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Things to do in Rockingham for kids
Here are our top picks for things to do with kids in Rockingham.
Visit to the Penguin Island
Ferries to the island operate hourly starting from 9am until 3pm. The little ones will love the sandy beaches of Penguin island. You can take them on a cruise to witness the frolics of dolphins and stealthy sea lions. But, the best part of this island is seeing the world’s smallest penguins. You can catch them during feeding hours around half past ten, 12 30 in the afternoon and then again at 2 30pm. You can also enjoy the beach, snorkel or swim and even take the kids on a nature walk.
Take to the Rockingham Beach
You can take the kids to the beach for a couple of hours, or even to spend the day. Go for a walk along the beach, let them swim in the sea. And, you can either opt for a picnic in the park, or grab some fish and chips from a restaurant.
Go to the Churchill Park
Located between the beach and the Rockingham Beach Road, the Churchill Park is a grassy park near a sandy beach. There is a playground for the kids, BBQs and picnic spots. The park’s footpath overlooks the beach, and there are plenty of restaurants across the street.
Introduce Point Peron to them
A special place for generations of kids in WA, Point Peron is great for budding little explorers. They can discover secrets of small bays and rocky outcrops. The beaches are safe for swimming and snorkeling.
Perth to Rockingham in Spring
Rockingham located just 45 minutes south of Perth offers an abundance of things to do with beautiful beaches, water sports, beach skydiving and environmental parks during the tour from Perth to Rockingham in Spring.
Wild Dolphin encounters
Rockingham is not only known for its raw beauty but it’s incredible wild dolphin encounters. Every year from early September to early June, pods of dolphins come to play in the ocean bordering Rockingham.
Board a Boat
During the tour from Perth to Rockingham in Spring, board the boat in Rockingham to set out into the clear waters in search of dolphins. After a group of dolphins is found, slip on your wetsuit and climb into the water in small groups. You’ll be led by an experienced crew member to swim along as the dolphins frolic around you. Rockingham Wild Encounters will also bring you to the nearby Penguin Island for a chance to spot wild penguins.
Penguin and Seal Colonies
Head straight to the coast to see some of WA’s largest penguin and seal colonies during your travel from Perth to Rockingham in Spring. Penguin Island packing in both, along with dolphins and plenty of other marine life. Just jump on the 5-minute ferry every hour between 9am-3pm, catch penguin feedings throughout the day or do some of your own exploring, swimming (look out for the natural spa), sunbaking and/or snorkelling.
RESTAURANTS YOU NEED TO TRY IN ROCKINGHAM
Rockingham is not just home to breathtaking sceneries and wildlife encounters; it is also home to some excellent restaurants which makes day trips to Rockingham a great choice.
Ever since the 19th century, Rockingham has been attracting visitors and part of the reason behind this is its spectacular food scene. Be it authentic Indian, Italian, American, Chinese, Thai or Australian cuisine, you’re in for an epic culinary adventure in Rockingham.
Spices on Ocean Indian Restaurant
Web Site: www.spicesonocean.com.au
Enjoy a sunset dining experience on the Rockingham foreshore as you taste aromatic flavours of authentic Indian cuisine. Some must-try specialities here are the Lamb Rogam Josh, Spicy Vindaloo and Tandoori Chicken.
Brother Of Mine
Web Site: brotherofmine.com.au
While not technically in Rockingham, Brother of Mine is located in Baldivis. This restaurant makes for a great spot for some delectable brunch on your day trip to Rockingham. Some lip-smacking treats here are the BBQ ‘dust’, black truffle and manchego and berry cheesecake french toast. And don’t forget, the coffee here is one of the best there is too.
Wing Bo Chinese Restaurant
Relish the strong flavours and exotic nuances of China at this restaurant where Chinese staples of noodle and rice is served in some flavour-filled preparations. Some of the chef’s specialties to try are the Cantonese Fillet Steak, Wing Bo roast duck, Birds Nest with king prawn and chicken and San Choy Bow.
