TOP 20 Things to do in Mandurah – Seniors Guide
Less than an hour south of Perth by train or car, Mandurah makes for the perfect day trip or overnight stay. Here are our top 20 things to see and do for seniors in Mandurah and the Peel Region this winter (2019).
Did you know? If you have a Senior SmartRider from Transperth (free to apply for) you can travel for free on train and bus services from 9am until 3:30pm on weekdays and all day on weekends and public holidays, so there’s no excuse not to visit Mandurah.
1. Explore Mandurah’s calm inland waterways on a 1 Hour Dolphin & Scenic Canal Cruise with Mandurah Cruises and encounter playful dolphins, amazing bird life, marvel at Mandurah’s luxury canals, enjoy live commentary and more. Take advantage of the $20 ‘Senior Special’ Monday to Wednesday which also includes FREE tea/coffee on board. Vessels are fully enclosed and wheelchair friendly.
2. Watch one of the new release movies at Reading Cinemas Mandurah – Tickets are only $12pp. Then head over to The Stage Door Waterfront Restaurant for their $20 lunch menu, Simmos Ice creamery for 39 flavours of freshly made ice cream or San Churro Chocolateria where if you show your cruise ticket or movie ticket, you’ll receive BUY 1 GET 1 FREE churros!
3. Discover the incredible flora and fauna in Mandurah’s internationally significant wetlands. Wander the beautiful Creery Wetlands walk (all flat accessible terrain) where you’ll see and hear incredible bird life, spot kangaroos grazing and learn about (and view) the diverse range of tree and plant species from the great information boards along the way.
3B. At the entrance to the Creery Wetlands walk is a home-style food café – Nourishing the Soul. They do breakfast, lunch and the BEST scones in town!
4. Mandurah is home to WA’s favourite fish & chips – Cicerello’s. They have a very popular Senior’s Deal which includes seafood chowder, fish & chips with coleslaw, tea/coffee and cake slice of the day for only $16.95.
5. Take a walk along the ‘Top of the Terrace’ (Mandurah Terrace) and visit a quirky array of shops including The Junction – featuring amazing local products, Whizz Bang Candy shop – full of sweet treats from all over the world, and Paper Planes Co. – a unique toy shop for kids and adults. Make sure you pop into DPM café for one of the BEST coffees in town along the way.
6. Taste your way around the region with Mandurah Wine Tours on a half/full day Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Tour or Dolphin Cruise & Wine Tour. The region is scattered with quality wineries and breweries including the popular Millbrook Winery and Peel Estate Wines – see the ‘Peel Region Craft Beer & Wine Trail’ for more.
7. Stop off at Western Australia’s most awarded bakery – Miami bakery – on the way to visit the amazing 2,000-year-old thrombolites at Lake Clifton, which are living, breathing rock-like structures. Next to the thrombolites is Cape Bouvard Winery & Brewery where you can enjoy a glass of boutique wine or hand-crafted beer.
8. Enjoy a relaxing half day cruise from to Mandurah and along the serene Murray River with Mandurah Cruises. Dine on a delicious 2-course lunch at a waterside restaurant on the banks of the Murray River OR bring your own picnic lunch. Senior rate from $60 per person.
9. Stroll through the Dolphin Quay indoor markets which are open every day. Then enjoy lunch at one of the many great cafes and restaurants on its boardwalk. With all types of cuisines from modern Australian, Indian, Chinese, Thai and more, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste buds.
10. Tee off at some of the best golf courses in Western Australia – Overlooking the ocean is The Cut golf course (ranked #1 in the state) and surrounded by beautiful bushland and grazing kangaroos on course is Mandurah Country Club golf course. Other courses worth a play are Meadow Springs Golf & Country Club, Secret Harbour Golf Course and Pinjarra Golf Course.
11. Check out the latest art exhibition in the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre FREE art gallery or attend one of their upcoming shows. The Centre presents a diverse range of live theatre, drama, dance, music and comedy shows, including local, state and national performances.
12. Treat yourself to high tea at the eclectic Catch 22 restaurant. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views over the Mandurah marina as you sip on herbal teas/barista made coffees and indulge in sweet and savoury bites. Add some flair with champagne or Hollywood themed cocktails.
13. Enjoy a delicious lunch and walk along the beautiful Mandurah Foreshore. There’re some great lunch specials at Mandurah’s favourite restaurants including the $15 lunch menu at The Bridge Garden Bar and The Brighton and $20 lunch menu at Redmanna Waterfront Restaurant. OR if you are looking for a truly unique dining experience that pushes the culinary boundaries book a table at Flic’s Kitchen.
14. At 3 Hearts Ceramics & Café you can design and paint your own ceramic pieces, while enjoying coffee and treats with stunning views of the Mandurah marina.
15. Have a go at fishing or crabbing! There are so many great spots in Mandurah to throw in a line or crab net – jetties, rockwalls and beaches OR join Mandurah Cruises for a Wild Seafood Experience where you’ll have the hands-on experience of catching Western Rock Lobster (crayfish), before dining on the ultimate seafood banquet aboard.
Pinjarra – Only 20 minutes from Mandurah (or
1 hour from Perth)
16. Visit Amaze Miniature Park which is set on 4 acres of beautifully manicured gardens and features an extensive display of scale model miniature buildings and railways, a huge hedge maze, 12-hole mini golf course, picnic area and more. Then cross the road to Decadent C’s Chocolate Factory for chocolate, coffee and cake.
17. Enjoy a day at the races! Pinjarra Paceway (harness racing) races every Monday where in the dining and bar area overlooking the track you can enjoy a 2-course roast for $20 and beverages from the bar while cheering on your favourite horse. Pinjarra Park also hold thoroughbred racing every second Thursday.
18. Hand feed, pat and hold the animals at Peel Zoo which features over 100 species of birds and animals. For lunch head to the award-winning Pinjarra Bakery and enjoy it at the beautiful Cantwell Park by the river. For afternoon tea, choose from the popular home style food cafes Jarrah Infusion or Evendale Homestead Tearooms.
Dwellingup – Only 40 minutes from Mandurah (or 1 hour 20 minutes from Perth)
19. All within a 10-minute drive from each other are:
– Caraholly Orchard (open Sundays) where you can purchase fresh produce, walk through the cherry blossoms, enjoy tea & coffee, a bite to eat and live music.
– Blue Wren Café is the perfect stop off for a delicious home style lunch or coffee and cake.
– At the Forest Discovery Centre you can overlook the jarrah forrest from an 11m high tree-top viewing platform, wander through the art gallery, view the wildflower and interpretive displays and walk the forest trails.
– Jump on board Hotham Valley’s Steam Train (winter only) which climbs Western Australia’s steepest and most spectacular section of railway, through the Darling Range or tour the beautiful Jarrah Forest from Dwellingup to Etmilyn on their historic Dwellingup Forest Train.
– Explore Lane Poole Reserve and enjoy a picnic lunch. In winter the river forms rapids and small waterfalls and in spring its forest fills with wildflowers.
Serpentine – Only 40 minutes from Mandurah (or 1 hour from Perth)
20. Visit the Serpentine National Park which is home to the stunning Serpentine Falls, Serpentine Dam and great walk trails and picnic areas.
Please note: All prices in this article are correct at the publication time of this article – August 2019.