The foreshore park on Mandurah Terrace is a lovely place to spend a few hours.
It has a wide smooth concrete path surrounded by park with many trees, playgrounds, picnic areas, free electirc BBQ's and lots of interesting things to see.
Part of it is the 'Aboriginal Heritage Walk' and displays artworks dedicated to the Aboriginal people who used to live here, the Noonga people. The Peel estuary was a major food source for them.
Another part is the 'Federation Heritage Walk ' which also has artworks relating to the first European settlers in this area.
Across the road are many cafes, resatauants, ice cream parlours etc
There are so many pelicans here that it is unlikely you will come here without seeing one, and bottle nose dolphins are very common.
WARNING.- Pelicans are large creatures and can easily scare little children. They snatch ice-creams! Tempting though it is, it is not a good idea to feed them. Our leftovers are not good for them and it encourages them to come in large numbers and create a nuisence.
Please do not feed the seagulls. They gather around picnic sites and cafes and can spread salmonella.
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.
The Mandurah Arts Centre is one of the best regional arts centres in Western Australia and is the centre for entertainment and cultural events in Mandurah. There is always something on at the centre whether it be Australian or International artists, country and western, rock & roll revival shows, comedy acts, opera singers etc etc.From time to time it is used for trade shows or other festivals, regional art shows , school presentation evenings and other local community events.
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.
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.
Cruising the canals you see all sorts of decorations, Christmas decorations always are magnificent and the canal community put on a fine display. During the other 11 months you find various individual displays and this one taken 3 weeks ago took my fancy.
There are several tourist ferries which operate every day of the year and conduct tours of the estuary, new harbour and the canals with the mansions and fabulous boats. The tours run regularly throughout the day and all tours have an excellent commentary. Some tours take you to see the Dolphins in the wild, the estuary has many dolphins and they sometimes swim into the canals.Tour charges are Au $15 adult and $8 child.
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.
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.
Mandurah Estuary is a great place to fish, the estuary and Peel Inlet provide plenty of safe fishing as there are no waves to contend with. The waters have Herring, Sand Whiting, Bream, Cobbler (catfish), Taylor, Garfish and the occassional bigger fish.You do not need a boat to fish as there are plenty of good jetties to fish from.
You should take the opportunity to tour the canals and view the luxury homes from the water, you will see some of the best homes in Western Australia.Most homes are much larger than the average suburban home and their design looks as though they belong to a Hollywood actor, with fancy boat moored to the jetty. Most people are very proud of their home and will give you a wave as you cruise by.
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.
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.
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 Mandurah estuary and Peel Inlet have over 100 square kilometres of water, including many wetlands which are the breeding grounds for birdlife. You will find pelicans throughout these waters and what beautiful birds they are. You do not need a boat to view these birds, just stop and walk along the foreshore and you will be certain to see some.