Lavoro Italiano Restaurant
Web Site: lavoroitaliano.com.au/home/
Indulge in authentic Italian cuisine amidst panoramic views and a charming ambiance. Spaghetti carbonara, tiramisu and salmon pizza are some of the best loved foods here.
Web Site: rusticotapas.com.au/
Featuring mouthwatering Spanish cuisine such as Hervey Bay Scallops and fried goats cheese with orange blossom honey, Rustico is a buzzing restaurant. You can also enjoy their 6-course degustation menu here.
BEST SCENIC SPOTS IN ROCKINGHAM
A good part of travelling is taking Instagram-worthy pictures to document your journey and the stunning sights in Rockingham will leave you spoilt for choice. Here are some of the most beautiful scenic spots in Rockingham:
Rockingham is known for its grassed foreshores and crystal clear beaches. The Rockingham Foreshore has a boardwalk that leads to the clean white sands of the Rockingham Beach.
There are parks located close by which are perfect to enjoy a picnic or BBQ, and makes for a great family outing spot too.
Shoalwater Islands Marine Park
A glorious stretch of coastline that is home to bird and marine life, the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park comprises the Penguin Island and Seal Island. With so much of amazing wildlife, a network of boardwalks and stunning surrounding vistas, visitors can even enjoy several water-based activities here.
Point Peron, also known as Cape Peron, is one of Rockingham’s most spectacular natural attractions. Talk a stroll along the shores or walking paths as you soak up the stunning scenery and glorious coastline. The sunset here is not to be missed too.
Web Site: parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/lake-richmond
A 40-hectare freshwater lake, Lake Richmond is home to endangered Thrombolites (rock-like structures known as living rocks). Over 100 different bird species have been recorded at the lake banks. Nature lovers will have much to love in the spectacular floral and fauna around here.
Lake Cooloongup is a natural saline lake that was once connected to the ocean. Today, the lake offers several trail-based recreational activities. The highlight here is a walk through the woodlands from dusk to dawn. The sights are truly magical and one-of-a-kind.
Thankfully, Western Australia is blessed with consistent sunlight, so heading over to the beach is always on the cards. The best part about the Rockingham Beach is that you can not only walk alongside the water, but actually walk a fair distance into the ocean where it will only be knee-deep.
FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES TO DO IN ROCKINGHAM
Are you planning a family outing at Rockingham? Or looking for something different and fun to do with kids over the weekend? Here is a look at some family-friendly activities to do in Rockingham:
Take a walk through Point Pedron
Wander along Point Pedron as you take a walk along the protected reservoir of rugged cliffs and glorious coastline. An excellent spot for picnicking, swimming, fishing and sightseeing, Point Pedron is a great place for families to enjoy a day out.
Head over the beach
Kids love soaking up under the sun on the beach. Rockingham Beach, with its calm waters and white sand, makes for a safe and entertaining family beach spot. And don’t forget to pack a picnic and catch the mesmerizing sunset over the ocean as well.
Explore Penguin Island
Web Site: www.penguinisland.com.au
Treat the kids to a glass-bottomed boat ride as you pay a visit to the world’s smallest penguins right here on Penguin Island. Kids will also be treated to the sight of rare Australian sea lions on Seal Island as well as several sea birds. You can also swim with the dolphins if you’re feeling more adventurous.
Take the kids to the playgrounds
If the kids are feeling restless, then it’s a great time to take them to Harbour Playground – an award-winning, all-inclusive play space. Shipwreck Cove is another amazing nautical-themed playground that will keep kids entertained for hours on end.
Learn about nature at Naragebup
Web Site: naragebup.org.au
Also known as the Rockingham Regional Environmental Centre, Naragebup is a place where children can learn about the rehabilitation of baby turtles, explore aquatic species and learn more about nature.
Visit the Perth Aqua Park
Web Site: perthaquapark.com.au
If you’re visiting in April, then the Perth Aqua Park will be open. Located in Baldivis, this park has 100 floating inflatable obstacles that kids would absolutely enjoy tackling. Race down the 3-lane course, zip down huge slides, get launched from a jumping pillow, and indulge in some amazing family fun here.
