[Perth 2013] Down south @ Seashells Resort Mandurah!

Hello! Today, I’m going to continue on our Perth travelogue! You can catch up on the past 2 posts here :

Perth Travelogue Part 1: Our first day there
Perth Travelogue Part 2: Exploring Fremantle and Perth city

The morning we were supposed to head down south, we woke up bright and early, excited about the upcoming trip. It was our first road trip together, and the both of us have been looking forward to this so much!

We packed our luggages, checked out of the hotel, squeezed the bags into the Corolla Ascent, and first headed for breakfast – Jesters Pie at Winthrop Shopping Centre.

I remember during my one year there, I never ate a bite of Jesters. Not because I didn’t like it, but rather, I didn’t knew of its existence. It was only in my 2009 trip back there with my friends that I realised such good pies existed!

With our stomachs full, we jumped into our car and set off!

Off on our road trip down south!

Off on our road trip down south!

Our planned itinerary was supposed to take us to Mandurah first for a night, and then onwards further down south to Margaret River and Augusta! Luckily for us, the traffic was relatively light and we enjoyed a leisurely 110 km/h cruise down towards Mandurah!

We reached the town of Mandurah too early for us to check in, so took a roam around the quiet town. I must admit, during the day when everyone is out at work, Mandurah indeed looks and feels like a ghost town.

Up on the breakwaters overlooking the ocean! Mandurah is an excellent location for sunset!

Up on the breakwaters overlooking the ocean! Mandurah is an excellent location for sunset watching!

Dolphin Quay - Mandurah

Dolphin Quay – Mandurah

Waterfront houses. It'd be really awesome to be able to stay in one of these. It's literally RIGHT NEXT to the ocean!

Waterfront houses. It’d be really awesome to be able to stay in one of these. It’s literally RIGHT NEXT to the ocean!

Another grand waterfront house.

Another grand waterfront house.

Surprisingly, all their houses look unoccupied. See why I said it felt like a ghost town?

The marina. Kai kept insisting her shot of the pelican is nicer than mine hahaha.

Dolphin Quay marina. Kai kept insisting her shot of the pelican is nicer than mine hahaha.

Dolphin Quay and Marina - Mandurah

Dolphin Quay and Marina – Mandurah

Soon, it was time for check in, and we trotted back to our hotel – Seashells Resort Mandurah.

This blog post will be mostly on Seashells – one of the best resorts/hotels we’ve ever stayed in. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced accommodation in the town of Mandurah, you must check out Seashells!

Seashells Resort – Mandurah
16, Dolphin Drive
Mandurah, WA 6210

Seashells Resort Mandurah - located just right next to the ocean.

Seashells Resort Mandurah – located just right next to the ocean.

Hotel lobby

Hotel lobby

It has a swimming pool that I thought looked a bit like an "infinity pool" if you look low enough out into the ocean. :P

It has a swimming pool that I thought looked a bit like an “infinity pool” if you look low enough out into the ocean. :P

Dining area for BBQ/grills just right next to the swimming pool and villas.

Dining area for BBQ/grills just right next to the swimming pool and villas.

Seashells Resort Mandurah houses both self-contained apartments as well as villas. We booked the 1-bedroom apartment for our night’s stay there, and were really awed by it.

Walkway entrance into our apartment.

Walkway entrance into our apartment.

Fully self contained apartment - includes a microwave oven, induction cooker, fridge, and even a dishwasher!

Fully self contained apartment – includes a microwave oven, induction cooker, fridge, and even a dishwasher!

Our living room and balcony.

Our living room and balcony.

Our bedroom. Love the king bed. The best mattress we've slept on in our entire trip there.

Our bedroom. Love the king bed. The best mattress we’ve slept on in our entire trip there.

Trust me, there's enough space for you to do workouts inside the toilet.

Trust me, there’s enough space for you to do workouts inside the toilet.

Comes standard with a huge bathtub!

Comes standard with a huge bathtub!

Our balcony - overlooking the villas and the ocean!

Our balcony – overlooking the villas and the ocean!

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The villas of Seashells Resort

The villas of Seashells Resort

Thanks to Seashells for the bottle of Capel Vale Shiraz!

Thanks to Seashells for the bottle of Capel Vale Shiraz!

We went out to further explore the town, and grabbed lunch at the ever-popular Cicerello’s! I think after this trip, I personally prefer Cicerello’s over to Kailis.

Fish and chips @ Cicerellos Mandurah!

Fish and chips @ Cicerellos Mandurah!

Because we had the luxury of a self-contained apartment, we decided to cook our own dinner instead of heading out to find food in that very ghostly quiet town. So off to Coles we headed before going back to prepare!

Cooking dinner! Yeaps, they provide pans, plates, cups and cutlery!

Cooking dinner! Yeaps, they provide pans, plates, cups and cutlery!

Didn't have candles to make it a candle-lit dinner, so I guess a sea-view seat would suffice for now :)

Best meal in Australia! Didn’t have candles to make it a candle-lit dinner, so I guess a sea-view seat would suffice for now :)

Kai caught the gorgeous sunset on my S3.

Kai caught the gorgeous sunset on my S3. No editing, I swear.

And to end off this post of our stay at Mandurah, here’s a shot of an ocean-view sunset as we had our dinner of smoked salmon, chicken sausages, mushrooms and scrambled eggs, complete with the bottle of Shiraz.26

Stay tuned for our adventures down at Margaret River!

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  5. Dear Irwin,

    Was researching on Perth itineraries when I came across your blog. Was hoping you could share on car rentals at Perth. My family and I will be heading down to Margaret River from Perth for a 4D3N stay and we need a good, reliable and safe car to drive around! Hoping you could provide us with some info. Would really appreciate it! Thank you! :)

    • Dear Emma,

      Thank you for your comment! Margaret River is a really nice place and you’ll love it. I rented the car from Hertz – you can check out their website and even sign up for their Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program for more discounts! Alternatively, you could take a look at http://www.vroomvroomvroom.com.au/ for more good deals on car rental.

      Hope this helps and have a great trip!

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  8. hi,
    i have checked Hertz’s website.
    it stated that these are the things not inclusive:
    Optional Information
    Available Optional Items at the Counter
    ACCIDENT EXCESS REDUCTION
    daily19.09 AUD
    MAXIMUM COVER
    daily29.09 AUD
    Premium Emergency Roadside Service
    daily3.00 AUD
    Rates for Optional Items are Exclusive of tax and other associated charges
    may i know are they impt? did you purchse when you rent the car frm them? thanks

    • Hi, we got the excess reduction, a standard for us whenever we travel. This is just in case of unnecessary scratches or dents which may end up quite expensive.

      For the rest, I personally don’t see the need to unless you’re travelling on more dangerous terrains and conditions, or if you think that it might just give you peace of mind. It’s ultimately up to you :)

      Hope this helps!

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