Mindarie Keys for a Sensational Seaside Holiday in Western Australia.

Whether you’re looking for ocean adventure or a relaxing, restorative seaside spa’break, the Western Australia suburb of Mindarie has plenty to offer active families or independent travellers. Just a 30- to 40-minute drive northwest of Perth, Mindarie is the place for fishing, diving, surfing, brew-pub dining, dolphin watching or just enjoying the famous sunset over the Indian Ocean.

Boats moored within Mindarie Marina
Boats moored within Mindarie Marina on a beautiful summers day


Mindarie Keys development, begun in the 1980s, includes both residences and the Mindarie Marina Hotel and Villas. You can charter a deep-sea fishing trip, hire a boat, equip your own boat or relax in a suite or villa overlooking either hotel dockside or the Indian Ocean. For other accommodation options, look into privately rented vacation homes.

Things to do – explore the outdoors

The area is near Yanchep National Park, noted for its Aboriginal culture, caves and koala colonies, as well as Neerabup National Park, a narrow stretch of bushland accessible only by foot for birdwatching and photography — you might see kangaroos or emus there.

Mindarie Beach, often referred to as Claytons Beach is south of the marina. This beach is notable for surfing; the strong currents, however, mean the beach is less suitable for swimmers, who flock to Quinns Beach on the north side instead. Quinns Beach is patrolled during the summer. Claytons Beach is not patrolled.

For diving, you can meet up at the marina to explore sites including the Gemini Wreck. Avid anglers can charter a fishing trip in search of amberjack, snapper, Samson fish or the legendary Dhufish. Alternatively, enjoy a seasonal half-day river cruise with a catered lunch and a swim.

Where to eat – Restaurants, Indie Brews and Oceanside Dining

You won’t have to go far from your posh seaside villa for memorable craft beer and a fun night out. Indian Ocean brewery brews on site, with styles that range from American Pale Ale to Australian Dark – even a brew inspired by Vietnamese Bai Hoi.

You can accompany your ale, cider or beer at Indian Ocean brewery with pizza, seafood or steak dinners, or the pork belly that reviewers rave about. For ocean views, fish and chips, acoustic music nights and family specials, visit The Boat. The Boat offers local and international brews, mussels and grill dishes, and a lineup of events year-round.

Living at Mindarie – Settling In or Settling Down?

If you like Mindarie Keys too much to leave, you’ll find its upscale suburban community has schools and amenities that can meet your family’s needs. The population of around 7,000 is projected to grow to nearly 10,000 by 2026, and realestate development is growing accordingly.

Realestate prices are in line with the demographics, which show higher-than-average income compared with Perth overall. Mindarie Keys Medical Centre offers a range of family practice and other services, whether you’re a resident or just visiting. Mindarie’s medical centre is open seven days a week, except on public holidays.

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