Mandurah where water sports are king

It used to be the favourite holiday destination for Perth residents, but that was before freeways, railways and cheap flights.

Mandurah is a great seaside that is now less than an hour south of Perth.

Before Perth grew into a quickly spreading metropolis, Mandurah was a popular holiday spot for families who would spend their breaks at the many caravan parks which dotted the foreshore, or in humble holiday flats and cottages that were fairly basic.

Now Mandurah is a very easy commute from Perth, thanks to a freeway and a good rail link, and has become a popular place for people to live in and retire to.  With huge canal developments, the building of luxury resorts, the upgrading of the caravan parks and easy access to both superb surf beaches and Australia’s largest inland water way, the Peel Inlet and Harvey Estuary, it’s no wonder that Mandurah has become a magnet for people who just love to interact with the water.

Firstly, there’s the fishing.  It doesn’t matter if you prefer fishing from a beach, a jetty or boat, fishing in Mandurah is just brilliant.  The Peel Inlet is famous for its crabs, and after a run or two in a boat you soon catch your limit.  Those who live on the canals can just throw their pot in the water off their backyard, come back a while later, and their meal is there – blue swimmer crabs, as fresh as you can get.    

The Australian Sailing Museum, in Ormsby Terrace, was created by sail maker Rolly Tasker who is one of Western Australia’s greatest yachtsmen.  The museum contains a comprehensive display of America’s Cup paraphernalia, and presents the visitor with an excellent overview of WA sailing history.

If you want to get onto the water yourself, there is kayaking and white water rafting, sailing and surfing, deep sea charters, the Mandurah Canal Tour.  The there is something a bit more extreme – jet ski tours.

The self drive tour takes in more than 20 kilometres of Mandurah’s pristine waterways and has you broaching the Indian Ocean surf as you head off the coast to spot dolphins, then takes you back to the Mandurah Inlet where you can tour the CBD from the water, then push your jet ski hard as you skim down the Harvey Estuary and back to your starting place at Dawesville.

If you love the water, you’ll be mad about Mandurah.

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