About Mandurah

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Mandurah is the perfect place for exploring the Mandurah and the Peel region.

As Western Australia's largest regional city, Mandurah is known for its beautiful waterways and relaxed holiday atmosphere. There is plenty of accommodation options to choose from and an excellent range of restaurants located along the estuary foreshore and the Mandurah Boardwalk.

Covering an area twice the size of Sydney Harbour and regarded as one of Australia’s most spectacular playgrounds for boating, fishing and wildlife watching, the Mandurah Estuary and Peel Inlet provide endless water-based activities. For those who enjoy being on the water, no trip to Mandurah would be complete without a boat cruise through the canals - be sure to keep an eye out for the wild bottle-nosed dolphins who are regular visitors to the area.

Graced with endless stretches of pristine coastline, tree lined walkways, grassed picnic areas, plenty of attractions and safe swimming beaches; Mandurah is a perfect holiday destination for the whole family.

History

The first European to settle in the area was Thomas Peel and the region is now named in honour of him. The city's name was derived from the local Aboriginal word 'mandjar' which means 'meeting place'. On December 15, 1829, 169 settlers arrived in the area to take up the available 250 000 acres reserved for the town.

In 1850 the town was connected to Perth by a coastal road and by railway in 1893. By the 1950s, Mandurah was nothing more than a tiny fishing village but the establishment of an alumina refinery at nearby Pinjarra in the early 1970s aided the towns growth. Today, the city is one of the fastest growing in the state, as multi-million dollar resorts and housing estates take advantage of the spectacular Harvey Estuary and Peel inlets.

Mandurah Canals

Mandurah is a water based town with an Ocean Marina near to the town and a foreshore surrounded by beautiful waterways which feed into the Indian Ocean with plenty of family friendly beaches. Canal estates provide luxury homes for a few locals. Tourists can have fun on the water fishing, diving, swimming, surfing and boating.

Getting Here

Drive, train or bus, we have all your options covered in our Getting to Mandurah Guide.

Things To Do

Chilling out by the beach, taking a ride on the Little Train or joining us for a Pirate Canal Cruise, we have everything you need to know for Things To Do in Mandurah, let us help you make the most out of your trip.