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    Crabbing In The Estuary - Blue Swimmer Crabs

    by Mikebb Updated Nov 16, 2007

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    Mandurah with its estuary and the large Peel Inlet is famous for its blue swimmer crabs which can be caught easily usually during summer from late January to April. In the canals you can usually get a few crabs fom October onwards, however the summer hot weather gives them a growth spurt and many more reach the legal size. The crabs are a brilliant blue when they come out of the water they look magnificent in the sunlight, but you must be careful handling them as they can draw blood should they get you with a nipper. Netting for crabs is illegal unless you have a license, there are three methods locals use the most popular is walking through the shallow waters and scooping the crabs with a metal basket on the end of a broomhandle, for the second method you need a boat and 10 drop nets which you bait with old fish and wait 10 minutes and then pull up your nets hoping you have a legal size crab, the third method is to goggle and snorkle dive with a glove on your hand and grab the crab. It is a most enjoyable pastime and the cooked crabs are very much in demand.

    Blue Manna Crabs Ready To Be Cooked The Crabs Cooked and Cleaned Ready To Eat
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    Dolphin Quays, A Place To Visit

    by Mikebb Updated Nov 16, 2007

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    This is part of the new Mandurah Ocean Marina and is a large complex built out over the water containing a large indoor market with stalls selling a great variety of items from souvenirs to CD'S, Ceramic items, leather goods, clothes, lollies etc etc. Along the boardwalk are restuarants, ice cream shops, cafes, bakery, art shop etc etc. It is a place with something for the whole family and only a short walk from the town centre.

    Dolphin Quays Viewed From My Boat Dolphin Quays With Apartments To Left Restaurants Very Popular View From The Beach Enjoyable On The Boardwalk
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    Boat Hire, Spend Time on Estuary & Canals

    by Mikebb Updated Nov 16, 2007

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    Mandurah is the place for anything on water or under water. To gain the most from your visit to Mandurah you should hire a boat for an hour or two, explore the estuary, visit the new harbour, the marina and do not forget to tour through the canals and be amazed by the huge homes and boats of all sizes. There is nothing better on a sunny day than enjoying the safe waters of the estuary.There are a variety of boats and sizes, all easy to drive and hire rates are reasonable.

    Some Of The Hire Boats
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    Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

    by magisterdgg Written Apr 16, 2007

    Opened in 1997, the beautiful Mandurah Performing Arts Centre hosts many traveling road shows. While I was there a few weeks ago, I saw a very touching Australian drama "The Shoehorn Sonata" about the despicable treatment of Australian nurses during WW II.

    The theatre staff are extremely friendly, the acoustics are excellent and there is a lovely art gallery on the premises, as well. Capacity in the larger Boardwalk Theatre is 800; the smaller Fishtrap Theatre accommodates 144.

    There are several restaurants very close to the Centre, right on the estuary.

    Mandurah Performing Arts Centre Interior, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
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    Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

    by magisterdgg Written Apr 16, 2007

    Opened in 1997, the beautiful Mandurah Performing Arts Centre hosts many traveling road shows. While I was there a few weeks ago, I saw a very touching Australian drama "The Shoehorn Sonata" about the despicable treatment of Australian nurses during WW II.

    The theatre staff are extremely friendly, the acoustics are excellent and there is a lovely art gallery on the premises, as well. Capacity in the larger Boardwalk Theatre is 800; the smaller Fishtrap Theatre accommodates 144.

    There are several restaurants very close to the Centre, right on the estuary.

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    Port Bouvard Marina

    by Mikebb Written Jul 24, 2006

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    This marina is to the side of the "Dawesville Cut", the channel which joins the Peel Inlet to the Indian Ocean and is a favoured spot for people who wish to use their boat for deep sea fishing or ocean sailing. Within minutes of setting off you are on the Indian Ocean. There are also several boat ramps for use by the public for launching their trailer boats. You can easily spend some time at the marina watching and admiring the boats as they come and go . There is a nice restaurant and cafe on the marina.

    Yachts In The Marina and Canal Homes In Background Leisure Boats The Calm waters Of Port Bouvard Marina
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    Leisure Boat Entering Indian Ocean

    by Mikebb Written Jul 22, 2006

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    The Peel Region is a mecca for small family boats used for all types of water activity and the "Dawesville Cut" provides an easy entry to the Indian Ocean and its coastal reefs which provide good fishing opportunities within several kilometres of the coast. Some fishermen venture 20 to 30 km offshore in the quest for the ultimate "big fish". The photo shows a typical leisure boat venturing out late afternoon through the channel entrance.