THINGS TO DO IN ROCKINGHAM
Located only 45 minutes from Perth, Rockingham is a popular holiday destination that is famous for its exciting activities and experiences. Boasting 37km of stunning coastline, Rockingham is where you can relax on the white sandy beaches, swim with the dolphins, salt a yacht and explore the hidden gems in the city. Be it a wealth of natural attractions, great food, entertaining events and adventure activities, here are some the top things to do in Rockingham.
Explore the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park
With secluded sandy bays and craggy limestone islands, Shoalwater Islands Marine Park is a great way to interact with wildlife and nature. Go on a kayak around the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park as you catch a glimpse of sea lions, penguins and abundant birdlife. A dolphin interaction tour and wildlife safari experience is offered here as well.
Swim with the Dolphins
Indulge in an unforgettable eco-tourism experience where you swim alongside the playful wild dolphins. This unparalleled experience of interacting with these gentle and playful creatures in their natural environment is truly magical and unforgettable.
Experience Exhilarating Water Sport Activities
Adventure enthusiasts will not be disappointed in Rockingham. Go on a kayak around the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park as you catch a glimpse of sea lions, penguins and an abundant birdlife. Or head over to the West Coast Dive Park for a magical scuba diving experience. If you want to experience some adrenaline-pumping activities, go snorkeling, jet skiing, kitesurfing, wakeboarding or skydiving.
Wining, Dining and Recreation
Rockingham is home to some excellent restaurants and cafés. Sample delectable delicacies, treat yourself to some fulfilling street food or sample some great quality wine.
As far as recreational activities are concerned, head over to the heritage trails and drives that will be an absolute treat for history enthusiasts. Some other activities to enjoy include historical sights and recreational fishing.
Things to do in Rockingham
Rockingham has long been known as the place to spot sea lions and penguins. But, there is much more to Rockingham than meets travellers’ tales.
The wine trail – Baldivis Karnup
Baldivis Karnup Wine Trail is made up of five wineries, owned and operated by locals. Rockingham hinterland presents the perfect climate for producing quality wine, made with love and care. However, most of the wineries are just a short drive away from the city centre. You could make it a wine tasting and sightseeing tour with friends or family.
Snorkel and sunbathe at Cape Peron
The craggy limestone cliffs, offshore reefs and sandy beaches of Cape Peron are perfect for a day out. The blue-green waters of Cape Peron are dotted with delightful reefs, swimthroughs and caves. You could go snorkeling near Point Peron and Mushroom Rocks or go further west to access the Point John Reef. Alternatively, you could just lounge about the beach and soak up the sun like sea lions.
Hike to the Serpentine Falls
The scenic Serpentine National Park is best known for its small but picture-perfect waterfalls. The Serpentine Falls flow over a granite outcrop to form an azure pool. It is a perfect spot to sunbathe and float blissfully in the cool waters. But, remember that the water in the pool is shallow. The park itself is home to grey kangaroos, brushtail possum, brush-wallaby and even occasional quokka.
Where to Eat and Drink
Ostro Eatery serves Seven Sins coffee, house-made soda, cold-pressed juices and delectable meals. Try their blue-swimmer-crab omelet or scrambled eggs infused with a bit of chili. Rustico is a tapas and wine bar, where you’ll feel the Mediterranean vibes of Madrid. Try their pork belly with burnt apple or fried goats cheese with orange blossom honey. If you crave seafood or steak, try Latitude32, with its views of the sea and sandy beaches.
Restaurants in Rockingham
Since the 19th century, Rockingham has been attracting tourists and day-trippers, primarily to sightsee as well as spot wildlife. Further, the city has also exhibited its excellent and thriving food scene that can satiate your taste-buds with exotic food. Dine authentic Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Italian, Thai, American and homely Australian cuisine while you are at Rockingham.
Spices on Ocean Indian Restaurant
Treat yourself to a memorable sunset dining experience at the Rockingham foreshore, overlooking the Rockingham Beach. Indulge in the rich flavours and aromas of authentic Indian Cuisine at Spices on Ocean. You’ll love the traditional Haveli-style Indian food at this restaurant. Beef Korma, Lamb Rogan Josh, Tandoori Chicken and Spicy Vindaloo are some of its specialities.
