Relax and reconnect less than an hour from Perth.
Baby, it’s cold outside!
Winter is a shock to the system for us Perthians. The temperature drops below 25 degrees and suddenly we’re all hibernating at home with Uber Eats and Netflix. Well, we’re calling it; it’s time to get off the couch and embrace those crisp mornings, cosy cafes and winter woolies, and explore one of Western Australia’s favourite destinations.
Only an hour’s drive from Perth, sneak away with your special someone to relax and find yourselves again with a romantic weekend getaway in Mandurah.
Room with a view
Wake up in one of the gorgeous rooms at Port Mandurah Canals B&B, a luxurious mansion that overlooks the waterways. Spot pelicans and dolphins from your sun-drenched balcony over a warm and hearty home-cooked breakfast. Or, for something extra special, enjoy resort-style comfort and Bali vibes at the Bali @ Avalon, a 5-minute stroll from beautiful Avalon Bay, with stunning rooms set among tropical gardens.
Lunch like kings
Emerge from your accommodation for a relaxing lunch at Cafe Coast Waterfront Restaurant. A licensed bistro nestled right on the water, this is the perfect place to savour spectacular views of the marina over delicious food and a glass or two of wine or sparkling. Bliss.
It may be winter, but there are still plenty of ways to make the most of Mandurah’s waterways! Hire a boat or pontoon and spend the rest of the afternoon cruising the marinas and estuary while soaking up the winter sun. If you’re feeling more energetic, try your hand at fishing or crabbing alongside the locals!
When early evening rolls around, there’s no better place to spend happy hour than at the Oyster Bar; Mandurah's premier dedicated wine bar overlooking the spectacular marina. Choose your poison from an incredible selection of the best drops and take in the sunset over grilled oysters and antipasto for an ultra-romantic pre-dinner treat.
Taste the local fare
No trip to Mandurah is complete without a taste of the famous local Blue Manna crab, and this is the place to do it. A short stroll from the Oyster Bar, head to Flics Kitchen for a romantic dinner on the foreshore. The mouthwatering menu is designed for sharing and is full of fresh, local produce. Choose a variety of dishes and be sure to try the recommended wines and local craft beers while you’re at it!
Cosy up at a cafe
On day two, embrace the crisp winter morning with a stroll to one of the local cafes for brekkie by the water. DMP Cafe is known for it’s great coffee and unique, sweet creations, so pick up something special – like passionfruit cheesecake with marshmallow fluff – to enjoy later.
An arty afternoon
Grab a takeaway coffee and set off on one of several public art trails in and around the city and marina. The City Trail will take you on a journey through the centre of Mandurah and along the eastern foreshore, with 15 works of art to discover. Or follow the Marina Trail and walk along the famous Venetian-style canals of Mandurah, and across the ocean marina, uncovering 18 different artworks along the way.
Picnic in nature
Wrap up your romantic weekend in Mandurah with a visit to the Len Howard Conservation Park. This beautiful wetland area features plenty of nature walks and opportunities to spot unique wildlife. Follow one of the walking trails connected to the reserve and you’ll come across an idyllic grassed area – the perfect spot to cosy up and devour that sweet treat.
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