Mandurah & the Peel Region is really attuned to families and it's so close to Perth that before you hear "Are we here yet?", the answer will be "Yes".
There are so many places to bring your senses back to life. Stay at an oceanside chalet, a leafy, welcoming caravan park or an amazing bushland camping site on the banks of a peaceful river.
Have a fun-filled day by the waterside or spend a few days as masters of your own houseboat. The options are almost endless, but here are a couple of ways you might like to create your own memories.
Family Time Itinerary
1. Mandurah Stay
Stay overnight in one of the Mandurah Ocean Marina Chalets, close to restaurants, the cinema and the beach. Or, for a very different view, hire some moving accommodation from Mandurah Houseboats and spend the night on the beautiful estuary waters.
2. Marina Breakfast
Let the fresh seabreeze wake you up as you take a morning stroll. Choose breakfast from a wide array of cafes and restaurants. Afterwards, explore the colourful Mandjar Markets and discover the diverse arts and crafts of the region. Let the kids loose at the playground on the foreshore.
3. Dolphin Cruise
Watch for Bottlenose dolphins surfing the bow waves on a dolphin cruise with Mandurah Cruises. At lunchtime, tear open a packet of fish and chips. Work off lunch with bikes from Mandurah Boat and Bike Hire - there are excellent cycle maps to guide you. Alternatively, enjoy the eastern foreshore with a barbecue - buy all you need at the local supermarket within a short walking distance.
4. Peel Zoo
Visit the Peel Zoo for a hands-on native animal experience. Nestled into a fertile wetland beside the Murray River, it's a beautiful place with over 150 animals, where you can hold a snake, pat an emu, or feed a kangaroo. Among the many types of zoo animals at Peel Zoo including birds and reptiles, there are plenty that you can cuddle. The kids also get an opportunity to feed many of the zoo's animals. At Peel Zoo, they know the love kids feel from feeding and petting the animals and they want you to experience that. Peel Zoo have an extensive collection of some of the most colourful and interesting native and exotic birds in Western Australia.
5. Water Fun
Enjoy the afternoon on Mandurah's western foreshore, with great water activities for every age group, including toddlers. You can hire kayaks at Kayaks 4 U and enjoy Mandurah's vast waterways. When you paddle on Mandjar Bay, right at the city centre, more often than not dolphins suddenly pop out of the water right next to you. An experience of a lifetime!
Or Navigate a pontoon barge around the estuary for a different perspective. Fish from the rock wall or the fishing platforms in the Dawesville Channel between the Peel-Harvey Estuary and the Indian Ocean for seasonal tailor, silver bream, herring or King George whiting.
6. Foreshore Dinner
Select from one of the many family-friendly restaurants along Mandurah's vibrant foreshore. The Golden Cloud Spur has a fun area, so the kids won't lost a minute of play time while their parents relax.
7. Movie or a Show
It's worth checking what big productions might be playing at the glorious Mandurah Performing Arts Centre overlooking Mandjar Bay. And of course there's always something fun playing at the cinema complex right next door.
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