Boating and fishing

Boats

In our extensive waterways, a boat is a fantastic way to experience the best Rockingham has to offer.

There are many recreational boat launching facilities along the Rockingham coast, as well as public jetties, courtesy boat moorings and excellent beach fishing locations.

Some areas of the Shoalwater Island Marine Park, particularly the Sanctuary Zones are off limits to recreational fishing and boating.

Fishing

For information regarding demersal fishing and crabbing seasons in local waters, size limits and other restrictions visit the Department of Fisheries.

Shark Fishing

The State Government has legislated that as of 3 November 2023, shark fishing is banned within 800m off shore from Tim's Thicket to 5km north of Two Rocks Marina including all waters of the Swan-Canning Estuary. This includes the City of Rockingham.

The restrictions have been introduced to address community concerns for public safety.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development compliance officers will be ensuring fishers adhere to the new wire trace restrictions, and existing bans on the use of burley comprising mammal or bird products, such as blood and offal.

Anyone who observes suspicious fishing activity in Western Australian waters can report this to FishWatch 1800 815 507 or through an online form on Crime Stoppers​.

All shark sightings must be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600

Boat safety

Log your proposed boating journey with Marine Rescue Rockingham and update your log if your plans change to ensure that someone knows your whereabouts at all times, and in case a search has to be organised if you fail to return.

Log on/Log off using VHF CH 72 

Take note of your local network of Beach Emergency Network Signs (BEN signs). The signs are used to match emergency services and improve response times to your location should there be an emergency. 

Boat in the water Boat in the water

Find out about safety equipment for your boat, such as anchors, bailers or bilge pumps, emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs), flares, fire extinguishers, radios and life jackets.

Boat safety information

Jetties

Mersey Point Jetty Mersey Point Jetty

Mersey Point Jetty

Mersey Point Jetty is located on Arcadia Drive in Shoalwater.  The jetty is used both recreationally and commercially. 

Mersey Point Jetty has car parking facilities available, including larger spaces for buses.

Fishing is permitted from jetty, however users are asked to respect the commercial jetty operators during berthing. 

Palm Beach Jetty Palm Beach Jetty

Palm Beach Jetty

Palm Beach Jetty is located on the Esplanade opposite Fisher Street in Rockingham. 

There is on-street car parking facilities available along the Esplanade.

Fishing is permitted on this jetty.

Val Street Jetty Val Street Jetty

Val Street Jetty

This jetty is located in the heart of Rockingham Foreshore opposite The Cruising Yacht Club on Val Street.

This is a recreationally used jetty with short term berthing available to boat users.

Val Street Jetty also has a low level landing available for fishing.

Boat launching facilities

Bent Street Boat Ramp

Due to the encroaching sandbar, the ramps are being inundated with sand on the eastern and western concrete ramps, making launching and retrieval of boats from Bent Street difficult. The sandbar has developed between the boat ramp and the first set of navigational aids, severely restricting navigable waters.

We are currently seeking quotes for the removal of sand from the ramps and the rock amour that protects the ramps. We encourage mariners to not rely on the navigational aids near Tern Island for safe navigation.

Alternative boat ramps can be accessed at Palm Beach and Warnbro Sound.

Bent street boat ramp

Location

Safety Bay Road, Safety Bay
Carlisle Street Boat Ramp

Carlisle Street Boat Ramp is located on Arcadia Drive opposite Carlisle Street in Safety Bay.

This is a sand launching facility and has approximately 12 boat trailer parking bays available.

Carlisle Street Boat Ramp

Location

Arcadia Drive, Safety Bay
Donald Drive Boat Ramp

Donald Drive Boat Ramp is located on Safety Bay Road opposite Donald Drive in Safety Bay.

This is a sand launching facility and has approximately 15 boat trailer parking bays available.

Donald Drive Boat Ramp

Location

Safety Bay Road, Safety Bay
Palm Beach Boat Ramp East

Palm Beach Boat Ramp East is located in Rockingham and allows boat users to launch their vessels into Cockburn Sound.

There are two ramps and one holding jetty available for use.

Boat trailer parking is available by Palm Beach Boat Ramp West and car parking is available along the Esplanade.

Palm Beach Boat Ramp

Location

Esplanade, Rockingham
Palm Beach Boat Ramp West

Palm Beach Boat Ramp West is located in Rockingham and allows boat users to launch their vessels into Cockburn Sound.

There is one ramp and one holding jetty available for use.

Boat trailer parking and car parking is available at this facility and along the Esplanade.

Palm Beach Boat Ramp West

Location

Esplanade, Rockingham
Point Peron Boat Launching Facility

Point Peron Boat Launching Facility is located on Point Peron Road.

This facility has six ramps and three holding jetties available for use.

There is a large amount of boat trailer parking at this facility.

Point Peron Boat Launching Facility

Location

Point Peron Road, Peron
Port Kennedy Boat Launching Facility

Port Kennedy Boat Launching Facility is located on Port Kennedy Drive.

This facility has two ramps and one holding jetty.

Boat trailer parking, public toilets, barbeques and picnic benches available for use.

Port Kennedy Boat Launching Facility

Location

Port Kennedy Drive, Port Kennedy

Frequently asked questions

How can I purchase or use the moorings in Mangles Bay (Cockburn Sound) and Safety Bay (Warnbro Sound)?

Mooring enquiries for Mangles Bay can be made to the Department of Transport Marine Safety on 9435 7500 or navigational.safety@transport.wa.gov.au. Mooring enquiries for Safety Bay can be made to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions – Swan Coastal District on 9303 7700.

Where do I report vessels which have washed ashore?

Please contact the Department of Transport Marine Safety on 9435 7500 or navigational.safety@transport.wa.gov.au.

Where do I report jetty or boat ramp damage?

Please contact our Coastal Engineering Officer via email on customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au.

Where can I get information on boating exclusion zones?

Please contact the Department of Transport Marine Safety on 9435 7500 or via email to navigational.safety@transport.wa.gov.au.

Where can I get information/approval for short term jetty berthing harbour during storm events?

Please contact our Coastal Engineering Officer via email on customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au.

Where can I find navigational warnings, event notices and Temporary Notices To Mariners for the Perth region?

Visit the Department of Transport website for the latest updates:

Perth notices

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