About Mandurah

I thought I’d set the scene for our future home….

There we are, just 70km South of Perth.

There we are, just 70km South of Perth.

Gone are the days of the beach shack in Mandurah.

Holidaying on the Mandurah beach front, 1988.

Holidaying on the Mandurah beach front, 1988.

These days Mandurah, is full of double brick homes, floored with tiles, built in the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, “naughties” and, yup, you guessed it, we are still building the same kind of construction now.  It’s very practical and tolerates our coastal weather, but it’s not very interesting.

Not that long ago, Mandurah was a small fishing village and holiday camping destination, so if it’s old homes oozing character that you like – Mandurah is not your place.  But what it lacks in architectural style and history, it makes up for in the great outdoors.  We have the Indian Ocean to our West, with sandy, white beaches.  The town sits on the Peel Inlet and a large estuary, home to dolphins and blue manner crabs, respectively.  And, as if that is not enough water already, we have an extensive network of man-made canals. Our canal has direct access to the ocean and is accessible by sailboat.

Dolphins surfing on Mandurah's coast.

Dolphins surfing on Mandurah’s coast.

The climate is Meditteranean.  Think hot, hot, hot in Summer – dry and regularly over 35 degrees celcius.  Winter is wet and cool, but nothing serious.

Mandurah now has a population of over 80 000.  Compared to most Australian cities, there is little cultural diversity.  It’s a popular place for the English to immigrate and there are a few New Zealanders, South Africans and Scots.   Honestly, I find it a bit isolated and I used to worry that my children’s view of the world could become a little narrow.  But after 8 years of international travels, and schooling in 5 different countries, I think we’ve nipped that potential issue in the bud!  So now, I’m completely and utterly looking forward to returning to live in clean, clear, sunny, beachy, green Mandurah with my family.

If you fancy being my neighbour, here’s a little sample of some nearby houses:

These canal homes are all currently for sale.  The pictures are from realestate.com.au.   These houses aren’t going to make the pages of Dwell, Grand Designs or any other design magazine, but I did find one local house with some originality and a bit of Wow factor.  Check out the house below by Iredale Pedersen Hook (photos from Dezeen).  I love the interesting frame for the ocean view and, in keeping with the original beach shacks of Mandurah, the exterior is clad in fibre-cement sheets.  Think of the solar power and rain water collection potential of this place!

But back to our little spot in the world:

That's our spot - the grassy bit at the end of this canal.

That’s our spot – the grassy gap between two houses at the end of the canal.


20 thoughts on “About Mandurah

  1. You forgot to mention the short kayak with dolphin escort across the water to pick up fish and chips for visiting relatives 😉 xx

  2. housenerdmaya says:

    Haha, same as Deb and you – for my husband a boat is the dream, while I dream about houses. Love your post on Mandurah. We had close family friends who built a house right by the ocean in Mandurah when we were kids, and we always loved visiting. It felt like going on holiday. We loved the foreshore/bridge area too. It’s funny though because I wasn’t very familiar with “old Mandurah” (the old shacks and beach holiday houses) until recently when a friend of mine moved there and we drove through those parts. Such a big contrast to the McMansion styles! Also I have written about a few Iredale Pedersen Hook houses for work and they are always amazing!

  3. Looks gorgeous Johanne. And I am sure your kids will have a very well rounded view of the world, what with all the far flung adventures you’ve had! Great news on the cobblestone driveway too, it’ll be lovely to have a little reminder of your travels to greet you every time you come home 🙂

  4. Bruna Evans says:

    Love the big skies. One could become quite aspirational in a boating sense surrounded by all that water. xx

  5. Africadayz says:

    What a lovely post! Great to get everything into some sort of context. No danger of your children ever being insular. As you say, their ex-pat experience will go a long way to preventing that and also, having adventurous parents who are interested in the World, will keep them looking outwards too. It will be wonderful for you all to be grounded again in your home country with family and old friends nearby.

  6. And there we are (not marked) in the mountains just east of Melbourne. Mandurah is just around the corner! Well, it is all comparative. We are nearly as excited as you are to have the Marias family installed in their new home. It will be beautiful on many levels. Mum and Dad x

  7. mariashumptydoo says:

    I really like the Florida beach house but love your patch only one sail away from the Indian Ocean…

  8. Ohhhh I have so been looking forward to a quiet moment to sit and read this. Thank you for this…..what a great post. What an amazing beautiful spot! One day I would love to come and visit.

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