Family Top Tips

Discover What Holiday Memories Are Made Of

With plenty of coastal, forest and urban adventures to keep everyone in the family entertained, you’ll discover everything holiday memories are made of in Mandurah and the Peel Region.

And with it less than an hour from Perth, you'll be there before the kids can say “Are we there yet?”.

1. Tour the Coast or Forest on a Cycle Trail

6 cycle trailA great and easy way to get out and explore with the kids. Mandurah has plenty of family-friendly paths around the city centre, marina and along the coast. Mandurah Boat & Bike Hire has bikes of all sizes for hire. There are also family-friendly forest cycle trails throughout the region. You can hire bikes or take a guided tour with Dwellingup Adventures. Click here for trail information and maps.

2. Race along a tree-top obstacle course Trees Adventure

Trees Adventure in Dwellingup is a tree rope obstacle course the whole family can enjoy, offering 9 different levels and over 20 flying foxes. Dare Adventures in Dwellingup and the Fairbridge Village Adventure Course in Pinjarra are outdoor adventure camps with a range of activities especially for kids.

3. Learn How to fish with Mandurah Cruises

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Kids can experience the thrill of catching their own dinner fishing on a fishing charter with Mandurah Cruises, where the friendly, experience crew will provide the training and equipment and take you to the best spots. You can hire fishing gear from Mandurah Boat & Bike Hire to fishing from the estuary or beach. In season you can go scooping for blue swimmer crabs in the shallow waters of the estuary or join a crabbing tour.

4. Be a zookeeper for a day at the Peel Zoo

peel zooAt Peel Zoo, in Pinjarra kids can learn about caring and handling over 100 species of birds and animals, including Tasmanian devils with the Zookeeper for a day program.While in Pinjarra, take a ride with Pinjarra Horse and Wagon Tours. Meet their beautiful horses before enjoying stunning sights, tasting locally sourced treats and learning about the region’s history as you travel on a horse drawn carriage.

Other wildlife experiences include; Cohunu Koala Park in Byford has a colony of up to 15 koalas which you can pay to hold. At Ferndale Springs Farm, Coolup, gain insights into a real working farm. Mustering sheep, feeding cattle and eating damper and kangaroo are just some of the things you will experience.

Mandurah has one of Australia’s healthiest dolphin populations which can be easily spotted from a boat, on a cruise or when strolling by the foreshore.

5. Go on an adventure and explore the great outdoors.


Whether you are into nature, wildlife, history, art, getting active or just exploring with the family, there are plenty of trails to suit you. Trail guides and maps can be picked up from your local visitor centre or click here.

The internationally significant Peel Yalgorup Wetland System is a habitat for a vast number of birds, animal and plant species. Explore and spot wildlife by the many walking trails, reserves and viewing platforms. Many places also have information signs to help children learn about this vital eco-system.

6. Burn some energy at a park or playground.


Whether it's an amusement park, playground or indoor recreation, there are plenty of ways for the kids to play. Click here for locations.

7. Dress up a pirate on a cruise with Mandurah Pirate Ship.

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Exploring Mandurah’s spectacular waterways is something the whole family will enjoy. On the Pirate Ship Mandurah cruise, kids can dress up as pirates, steer the wheel, ring the bell and look through telescopes. With Mandurah Cruises you learn all about the marine environment as you tour the canals, estuary and wetlands.

8. Learn about nature at the Forest Discovery Centre.

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Forest Discovery Centre in Dwellingup is a great way to get back to nature. Enjoy forest walks, a viewing platform, nature play, art and craft tables, microscopes, a touch table and creative workshops. A fun way to get to there is to follow the footprints and emu character artworks from the Blue Wren Café in Dwellingup. Ways to Nature offer informative, interactive tours through the region's wetlands and reserves.

9. Take a ride on the Tourism Fun Train or Hotham Valley Railway.

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Mandurah Tourist Fun Train in the city centre is a fun way to tour Mandurah. The child-sized Mini Toot runs along the eastern foreshore and the Big Toot is a hop on/hop off tour for all ages. Purchase tickets at the Mandurah Visitor Centre or when boarding the train.

The Hotham Valley Tourist Railway in Dwellingup will take you on a journey back in time on the historic Steam Ranger (Sunday, May–Oct) or through the forest on the open-air carriages of the Forest Train (Sat, Sun and public holidays all year).

10. Discover the culture & history of the region.

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Mandurah Community Museum provides information and exhibits on the history of Mandurah. Kids can visit many of the places featured with the “Here’s Where I Live” map available from the museum or Mandurah. Other educational experiences including mining tours at the Alcoa Discovery Centre or Newmont Boddington Gold Mine. Kids can get creative at Peel Pottery Studio, Halls Head, making their own unique piece to take home. At 3 Hearts Ceramics & Café at the Dolphin Quay Marina, create designs onto ceramics while enjoying coffee and treats.

Learn the stories, history and culture of Australia's first people on an Aboriginal Cultural Tour with Mandjoogoordap Dreaming in Mandurah, Forest Discovery Centre in Dwellingup or Bindjareb Park in Pinjarra.


Mandurah's Canal Christmas Lights

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Every December to the first week in January, the luxury homes in the canals are decorated with thousands of colourful Christmas lights, which illuminate and reflect onto the water. The best way to watch this spectacle is from a boat. Join in the Christmas cheer and sing along to your favourite carols as you cruise through a magical wonderland on a cruise or a hire boat. Make sure you book early! 

Parks and Playground Locations.

Indoor Recreation Centres

  • Inflatable World
  • Flip Out Mandurah Indoor Trampoline Park
  • Chipmunks
  • Mandurah Indoor Rock-Climbing Centre
  • Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre


  • Adventurescape, South Yunderup. A large farm themed park with mazes, climbing frames, slides and swings.
  • Bill Bowler Skate Park, Mandurah’s western foreshore. Has a shaded picnic area, enclosed safe swimming area and skate park.
  • Cantwell Park, Pinjarra. An extensive playground with toddler area and flying fox by the Murray River.
  • Caterpillar Park, Mandurah. A fully fenced playground with low-level play obstacles for younger children and a BMX track next door.
  • Disc Golf, Hall Park, Mandurah. Players throw a disc into a metal basket. Discs are available for free hire from the Mandurah Visitor Centre.
  • Keith Holmes Reserve and Beach, Dolphin Quay Marina. A playground is by the sheltered beach.
  • Mandurah Eastern Foreshore. A large, shaded playground with free barbecues.
  • Osprey Waters, Erskine. An eco-focused park with mazes, climbing structures and walking trails.
  • Pirate Park, Halls Head. A small pirate themed park close to the beach.
  • Quarry Adventure Park, Meadow Springs. An adventure playground designed for exploring.

Amusement Parks

  • Amaze Miniature Park in Mandurah has hedge mazes, a miniature English village and railways and mini golf.
  • Just 4 Fun Aqua Park on Mandurah’s western foreshore is the perfect summer water playground with activities and inflatable equipment suitable for all ages.
  • King Carnival on Mandurah’s western foreshore has mini golf, rides, a ferris wheel, trampolines, arcade games and water slides.