Mandurah Cruises

Mandurah Cruises

What better way to see Mandurah, built on a beautiful estuary, than by boat! Mandurah Cruises sail out of the Mandurah Boardwalk most days of the week. The calm waters of the Mandurah Estuary and canals make it a great way to enjoy cruising, especially for those that are prone feeling sea sick. We hopped aboard a “dolphin and scenic canal cruise”. Tickets can be purchased from the Mandurah Boardwalk ticket office, near Dome Café. Tickets can also be bought online.

On the boat, visitors have a choice to sit upstairs, which is quite open or downstairs which is more enclosed and suited to those who don’t like a brisk breeze in your face. To enjoy the best views, sit close to the front of the boat. The skipper will let you know when dolphins have been sighted over the loud speaker. The 90-minute cruise has an interesting pre-recorded commentary throughout.

While Mandurah Cruises can’t guarantee wild dolphin sightings, there is a very good chance you’ll see the beautiful creatures, as there are about 100 bottlenose dolphins in the area. During our cruise we spotted two or three separate pods playfully swimming close to the boat. The friendly often surf in the wake of the boat, they really are beautiful creatures.

For an additional $12.50 per person, you can enjoy deliciously fresh fish and chips on board the boat during the cruise (from Cicerellos or Catch 22). A kiosk is also on board, where cold, hot and alcoholic drinks are available for purchase, as well as sweet and savory snacks.

As well as cruising through the estuary, the boat takes you through the Venetian Canals, where there are many luxury homes. The world renowned Creery Wetlands is also on the agenda, where there’s abundant birdlife.

Once you’re back on dry land at the Mandurah Boardwalk, there’s lots of food options if you choose to cruise and not eat. You’ll find Cicerellos, Simmo’s ice-cream, San Churro, Dome and more. The Dolphin Quay Markets are  a short walk away, as is the wonderful Flics Kitchen. We thoroughly enjoyed the dolphin cruise and would recommend it for young and old.

Get more information about Mandurah Cruises on the website.

Discover more things to do in Mandurah here.

About Stella B

Stella is loving retirement! Besides her loves of gardening, reading and painting, she adores spending time with her family and being out and about in Perth. Living in the Perth Hills, her time is often spent brunching with her husband at one of Kalamunda’s many cafes or enjoying a food platter over a glass of wine at a Bickley Valley winery.

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