Top 10 Things to do with the kids this summer

PLUS AN EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE MISSED.....

Mandurah’s Canal Christmas Lights

Photo Credit: Dan Wilkins

From 1 December 2019 to 5 January 2020,  luxury homes in the canals are decorated with thousands of colourful Christmas lights, which illuminate and reflect onto the water. The best way to watch this spectacle is from a boat. Join in the Christmas cheer and sing along to your favourite carols as you cruise through a magical wonderland on a cruise or a hire boat. Make sure you book early! 

Tours and boat hire available with:

Parks & Playgrounds

Playgrounds

  • Adventurescape, South Yunderup. A large farm themed park with mazes, climbing frames, slides and swings.
  • Bill Bowler Skate Park, Mandurah’s western foreshore. Has a shaded picnic area, enclosed safe swimming area and skate park.
  • Caterpillar Park, Mandurah. A fully fenced playground with low-level play obstacles for younger children and a BMX track next door.
  • Disc Golf, Hall Park, Mandurah. Players throw a disc into a metal basket. Discs are available for free hire from the Mandurah Visitor Centre.
  • Keith Holmes Reserve and Beach, Dolphin Quay Marina. A playground is by the sheltered beach.
  • Mandurah Eastern Foreshore. A large, shaded playground with free barbecues.
  • Osprey Waters, Erskine. An eco-focused park with mazes, climbing structures and walking trails.
  • Pirate Park, Seascapes Beach. A small pirate themed park close to the beach.
  • Quarry Adventure Park, Meadow Springs. An adventure playground designed for exploring.
  • Cantwell Park, Pinjarra. An extensive playground with toddler area and flying fox by the Murray River.

Amusement Parks

  • Amaze Miniature Park in Mandurah has hedge mazes, a miniature English village and railways and mini golf.
  • Just 4 Fun Aqua Park on Mandurah’s western foreshore is the perfect summer water playground with activities and inflatable equipment suitable for all ages.
  • King Carnival on Mandurah’s western foreshore has mini golf, rides, a ferris wheel, trampolines, arcade games and water slides.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ACTIVITIES

Each school holidays the Billy Dower Youth Centre, Mandurah Community Museum and the City of Mandurah’s City Kids program all offer a wide variety of free and low-cost programs, workshops and activities for all ages.

Many of the local businesses and tours offer special events and discounts for families during the school holidays too.

Photo Credit: Russell Ord Photography

SATISFY YOUR BORED TEENAGER

It’s the first day of the holidays and your teens are already saying they are bored? The Billy Dower Youth Centre has got you covered. With everything from movie sessions, bubble soccer, laser tag and even how to make coffee they will soon find something to do. Some of the activities are free. 

At Trees Adventure in Dwellingup, they can challenge themselves on West Australia’s first tree ropes course offering nine different levels and over 20 flying foxes. If they cannot get enough of climbing, head to Mandurah Indoor Rock-Climbing Centre for some more action. 

They could also enjoy a round of Disc Golf at Mandurah’s Hall Park, a free and fun activity for the whole family. If your kids love skateboarding, they will enjoy the skate parks at Halls Park Mandurah and in Jarrahdale, Serpentine and Mundijong. 

Water maniacs can hire a kayak or paddle board with Mandurah Boat & Bike Hire or go on a jet ski tour with Stag Watersports or Nautical Adventures. For more adrenaline fuelled fun, cruise on Mandurah Cruise’s Spirit of Adventure high-speed vessel on the new Dolphin Adventure Cruise. Or take the whole family white water rafting with Dwellingup Adventures

Animal lovers can enjoy a scenic trail ride at Waroona’s Langford Hill Riding Farm, set in the beautiful Darling Ranges. It conducts riding lessons every second Saturday and week-long residential camps for children every school holiday. Langford Riding Farm has quiet and experienced horses and ponies to cater for all riders from the age of six upwards.

Photo Credit: Russell Ord Photography

ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS

See one of Australia’s healthiest wild bottlenose dolphin populations  up close on a cruise with Mandurah Cruises or when strolling along the water.

Peel Zoo, Pinjarra. Get close to and learn about over 100 species of birds and animals, including Tasmanian devils. Kids can also experience working at the zoo with The Zookeeper 4 a Day program.

Ferndale Springs Farm, Coolup. Gain insights into a real working farm. Mustering sheep, feeding cattle and eating damper and kangaroo are just some of the things you will experience.

