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About Rockingham, WA

A Little bit of history...

Rockingham received its name from the sailing ship Rockingham, one of the three vessels bought by Thomas Peel to carry settlers to Western Australia (the others being the Gilmore and the Hooghly), arriving in May 1830. The Rockingham was blown ashore and eventually abandoned after failed attempts to refloat her. She eventually broke up, having sunk in shallow waters. Settlers supposedly camped near the wreck used the name "Rockingham Town" as their address.


Perth's marine playground...

Located just 45 minutes south of Perth, Rockingham forms the southernmost border of the Perth metropolitan area. With beautiful expanses of safe beaches, water sports, beach skydiving and environmental parks, Rockingham is a popular tourist destination.

The city fronts onto the sheltered waters of Cockburn Sound with Garden Island, Penguin Island and Seal Island very close by. The Shoalwater Islands Marine Park is located a mere 500 metres offshore and plays host to one of the finest displays of wild sea life and bird life to be found anywhere in the world.

Get close to nature...
ENJOY an incredible eco-tourism experience swim with wild dolphins
KAYAK around the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park to see the little penguins and sea lions.
EXPERIENCE excellent scuba diving at the West Coast Dive Park.
PICNIC at Bell and Churchill Park next to the beach.
DINE at the excellent cafés and restaurants in the region.
TAKE a trip along the Baldivis Karnup Wine trail and enjoy tasting locally produced wines.
DISCOVER the great snorkelling, windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing spots.
TRY your luck with some fishing off a jetty or the beach.
TEE off at a nearby championship golf course.
SKYDIVE over the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park and land right on the beach.