Address: 41 C, Rockingham Beach Road, Rockingham, WA 6168, Australia
Phone: 61 8 9528 4844
Wing Bo Chinese Restaurant
Indulge in the exotic ingredients and strong flavours of China at the Wing Bo Chinese Restaurant in Rockingham. Enjoy the Chinese staples of noodle and rice in a variety of flavoursome preparations, such as delish noodles and fried rice.
- Sweet BBQ pork, roast pork, San Choy Bow
- Spare rib with plum sauce
- Wing Bo Tau Fu with egg sauce or chicken minced and mushroom
- Cantonese Fillet Steak
- Birds Nest with king prawn and chicken, honey king prawn
- Wing Bo roast duck, Peking duck
Address: 6, Cessnock Way, Rockingham, WA 6168, Australia
Phone: 61 8 9529 3319
Lavoro Italiano Restaurant
Dine authentic Italian amidst the charming atmosphere and scenic views of the Lavoro Italiano Restaurant in Rockingham. Salmon pizza, spaghetti carbonara, salt and pepper squid and tasty tiramisu are some of the specialities. Wash it all down with delicious beer, good house wine or decent tea. The bar is stocked with a choice of quality alcoholic beverages for you.
Address: 7A, Rockingham Beach Road, Rockingham, WA 6168, Australia
Phone: 61 8 9527 2424
Pubs and Bars in Rockingham
The elegant bars and pubs are a refreshing addition to the seaside town of Rockingham. Many of these venues, featuring the quintessential Aussie-style beer gardens, let you soak up the rays and forget the demands of day-to-day city life. Indulge in the wide range of imported and local beers on tap, cider, wine and spirits. Here are some suggestions for you;
The Swinging Pig Bar
Experience the best of Western Australia’s coastline at The Swinging Pig Bar. This bar is ideal to catch up with that deserving family lunch, time together with your mates or an intimate date night. Enjoy the delicious menu or indulge in ice-cold beer on tap, wine, cider and spirits. Further, catch up with your sports channel on the big screen in a setup very similar to a large English pub.
Address: 1, Chalgrove Avenue, Rockingham, WA 6168, Australia.
Phone: 61 8 9527 7777
The Sporting Globe Bar & Grill
Watch your favourite sporting events from around the globe on over 60 HD screens at the Sporting Globe Bar & Grill. Enjoy the high-quality menu along with beers and ciders on tap as well as internationally bottled beers and cocktails. The touch booth TV screens offer you private viewing as you enjoy a casual meal. Signature wings and MVP Parma are its specialities.
Address: Rockingham Shopping Centre, Syren Street, Rockingham, WA 6168, Australia.
Phone: 61 8 9554 4498
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SportingGlobeRockingham
Pink Duck Beach Bar & Bistro
The Pink Duck is committed to delivering great-tasting, healthy, local and international food and beverages for you. The Pink Duck sits at Beach Road, overlooking Churchill Park and the ocean, offering food that is handpicked and cooked eloquently. Gourmet finger food, Sushi, sliders, pies, garlic prawns as well as a range of antipasto and mouth-watering desserts are its specialities.
Address: 59, Rockingham Beach Road, Rockingham, WA 6168, Australia
Phone: 61 8 9529 3053
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/PinkDuckBar
Cafés in Rockingham
Rockingham is home to beautiful white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, national parks as well as the finest display of marine and birdlife. Its close proximity to Perth, beach recreation as well as its marine and birdlife encounters make you want a day-trip to Rockingham. Most importantly, its plethora of finest cafés, wineries and restaurants are worth your trip.
Spill the Beans @ Palm Beach Jetty
The Spill and Beans at the Palm Beach Jetty is blessed with coastal views and Rockingham’s beautiful Esplanade at its doorstep. Relax as you take in the aroma of freshly ground coffee or enjoy the café-style menu. Bring your furry pal too for enjoying a bit of outdoors! The café offers all-day breakfast, cooked-to-order lunches, mouth-watering cakes and great coffee!
