Shannon wanted to go on a decent train ride before she left Perth. Prior to today the most we had travelled on a train was from Fremantle to Perth. Today we caught the train from Leederville to Mandurah, 70 km south of Perth and the terminus of Transperth’s southern (Mandurah) railway line. As today fell during WA school holidays we could buy a family ticket for unlimited travel public transport after 9 am for only $8.40 – bargain!
The rail line to Mandurah was opened in December 2007 and this has helped fuel the city’s growth. Mandurah is now both Western Australia’s second largest city and regional Australia’s fastest growing city.
Upon arriving to Mandurah Train Station, Shannon, Eilish, Breandan and myself caught a free shuttle bus to the city’s foreshore. This bus runs either every 10 or 20 minutes depending on the day and facilitates the city’s vibrant tourist trade.
After a picnic lunch on the foreshore we went shopping before catching the 2 pm Bouvard boat cruise to the Mandurah Marina, Peel Inlet, Harvey Estuary and canal areas.
3 heritage-listed historic buildings contrast with Mandurah’s modern mansions, villas and seaside apartment blocks
On the boat cruise we saw several dolphins along with multiple osprey, shags, swans and pelicans. Unfortunately, the dolphin calf above is dead but its mother still tried to keep it afloat in the hope it would live.
One of the many mansions and accompanying yachts surrounding Mandurah’s artificial canal district. This one has a private 30 seat movie theatre. This area is so attractive to wealthy Perthites that vacant blocks of land alone sell for between $1.5 and $2.5 million.
With the boat captain after the cruise ended
A White Vienna Coffee, Mocha and 2 Babycinos at D’Lights Cafe near the market complex
Waiting for the train to Leederville in Perth Underground Train Station after a long day, including a short walk across Perth’s CBD. In Leederville we drank more coffee and ate cake with Bjoern and Ola before returning home and packing.
I’m about to take Shannon, Breandan and Eilish to Perth Airport for their overnight return flight to Adelaide. We have had a fabulous time together in Perth and I’m extremely glad to have taken the opportunity to give them a holiday in Perth.