Mandurah is now a satellite community of Perth; but that said the town is also a tourism haven. For both local and to a lesser degree the internationals on their way to the south coast. The Mandurah War Memorial is in its own right give cause to stay a while and take in this modern and moving acknowledgment.
In December 1829, Thomas Peel arrived in Western Australia from the United Kingdom with workmen, equipment and stores on the ship Gilmore. He had financed the trip in exchange for a grant of land in the Swan River Colony. Many problems with the settlement along with Peel's own ill-health led him to lead the remaining Clarence settlers to the area known today as Mandurah. Thomas Peel died in 1865 but Mandurah continued to grow, albeit very slowly, over the years leading to the 20th Century.
Mandurah by default is the second-largest city in Western Australia and is located approximately 72 kilometres (45 mi) south of the largest city, the State Capital Perth.
Mandurah has grown from isolated holiday communities along the shores of the Peel-Harvey Estuary to a major regional city in just over a decade; in recent times forming a conurbation with nearby Rockingham and the capital Perth along the coast.
Mandurah has become a popular lifestyle alternative for Perth retirees and is also known for its protected waterways, beaches and excellent boating and fishing activities.