Address: 16/91, Esplanade, Rockingham, WA 6168, Australia
Phone: 61 8 9527 7789
Bring back your childhood memories at Jaffelato, Rockingham! Jaffelato is a combination of their three menu heroes – Jaffles (toasties), coffee and gelato. The family-owned café is committed to providing you food that can be consumed without hassle along with great locally roasted coffee and tea. The hand-made gelato they serve using natural ingredients is simply divine!
Address: 1, 3 Rockingham Beach Road, Rockingham, WA 6168, Australia
Phone: 0403 387 274
Dome Café serves its customers through over 65 outlets around Australia. Therefore, you are never far from a Dome Café. Here is a place where you can order anything as you like whenever you want it. This could be a Big Breakfast for dinner, a stack of Pancakes for lunch or a Chicken Parmigiana for breakfast. Choose from all-day breakfasts, salads, hot kitchen classics etc.
Address: 2/15, Kent Street, WA 6168, Australia
Phone: 61 08 9527 3766
Enjoy tender, succulent, juicy, flavour-filled, off-the-grill steaks along with an outstanding wine list, seated by the sea. Latitude 32, Rockingham’s premier steak and seafood venue, sits exactly on the coordinate L32 overlooking the white-sand beaches of Cockburn Sound. Choose from a mouth-watering café menu of fresh seafood, crisp salads, slow-roasted rib and delicious desserts.
Address: 7/8, The Boardwalk, #1 Railway Terrace, Rockingham, WA 6168, Australia.
Phone: 61 08 9592 8881
Things to do in Rockingham this Summer
Since the 19th century, people have journeyed to Rockingham to primarily sightsee and spot wildlife. Further, Rockingham offers many other water sports such as sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, cruising, snorkelling, diving, paddle boarding and walking trails. Moreover, you can find beautiful expanses of safe beaches and environmental parks. Here are some enjoyable features;
For more information, please visit; rockingham.wa.gov.au/events-culture-and-tourism/visiting-rockingham/tourist-attractions
Safety Bay Beach
Spend a day sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, cruising, snorkelling or diving to encounter amazing marine life at Safety Bay Beach of Rockingham. Enjoy the fresh afternoon breeze in summer, which is especially good for sailing and windsurfing at this beach. The flat sheltered waters of the bay are perfect for paddleboarding, jet skiing and jetpacking adventures.
For more information, please visit; www.westernaustralia.com/en/Attraction/Safety_Bay/
Swimming with Wild Dolphins
Have the amazing experience of being guided into the water right amongst the swimming dolphins! Snorkel and enjoy the amazing dolphin show going off below, with the looping and spinning dolphins just inches away from you. These adorable, intelligent and social creatures have as much fun as we do! Be fascinated with their natural behaviours such as hunting, mating and sleeping.
Shoalwater Islands Marine Park
∙ Penguin Island
Firstly, visit Penguin Island, home to the world’s smallest penguins. Not only the penguins but also sea birds, sea lions, dolphins and pelicans call this island home. Penguin Island, which lies off the shore of Rockingham, is accessible by ferry from there. Admire the colonies of little penguins in their natural habitat or come face-to-face with these adorable creatures at the Discovery Centre.
For more information, please visit; www.westernaustralia.com/en/Attraction/Penguin_Island
∙ Cape Peron / Point Peron
Secondly, visit Point Peron and swim, snorkel or explore the small bays and rocky outcrops. Point Peron is surrounded by the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. It attracts an array of marine life such as turtles, manta rays, sharks, dugongs, dolphins and fish, as it sits on two major currents. However, it is best known for its contrasting white sands to red cliffs and blue waters.
For more information, please visit; www.rockinghamvisitorcentre.com.au/cape-peron
View the critically endangered thrombolite community from a boardwalk at the scenic Lake Richmond. These are built by micro-organisms that resemble the earliest life forms on Earth. Further, take the 3 km Anne Mueller Environmental Walk. Admire the waterbirds such as the Australian pelican, shelduck, black swan, musk duck etc. that populate Lake Richmond.
