings are required in peak periods. There is a minimum-stay... Find out more

Bunbury Glade Caravan Park 92 km

A good quality park just 3 km south of the city centre, this place has well-maintained grounds and good facilities. It is easily accessible from the Bussell Highway. Bookings are required in January and for long weekends... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Bunbury Village 94 km

This is a very good quality park on the highway, 6 km from the city centre. It has some great features including minigolf and a tennis court. Its location makes it an excellent base for a holiday in Bunbury. Bookings are... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Dolphin House Boats

If you’re looking for a holiday with a difference, give Dolphin House Boats a go. They’re located in the Mandurah ocean marina but a skipper’s ticket isn’t required; however, assistance is on-call... Find out more

Lakeside Holiday Apartments

Just 15 minutes from Mandurah’s marina, restaurants and shops, these two-bedroom and two-bathroom apartments are situated on an ornamental lake, as the name suggests. Fully self-contained, relax on your deck while... Find out more

Peel Manor House

On 5 hectares of rural tranquillity, Peel Manor House boasts 16 king-sized suites, ensuring a private stay in warm and elegant surroundings. Some of the rooms have spas, and lake and garden views. Popular as a wedding... Find out more

Seashells Resort Mandurah

Right next door to the Mandurah Ocean Marina, and situated on Comet Beach, Seashells Mandurah has well-appointed one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and villas. High-quality materials like granite, marble, wood and... Find out more

Silver Sands Timeshare Resort

The Silver Sands Timeshare Resort is an old favourite with visitors to the region. Close to town and many water attractions, the rates are very competitive. Fully self-contained one- and two-bedroom apartments are... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Pinjarra park area 19 km

At Pinjarra

On the south side of town opposite the cemetery.

North Dandelup park area 23 km

43km S of Armadale (L) or 15km N of Pinjarra (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees. Toilets behind nearby hall.

Marrinup camping area 35 km

T/O at Pinjarra

At a clearing in the forest 24km south-east of Pinjarra via Pinjarra-Williams Rd and Grey Rd (unsealed).

Bandicoot Brook rest area 35 km

21km S of Pinjarra (R) or 79km N of Bunbury (L)

Just off the highway among some trees.

Baden Powell camping area 43 km

T/O at Pinjarra to Dwellingup

In the forest of Lane Poole Reserve 10km south of Dwellingup via Nanga Rd. A new campsite is currently being built across the road from the existing one, which will stay open.

Chuditch camping area 46 km

T/O at Pinjarra to Dwellingup

In the forest of Lane Poole Reserve 17km south of Dwellingup via Nanga Rd.

Nanga Mill camping area 47 km

T/O at Pinjarra to Dwellingup

In the forest of Lane Poole Reserve 19km south of Dwellingup via Nanga Rd.

Gleneagle rest area 51 km

25km SE of Armadale (L) or 107km NW of Williams (R)

Secluded in a forest setting well off the highway.

Sullivan Rock rest area 52 km

37km SE of Armadale (R) or 95km NW of Williams (L)

Just off the highway among trees.

Hoffman Mill Camp Area 63 km

T/O 44 km S of Pinjarra (L) or 56 km N of Bunbury (R)

Large camp area located 18 kilometres east of the highway via Logue Brook Dam Road and Clarke Road. Good facilities and shade.

NOTE: Access road part unsealed. Area closed April–November.

Harvey River park area 64 km

At Harvey

Under shady trees on the banks of the Harvey River.

Bannister rest area 79 km

84km SE of Armadale (L) or 48km NW of Williams (R)

Just off the highway among trees.

Crossman rest area 86 km

At Crossman

Just off the highway among trees.

Forsyths Mill rest area 89 km

11km E of Mundaring (R) or 27km W of Bakers Hill (L)

Secluded in a natural bush setting just off the highway.

Bunbury South Rest Area 94 km

42 km NW of Margaret River (L) or 57 km SE of Bunbury (R)

Small area just off the highway. Limited shade.

What's on around town

Crab Fest: Mar. 

Stretch Festival: arts and cultural festival; May. 

Mandurah Boat Show: Oct. 

Mandjar Markets: off Mandurah Tce on eastern foreshore; 9am–4pm every Sun Oct–Apr.

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