Take the ferry out to nearby Penguin Island to see the gorgeous fairy penguins up close. Penguin Island is home to about 1200 little penguins. It is open daily from September to early June. You can visit the Penguin Island Discovery Centre for penguin feeding and expert commentaries.
The island is also a very important nesting, feeding and roosting site for over 50 species of seabirds and a rare nesting site for a rare Australian sea lion. You can visit the interpretive centre to gain an understanding of the diminutive birds.
Visit Rockingham Wild Encounters for ferry times and other cruise options, including swimming with wild dolphins.
Shoalwater Islands Marine Park
Cape Peron provides spectacular coastal views over the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. It is a popular place for walking trails and snorkelling.
The protected Shoalwater Islands Marine Park is home to an abundance of wildlife, including dolphins, seals, penguins and pelicans. It is a popular destination for boating, diving and water sports.
The City of Rockingham contains some of the finest coastline and parks in Perth’s metropolitan area. This was confirmed when Rockingham Beach won the 2010 WA Clean Beaches Award which is judged on the level of beach and foreshore maintenance and cleanliness, the quality and accessibility of beachside amenities and adaptability to growing environmental changes.
Rockingham Beach also won the Water Conservation and the Heritage and Culture category awards at the 2010/2011 National Clean Beaches Awards, and was runner up in the Energy Innovation and the Environmental Innovation and Protection categories.
You will find the following major beaches along our 37 kilometres of coastline:
- Rockingham Beach – safe, calm, north-facing beach ideal for families.
- Palm Beach – safe, calm, north-facing beach ideal for families.
- Mangles Bay/Point Peron – ideal for swimming, kayaking/stand up paddle boarding and snorkelling.
- Safety Bay/Shoalwater – popular for fishing, swimming, kayaking/stand up paddle boarding and windsports. “The Pond” is a world-renowned location for windsports.
- Waikiki/Warnbro Beach – popular for fishing and swimming. Ideal for families.
- Port Kennedy Beach – popular for swimming and fishing
- Secret Harbour Beach – popular for fishing and surfing. Patrolled in summer, ideal for families.
- Golden Bay Beach – popular fishing beach.
- Singleton Beach – popular surfing and fishing beach.
The Baldivis Karnup Wine Trail is one of WA's most promising wine regions, located in the renowned Tuart soils of the Rockingham hinterland with most wineries only a short drive from the Rockingham city centre.
For more information on the wineries located within the City of Rockingham visit the Rockingham Visitor Centre website.
If beer is more your taste, check out White Lakes Brewing in Baldivis.
Rockingham has a range of shopping centres spread throughout the region that are easy to find and located on major roads.
Rockingham Centre is on the corner of Council Ave and Read St and is the largest shopping complex in the region with over 200 specialty stores and fours major retail outlets including Target, Woolworths, Coles and Kmart.
The centre also includes an eight-screen Ace Cinema Complex https://acecinemas.com.au/ with Cine Gold Lounge plus a range of restaurants that are open seven days a week until late.
For more information visit the Rockingham Centre website.
Other shopping centres
No matter what your taste, Rockingham has a restaurant or cafe for you. Whether it's dining out at the foreshore, along Syren Street or in Baldvis or Secret Harbour, there is something to suit every occasion.
To find out more visit the Rockingham Visitor Centre - Eating Out guide.
Rockingham Arts Centre
This state-of-the-art community facility undertook a $1.2 million facelift in August 2013. The centre's primary aim is to facilitate Rockingham's art groups. Hireable spaces include a multi-purpose room, gallery, and studio. Community group Friends of the Rockingham Arts Centre operate a ceramic studio out of the facility and the Rockingham Writers Centre meets here. You can also embark on a public art walking trail around Rockingham. For more information on exhibitions, events and hiring spaces within this facility, contact the Arts Centre.
Rockingham Historical Society and Museum
The museum has an interesting collection of memorabilia from our early days, plus costume displays. The displays cover many aspects of our local history, and are changed periodically.
Researchers, students and general public welcome.
- Rockingham Historical Society and Museum
- Cnr Kent Street and Flinders Lane, Rockingham
- Phone: 0451 851 413
- Entry: Adults: $2.50, 50 cents for children under 16
- Opening hours: 1pm-4pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Special openings for schools and organised groups.