Mandurah – its all about water!

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Mandurah area – a variety of watersports is available throughout the year

When a place is called “fastest-growing” you wonder whether the growth isn’t all due to new industry, high-rise buildings and concrete monstrosities.

The city of Mandurah won an award as Western Australia’s largest and fastest growing regional city last year but none of its growth is due to anything that might deter a visitor.

Only an hour south of the WA capital of Perth by highway, (fifty minutes by train) this city makes a very different stopover for those holidaying in WA and who want to see something other than a capital city. In little over a decade, Mandurah has become on of the most popular tourist destinations for Australians.

For a start it claims stunning beaches and an estuary twice the size of Sydney Harbour. With such an estuary frontage it provides waterfront dining, aquatic adventures as well golf courses and plenty of places to shop. Within a thirty minute drive you can get into the country to see wineries that can match any in the Barossa or Hunter Valley regions of Australia. You might be surprised to find that there are rolling green hills and tiny timber towns nestled amid the forest as many visitors expect a desert landscape.

The estuary provides miles of coastline as well as inland waterways and canals that you can meander down to your heart’s content. I wouldn’t compare it to Venice even though some do because of the canals but water sports are one of the big visitor draws. The Creery Wetlands, on the edge of Mandurah, are part of the Ramsar Convention of Wetlands of International Importance. The 30 acres of nature reserve host over 130 different species of native and migratory birds.

With all that water, fishing and fish are important in attracting visitors. The local Blue Manna crabs are native to teh area and you’ll see them on restaurant menus anywhere up until the end of April. Whilst there are any number of names given to blue crabs in Australia and the Pacific Ocean, locals claim the Blue Manna is the tastiest! And if you happen to be there on the 17th and 18th of March then your visit will coincide with  CrabFest , claimed to be Western Australia’s premier tourism event.

To see a different water-based creature visit Lake Clifton and the Yalgorup National Park you’ll discover the largest Thrombolite Reef in the Southern Hemisphere – living fossils that have sheltered in those waters for over a millennia.

As our spring comes and Mandurah’s Autumn approaches, some locals say the autumn and winter are the best times to visit the city and surrounding area. It becomes cooler, the foliage changes but temperatures remain in the high teens and even the low twenties on some days. Whatever the weather does though, Mandurah remains a year-round tourist draw.

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