Mandurah & Environs
Foreshore & Inner City Heritage Walk
- Region: Mandurah & Environs
- Grade:Walk Class 1
- Trail Manager:City of Mandurah
- Start Point:Mandurah Visitor Centre
- End Point:Mandurah
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Stroll along the foreshore and into the past, stopping at some of Mandurah's significant historic sites.
The eastern foreshore has always been an active part of town. In the early years of settlement fishermen and boats dotted the estuary and the smell of fish emanated through town. In the 1930s, crowds would line up outside the outdoor picture theatre and on weekends they would gather at the dance halls. In the 1950s the smell of baking bread at Mancie's would waft on the easterly breeze as the summer holiday swimming classes began.
Begin the walk at the Visitors Centre, where you can collect your guide to the walk. This guide will provide you with additional information and images. From the Mandurah Visitor Centre walk south along the eastern foreshore towards the old Mandurah Traffic Bridge. While you walk, look to the right across Mandjar Bay to Stingray Point. Walk along the promenade and stop in line with the playground (approx. 200m).
Continue walking along the foreshore until you arrive a tthe pelican statue near the first jetty (approx. 230m).
The next eight sites are situated on either side of Mandurah Terrace. From the pelican statue follow the broad path past the Norfolk pine to Mandurah Terrace (approx. 80m). Stop at the terrace. To your left is Smart Street and immediately across the road is a large building with a broad brick gable and steps that lead to the entrance. This was the former Santoy Ballroom and later the Santoy Arcade.
Stay on this side of Mandurah Terrace and walk south until you get to the new Brighton Hotel (approx. 40m). Look to the other side of Mandurah Terrace and you will see the art deco facade of Scott's Garage.
Before moving on, look across the road to a row of shops left of Scott's Garage. One of the shops has a small corrugated iron roof. This was part of the Peel Inlet Preserving Works, which was demolished, only its storeroom remains.
Continue south of the old Brighton Hotel to the last building on Mandurah Terrace (approx. 20m). Incorporated into a single building, are the limestone buildings; Eureka Cottage and Granny Cooper's Cottage; and the corner brick building, Violet Sutton's Corner Tearooms. Look closely at this building and you'll be able to distinguish the former structures.
Cross over Mandurah Terrace to the last house before the bridge.
Next door to the museum is one of the oldest buildings in Mandurah, the Agricultural Hall (now City of Mandurah Ranger Services).
Continue along Pinjarra Road to the first set of traffic lights. Cross diagonally to Christ's Church and cemetary. The original church has been incorporated into the existing building and can be seen from the Pinjarra Road side of the church.
Continue north to the mall (opposite Mewburn Centre). Walk through the mall to Mandurah Terrace. Turn right and walk to the bakery (approx. 20m). The bakery marks the end of the trail, stop to sample some bakery products or head back to the Visitor Centre.
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