For more information, please visit;parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/lake-richmond
Baldivis Karnup Wine Trail
Taste the flavours of local and national award-winning wineries located on the Baldivis Karnup Wine Trail. These locally owned and operated wineries contribute to the greater Peel Wine Region, one of the most promising wine regions. It is situated in the Tuart soils of the Rockingham hinterland. This wine trail will turn out to be a great day out with your friends!
Aboriginal Cultural Tours
Rockingham delivers many Aboriginal Cultural Tours that positively educate and showcase Aboriginal culture in Western Australia. The tours cover various features that are based upon history, facts and creation stories that are hundreds of years old. Learn about mixed elements, cultural understanding and sensitivity from your tours. Here are some of the interesting features;
The Aboriginal artwork, which is the dot paintings, tell you the creation stories of a period hundreds of years ago. They portray the culture, traditions and language of the Aboriginal community of Australia. The artwork is passed down from generation to generation.
Learn all about the spirituality of the Aboriginal people through enchanting Dreamtime stories. However, only a small part of these stories are yet revealed to outsiders.
Satiate your taste buds and your curiosity by enjoying some of their food such as wattle seed cakes during your tour.
Things To Do In Rockingham If You Are 18
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Perth’s much-loved city of Rockingham is a sun lovers haven. A place famous for sightings of penguins and sea lions, the area is ideal for young adults to enjoy an adventure while touring Western Australia. Here’s a list of things to do in Rockingham if you are 18.
Plan To Explore The Baldivis Karnup Wine Trail
The Baldivis Karnup wine trail makes up one of Western Australia’s most favorable wine regions. And Rockingham locals own all of the 5 wineries located along the trail. And since the wineries are easy to reach from the Rockingham city centre and are close to each other, planning a wine tasting trail with friends is one of the recommended things to do in Rockingham if you are 18.
Soak Up The Sun At Cape Peron
For all you young adults hoping to chill on the beach and soak up some sun, Cape Peron is the ideal escape. There you can look forward to healthy and fun things to do in Rockingham if you are 18, as the area promises stunning beaches to chill on, coupled with loads of swimming.
Enjoy Some Off Shore Adventure At Cape Peron
Apart from lures of swimming and working on your tan Cape Peron is ideal for an adventure. Take on the walking trails and savor the sunny surroundings. And check out the off-shore reefs. Mushroom Rocks and Point Peron are ideal for a spot of snorkeling amongst the caves and corals. Other fun things to do in Rockingham if you are 18, and out to make memories, are trekking up the rugged sea-cliffs and indulging in a bout of fishing on the beach.
Plan A Day Out With Friends To Lake Cooloongup
Once connected to the ocean, Lake Cooloongup is a naturally saline body of water. Located within the Rockingham Lakes Regional Park the lake is replenished by rainwater and springs underground. The rugged area is a treat to explore. And is home to many nature trails to enjoy a refreshing hike through. Due to the area’s appeal as an outdoor attraction, for the adventure-loving young adults, Lake Cooloongup is ideal for discovering energetic things to do in Rockingham if you are 18.
Spend A Day With The Cute Penguins
Penguin Island is only 5 minutes via ferry from the shores of Rockingham. The island is a haven for the world’s smallest species of penguins. In addition to being a loved habitat for other critters. Seeing on and around the island are pelicans, dolphins, sea lions and sea birds. Of course, the penguins are the star attraction there and in case they do allude your visit, head over to the Discovery Centre for close encounters with the adorable creatures.
Chill On Fab Rockingham Beach
The best place to obtain a fabulous tan is Rockingham Beach. Head out there with a bunch of friends and savour the pleasures of seaside fun. Enjoy walking far out to sea while the shallow water levels remain less than knee-deep. The ideal place to watch a sunset, picnic and hang out after dusk with friends. Rockingham Beach is also perfect to try some paddle boarding for more laughs and fun on the ocean.
Kite Surf At Safety Bay Beach
Another ode to Australia’s fabulous beaches is Safety Bay Beach. The place is framed by rocky islets and little sandbanks located off-shore. Hence, the bay is gentle with low waves and ideal wind conditions to enjoy the thrills of kite surfing. End the day with a picnic on the grassy beach under the shade of swaying trees.
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