Mindarie is positioned on a large hill directly on the coast, offering stunning views westward over the Indian Ocean. 45 minutes drive north of Perth the suburb is named after Mindarie Lake, an Aboriginal name first recorded by Alexander Forrest in 1874. Today the community has a Mediterranean atmosphere enhanced by the resort hotel, cafes, al fresco dining and bar situated along the Marina Boardwalk which recently added a stylish new micro brewery pub, The Indian Ocean Brewing Company, serving a selection of handcrafted beers. The Mindarie lifestyle centres around the modern fishing and pleasure craft marina, which is surrounded by impressive luxury properties. Boating, fishing, surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming and other water activities, including viewing the many shipwreck sites off the coast, are popular at Mindarie.