    Small Leisure Boat Leaving The Channel
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    Bridge Over "Dawesville Cut", Port Bouvard

    by Mikebb Written Jul 22, 2006

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    When travelling over this bridge you get good views of the Peel Inlet on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other. Constructed approximately 20 years ago when the channel was constructed to link the waters of the Indian Ocean to the Peel Inlet.

    Bridge over the Catch of The Day, A Small Herring Bridge & Nearby Homes
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    Seniors Fishing Platform, Dawesville Cut

    by Mikebb Written Jul 21, 2006

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    The City of Mandurah provides fishing platforms for "Senior Citizens" as the huge boulders used for the channel embankement are very treacherous for those no longer as agile as they would like to be. The seniors set themselves up with all the comforts, chairs, thermos of coffee, sandwiches etc and usually catch more fish than anyone else.

    Lets Hope They Catch Dinner
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    School Holidays Fishing Dawesville Cut

    by Mikebb Written Jul 21, 2006

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    The channel from the Indian Ocean to The Peel Inlet has created a bonanza for fishermen and during the July school holidays we visited Port Bouvard and witnessed many school kids enjoying fishing from the rocks. Fish of the day was herring and there were schools of them swarming in the channel as the tides change. Many a child wore a broad smile as he reeled in a fighting herring.

    Kids Love Fishing Caught One, Dad Help Me Get It Off Family Fishing From Seniors Platform It Is Rugged Fishing From The Rocks Family Day Fishing The Dawesville Cut
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    Port Bouvard Island Homes

    by Mikebb Written Jul 21, 2006

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    The Island in the middle of the canals is the showpiece of the development and a new concept in Western Australia. Walk around the canals and you will be amazed by the beautiful homes being built. I believe many of the homes are available for holiday rental.

    The Entrance To Bouvard Island Beautiful Homes, Magnificent Reflections The Bridge Onto The Island More Houses & Jetties Thank You
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    Dolphins At Port Bouvard

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 21, 2006

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    We took our cameras to the new upmarket housing development of Port Bouvard Island which is surrounded by man made canals which draw water from the "Dawesville Cut". It is very impressive and an excellent concept with the houses based on "Old European" style with plenty of colour to complement the blue water and colourful boats.
    Whilst walking around the canals we heard some dolphin sounds and were lucky enough for the pair to stay around long enough for us to get a few photos. Dolphins are very hard to photograph in the wild, especially when you do not have any fish to feed them.

    A Fairly Large Dolphin Dolphins In Port Bouvard Canals Another Dolphin On The Surface Up For Some Air Always Friendly
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    Port Bouvard Channel "Dawesville Cut"

    by Mikebb Written Jul 20, 2006

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    Port Bouvard was developed after the Government decided to cut a channel through the land at Dawesville to enable the Indian Ocean to flow into the 100 square kilometre Pell Inlet creating a second outlet to the ocean enabling the Peel Inlet to be regularly flushes and remove the buildup of algae. The channel would be approximately 2 km long and 400 metres wide creating a strong tidal movement several times each day. The natural entry to the Estuary and Peel Inlet is at Mandurah approximately 8 km north of Port Bouvard. The project was completed approximately 20 years ago and has resulted in huge improvement to water quality and the surrounding area has become a developers paradise.

    The channel is now commomly known as the "Dawesville Cut", and has become a fishermans paradise.

    Breakwater Groynes At Channel Entrance Indian Ocean Entrance The
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    Old Traffic Bridge, Mandurah Town

    by Mikebb Written Jul 2, 2006

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    This bridge must be known by most people in Western Australia as for decades all traffic using the coast road to Bunbury came over this bridge. On long weekends and during Christmas holidays there were always traffic jams as the bridge could not cope with the excess traffic all of which had to travel through the town centre before getting to the highway. About 20 years ago the "bypass " bridge was built and now the majority of traffic no longer passes over the bridge.
    Generations of familys have fished from the platforms below the bridge, this is where many people learnt to fish, crab and catch prawns.

    The Old Bridge At sunrise Pleasure Boats Pass Under Bridge Old Bridge, Note The Fishing Platforms Underneath The Bridge On A Sunny Day Photo From My Boat
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    War Memorial

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 2, 2006

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    This is the new war memorial completed within the last 12 months and is in recognition of Australians who have served in the forces in overseas combat. It is situated in a prominet open section of the foreshore where it can be easily seen when on the estuary or on land.

    The New & Modern War Memorial View From Across The Foreshore Parkland War Memorial Viewed From Estuary Another Photo
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