Mandurah and Rockingham

Setting off early on the Kwinana Freeway south from Perth, allow at least 45 minutes for the journey to Rockingham, so you arrive in time for a dolphin swim or watching tour from the jetty.

Tours depart daily from September to early June, and are from three to six hours, depending on dolphin activity and sightings on the day. With a string of cafes and restaurants lining Rockingham’s waterfront, lunch or afternoon tea is just a short stroll from the jetty.

For those who love being on, in or near the water, Mandurah is a dream destination just 50 minutes south of Perth. There, you’ll find some of Australia’s most spectacular waterways, including the Peel-Harvey estuary, which is twice the size of Sydney Harbour and blessed with abundant wildlife, pristine beaches, beautiful blue-green waters and a buzzing foreshore area. You can experience the locals’ favourite pastimes by hiring a boat, houseboat, kayak, canoe or jet-ski, or joining one of the many cruises to explore 130 square kilometres of beautiful waterways.

Off the water, you’ll find four wheel drive adventures on the sands of Whitehills Beach or Tim’s Thicket Beach. Located just 15 minutes south of Mandurah, these are the closest beaches south of Perth where it’s legal to take your four wheel drive onto the beach.