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A fast-growing regional centre south of Perth, Mandurah has been a favourite holiday area for many years. The city has grown around the vast inland waterways of Peel Inlet and Harvey Estuary and boasts beautiful beaches ideal for swimming, boating and fishing. Marron, or crayfish are very popular in this region, and Mandurah hosts a Crab Festival every March. Grassed playing areas with picnic shelters, barbecues and changing rooms are located along the foreshore.
The name Mandurah comes from the Aboriginal word mandjar, which means 'meeting place'. Many of the original farmhouses, churches and public buildings around Mandurah remain and some are restored as museums. Mandurah Museum, on Pinjarra Street, is housed in the old Dalrymple School. In later years, the building was extended to also house the police station and court house. Visitors today may still see the old cells.