It just occurred to me that in my previous post about my town, I never actually said where “my town, Mandurah” is on the map!
Well Mandurah is a beautiful low-rise city about an hours drive south along the coast from Perth, Western Australia.
I have lived in Mandurah since 2009, and love every little part of it. From the beautiful grassy foreshore, with its walkways, shady trees and barbecues, to the white sandy beaches ideal for swimming and fishing.
Mandurah is a fantastic holiday destination for families and couples, it has so much to offer, especially with the wonderful sunshine this part of the country enjoys. One thing I really enjoy is taking friends out on our boat at Christmas, through the canals to see the lights displayed at many of the houses. The Mandurah Christmas Lights in the canals has gained world recognition and rightly so!
I’m afraid my photos don’t do the lights justice, they are truly magical and to watch children’s (and adults too I might add) faces when they see them is priceless….
Mandurah has always been a holiday town, and I remember coming here for a “day out” with my sister and her family when I first came to Australia. There has been so many changes over the last 40-odd years, Mandurah has really kept up with the times. Some may say its progress, others may not! One good thing is that through all the changes, (I won’t say “improvements”) Mandurah has managed to keep quite a few heritage sites and has not forgotten it’s days of yore! Many streets are named after founders of the town and the museum houses some great memorabilia. Even as I write this, more changes are being made, the new traffic bridge is almost finished, as the old one just cannot cope with the amount of traffic that passes each day. There will be walkways and cycle paths underneath and platforms at either side for fishing.
Mandurah also plays host to many festivites throughout the year, in March there is the Crabfest where locals and visitors can enjoy loads of activities on the foreshore, watch watersports and shows, partake in cooking classes and demonstrations, and of course plenty of food and beer on offer! There is always a well-known band playing in the open air stage and when the sun goes down, the fireworks start!
Many Sunday afternoons throughout summer, parks play host to outdoor concerts where people come deckchair under arm and picnic basket in hand to sit, relax or get up and dance to live music. My town – Mandurah I just love it!!