Rockingham foreshore is a great place to take the family for an evening or a whole day. There is plenty of lawn, a large number of barbeques, boat launching facilities and many sheltered benches and tables. The grassed area is huge, and enough to comfortably seat several hundred families. On summers evening it’s not uncommon to see a huge number of families and friends having a good time. Rockingham Foreshore beach is nice to walk along, and you can bring the boat right up to the shore if you need to. There is always room for more, because the Rockingham Foreshore runs for quite a distance. In many ways this area is similar to Cottesloe beach, but it is considerably closer for those who live in the southern area, bigger, and you can use your boat!
How do I get to Rockingham Foreshore?
To get into Rockingham, you head south along the Kwinana freeway, and take the exit onto Thomas road. Head west along Thomas road and then turn left onto Rockingham Road. This joins onto Patterson road, which will take you right down to the Rockingham Foreshore. Drive along the road closest to the beach until you find a place that you like. Car parks can be at a premium right near the shops, but if you drive along a bit further then you will still get a nice spot that is close to your car! If you really want to park close to the shops, you can park in a few of the big car parks that are just to the side of the shops, a bit further back from the beach.
What’s at Rockingham Foreshore?
Like most popular beaches, Rockingham Foreshore has a number of restaurants, cafes, fish and chips, pizza, pasta, ice-cream, bottle, clothes and grocery shops. There are plenty of barbeques to cook your meat (free too!) as well as toilets and more than enough space to kick a ball around and have some fun. There are also quite a number of different playgrounds, depending on where you go to. As mentioned above there is also a few jetties and boat ramps in the vicinity.
Fish and Chips at Rockingham
The fish and chips along the Rockingham Foreshore are well worth the money. For fewer than 20 dollars you can get a big feed of fish, squid, chips and anything else that you want which will fill a few people up! If you are feeling too lazy to bring a picnic, I would highly recommend the fish and chips along the foreshore.
Boating in Rockingham:
Where can I launch my boat in Rockingham?
You can either launch your boat a few hundred metres west of the Rockingham Foreshore just past Palm Beach Jetty or you can go right to North Point Peron and launch it there. It really depends on where you want to go to, and how busy the boat ramps are. Both of them are decent, and you can launch a fairly large sized boat if you need to. The ramp nearest the foreshore can be a bit hard to find parking, which is why many people prefer to launch at the ramp near Point Peron and then drive their boats around. Please bear in mind however, there is a small bridge that you need to go under to get to the Rockingham Foreshore if you launch near Point Peron, or you have to go further north and through the big bridge. Boats over about 15 foot will struggle to get under the small bridge! Boating in Cockburn Sound is very popular, as is fishing around Carnac Island, Garden Island and Rottnest Island. All of these can be seen from Rockingham Foreshore.
Fishing, Skiing and Jet skiing at Rockingham Foreshore
There are plenty of places to fish of the shore in Rockingham, and even more in a boat too. A ski zone is marked out the front of the Rockingham foreshore, which is fairly large. It is a great place to go skiing, but you have to pick the right days. There are times when it will be too choppy to ski comfortably. On a good day, there will be hundreds of boats out, but as long as you obey the water rules then it all flows fine. We often see a number of Jet Skis at Rockingham, but you need to find out where you can ride them. They are popular nearer the Point Peron Boat Ramp, where the waves break and you can do a bit of wave jumping. Fishing from a boat is best near the groin that runs out to Garden Island and the concrete pylons on the bridge connecting the groin together. There is also some impressive fishing around Garden Island and further out if your boat can safely get there.
Pedal car hire at Rockingham
It’s a lot of fun to hire the pedal cars in Rockingham. You can get different sized cars, and they are paid per hour or day. You can’t go too fast, but they are a fun way to explore the area. Be prepared to pay a reasonable amount of money though. Alternatively, take your own bikes. There is a good pedestrian pathway, and it’s a very enjoyable bike ride.
Dolphins in Rockingham
Quite often you will see Dolphins and Seals along Rockingham Foreshore. They are very friendly, but should be left alone. Rockingham has a number of Dolphin Tours which take people out each day to see the friendly creatures if you are interested in seeing them.
If you want a nice, relaxing place to visit for the day, then I would highly recommend Rockingham Foreshore. Take your boat, sit under the trees on the nice grass and let the day drift away! This is one of the few places that you can spend a day close to the beach which is accessible for everyone whilst being able to enjoy fishing, skiing and snorkelling. The grass and barbeques are great as well.