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Mandurah - dynamic, diverse and friendly

Mandurah is one of the most vibrant regional cities in Western Australia. Once a small fishing village that boomed during holiday periods, it now has a thriving population of more than 80,000. Covering an area of 173.5km2, Mandurah follows the coast from its northern extremity at Madora to the Ramsar-listed wetland Lake Clifton and Yalgorup National Park 50km to the south.

Always a popular day-trip destination, and more so since the Mandurah train service began in late 2007, the City is also a gateway to the State’s South West Region. Situated on Western Australia’s beautiful coastline about 72km south of Perth, Mandurah prides itself on a mix of inner city and semi-rural living between the Indian Ocean, the expansive waterways of the Peel-Harvey Estuary and the lower reaches of the Serpentine River.

Mandurah has retained its relaxed, holiday atmosphere despite recent rapid growth as a major ‘sea change’ destination in Australia. People come on holiday and then want to stay, which has resulted in Mandurah expanding to offer an exciting mix of residential developments, from family homes and modern apartments within new estates to luxurious homes nestled along numerous canal waterways.

This ‘sea change’ phenomenon has forever changed Mandurah as the city continues to flourish with quality restaurants, shopping centres, and quaint retail outlets emerging from its streetscapes. Creative sustainable planning enables Mandurah to evolve while retaining its close relationship with its magnificent waterways, and ensuring its people have good access to quality health and community services, a range of education and employment opportunities, and fantastic recreational and lifestyle choices.

One of Mandurah’s greatest assets is its diverse and friendly community. Voted twice as WA’s Top Tourism Town, Mandurah welcomes friends and family from around the globe to enjoy its relaxed coastal lifestyle. In fact, the name Mandurah is derived from the Aboriginal word, ‘mandjar’ meaning ‘meeting place’.

Locals and visitors alike swarm to Mandurah for a multitude of annual and special events, such as Crab Fest in mid-March and the Mandurah Boat Show in mid-October. As predicted, the train which travels from the northern suburbs of Perth and underground through Perth city centre to Mandurah has seen an increase in visitor numbers to festivals and events. Mandurah’s rich arts and festival culture also celebrates other spring and summer celebrations, including the annual Little Nippers Maawit Kara Children’s Festival and the Seniors Expo in October and the Stretch Arts and Community Festival in May.

Tourism is a major generator of business opportunities and employment in Mandurah, with proactive education initiatives that have boosted investment opportunities and employment in the hospitality and services industries. Planning is also underway to develop additional economic opportunities to keep pace with the City’s rapid growth as Mandurah’s population could nearly double in size by 2031.

This challenge includes short and long-term planning for a major revitalisation of Mandurah’s city centre and foreshore precincts, better transport linkages to the City’s foreshore, a range of up-market and budget holiday accommodation, and greater tertiary education opportunities at local campuses. Other equally important priorities include the preservation of bushland, waterways, and ‘sense of place’ for Mandurah’s present and future generations.

 

Statistical information about Mandurah

Land area in square kilometres

173.5km

Land area in hectares

17,350ha

Coastline

50km

Population

80,683 (June 2013)

Number of Households

32,150 (June 2013 Census)

Population per square kilometre

465/sq km (June 2013)

Households per square kilometre

185/sq km (June 2013 Census)

Length of total roads

652km

Length of total canal waterways

22km approx

Number of Bridges

32

Conservation

- City of Mandurah
- Other Agencies

46.6ha
3,956.58ha

Foreshore

- Developed
- Natural State

78ha
497.7ha

Recreation

- Bushland
- Used for Recreation

447.9ha
309.5ha

National Parks

- Yalgorup
- Peel Regional Park
- Creery Island
- Channel Island

 

Distance from Perth

72km

Mean maximum temperature (2010)

23.9C

Mean minimum temperature (2010)

14.4C

Annual rainfall (2010)

451.4mm

Weather information courtesy of the Bureau of Meteorology