Langford Hill Riding Farm, Waroona. Runs riding lessons every second Saturday and camps during school holidays.

Pinjarra Horse and Wagon Tours. Meet their beautiful horses before enjoying stunning sights, tasting locally sourced treats and learning about the region’s history as you travel on a horse drawn carriage.

Cohunu Koala Park, Byford. Has a colony of up to 15 koalas which you can pay to hold. You can also hand feed the native wildlife that roams free in the park.

Photo Credit: Russell Ord Photography

INTERACTIVE AND EDUCATIONAL

Creative

Kids can get creative at Peel Pottery Studio, Halls Head, making their own unique piece to take home. On Mandurah Terrace Paper Planes Co regularly run workshops for kids.

Tours and Museums

Visit Newmont Boddington Gold Mine, the largest operating gold mine in Australia, on a tour with Go West Tours.

Mandurah Community Museum provides information and exhibits on the history of Mandurah. Kids can visit many of the places featured with the “Here’s Where I Live” map available from the museum or Mandurah Visitor Centre.

The Roger May Tractor Museum at Edenvale Homestead in Pinjarra has hands-on vintage machinery in working order that the kids can try.

Nature

Pick up the Dudley Dolphin Outdoor Adventure Journal from the Mandurah Visitor Centre. for a fun way to explore the outdoors. Be a birdwatching detective, take a wetland wander, learn about bush tucker, log dolphins spotted and go on a geocaching pirate treasure hunt.

The 2,000-year-old thrombolite reef at Lake Clifton is one of the few places in the world you can see one of the oldest living life forms which helped create the air you breathe today.

Treesure Hunting is an interactive adventure game app exclusive to Trees Adventure, Lane Poole Reserve, Dwellingup. Follow the game’s map to find hidden codes, discover interactive challenges, and learn about the forest.

Forest Discovery Centre in Dwellingup is a great way to get back to nature. Enjoy forest walks, a viewing platform, nature play, art and craft tables, microscopes, a touch table and creative workshops. A fun way to get there is to follow the footprints and emu character artworks from the Blue Wren Café in Dwellingup.

Forrest Discovery Centre Dwellingup

FAMILY FRIENDLY DINING

FAMILY-FRIENDLY TRAILS

Photo Credit: Suzanne Jones

By Suzanne Jones

Marrinup Falls, Dwellingup

2.6km loop

With stunning views around every turn and ample clearings to take a rest, this easy 2.6km trail is perfect for younger families. Take your time to explore this short trail and the many cascading waterfalls just outside the historic town of Dwellingup.

Grey Rd, Marrinup

Mariners Cove Trail, Creery Wetlands, Mandurah

Various routes up to 3km

Nestled right in the heart of Mandurah, the Creery Wetland Reserve is a sanctuary for wildlife and the perfect place to spot migratory birds in spring. The wide, well maintained paths and boardwalks make this an easy walk for all ages and abilities. Bird hides and regular information signs allow you to truly experience the Peel Inlet-Harvey Estuary.

Darwin Tce, Dudley Park

Halls Head Coastal Trail, Mandurah

Various lengths up to 12km one-way

This scenic coastal trail follows the coast for the length of Avocet Island from Halls Head to the Dawesville Cut. You can join the trail anywhere along its length and choose a distance that suits you. Why not take a short stroll from Seascapes, watching the dolphins play in the surf, and have a dip in the Indian Ocean before relaxing with some refreshments from the Seascapes café strip.

Halls Head Foreshore, Halls Head Parade to Dawesville Cut

Lakeside Loop, Yalgorup National Park, Lake Clifton

5km loop

This easy 5km loop runs down the shoreline of Lake Clifton and back through a peppermint grove. The walk finishes at the iconic thrombolites where you can learn about the cultural significance of these ancient and rare life forms.

Lake Clifton, Mount Johns Rd, Mandurah

Kitty’s Gorge, Serpentine National Park

16.5km one way

Starting at the Jarrahdale cemetery, this scenic walk for older kids will take you through jarrah forest and along the Gooralong Brook past many granite outcrops and waterfalls. Finishing at the Serpentine National Park picnic area, you can cool off with a swim in Serpentine Falls and enjoy your lunch surrounded by the friendly resident kangaroos.

Atkins St, Jarrahdale