14 August 2011

Mandurah - Tourism Town

On our way back to Perth from Margaret River, we stopped for lunch at Mandurah, the second-largest city in Western Australia, approximately 72kms or 45 minutes south of Perth.

The name Mandurah is derived from the Aboriginal word, ‘mandjar’ meaning ‘meeting place’. Voted twice as WA’s Top Tourism Town, Mandurah has become a popular lifestyle alternative, a mix of inner city and semi-rural living for Perth retirees. As you can see from the photos, it has a relaxed, holiday atmosphere despite the recent rapid growth as a major ‘sea change’ destination in Australia.

Over lunch with sausage rolls and traditional Aussie pies, we sat and watch the world go by at The Miami Bakehouse Cafe overlooking the Mandjar bay and the boardwalk. The warmth of the sun and a gentle breeze blowing inland was relaxing as we watch cruise boats pass us by, taking tourists on a canal and luncheon cruise.

Once rested, we decided to explore the area, so we checked out Mandurah's Visitor Centre. From there we crossed the boardwalk over to the Dolphin Quay at the Mandurah Ocean Marina.

Dolphin Quay is Mandurah's premier waterfront destination, with a variety of restaurants, cafes, market stalls and specialty shops which the girls found most delightful. We ended up spending a couple of hours browsing from one stall to another, looking at trinkets, ornaments from Asia and ever some semi-precious gemstones and silver wares.

The quay also have big boat' mooring facilities and boardwalk accommodating big and small leisure cruisers, yachts and luxury vessels which can moor directly alongside the boardwalk. There are also boats and catamarans for sale of varying size, price and design, some of which looks so good that it makes you long for one to take out to sea.

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