Perth is renowned for its gorgeous waterfront views, stunning greenery and abundant marine life, with spots like Rottnest Island attracting visitors from around the world.
But there's plenty of life on the water to enjoy less than a hour's drive or train trip south of Perth City: Rockingham is widely known as Perth's marine playground for its exciting underwater activities, the postcard-perfect canals of Mandurah looking like they wouldn’t be out of place in Venice, and the Peel Region abounds with natural beauty, delicious fare and plenty of fun.
While Rockingham, Mandurah and Peel are within easy day-trip distance, there's so much to do that you could easily stay a few days to really get to know this very special area. Head towards Rockingham, enjoy everything it has to offer, stay overnight in one of the many accommodation options here or in Mandurah/Peel before you continue your southside explorations.
Get ready for underwater adventure, sun and forest bathing, swimming with dolphins and so much more in and around Rockingham, Mandurah and Peel - and don't forget to check out the Rockingham Visitor Centre and Visit Mandurah for even more great tips on enjoying this extraordinary region!
Get adventurous in Rockingham - under and on the water!
Rockingham's reputation as Perth's marine tourism paradise is well earned, with cavernous reefs, seagrass meadows, shipwrecks and world-class scuba can be found surrounding Rockingham in spots such as Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, West Coast Dive Park, the Rockingham Wrecks and Point Peron. You can find much more information about exploring the beauty of these undersea treasures here.
You'll find pretty of excitement on the water, too: from kayaking around picturesque islands to learning to kitesurf, or having fun on a jet ski (or even a jetpack!). Rockingham Wildlife Encounters and GPS Adventure Tours offer exciting opportunities to get close to the adorable little penguins of Penguin Island, swim with dolphins, spot sea lions and much more.
There's also plenty of community events to enjoy: the City of Rockingham is proactive about making this a great place to live and visit, and at the moment, the Summer Series is in full swing - a program of free entry, family-friendly, smoke-free and alcohol-free events. The flagship Foreshore Celebration has just wrapped up, but there's plenty more festivals, live music events, and community fun to enjoy. From the Furry Friends Fun Day, Kite Festival and Beach Plaza Markets to Christmas and NYE celebrations, check out the City's Events page to stay in the loop about the Summer Series and much more!
Mandurah - a seaside getaway to remember
WA’s largest regional city, Mandurah, is easily accessible from Perth, and is perfect for fishing, boating, seafood dining, a romantic foreshore stroll and much more. Known for its gorgeous canals complete with frolicking dolphins, exciting community events like the annual Mandurah Crab Fest, beautiful walking trails and public art walks and postcard-perfect foreshore views, this unique area is a special treat and a popular destination for holidaymakers.
The festive season is a particularly exciting time to visit Mandurah: the city is known for its spectacular Christmas lights, and the Christmas lights cruises are a wonderful way to enjoy the spirit of Christmas with a touch of luxury; these do book out quickly, so get in fast! Of course, a canal cruise is unmissable at any time of year - Mandurah Cruises offers a variety of great cruising options, and don't forget to keep an eye out for dolphins!
City of Mandurah also provides a host of fun events throughout the year: the Christmas Pageant and New Year festivities are just around the corner, so visit the City’s Events Calendar for further information.
The Mandurah foreshore is a beautifully manicured, iconic symbol of this city that shouldn't be missed, with its beautiful waterfront views and lovely boutiques and restaurants lining the strip; a little bit further afield, the unspoiled nature of neighbouring Dawesville Foreshore offers a very different kind of waterfront beauty. While you're at the Mandurah Foreshore, you could catch a show at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, an exciting hub for regional performance arts, play a round of golf at The Cut, featuring 180 degree ocean views from almost half the course, or pop into the Mandurah Visitor Centre for more great ideas.
And once you've worked up an appetite, whether you're looking for a casual feed or some elegant fare, Mandurah has what you’re looking for: fish and chips on the grass at the foreshore is a popular way to while away a summer evening, while Red Manna Waterfront Restaurant is a gastronomical delight. Bon appetite, and enjoy your Mandurah visit!
Peel - the gateway to the South West
The Peel Region is a lush, verdant delight with something for everyone - from the excellent collection of Aussie and exotic animals at Peel Zoo, to gorgeous little arts and crafts studios, breathtaking bushland, heritage sites and so much more. Peel is so close to Perth, but its quiet and quaint countryside feel makes a great escape from the urban hustle and bustle. As well as the urban centre of Mandurah, Peel includes Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Dwellingup, Waroona, the Murray River region and Boddington, each with their own unique charms. On your way down to the region, stop in at the famous Miami Bakehouse for a delicious pie!
Serpentine-Jarrahdale is renown for the Serpentine National Park, including the picturesque Serpentine Falls and is a great self-drive from Perth. The park is rich in diverse flora and fauna (particularly kangaroos), and its distinct landscape is a treat for photography. While you're in the area, you can also get up close to Aussie wildlife and cuddle a koala at Cohunu Koala Park wildlife sanctuary. You can even go on a tree top adventure in Dwellingup!
Waroona is a peaceful, sleepy country town full of natural beauty: from astrophotography by the otherworldly thrombolites of Yalgorup National Park, to enjoying a cooling swim in the Scarp Pools. The Murray River region includes the town of Pinjarra, home to Fairbridge Village, which hosts an annual celebration of folk, world and roots music: the Fairbridge Festival. Boddington is home to some truly stunning walking trails, including the Tullis Bridge Walk Trail, and the Ranford Pool & Walk Trail, as well as part of the renown Bibbulmun Track.
Whether you're in the mood for a foreshore saunter, cruising in style, hiking in nature, enjoying fine dining or some true blue Aussie fish and chips, Rockingham, Mandurah and the Peel Region are truly a Western Australian treasure, and visitors to this area are bound to find plenty to explore, experience, enjoy and remember.