Rockingham – Close to Perth, yet far from the city!!! If you love the outdoor lifestyle you’ll find no better!
Located just 45 minutes south of Perth, Rockingham forms the southernmost border of the Perth metropolitan area. The city fronts onto the sheltered waters of Cockburn Sound with Garden Island, Penguin Island and Seal Island very close by.
Whether you want to surf, dive, swim, play golf, or meet dolphins, penguins and sea lions, it’s right here
in the Rockingham Region. It’s just a short drive from Perth or Fremantle, or you can get here easily by public transport. If you want to stay a few days, there are plenty of great accommodation options from camping and caravanning to apartments,hotels, villas and B&B’s.
Rockingham’s natural attractions range from rugged unspoilt and protected coastal areas,to abundant marine life and wildlife. Join a tour to swim with, or watch the world famous Rockingham Dolphins or take a cruise to experience the best of iconic Australian nature.
Penguin Island has a magnificent coastline and shallow, protected bays - a wonderful place to explore both on land and in the water. Get up close and personal with marine wildlife such as penguins, dolphins, sea lions and an array of fish species in the marine park’s protected waters.
If you prefer to go at your own pace, you can explore Lake Coolongup.
Rockingham is well known for its shady,grassed foreshores and beautiful clean beaches. Rockingham foreshore has picnic tables, benches and free electric BBQs amongst the trees.
With excellent children’s playgrounds, it’s the perfect spot for a family day out.
If you love the sun on your back and your toes inthe sand, you’ll adore Rockingham’s beaches. For safe, calm, shallow water swimming and sandy beaches, Rockingham Beach, Palm Beach, Safety Bay, Shoalwater, Warnbro and Port Kennedy are the best places to go. Singleton Beach and Golden Bay in the South are both for surfing and windsurfing.
The Shoalwater Islands Marine Park boasts secluded white sandy bays, vibrant coloured corals, over 600 pairs of little penguins, 150 bottle-nosed dolphins and countless sea lions that call this area home. There are a number of ways to experience and interact with the local wildlife including guided swimming and paddling tours.
Don’t leave Rockingham without...
- Saying “G’day” to a dolphin or penguin on a Rockingham Wild Encounter (p.27).
- Calling into the Visitor’s Centre to see what’s on.
- Taking the kids to one (or both) of the great play centres.
- Splashing about at Aqua Jetty Indoor Pool
- Catching a movie at the new Ace or United complex.
- Going for a bike ride on the excellent coastal trail.
- Paying a visit to the History Museum cnr Kent St & Flinders Ln.
- Sipping a latte at the fantastic new foreshore.
- Exploring one of the pristine Beachfront Parks.
- Learning more about the local ecosystem at the Environmental Centre.
- Going snorkelling in Shoalwater Bay or at Point Peron.
- Hiring a Kayak or Paddleboard and cruising the waves.
If you have never tried it before, you can learn to stand up paddleboard, wind or kitesurf in ideal, gentle
conditions at Safety Bay or take a surfing lesson in the perfect beginner’s waves at Secret Harbour.
This beautiful location offers some of the best snorkelling in the region off a limestone headland dotted with reefs, caves and swimthroughs in crystal clear water. Shoalwater Islands Marine Park is an area renowned for its safe calm waters,pristine beaches, and abundance of fish species.There’s also boating, sailing, and fishing either with your own boat or you can hire one
Rockingham Visitor Centre
Who knows Rockingham better than the Visitor Centre - they can help with anything you need.
Rockingham Wild Encounters
Catch the ferry or take a cruise here to get up close to the wildlife, explore nature trails, swim, surf, snorkel or to enjoy a family picnic and the safe, sheltered beaches.