Mandurah Ocean Marina

Mandurah Ocean Marina was a major catalyst for the rejuvenation of the Mandurah CBD and the first venetian waterways in the southern hemisphere


The goal

A State Government Taskforce was appointed to oversee the development of the original Mandurah Ocean Marina project in 1998. Taylor Burrell were responsible for the Structure Plan Formulation, Town Planning Scheme Amendment and subsequent Venetian waterway design review. The development of the Mandurah Ocean Marina provided the opportunity to maximise tourism and economic outcomes, to create a destination, and to position Mandurah as more than a day trip destination. Taylor Burrell Barnett has played a key role in the provision of a premier and innovative development providing tourist, marine, commercial and residential components for the local community, which has strong links to the existing cultural and Mandurah town centre precincts.

Our Role

Taylor Burrell played a key role, creating a premier and innovative development boasting tourist, marine, commercial and residential components for the local community, while maintaining strong links to existing cultural and Mandurah town centre precincts via an iconic pedestrian bridge.

Key challenges for the site included managing the displacement of the caravan park tenants that occupied the site, along with the fishing and sailing clubs and resolving how the various user groups (power boat club, skiers, fishermen, sea rescue, yacht club and DPI port planners) could co-exist to create more efficient outcomes under a single club structure. The planning, design and review process involved public meetings with caravan park tenants, meetings with fishermen, club officials, councillors and officers of the city and the general community.

The Outcome

Mandurah Ocean Marina also contains a ‘Venetian’ styled waterway system which includes

  • smaller more affordable waterfront lots to suit the Mandurah market
  • an interconnected system of narrower waterways with continuous public pedestrian access to the waterfront
  • continuous public, pedestrian access around the periphery of the waterfronts including the internal waterway systems – something extremely unique to Australia

Importantly, the development maximises both tourism and economic outcomes. The mix of land uses and public spaces has resulted in a strong employment and tourist hub.

The marina has fast become a tourism icon for the Peel Region and has demonstrated significant economic and community benefits. Combining the club functions has resulted in an extremely successful club facility, which also boasts substantial social membership to ensure its long term economic sustainability.

Timing is everything. The success of the development, including the ability to deliver the Venetian waterways and the extent of density and built form outcomes owes itself to the fortunate economic period during which the development occurred.


2003 WA Case earth Award for Construction & environmental excellence
2004 Marine Industries Federation: Marina of the Year
2004 Australian Tourism Marina of the Year
2004 Australian Club Marina of the Year
2004 WA Local Government Tourism Award 2004 Marine Industries Federation: Recreational & Tourism Award for excellence in Customer Service, User Facilities, environmental emergency and Maintenance procedures
2005 Western Australian Marina of the Year 2005 AIPM PMAA Awards Project of the Year 2005 UDIA WA Award for Master Planned Community
2006 UDIA (WA) Award for excellence – Masterplanned Development
2007 UDIA (National) Award for excellence – Masterplanned Development
2009 AIPM WA Project Director of the Year 2009 AIPM National Project Director of the Year 2011 PIANC jack Nichol Memorial Award for excellence in Marina Design
2011 ULA Asia Pacific Region Best Master Planned Development

Quick Facts

  • Timing
    1996 - 2007
  • Location
    City of Mandurah
  • Site Area
    62.5 hectares
  • Land Use
    Waterfront Promenade

Project Team

Samantha Thompson
Managing Director