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New Halls Head Central Shopping Centre

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Published March 20th 2016
A new place to eat, shop and play
The recent opening of the newly renovated and much extended Halls Head Central shopping centre in Mandurah brings a much needed second major shopping district to the thriving southern city.

Halls Head Central
The new climbing frame at Halls Head Central

The development has included 1,000 more parking bays, a renovated Coles, brand new Kmart, more than 50 speciality stalls and a large outdoor dining precinct. The growth of the Halls Head shopping area should relieve some of the pressure from the popular Mandurah Forum, itself earmarked for a massive redevelopment in the next 12 months.

And although it isn't due to open until mid-year, the centre will also be the site of one of Western Australia's first Aldi stores.

Halls Head Central
There is a lot of natural wood in the outdoor areas

The single level centre's main attraction is the alfresco dining precinct on the south western flank, with restaurants such as Lone Star, Zambrero, Jamaica Blue, Pizza Hut, Matsu Sushi, Health Freak cake, Muffin Break and Magic Noodle Bar.

While all restaurants have indoor dining, they also share a new outdoor area, partly shaded by wooden beams, and many overlooking the new enclosed play area for children: the Kids Precinct.

The Kids Precinct is relatively large, shaded with sails, and cleverly contained with rustic wooden beams that mirror the new external roofing structures. It's very natural looking, if you ignore the view over the carpark, but kids will love the new area with its undulating softplay ground, enormous spherical climbing frame, small slides for toddlers and awesome thongophone (BYO thong).

Halls Head Central
The awesome new thongophone

The play area was built after consultation with local mums to ensure that it catered to all ages from toddlers to pre-teens, and the way it was constructed encourages younger kids to play at one end, and older kids at the other. Naturally, it has a coastal theme with large nautical objects to climb such as a giant crab and a shell.

Parking is all single-level and currently stretches around three sides of the building, meaning it is never too far to walk to an entrance. However, the fact that the area is so new, means the few trees within the carpark are very small and provide minimal shade. There is no undercover parking.

When the new Halls Head Bunnings store is complete, currently being built adjacent to Halls Head Central, it will create a large complex of mixed retail.
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Why? A new retail centre in Mandurah with restaurants and kids playground
When: Open daily
Where: 14 Guava Way, Halls Head
Cost: Free
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