Welcome to Mandurah
Shrugging off its fusty retirement-haven image, Mandurah – Mandjoogoordap in Pinjarup dialect – has made a good fist of reinventing itself as an upmarket beach enclave, taking advantage of the easy train link to Perth. And, although the town's network of interlinked marinas, canals and precincts is shamelessly artificial, and despite well-documented social problems (local rates of methamphetamine use are some of the highest in regional Australia) most people here seem to be enjoying themselves! Wander along the waterfront from the Ocean Marina (boats, cafes and the Dolphin Quay indoor market), past canals and glitzy apartments linked by Venetian-ish sandstone bridges and along the boardwalk to the Cultural Precinct. Suspend cynicism and enjoy your moment under the southern sun – this is mainstream Australia!
Mandurah Bridge spans the Mandurah Estuary, which sits between the ocean and the sizable Peel Inlet. It's one of the best places in WA for fishing, crabbing and prawning.