Mandurah: For Laidback Holidays

Approximately an hour away from Perth on the southwestern coast of Australia, Mandurah is a popular holiday destination for city dwellers seeking a carefree, quiet break. The town is easily accessible via a new freeway from Perth. As some of Australia's best waterways are located in the Mandurah region, much of the activity in the town is based around the water and the beach. The holiday destination offers the perfect balance between fun and relaxation, which attracts both short- and long-term visitors. Luckily, the rental market in Mandurah is strong, and holidaymakers have their choice of townhouses, water-front residences, small apartments and even luxurious villas.

Spend the Day on the Foreshore

The main foreshore of Mandurah is situated around Mandjar Bay, and a favorite pastime for locals and visitors alike is to sit by the bay and watch the friendly dolphins as they frolic in the bay. It is not uncommon for festivals, street performers and even art shows to be setup along the shore, and this is especially true during the warmer summer months. Walking along the bay and around the town's centre could not be easier, thanks to the number of delightful tree-lined paths that venture through Mandurah. If you work up an appetite as you stroll along, check out one of the many restaurants and cafes that line the foreshore.

Catch Your Supper

If fresh crab is a favorite meal of yours, Mandurah is the ideal holiday destination. There is a large-scale crabbing community in the town, and while catching crab offshore is a possibility, the local beaches are also a great place to look. In fact, the crab population in and around Mandurah is so high that the town is nicknamed Crab City.

Of course, there are also many fish in the protected waterways surrounding Mandurah, so the fishing community is also strong. Fishing off the beach is permitted, and there are a number of guide-led fishing charters to take part in. Some fishing experiences include fish cleaning services, so all you have to do is take your catch home and throw it on the grill.

Play in the Water

There are a handful of gorgeous beaches in this coastal town, each with its own draw. All of the beaches in Mandurah are easily accessible and are well-maintained. Silver Sands Beach is ideal for those who want to bring their dogs along, and the low surf means that splashing around with the kids is safe. Also a dog-friendly beach, Halls Head Beach is ideal for a number of reasons. There are miles of untainted sand to stroll on, beautiful views from every angle and plenty of picnic facilities. While at Halls Head, try your hand at surfing, as the waters here are a little rougher.

Beyond Mandurah’s Waterfront: Golf and Shopping

Another draw for tourists is the world-class golf in Mandurah. There are three separate courses in the town, and each was designed by a professional golfer. Visitors have the choice of Kennedy Bay, Secret Harbour Golf Links and Meadow Springs County Club courses for their golfing adventures.

For those who do not enjoy golf, there are five separate shopping districts in Mandurah. The districts vary in size and offer a wide selection of retail establishments to choose from. With a vast mixture of local shops and well-known retailers, there is no shortage of retail therapy.

Visiting Mandurah

Year after year, Mandurah is voted as one of the world's most livable towns by the United Nations. The laidback, safe atmosphere helps to create a perfect holiday environment for families and couples. Thanks to a Mediterranean climate, even off-season travel is comfortable for visitors.

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