In 2016 Mandurah made the list of Australia's top 50 best small towns, and the range and quality of its eating reflects this. Little more than a fishing village until after WWII, it has grown rapidly in recent decades, and the culinary scene has likewise boomed. Located on the Indian Ocean near the bottom corner of Australia's western coast, it's based around the Harvey Estuary, an impressive body of water which dwarfs the much better known Sydney Harbour. That and its miles of sparkling new waterways make this up and coming town seem like the Venice of Down Under. Similarly, there's an Italianate feeling to many of the restaurants in Mandurah, which include several prestigious Gold Plate and Catering Award winners.