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There is so much to see and do in Mandurah. Less than an hour south of Perth by car or train, Mandurah is an easy destination for a day trip, romantic getaway or family holiday. The first people to have inhabited the region were the Bindjareb people of the Noongar Nation, who named the locality Mandjoogoordap (now Mandurah) which translates as 'meeting place of the heart'. The cosmopolitan city of Mandurah is set against a backdrop of magnificent beaches and the Peel-Harvey Estuary, which is twice the size of Sydney Harbour. Now known as the modern-day Venice, Mandurah's canals, winding rivers, pretty lakes and 134-square kilometres of calm inland waterways makes it the ideal destination to enjoy all kinds of activities on or near the water. No trip to Mandurah would be complete without a boat cruise through the canals, spotting wild bottlenose dolphins that live in these waters. The Mandurah's dolphins are in fact one of Australia's healthiest dolphin populations. Hire a boat (no licence required), houseboat, kayak, canoe or jet ski or join one of the many cruises to explore the beautiful waterways. Scooping for blue swimmer crabs that are native to Mandurah is another favourite pastime for many visitors and locals alike. Off the water, you will find four-wheel drive beach adventures or join a guided walking tour to explore and learn about the Peel Yalgorup Wetland System where thousands of migratory birds visit every year. There are also museums, theatres, galleries and seasonal events including the annual Crab Festival in March and the Christmas Lights in December. If you have young children, there are many other ways to fill a day with fun, including water parks, a pirate ship, adventure playgrounds and a mini train. As Western Australia's largest regional city, Mandurah makes the ideal overnight base. Take your pick from 4.5-star resorts and holiday houses overlooking the estuary/beach, or bed and breakfasts and caravan parks. There are also plenty of food options including gourmet restaurants and cafes overlooking waterfront boardwalks.